Growing Philanthropy and Strengthening the Community


The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is uniquely positioned to help give a leg up to the region’s neediest while raising the quality of life for all.

Since 1978, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has been the premier charitable partner trusted by thousands of generous Northern Virginians.  Our mission is to grow philanthropy to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region. Comprised of donor advised funds, community investment funds, scholarship funds, and giving circles, we help engage donors in community, meet community needs with community resources, and strengthen Northern Virginia.

Our Community Foundation serves the entire region, including Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

The Community Foundation responds to need.

We are a broad-based funder with a community lens, and that allows us to help connect donors wanting to make a difference on the most critical needs of the region with the nonprofit organizations working to serve those needs.

The Community Foundation awarded more than $4.6 million in grants and scholarships in 2016, including $215,469 in scholarships to 80 students and $655,177 in grants from discretionary grant funds and from donor advised funds that the Community Foundation directly brokered to help meet critical needs in Northern Virginia, a record level of giving.

The Community Foundation seeds innovation.

We use philanthropy as an innovative tool to solve complex social issues.  The Community Foundation strategically partners with donors, nonprofits and schools to launch promising innovative programs and initiatives that have the potential to transform our region.

Our Innovation Fund has become a source of venture philanthropy, finding investment opportunities in Northern Virginia that help diversify the local economy, level the playing field for disadvantaged youth, and promote grass roots innovation.

The Community Foundation leads and convenes the community.

In recent years the Community Foundation has emerged as an important contributor to the thought leadership of the region. Our Innovation Breakfast Series showcases innovative ideas from around the country on building community through philanthropy. We publish data driven research on the real, as opposed to the perceived, needs of the region. We convene the community to help address complex and persistent social issues, helping to build cross sector collaborations and make better decisions on how to distribute our precious local resources.

The work of the Community Foundation is only possible when all sectors of our community come together with a common resolve — to raise the quality of life for us all and to create lasting change for our region.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a 501 (c) (3) organization and our tax ID # is 51-0232459. Available upon request is a list of our third party investment managers, fees charged, and members of the Investment Committee responsible for investment and oversight. Please contact us at (703) 879-7640.