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Nature Camp Scholarship Applications

Applications being accepted for Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany Nature Camp Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Rockbridge, Bath, and Alleghany (CFRBA) is pleased to announce that it is now taking applications for the Nature Camp Scholarship. The scholarship is for $400 and will cover part of the cost of attending a two week session of Nature Camp during the summer of 2014. The total cost of the camp is $815. The scholarship winner will be responsible for paying the balance of the fee, but additional financial aid may be available through the camp.

The Nature Camp Scholarship was created with the recognition of the positive value that an experience at a nature camp can have on a young person’s development, especially for individuals in lower-income or underrepresented communities.  This scholarship honors the memory of Eliot L. Balazs who lived his entire life in the Rockbridge area and was an ardent supporter of nature conservation, archeology, historic preservation, and outdoor activities.  Eliot donated countless hours to community organizations. He passed away in 2012, but this scholarship is a way to honor him and continue his legacy of service and conservation.

Nature Camp is a private, non-profit, residential, co-ed summer camp specializing in natural history and environmental science education. Since 1942 Nature Camp has sought to train a corps of interested, knowledgeable youth, from 5th through 12th grade, to conserve and protect the environment and to become wise stewards of the earth’s natural resources.

Nestled in an isolated, idyllic valley by Big Mary’s Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Rockbridge County, Nature Camp is founded on the principle that no one can be expected to save the world who doesn’t care about the world, and no one can be expected to care about the natural world who doesn’t know about and understand it.

Nature Camp seeks to foster an appreciation for and love of nature by inviting the campers to explore the world around them through hands-on, outdoor, experiential learning. In so doing they hope to inspire the young people of today to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of tomorrow, to spark a lifelong love of learning, and to forge a deep and abiding connection with the natural world.

For more information on the camp, visit

To apply for the scholarship, visit:  If you have any questions contact Lori Keckler or 540-463-0943.

The deadline for applying is March 5, 2014. NOTE: This is NOT a postmark deadline. Applications must be in the possession of the CFRBA by March 5th.

CFRBA Hosts Annual Reception

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CFRBA Quarterly Newsletter December 2013

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CFRBA Welcomes New Board Members

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members.  Josh Elrod, Sallie Sebrell and Carol Grigsby were recently elected to the Board.

Josh Elrod was born in Ames, Iowa and moved to Lexington with his family in 1984. He is a graduate of Lexington High School, the College of Wooster, and the University of Virginia School of Law. Josh began practicing law in Lexington in 2000, and now practices as a partner in the firm Mann, Vita & Elrod. His practice focuses on family law, including collaborative practice, criminal defense, and general litigation. Josh has been the President of the local bar, a representative to the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar and served on the Eighth District Ethics Committee from 2005 until 2011, concluding his term as chair of the Committee. Locally, he has been a regular coach for youth athletics, served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Yellow Brick Road Early learning center, and the Session of Lexington Presbyterian Church, where he teaches Sunday school.

Sallie Sebrell is a 1973 graduate of Mary Baldwin College, with a BA in Economics. A native of Charleston, S.C., she married and moved to Virginia in 1974. Sallie and her husband, John, have lived in Lynchburg, Roanoke, Hampton, and Suffolk. Bringing her love of historic properties with her to Virginia, she became involved in historic preservation in Lynchburg, having served as President of the Lynchburg Historical Foundation. Her interest then grew to include natural resource conservation and land-use management, and she became involved in the Virginia Conservation Network, serving on that Board off-and-on for 30 years. She currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation. Sallie and her husband moved to Lexington in 2011, having restored the Sheridan Building on Main Street, and are enjoying living in such a wonderful, walkable community.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Carol worked for the Neurological Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and subsequently was a senior administrator of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield’s managed care program. After spending 20 years abroad in Japan and England where her volunteer efforts included fundraising for Refugees International, Japan, and the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher Surrey, as well as serving 3 terms on the Board of the American Women of Surrey, her family relocated to Lexington in 2008. Local volunteer efforts include the Roots and Shoots Garden at Waddell School and she is a member of the Blue Ridge Garden Club and the Valley of Virginia Herb Guild.

CFRBA is staffed by Executive Director Lori Keckler.  Board Members include Dan Vance (Chairman), Robert Glidden (Vice Chairman), Woody Sadler (Treasurer), Sue Whitsitt (Secretary),  Russell Tompkins, Susan Rabern, Elizabeth Knapp, Sarah McWilliams, and George Phillips.

CFRBA Awards Scholarships for 2013

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany awarded four scholarships last Thursday to deserving Rockbridge County High School Seniors.

Scholarship Winners included Katherine Schwamm who was awarded the Jacqueline Pleasants Scholarship for $1000.  Katherine also  received the Lexington High School Alumni Scholarship for $500.  The Charles H. Lauck Jr. Scholarship was presented to Zachery Dubit for $1000.  The winner of the Edward F. Turner scholarship for $500 was Stevan Hall-Mejia.

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany encourages donors interested in creating new scholarships to contact Lori Keckler at 540-463-0943 for more information.

CFRBA will award $118,000 to Not for Profits

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath will be awarding $118,000 to the community in November 2012 from its donors.  Almost $20,000 of that being unrestricted funds that the board was able to consider grant applications for recently.

“We are very excited for our annual reception which will allow us to fulfill our mission and improve the quality of life in the foundation’s service area this year.” said Lori Keckler, Executive Director of the foundation.

As one of thousands of independent community foundations operating across the country, the CFRBA helps individuals and organizations establish endowed funds with as little as $10,000.  The Foundation then assists donors in carrying out their philanthropic goals in perpetuity by using the earnings from these endowments to make grants back to community non-profit organizations.

CFRBA offers several types of funds including:

Pass Through:  At your convenience you may recommend grants into the future to qualified not-for-profits, using both income and principal.

Endowment Funds:  The principal is left intact and are allowed to grow while the earnings from the fund (normally 4% of the value of the fund) are used for your designated grants.  This means that the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany will invest fund assets to ensure its perpetuity. In addition to Donor-Advised Funds we offer:

Designated Endowed Funds:  There are endowed funds in which you designate the agency you wish to receive your support.

Field of Interest Endowed Funds:  These are endowed funds which you designate the general area of interest (health care, arts, education and etc.) you wish to receive your support.

Unrestricted Endowed Funds:  These are endowed funds, which can be used for the greatest need in the community.

Upon reviewing qualified grant requests you and/or your advisors may recommend or have the grants committee recommend which agency will receive your financial support.

Not-For-Profit organizations may set up endowments with the foundation to benefit their own organization in perpetuity.

CFRBA is governed by a very educated board and distinguished of trustees which includes Dan Vance (Chairman) Bob Glidden (Vice Chairman) Woody Sadler (Treasurer ) Sue Whitsitt (Secretary) as well as David Cox, Susan Rabern, , Russell Tompkins, Elizabeth Knapp, Chuck Phillips and George Phillips