$20,000 Challenge from Anonymous Donor

The Community Foundation announced $20,000 challenge from anonymous donor.

The Community Foundation has a fund holder that will provide a dollar for dollar match, up to $20,000 for new gifts given to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund which means this could be an additional $40,000 to this new Fund. We are very excited to share this news with the community and encourage everyone to consider giving to raise an additional $40,000 to the Fund.

When asked, why did you give to this Fund, an anonymous donor responded, “The need is great and there are a lot of people out there that don’t have the luxury to have savings to live on. We just wanted to help the community and challenge people to give to the COVID-19 Fund to help people who are hurting through no fault of their own”. They continue, “The reason we are doing the challenge is to get other people who are financially able to step up and assist the rest of the community”.

About a week ago, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced a joint partnership to raise funds for the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund.  To date over $180,000 has been raised. This Fund will provide funding to community based nonprofit organizations that provide access to food and safe shelter. The first phase of funding will be sent out as early as this week.

GreatCommunityGive 2020 postponed until June

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County has announced that the Great Community Give, slated for April 22nd has been rescheduled for June 24th, 2020.  The GCG2020 Planning Committee considered as much relevant information as possible to unanimously agree that delaying the event was necessary.

“We have to give consideration to minimizing health risks to the nonprofit staff and volunteers until COVID-19 cases begin to subside. GCG uses countless volunteers on the day of the event.  While the giving occurs online, it is also a social occasion on many levels.   For the purposes of planning, we have chosen June 24th as an optimistic date and hope it turns out to be the case. “– Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.

“Although a difficult decision, postponing the event is best for everyone. We feel we can have more excitement and enthusiasm by gathering again as groups.  We believe the Great Community Give will be more successful for the nonprofits and less risky for health reasons later in June.  We owe it to the nonprofits to help them raise the most money we can” – Amanda Bomfim, Program Officer, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County.

The Great Community Give is in its third year as a community-wide day of online giving to 100 local nonprofits. The Planning Committee hopes that in moving the date, the goal of raising $600,000 for local nonprofits can be achieved. Planning for GCG2020 will continue through the new date of June 24.


In the meantime, The Community Foundation is actively encouraging donors to remember nonprofits in this time of social-distancing requirements and will continue its grant making to nonprofit organizations. Efforts to support nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 crisis are ongoing. The Community Foundation and United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have jointly announced the establishment of the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund. Grants from the fund will help support front line human services organizations that have deep roots in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and strong experience working with those vulnerable in our community.


“We encourage everyone to write a check or go online and give to your favorite community based nonprofit organization today.   Our community is well known for its generosity of giving and we don’t have to wait for the Great Community Give on June 24th to make that contribution.   “– Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.


Please contact Amanda  Bomfim at 540-432-3863 or [email protected] for information and interviews.  To learn about Great Community Give, visit www.greatcommunitygive.org

covid 19 community response fund

Donate Today to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund

The United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County have announced the establishment of the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund. “In unprecedented times such as these, a collaborative effort to support the most vulnerable members of our community is essential,” explains Laura Toni-Holsinger, United Way Executive Director. This fund will strategically deploy resources to assist nonprofits in helping build their capacity to respond to this crisis. Phase 1 grant funding will focus to support 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations providing access to food and access to safe shelter. Grants will help fund front line human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with those vulnerable in our community.

A special team will guide the distribution of funds. This is an opportunity for everyone in our community to support those impacted by COVID-19. Both United Way and fund holders of The Community Foundation will provide seed money for the fund. “We are deeply appreciative for the generosity of our fund holders and welcome everyone in our community who is able to be a part of this joint venture,” says Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to support recovery efforts. With intention, this new fund is established with flexibility to ensure that these resources may support our local communities as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis. Updates will be included on both organizations’ websites as soon as they are available and we will be completely transparent regarding the use of these funds.

The situation is fluid and the prioritization of needs will change. A group of community leaders will work strategically with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to agencies to meet both immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of the virus in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area. One hundred percent of contributions to this fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.

No Administration Fee – The Community Foundation has waived its administration fee to manage the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund.

How to Contribute to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund

Checks may be made payable to The Community Foundation for “COVID-19 HR Response Fund,” may be mailed to: P O Box 1068, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Click HERE to make an online gift. Normal credit card fees apply to on-line gifts.

