Community Foundation Serving Southwest Virginia Announces Nonprofit Excellence Award Recipients

Pictured L to R: Michelle Eberly, Community Foundation Director of Grants & Donor Engagement; Donna Proctor, Free Clinic of Franklin County Executive Director; LeeAnn Linkenhoker, Greenvale School Executive Director; Janice Dinkins-Davidson, Children’s Trust Executive Director; and Beth Kelley, Community Foundation Director of Finance and Investments.

Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia (formerly Foundation for Roanoke Valley) has announced it has awarded grants of $10,000 each to three local nonprofits as part of its 30th Anniversary celebration held on October 30th at Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  

Through a competitive grant application, organizations were invited to apply based on the criteria noted on the Foundation’s website.  Out of the 30 applications, six were selected by Staff and Board Members to be presented at the Anniversary Celebration.  Event attendees had the opportunity to learn about the organizations presented and vote on the top three.  The votes were tallied and the following organizations were awarded a grant:

Children’s Trust Roanoke Valley has been providing child abuse prevention programs for almost 40 years and serves at-risk parents and families, abused children, and alleged victims of abuse and neglect.  It recently established a training and certification project that will take the Roanoke and New River Valley from seven therapists trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) to over forty available therapists who can provide effective intervention for children and their parents with the elimination of waiting lists for therapy.

“We are so grateful and excited to have been selected to receive this award. The funds will be used to acquire professional development in areas of expertise such as financial management, organizational growth, marketing and fundraising.  Such an investment enables needed capacity development and the ability to reach the goals of the current strategic plan and beyond,” said Children’s Trust Executive Director, Janice Dinkins-Davidson.

Free Clinic of Franklin County was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to quality, affordable, primary healthcare – regardless of socioeconomic or insurance status.  It serves adults aged 18-64 who live at less than 250% of the federal poverty level.  It recently received one of three Point of Care laboratories awarded by Heart to Heart International nationwide, and also became one of two sites in Virginia that were fully accredited to offer the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

Greenvale School provides affordable, accessible, top-quality, developmentally-appropriate childcare and educational services for children of working parents, according to each family’s ability to pay.  Greenvale recently completed a two-year, state-funded pilot program called Mixed Delivery and was one of six sites chosen in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.  “Greenvale School is ecstatic to learn that we were chosen to receive one of the nonprofit excellence awards from the Community Foundation. Greenvale exists and thrives because of the support we have in our community. We truly could not reach the families who need us the most without the support of so many caring and generous individuals who care about early childhood education. We take this recognition seriously and want to ensure that we will continue providing high-quality childcare and preschool education to the families in the Roanoke Valley who need it the most, so that working families can continue to provide for their families while their children get the preparation they need to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond,” says Greenvale School Executive Director LeeAnn Linkenhoker.

“Nonprofit organizations are vital not only for delivering much-needed services but also working in the community to solve problems we all face.  The Foundation wanted to recognize nonprofits who demonstrate strong programs and a commitment to financial stability.  We are thrilled to recognize the great work these three recipients do in making this community a better place for all,” says Michelle Eberly, Community Foundation Director of Grants & Donor Engagement.

With close to 350 endowed funds, $73 million in outright assets, and $130 million in future estate commitments, Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia continues to work diligently to connect philanthropic resources with important community needs.  To learn more about the Community Foundation, please visit our new website at or call (540) 985-0204.

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