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Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.     


"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill



The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. promotes philanthropy by fostering charitable giving, serving our donors' interests, and effectively responding to the needs and opportunities of communities in Mercer County, West Virginia, Tazewell County, Virginia, and surrounding area.


Through scholarships and grants in the areas of Education; the Arts, Culture and the Humanities; Health; and Human Services, the Community Foundation matches the generosity of the people of our area with the needs of area organizations and individuals.





  Total Assets:


   as of December 31, 2020


  85 Endowed Funds


  The Foundation

  has awarded

  $3,398,291 to

  area non-profits






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Community Foundation

of the Virginias, Inc.

128 North Street  ●  P.O. Box 4127 

Bluefield, WV 24701

Phone: 304-324-0222 

Email: admin@cfvinc.org


Foundation gives grant to Abel Pregnancy Resource Center

In the 2020 Grants Cycle, the Foundation awarded $2,525.00 to the Abel Pregnancy Resource Center for inventory to support newborns and their parents.

Abel assists women facing an unplanned pregnancy, which can be a lonely, overwhelming experience. Many women & men feel anger, fear, confusion, regret, anxiety, panic and rejection when realizing they're experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Abel can help by providing:

*Emotional support

*Confidential pregnancy testing & limited ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy

*Education about all pregnancy options including: parenting, abortion & adoption

* Referrals for other available resources you may need

* Personal peer counseling

* Information on STI's (sexually transmitted infections)

* Parenting classes for men and women

The photo above shows the inventory and the Foundation Executive Director James Shott presenting the award to Abel Center's Director, Matthew Schaetzle.

Shown above are Center staff members, left to right: Elain Tiller, Board member; Diana Lockhart, Counselor and Patient Advocate; Matthew Schaetzle; Cheryl Hunter, Secretary; and Susan Blevins, RN-FNP, Nurse Manager.


Bluefield, West Virginia Fire Department receives grant


The Foundation presented a grant award to the Bluefield, West Virginia Fire Department for renovations to Fire Station 3 on Cumberland Road. The $35,800 grant came through the Community Impact Project, and was funded by the Payne-Cofer Fund for Bluefield, West Virginia.


This grant will cover a new roof, new gutters, and a new HVAC system, which are essential to getting the station back up and running, Bluefield Fire Chief Adrian Conner stated. “This station is key to the residents and businesses located along the Cumberland Road area, and plays a vital role in the development of the Exit 1 property, John Nash Boulevard, Mercer County Industrial Park, and as a primary “mutual aid” responder to the East River Mountain Tunnel,” he said.


Pictured above, from the left: Marie Blackwell, City Ambassador/Grant Administrator/Veteran Liaison with the City of Bluefield; Fire Chief Adrian Connor; and Foundation Executive Director James Shott.


Citizens interested in partnering with the City of Bluefield on these renovations may send their tax-deductible contribution to: 

City of Bluefield, Attn: Marie Blackwell,

200 Rogers Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Board approves grants in 2020 Grants Cycle


The Grants Committee reviewed 45 applications in the 2020 Grants Cycle.


The Committee's recommendations were presented to the Foundation Board of Directors at its September 8th meeting, and 41 Grants totaling $186,276.83 were approved.


In addition to the grants awarded from applications, three Donor-Designated Grants were awarded, totaling $3,842.16 and two Donor-Advised Grants were awarded, totaling $1,000.00.


Those five grants bring the total of all grants awarded in the 2020 Grants Cycle to $191,118.99.


An additional $35,800.00 Community Impact Project grant was awarded to the City of Bluefield, West Virginia Fire Department for work on Station 3 on Cumberland Road.


The Foundation would like to recognize the members of the Grants Committee, chaired by Bob Perkinson, and including Mary Jo Babbitt, Gene Bailey, Marie Blackwell, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Craig Hammond, Kermit Moore and Peter Taylor.



2020 Scholarships announced

The Foundation's Board of Directors met Tuesday, June 9th and approved 153 scholarships for 101 applicants. The scholarship awards totaled nearly $284,000. Award notices have been sent to all recipients.

