April 2016
Autism Education Fund

The Autism Education Fund recently awarded grants to Averett University and Danville Science Center.


Averett University received $700 to fund resources, coordination, and one-on-one work with newly diagnosed children in Averett's Autism Resources Center.


Danville Science Center received $1,625 to support the Summer Sensory Night project, designed to create a more inclusive environment for the Science Center family and school audiences that include members within the autism spectrum.


The Autism Education Fund provides grants to autism education-related programs or organizations benefitting individuals, families, educators and the community in the surrounding area.   

The Fund was established from the proceeds of the Autism Awareness 5k.  The 5k is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April, 23rd at Anglers Park.  Participants can register to walk, run, volunteer or to participate in the Autism Ride.  Click here for more information on how you can support the Autism Awareness 5k.  
Basketball Tournament Supports Autism 
The Bloc Burnaz Motorcycle Club recently presented a check of $700 to the Autism Education Fund of The Community Foundation. The proceeds were from a basketball tournament held March 6 at the True Holiness Church in Danville.
Fund Spotlight!
The Perkinson Rose Garden Fund
The Alma Courtney "Sigie" Perkinson Rose Garden Fund was established in 2006 by James Perkinson, in memory of his wife "Sigie," a rosarian known state wide for her expertise and abiding interest in educating others in rose culture. The Perkinson Rose Fund's purpose is to create and maintain a rose garden at the Danville Museum, where Sigie gave untold hours tending the gardens.   The Fund makes annual grants to the Garden Club of Danville for maintenance.  
The Perkinson Memorial Rose Garden is located near the back of the Museum's property, along Holbrook Avenue and Sutherlin Alley.  The garden was designed by William Rieley and Associates, Landscape Architects, an architect for The Garden Club of Virginia. The design is in keeping with the long-term conceptual design for the Grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion given by the Garden Club of Virginia.
Donations can be made to this fund at any time and they can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one.

Keokee Fund

The Keokee Fund has awarded grants to Pittsylvania County STEM Academy & Galileo High School. 

The STEM Academy received $1,200 to support identified gifted students in the 8th grade to complete engineering design activities where they design, perform preliminary testing on wind tunnel, redesign and perform final testing.

Galileo High School received $1,090 to
a World History teacher to provide necessary training for teachers to ensure more diverse AP course offerings at Galileo and to improve the quality of instruction to benefit student readiness for success in a global environment.

The Keokee Fund's purpose is to support the education of academically gifted students.  
Donate From Your IRA
Donors can now give annually directly from IRAs
Annually, Americans age 70½ and up can now make tax-free Individual Retirement
Account (IRA) contributions to public charities, such as community foundations.

This tax provision became permanent in 2015.  Holders of traditional and Roth IRAs who are at least 70½ years old can make direct charitable transfers up to $100,000 per year.

As a qualified public charity, The Community Foundation can help donors execute the transfers and choose from several charitable fund options for their gift.

For more information take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions
Danville Lions Foundation Establishes Scholarship 

The Danville Lions Foundation presented two generous donations to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and Boys & Girls Clubs of Danville Area.

The Danville Lions Foundation Scholarship is being established with The Community Foundation. Scholarship applications will be accepted next year for Danville-Pittsylvania and Caswell County High School graduates who are pursuing a health-related profession, with a preference for those in a graduate level of study, especially those studying sight and speech/hearing professions.

The Boys & Girls Clubs donation will help to recover their gym flooring in order to prevent accidents and encourage more activity.

The Danville Lions Foundation is a recipient of the E. Stuart James Grant Trust administered by American National Bank.
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