For the third year in a row, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) is offering its online grants catalog to the public to assist with the foundation’s responsive grant making process. Each year, the foundation has enough money to fund approximately half of the applications it receives, so the Grants Catalog allows community members to engage in the process by making donations that help provide grants. more important to more organizations.
The foundation’s responsive grant application invites any nonprofit organization and government unit (such as a library) serving the New River Valley to apply for up to $4,000 in operating support, which is unrestricted funding. that allows an organization to respond to ongoing or urgent needs. The CFNRV has dozens of donor funds that are available to issue full or partial responsive grants to these organizations. In areas where the foundation is short of funding, the team opens the grants catalog to encourage the public to learn more about these important organizations and encourages them to contribute to the overall funding the organizations will receive this year.
“Donors have so many options when it comes to contributing to nonprofits and we know it can be difficult to choose where to donate,” said Jessica Wirgau, CFNRV’s CEO. “Our grants catalog is particularly useful for donors because our review team has reviewed each organization – looking at each organization’s financial statements, how they are addressing current challenges, their impact on our region, and more. Donors have peace of mind knowing that every organization in the catalog is having a positive impact on the VNR.”
Helping community members understand the needs of the New River Valley and facilitating donations for donors are two core tenets of the foundation’s work. In addition, CFNRV wants to make the grantmaking process easier for organizations so that grant dollars flow faster into our community. By providing unrestricted funding through these responsive grants, organizations have the power to decide how to use the funding, which is especially important now as they continue to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to rising demands. inflation costs.
The grant catalog will be open until Monday, October 31. Community members can visit cfnrv.org/grant-catalog to learn more about each organization, see how much money has been awarded to each organization so far, and make a secure online contribution. to their favorite organization.