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Disaster Relief Fund

An effective response, regardless of where a natural disaster occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors.  The bulk of disaster dollars are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care).  Emergency relief is vital.  Still, experts agree that disaster relief dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of disaster-affected communities. 

 Community Foundation of Western Virginia, Inc. (d/b/a Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Martinsville Area Community Foundation) has established a Disaster Relief Fund in order to respond to  catastrophic events as they occur.

 How will the Disaster Relief Funds be used?

100% of all donations (except any online credit card processing fees) will be used to respond to the complete timeline of the disaster management effort: from immediate relief to recovery, and then to reconstruction and rebuilding.

Who will the funds support?

The Disaster Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations and public entities that have a defined role in short-term and long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the disaster.  Each nonprofit or public entity who receives disaster relief funds will be carefully vetted by the Foundation to insure the most effective and efficient use of the monies raised.

How can I make a donation?

Donations can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to Martinsville Area Community Foundation at P.O. Box 1124, Martinsville, VA  24114. Please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief”.  Donor Advisors may also recommend a grant to the Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a Donor Advised Fund Grant Recommendation Form.  All gifts are tax-deductible.

Type of Funds

Almost any charitable purpose can be served through the variety of funds offered by the Foundation, and funds can be established in your name or in the name of a loved one. Funds are typically managed as permanent endowments. Please contact us for more information.

This fund provides the best long-term flexibility to meet a broad range of important community needs as determined by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

This fund gives you the option of restricting grants to a particular charitable area of interest. Grant recipients within that field are selected by our Board.

This fund allows you to choose up front a specific nonprofit organization or group of organizations to receive long-term support.

This fund enables you to make recommendations each year as to grants from the fund. You can make the same or different recommendations each year.

Nonprofits can establish a fund solely for their benefit within the Foundation rather than separately creating and managing such a fund themselves. Donors who are interested in helping provide significant long-term support to the named agencies are invited to contribute assets to these "open" funds at any time.

This fund helps young women and men pursue educational opportunities.

This fund honors the memory of a loved one and perpetuates charitable issues of importance to the individual.