Who Is Eligible for Funding?

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, some community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support will be eligible.

Community Foundation offices closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we believe it is prudent to close our physical offices to the public effective Monday, March 16 through April 4, at which point we will reevaluate.  Staff will be working remotely.


We will not be meeting with new or current fund holders in person, but we welcome the opportunity to talk with you via email or phone.  Gift, grants and all work will be processed in a timely manner.  Grant checks will be processed on our normal grant schedule.


COVID -19 Relief Fund

We are conferencing this week with City/County and nonprofit leaders to discuss a coordinate relief fund effort should one be necessary.  See the work of the Seattle Foundation at https://www.seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund.  We have done a good deal of work on preparation for disaster funds.  We feel confident that we are ready to move forward with such a fund should one be necessary.


Contact information is below and please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of service.


  • Amy Lemmons               [email protected]                              Grant Manager & Accounting Assistant
  • Amanda Bomfim           [email protected]                        Program Officer
  • Ann Siciliano                  [email protected]                               Program Director – mobile number 540-476-5806
  • Tammy Duxbury            [email protected]                         Director of Accounting
  • Revlan Hill                      [email protected]                           Executive Director –mobile number 540- 820-1009

March 2020 TCFHR Newsletter

TCFHR Fall Newsletter

Little Swiss Fund Awards Grants to Highland County Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced this week that its Little Swiss Fund Grants Committee met to review applications for the second annual grant award process.Applications from thirteen Highland County nonprofit organizations were received this year. The LittleSwiss 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 a total of $136,855 to benefit the Highland County community.


NPOSpecial Project/Operating SupportGrant Award
Alleghany Mountain InstituteGeneral Operating Support$10,000
Dare to Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship CenterGeneral Operating Support$5,000
Elegius Mini Equine SanctuaryYouth Employment Program$5,000
Highland Children’s HouseGeneral Operating Support$10,549.60
Highland County Arts CouncilTraining Program for Technicians$2,000
Highland County Fair Association, Inc.General Operating Support$8,000
Highland County Humane Society, Inc.Community Pet Retention and Foster Care$5,000
Highland County Volunteer Fire DepartmentNew Pumper/Tanker Truck$15,123.15
Highland County Volunteer Rescue SquadInstallation of Automatic Stretcher Loading System$29,182.25
Highland Historical SocietyCollections Preservation Project$2,000
Highland Medical Center, Inc.Equipment for Medical, Dental & Emergent Care$28,000
McDowell Presbyterian ChurchRestoration of the Safety & Integrity of Historic McDowell Presbyterian Church$2,000
The Highland CenterGeneral Operating Support$15,000


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. The 2020 Little Swiss Fund Grants application will be available in August, with a deadline of November 1. Grant funds are distributed to nonprofit organizations by November 30.

Giving Back 2019-2020 published

The 2019-2020 edition of Giving Back is published as an insert in today’s Daily News-Record. Local nonprofit organizations submit project funding needs through an application process once each year and all are featured in this publication. As you plan your charitable giving for the rest of 2019 and into 2020, please use this resource to provide more information on the needs of the nonprofit community in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.


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Grants for Animals and Emotional Support Are Announced!

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County announce 2019 grant awards for two of its funds, the Hildred Neff Memorial Fund and the Sean Warner Memorial Endowment Fund. The Hildred Neff Memorial Fund was established in 2012 with a gift from the estate of Hildred Neff, a Rockingham County native. The fund benefits agencies that provide for the needs of both domestic and wild animals. This year the following organizations will receive grant funding for projects submitted through an application process:

The Sean Warner Memorial Endowment Fund was established by Mark and Susan Warner to honor the memory of their son by helping other children. This fund was created to contribute to general charitable purposes within the area of emotional support services for children of divorced parents. This grant is awarded every other year and the following organization is the 2019 grant recipient:  Family Life Resource Center – $449 awarded

To learn more about these and other opportunities for grant funding visit the Grants Available page.

Summary Report on 2019 GreatCommunityGive

The 2019 GreatCommunityGive was a resounding success for the community of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County! Read the summary report to learn more about this exciting day of giving.