For the third year in a row, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley is offering its online grants catalog to the public to assist with the foundation’s responsive granting process.
Each year, the foundation has enough money to fund approximately half of the applications received, so the catalog allows community members to engage in the process by making donations that help provide larger grants. 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 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.
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“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 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 the peace of mind of knowing that each 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 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 each organization has been awarded so far, and make a secure online contribution to their favorite organization.
– Submitted by Lindsey Gleason