The DRF Board of Directors established the B. R. Ashby, M. D. Award for Outstanding Community Service in recognition and appreciation of the exemplary service and selfless leadership of B.R. Ashby, M.D., a founding Board Member and first Chairman of DRF. The $50,000 general operating grant award - which began in 2009 - honors outstanding community service in the Dan River Region by nonprofit organizations, based on their success in helping needy families and individuals overcome significant challenges.
Each year, the general public is invited to nominate regional nonprofits that demonstrate commitment to caring and generosity of spirit. The nominator cannot be a paid staff member at the organization under review. Board members, volunteers, and community members are eligible to make nominations.
Nominated organizations that meet the award criteria will be invited to submit a full application. Eligibility requirements include:
The award is overseen by an Advisory Committee of five community members and a DRF Board representative. The actual award is presented by the DRF Board of Directors and announced at an annual event sponsored by DRF.
Past winners are: