2019 GreatCommunityGive Only 3 Weeks Away!

The GreatCommunityGive is one day when the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community come together to raise money for area nonprofits who work all year round. On Wednesday, April 17, individuals in our community have the opportunity to support 89 different nonprofit organizations through online donations.

 

Our 2019 goal is to raise $333,000 on April 17 from 3,333 unique donors for community nonprofits. It is easy to give:

  • Point, Click, Give.
  • You can schedule your giving.
  • You can donate $10, $20, or more, to as many organizations as you wish.
  • Join in the fun and be part of a community wide effort!

Guidestar and Foundation Center to become Candid

As donors, many are familiar with Guidestar and its goal to provide “fair, accurate, and objective information about foundations and nonprofits.” At The Community Foundation we use this resource on a regular basis to research possible grant recipients. Foundation Center is less known to donors, but an equally useful resource for those searching for grants and grant-making information. GuideStar and Foundation Center are in the process of integrating operations to become Candid – a resource to provide a “360-degree view of the work of social good—who’s doing what, where on the issues that matter to people around the world.”

The transition will occur over the next several years. The new name, Candid, is descriptive of the organizations’ desire to be transparent and “continue to earn our stakeholders’ trust in an information-wary world”. Both the GuideStar.org and FoundationCenter.org websites are available for the time being. There are links to both websites on the Candid.org as well. We will keep you posted as changes occur.

Impact Awards Annual Grants to Local Nonprofits

Impact Harrisonburg, a giving circle of young professionals, recently distributed annual grants to three local nonprofit organizations. The group used the Community Needs process of The Community Foundation to select nonprofit projects to consider. Local organizations selected by Impact members as grant recipients this year are Blue Ridge CASABlacks Run Forest Farm, and Way to Go. Read on for more information submitted by each organization, describing the project funded by the Impact grants.

 

Blue Ridge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) FOR CHILDREN recruits, selects, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. The goal of CASA’s advocacy is to find safe, permanent and nurturing homes for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Juvenile and Domestic Court Judge, collecting information from all parties within a child’s life and compiling the information in a court report. CASA’s Court report is the most comprehensive report that the court will receive on the child’s case. Children with a CASA on their case are better represented, receive more services, and do better on a number of well-being indicators. ($500 Impact grant designated for the “CASA for Children” project)

 

Blacks Run Forest Farm is an edible park and neighborhood arboretum for agroforestry, watershed restoration, and community health. The organization grows healthy accessible food, cares for  our soil and water, restores relationships between people and place, and cultivates abundant neighborhoods. Through a riparian orchard, forest garden, and  nursery, the organization farms in the image of the forest. Blacks Run is one of Virginia’s most polluted streams and flows through a low-income neighborhood historically known as the Wasteland due to the impaired stream, corporate poultry factories, and substandard housing. The forest farm is committed to the health of Blacks Run and all those living in its watershed. Without current major funding, the organization is propagating its nursery, expanding its forest garden on Salvation Army’s property, planting the eroded stream bank, hosting workshops, and developing partnerships with local schools and universities to connect students to the trees and wildlife of the Blacks Run watershed. The organization aspires to expand its public tree park to nearly 3.5 acres along Blacks Run Stream by leasing land from Salvation Army, which sits along the proposed Northend Greenway, and the adjoining lots from Public Works and Parks and Recreation, whose advisory commission has unanimously supported this proposal. ($500 Impact grant designated for the “Planting Trees, Healing Water & Growing Community” project)

 

Way to Go empowers low-income working families to improve their quality of life by assisting them with their transportation needs. The organization keeps local families mobile and employed by helping them with a range of issues to maintain their family vehicle. If they do not have a vehicle, Way to Go has several programs that can help families obtain one. This particular project was proposed to support both the “maintain” and “obtain” objectives of the Way to Go program. Funds are requested for: repairs(including towing and inspections), car insurance, vehicle fees, gas, taxi trips, vehicle payments to prevent repossession, and for other urgent needs to keep a low-income working family’s vehicle operable that contribute to a decent quality of life. Clients seeking to obtain a vehicle can access the WorkCars program where Way to Go provides a down payment, guaranteed bank financing through F&M Bank, financial assistance with dealer and DMV fees, and vehicle insurance. The organization works closely with local automobile dealers to help clients obtain cars that are safe, affordable, dependable, and legal. ($7,100.64 Impact grant for “The Key to Self Sufficiency” project)

 

IMPACT Harrisonburg has been a giving circle for young professionals in their twenties, thirties, and forties. The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County created this component fund in 2014 to encourage philanthropy among young professionals with a focus on improving our community.  Members made a charitable donation based on their age. Funds were  pooled together and granted to a nonprofit(s) chosen by membership vote.

