STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge experienced a record-breaking year of giving in 2018.

The organization awarded $1.5 million in grants, scholarships, and awards to nonprofits, graduating seniors, adult learners, and Dawbarn winners.

Plus, a long-term commitment to workforce development drove its decision to help fund the computer integrated manufacturing lab at Valley Career and Technical Center.

CEO Dan Layman says he's proud of the trust his nonprofit has garnered from the community.

“People turn to us if they have a need to and a desire to set up a fund,” Layman said. “They turn to us if they want to know more about what's going on in the community. They turn to us for their own professional development if they're working within a nonprofit organization."

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is the largest grant maker in the Augusta County area, with over $25 million of endowment funds.