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Nominations Now Open for the 2019 Ashby Award


August 6, 2018

This award honors outstanding community service in the region by a nonprofit organization based on success in helping needy families and individuals overcome significant challenges. 

Past recipients include Pittsylvania County Community Action (2018), Caswell Family Medical Center (2017), Danville Cancer Association (2016), God’s Storehouse (2015), Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center (2014), Danville Life Saving and First Aid Crew (2013), God’s Pit Crew (2012), Danville Church-Based Tutorial Program (2011) and Caswell Parish (2010).   

Nominated nonprofit organizations must be located within the DRF service area - City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, VA and Caswell County, NC. The award will be presented in January at a special event held at DRF. 

Anyone in the community can nominate an organization they feel has demonstrated a commitment to caring, generosity of spirit, and improving the quality of life for residents in the region.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 7, 2018.

Nominations can be made online at Nominated organizations that meet the eligibility requirements will be contacted at a later date and asked to submit a full application.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • The nominated organization must be at least five years old.
  • The nominated organization must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501 (c)(3) organization. This can include churches and religious organizations as defined by IRS Publication 1828.
  • The organization must be located in the DRF service area (Danville and Pittsylvania County, VA and Caswell County, NC) and a majority of its clients and/or programs must be located in the service area.
  • Grantees currently funded or having a commitment to receive funding by DRF at $200,000 + annually are not eligible.
  • Previous Ashby Award recipients are not eligible to receive the award again until after five years.

More information about DRF, its grant opportunities, and this award program can be found on its website,, or by calling Senior Program Officer Starling McKenzie at (434) 483-4273.