 

After four years, Impact will now move in a different direction, ceasing membership recruitment and distribution of annual grants. Impact members and other local young professionals are encouraged to participate in The Community Foundation’s annual Great Community Give (GCG) on April 17, 2019. GCG is a single day of giving to partnered local nonprofits to promote charitable giving in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Through the Great Community Give, young professionals can continue to have an impact on local nonprofits in our Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community!

National Standards Accreditation Affirms Our Commitment to Excellence

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced today receipt of national accreditation issued by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®. This accreditation, signified by the Seal, indicates that the Community Foundation of H/R meets the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our community,” said Joe Paxton, Chair of the Board. “When people trust us with a charitable bequest, or set up a fund while they are living, they do so knowing that the Foundation meets the rigorous national standards for excellence in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration.”

The Foundation works diligently to protect the community’s assets, and to allow the donors to achieve their charitable goals. National Standards ensures donors, grantees and the community that the Foundation has policies in place for financial stability and longevity, affirming continued commitment to excellence. In short: the Foundation is a proven place for persons to give, and to make a difference.

The process of earning National Standards accreditation is arduous, requiring community foundations adopt and implement policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. The compliance documentation for TCFHR was reviewed by a community foundation expert, selected from a panel appointed by the Community Foundations National Standards Board. The Standards Board is a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations in Arlington, V.A.

“The National Standards accreditation says this house is in order” said Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation. “It is excellent validation of the work we do on behalf of our donors and this community.”

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County was accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board in December 2018. Accreditation is valid for five years until December 2023.

Daily News-Record publishes ‘Giving Back’ – November 2018

If you would like to have a print version of this booklet, please stop by our offices at 317 S. Main Street in December to pick up your copy, or call The Community Foundation directly, 540-432-3863, and we can mail one to you.

 

Little Swiss Fund Awards Highland County Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced this week that its Little Swiss Fund Grants Committee met to review ten applications for the first annual grant award process. The Little Swiss Fund is a permanently endowed fund, whose monies are invested and provide an annual distribution to benefit the Highland County nonprofit community. The distribution is 4% of a five-year average of the fund’s balance. This year’s grants will provide $53,213 to five charitable organizations.

 

NPO Special Project/Operating Support Grant Award
Alleghany Mountain Institute Phase I Fellows $11,700
Highland County Fair Association, Inc. General Operating Support $12,775
Highland County Humane Society, Inc. Community Pet Retention and Foster Care $2,673
Highland Medical Center, Inc. A Prescription for Exercise $19,150
Highland County Volunteer Fire Department General Operating Support $6,915

 

The Community Foundation will distribute grants annually from the Little Swiss Fund to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organizations in Highland County. Nonprofits with broad active volunteer support and annual revenues exceeding $25,000 are encouraged to apply for grant funding through a competitive application process. Organizations must receive less than half their income from government entities to be eligible. Religious organizations may apply.

 

To submit an application for funding, visit The Community Foundation’s website, http://www.tcfhr.org/nonprofit-organizations/grants-available/ . The 2019 Little Swiss Fund Grants application will be available in August, with a deadline of November 1.  The review committee will begin reviewing applications in October, and grants will be distributed by November 30. The 2019 distribution is estimated to be $144,000.

 

Contact Ann Siciliano at 540-432-3863 or ann@tcfhr.org with questions.

Part-time Employment Opportunity at TCFHR – FILLED

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County is currently hiring. For more information review the recent job posting.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County recently distributed 59 scholarship awards. In total, $172,030 was awarded to fifty-nine students from 23 different scholarship funds. Most of the recipients were local high school seniors, although one was a high school junior, another was a graduate student,  and one scholarship provided funding for community college transfer students. Types of scholarships vary in nature – some are financial need based, others are based on academic merit, while some are for students pursuing specific college majors, such as education, horticulture, agriculture, science or math.

 

The application window for next year’s scholarships opens in October 2018. Visit the scholarship section of our website to see a complete list and learn more about the scholarships we offer. If you are a high school junior, read about an award specifically for you – Award for High School Juniors. Check our Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions for general assistance, or contact Ann in our offices directly (540-432-3863) with specific questions you may have.

 

Click here to see the list of 2018 Scholarship Recipients.