The Community Foundation announces record-setting year

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge announced on Monday a record setting year in 2018.

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The Foundation says it awarded a record $1.5 million in grants, scholarships, and awards which represents a 36 percent increase over the previous year.

Dan Layman, CEO of the Community Foundation, says the record year is a testament to the trust the foundation has built in the community.

"We had great growth in 2017 which provided more funds to give away in 2018," said Layman. "But it's also the culmination of 26 years of building trust in the community."

In 2018, the Foundation presented 355 grants to 194 nonprofit organizations, 60 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and adult learners, and 20 cash awards to individuals through its Dawburn Education Awards and Smyth Education Awards.

"The Foundation has great flexibility to match resources with the community's most pressing needs," said Layman. "As part of our continued commitment to connect people who care to causes that matter, the Community Foundation makes grants to support a more responsive, supportive, and prosperous community."

One grant went to fund a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) lab at the Valley Career and Technical Center in Fishersville.

This lab provides high school students with the training across core manufacturing and engineering skillsets. Layman believes labs like these are apart of the foundation's commitment to work force development in the region.

"For us, it's about can we get people to great jobs in our community so they can earn a family sustaining wage," said Layman.