Community Foundation of the Virginias Inc

A Community for
Generations To Come

Lending a Helping Hand to the Community


Celebrating 30 Years of Assisting

Area Non-Profits and Students!

Trusted Grantmaking Public Charity in Bluefield, West Virginia

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, WV, Tazewell County, VA, and surrounding areas.


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.

Community Foundation approves grants in 2023 cycle


The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. met Tuesday, September 12 and voted to approve 80 grants totaling $479,795.69.


Sixty-three grants totaling $426,766.62 were reviewed and recommended for approval by the Foundation’s Grants Committee. Six grants totaling $6,219.17 came from Donor Designated funds and 11 grants came from Donor Advised funds, and totaled $46,800.00.


Successful applicants will receive notifications in the next several days.


In the 2023 Scholarships Cycle the Board of Directors in May approved 199 scholarships totaling $419,000.00 to 129 area students.


In 2023 the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. has invested a total of $898,795.69 in non-profit organizations and students in its service area of southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia.


30 for 30 Update

Earlier this year the Foundation requested contributions for an appeal titled “30 for 30.”


Since the Foundation has completed 30 years of supporting area non-profits and students, we asked interested parties to contribute $1 for each of those years, or any amount they desired.


We were pleased that people did respond and the total of those contributions is $7,400.


By the end of 2023, the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. will have returned more than $5,400,000 to benefit the communities it serves.


The Foundation thanks everyone who contributed for their generosity. Those additional dollars increase the Foundation’s ability to support beneficial non-profit organizations and students who want to continue their education.


And, it is not too late to contribute to the “30 for 30” request. Anyone desiring to help the Foundation may mail or deliver their contribution to the office or donate through PayPal.


Longtime Foundation supporter passes away


The Foundation is deeply saddened at the passing of Nick Ameli on May 8 following a brief illness. Nick was involved with the Foundation from 1997 until about a year or so ago when he became unable to participate.


He served as our President, was on the Finance Committee and other committees, and on the Board of Directors for many years, and was the regular emcee of our Annual Dinners for many years. Nick was a wonderful person and a strong supporter of the Foundation, and he will be greatly missed.


His daughter, Debbie Froy, notified us that she and her sister and brother are starting a scholarship fund with the Foundation in Nick’s memory, and will ask for donations to it in his obituary.


Community Foundation of the Virginias

awards scholarships


The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. approved 150 scholarships for graduating seniors at high schools in Mercer County and Tazewell County at its meeting on May 9, 2023.


The Foundation’s Scholarships Committee recommended awards for 81 applicants in the 2023 Scholarships Cycle. Awards were also approved for 32 college students who were eligible to renew scholarships they had received previously.


These awards totaled $419,000, and were funded by 51 separate scholarship funds at the Foundation.


The Foundation appreciates the dedication and hours of time invested by the Scholarships Committee, the members of which are: Tom Chaffins, Chairman; Gene Bailey, Deborah Garton, Lisa Lineberry, Cathy Corte Payne, Peter Taylor, and Cathy Zimmerman.


Recipients will be notified by letter in the next several days.




Marine Corps Toys for Tots

presents a plaque to the Foundation

Rodney Mayberry (right) is shown presenting a plaque expressing the appreciation of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots organization to Community Foundation Executive Director James Shott.


2022 Is the 75th year of Toys for Tots.


The Foundation’s $2,500 grant was made to help fund the 2022 Toys for Tots program.

Call us at (304) 324-0222 to learn more about our scholarships, grants, donation programs, and more.

Call us at (304) 324-0222 to learn more about our scholarships, grants, donation programs, and more.

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