Meet MBF


To inspire meaningful community engagement and cultivate effective leadership to create a stronger future for the Middle Border Region. 


Middle Border Forward envisions a region in which the citizens are not merely stakeholders impacted by decisions made, but shareholders invested in the decision-making process. Barriers to access and participation (physical, systemic & cultural) have been removed. Each person contributes according to their talents and passions; thereby, developing a sense of shared ownership and responsibility for the community and its future.

Systems work together in a coordinated effort toward common goals, maximizing the likelihood of success by capitalizing on all assets and eliminating waste & redundancy. Resources preserved by these efficiencies are redirected to other areas of need, allowing for exponential growth & redevelopment.

Within this vision, MBF operates as a community development hub - building collective networks by bridging people and organizations to co-create innovative change, providing space (both physical & psychological) for critical discussions and catalyzing ideas into action, while equipping grassroots leaders to be the change they want to see in the world.


Equity & Inclusion


Passion for Community

Creativity & Fun

Stewardship & Accountability


Middle Border Forward (MBF) was established in December 2015 as the capstone project of an 18-month fellowship of emerging grassroots leaders in the region sponsored by Danville Regional Foundation.  Today, as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MBF is on a mission to build social capital in the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County by providing innovative opportunities for people to #BeTheChange they want to see where they live, work & play.

MBF’s work focuses on grassroots leadership development and community engagement.  Chief among our values are a commitment to inclusivity and the belief that every person has the potential to make a positive impact in their community.

Theory of Change

[coming soon]