The Foundation would like to recognize and thank the members of the Scholarships Committee, chaired by Carole Dodson and including Gene Bailey, George Brooks, Mary Raub and Cathy Zimmerman for their time and diligence in evaluating the applications.

Scholarships were awarded to students from the following area high schools, as well as some college students.

Bluefield High School; Graham High School; Montcalm High School; Pikeview High School; Princeton Senior High School; Richlands High School; River View High School; and Tazewell High School.



Community Foundation grants to assist

nonprofits supporting COVID-19 services


The following organizations have been approved for emergency grants

for expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:


Bluefield Public Works Department, Labor of Love Mission, Golden Girl Group Home, 


WISE, Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Tender Mercies Food Pantry,


Princeton Fire Department,  Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition,


Princeton Rescue Squad, Communities In Schools, Bluefield Police Department,


Princeton Police Department, Bluefield Fire Department



The Community Foundation of the Virginias is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations to provide vital services to the Mercer County/Tazewell County area due to the coronavirus crisis through its Community Impact Project (CIP).

Services provided by the nonprofits could include child care, elder care, patient care, emergency response services, financial assistance to people out of work, nutritional assistance, and other similar services.


Grant requests will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every two weeks to ensure quick decisions and timely programs. The next two deadlines are Wednesday, April 22 and May 6, with funding decisions on approval and the amount approved to be announced as soon as possible thereafter.


Before applying, please read the details below. If you have questions, call the Foundation at 304-324-0222 to discuss your project.


The primary goal of the CIP-COVID-19 grants is to enable nonprofits to adapt, expand, or initiate vital services to the local area during the coronavirus period. 


To be eligible for a CIP-COVID-19 grant, programs must be related to the COVID-19 crisis, either directly (e.g., care for virus patients) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to working parents without child care). We will also consider grants that would allow a nonprofit to adapt its existing programs in the face of the ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape (e.g., modifications to a food program to allow for community closures).


In all cases, special emphasis may be given to efforts that help the most vulnerable and/or the most people in our community.

Any nonprofit organization serving the Mercer/Tazewell County area is eligible. Local organizations may be given priority for funding.

Schools and government agencies may be eligible to apply, if it is demonstrated that financial support is not available from other sources. 


Churches and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for projects assisting the wider community (i.e., not just members of their own faith or congregation), and if their outreach does not include the promotion of religious beliefs.


CIP-COVID-19 Grants will be awarded to support the direct costs of a charitable project or program (e.g., supplies, equipment, food, educational materials, program staff). Operating, overhead, and indirect costs are not eligible for grant funding. Grants will be awarded for up to $10,000. Depending upon how long the COVID-19 crisis lasts, there may be the opportunity to apply for a second grant.


Contract help and/or additional program staff may be eligible if used for extra personnel that was hired or augmented to meet a need related to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants are to be used for program staff only; neither administrative nor management staff time is eligible.


All grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis for actual costs incurred. Grant expenses must be substantiated by third-party documentation (e.g., receipts, statements, invoices). These documents should be generated from vendors, not from your organization, with the exception of documentation of staff time. Grants for staff time will be paid upon the furnishing of timesheets.


Applications should consist of a one- or two-page letter briefly describing your nonprofit’s mission, the project at hand, the dollar amount requested, the local need it would meet, and the beneficiaries of the proposed program. Please be as specific as possible in terms of the number and demographics of the people you would serve with the grant.


Attached to your letter, please include a project budget and, if you’ve never received a grant from the Community Foundation, your IRS 501(c)3 designation letter, or other nonprofit explanation/justification.


The process will work as follows:

  1. Email your application to the Foundation

  2. Following each deadline, applications will be evaluated, and you will be notified if your application has been approved and the amount approved for the grant

  3. As grant funds are utilized, submit documentation; reimbursement will follow as quickly as possible

  4. If you have spent nearly all of your original grant amount and still have project work to do, you may reapply for another grant, so long as funds remain available

Email your application and with all applicable documentation to: execdir@cfvinc.org.




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Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.

128 North Street  ● P.O. Box 4127  ● Bluefield, WV 24701

Phone: 304-324-0222  ● Fax: 304-324-7716

Email: admin@cfvinc.org


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