Engaging the Community

The Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) works to encourage revitalization and renewal in the Dan River Region. We do so by making long-term investments to improve education, economic vitality, community wellness, financial stability and civic capacity for citizens throughout the City of Danville, Virginia; Pittsylvania County, Virginia; and Caswell County, North Carolina.

Since its establishment in 2005, DRF has committed more than $92 million through more than 340 grants. Some of these grants are large, but just as many are made from the DRF Make It Happen! (MIH!) program, which encourages individuals to make their dreams of community change a reality. Large organizational investments paired with these smaller grants create a culture of ″bright spots″ where those within the community as well as those visiting and researching for possible relocation can ″see the possible.″

DRF is committed to fostering collaboration, establishing partnerships and working across borders and with many types of organizations to rethink tomorrow and create solutions, positioning the Dan River Region as a place of opportunities. DRF encourages and supports new approaches, and believes that initiative and courage to view things from fresh and different perspectives empowers our community as we collaborate on a Bridge to the Future.


2018 Intern Application Now Open

The 2018 internship application is now open and ready for students. Apply by February 28 for this 10-week paid opportunity to make a difference in the Dan River Region and to gain experience while giving back.

In the spotlight

Is the precision machining jobs pipeline working?

Is the precision machining jobs pipeline working?

It never fails that when I’m out in the community, I’m asked questions — about the River District, about The Health Collaborative, about Make More Happen and many other initiatives the Danville Regional Foundation has invested in over the years.

Most recently, the questions posed to me have been, “Can you tell me how many jobs precision machining has actually brought to the area?” and “Is this precision machining thing working?”

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Partner Spotlight

SBDP works to increase community-wide awareness and support for a system of early childhood services to ensure that every child enters kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.

make more happen

Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has created Make More Happen (MMH) to challenge community organizations to use more funding and more time to create more impact and more results for more people. Learn More >


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