Seeking Applications for the Danville Regional Foundation Fellowship

Danville Regional Foundation logoAbout DRF

Danville Regional Foundation is a catalyst for innovation and an agent for transformation. Understanding that significant community change takes time, DRF invests for the long term in efforts that promise sustained positive impact for the Dan River Region. DRF is committed to activities, programs, and organizations that address the health, education, and well-being of residents of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County.

Fellowship Program

Created in 2012, DRF’s fellowship program cultivates the next generation of philanthropic and non-profit leaders in the Dan River Region. The program offers the unique opportunity to learn about philanthropy and the non-profit sector while providing personal and professional development in an area of mutual interest to both the Fellow and the Foundation. The fellowship may last up to 2 years.

DRF will provide a dynamic experience for energetic young person with a background and/or interests in one of our focus areas of economic development, education, health and wellness, urban planning, community engagement, and marketing/communications.

Fellows will:

  • Research Best practices on issues that relate to DRF’s areas of interest.
  • Undertake and lead one major project to further one of DRF’s initiatives.
  • Receive hands-on experience working in the fields of philanthropy and community engagement alongside community partners.
  • Participate in discussions and meetings with local elected and community leaders.
  • Review and write-up grant requests with Program Staff.

Previous fellows have focused on service-learning and engaging young people in the improvement of our community, regional asset-mapping and marketing, and uniting history to tell our collective story. For the next round of fellows, projects will most likely include:

  • The Arts – arts and culture is important to the success of many communities. How can the region help the arts community to be more connected, cohesive and robust?
  • Freelancers, or temporary, unaffiliated workers, are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s economy.  These project-based, independent workers are changing attitudes about the traditional organization-affiliated workforce. How can this region support these new independent workers?


DRF is seeking to hire bright, talented and energetic individuals. Background and experience in DRF’s project interest is not required. While we are currently interested in the Arts and Freelancers, these topic may change based on the environment or the talents and skills of fellows hired.

Candidates must hold a degree from a bachelor, or master’s level program at an accredited academic institution.  Candidates must possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must show interest in the non-profit sector and has demonstrated leadership potential in the professional life.

Deadline to Apply is May 31, 2016.  Fellowships will begin late summer or early fall.

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].  Please direct any questions to Wendi Goods Everson, Senior Program Officer.

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