In 2018 the Community Foundation Celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

In 1978 the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia started as a small organziation.

In 2017 the Community Foundation awarded more than $4.7 million in grants and scholarships and reported $47 million in managed philanthropic assets.

In 2018 we plan to honor our 40th anniversary by doing what we love - growing philanthropy in the region. Please continue to visit our web site and follow us on social media as we roll out activities relating to the Community Foundation's 40th anniversary. Click here to read our Blog where we share stories of those involved in the history of the Foundation.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia works to identify and meet the most critical needs of our community. If you would like to make a donation now, please visit our Donate Now page and explore ways to contribute to the most critical needs of our community.

The Board and Staff of the Community Foundation are pleased to share the following message to our community:

CFNVBoardThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is committed to building a community that works for everyone.

Our community is stronger when all people are respected, welcomed, and invited to share their assets and contributions in community building.

We work to bring about a more equitable and inclusive prosperity that marries our economic strength with the full breadth of our diverse community.

We are wholeheartedly devoted to our neediest neighbors and most vulnerable and marginalized populations, and work tirelessly to better meet their needs.

Now, more than ever, we see many opportunities for local action.

We do nothing alone at the Community Foundation.  Please join us in grant making, dialogue, outreach and advocacy.


Learn more about our work and mission.

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Board of Directors

Lynn Tadlock (Chair)
Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

Paul Leslie (Vice Chair)
Dovel Technologies, Inc.

Kevin P. DeSanto (Secretary)
KippsDeSanto & Co.

Dean Peterson (Treasurer)

Anderson Tax

David L. Young (Immediate Past Chair)
Titania Ventures LLC

Cindy K. Andreotti
The Andreotti Group

John Chapel

White Hall Capital, LLC

Julian Chin

Brandon Elledge, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP

Steve Gladis, Ph.D.
Steve Gladis Leadership Partners

Thomas G. Hume

Ken Huntsman

Cheryl Janey

Northrop Grumman

Joan Kasprowicz

Louis C. Kiessling

Cathy Lange
BusinessWorks

Bernard Mustafa
Pleasant Valley Business Solutions

Susan Nolan

Ed Silva
CENTERPOINT Inc.

Donald Strehle

Sterling Capital Management LLC

Sylvia von Bostel

Marc Wishkoff

Chevy Chase Trust

John H. Wolff
Capital Fiduciary Advisors, LLC

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Staff

Eileen M. Ellsworth 
President 
703-879-7635 
eileen.ellsworth@cfnova.org

Kelly S. Blanks
Chief Philanthropy Officer
703-879-7636
kelly.blanks@cfnova.org

Cindy DiMarco
Director of Finance
703-879-7638
cindy.dimarco@cfnova.org

Lesley MacDonald
Director of Community Investment
703-879-7639
lesley.macdonald@cfnova.org

Tara Nadel
Director of Communications and Events
703-879-7637
tara.nadel@cfnova.org

Sari Raskin
Associate Director of Community Investment
703-879-7641
sari.raskin@cfnova.org

Employment Opportunities:

The Community Foundation for Northern Virignia is seeking applications for the following positions:

Calling All Volunteers!

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia seeks volunteers to help complete office work and administrative tasks weekdays between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Strong computer skills and attention to detail a plus! Please contact Kelly Blanks at kelly.blanks@cfnova.org for opportunities. 

The Council on Foundations Recognizes the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for Compliance with National Accountability Standards

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is recognized for having organizational and financial practices that are in accordance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.  The Council on Foundations and leaders of the community foundation field created the National Standards in 2000 to aid community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that would show the foundations’ transparency and financial responsibility in light of the increased public scrutiny of foundation practices.  In addition, National Standards were developed to distinguish community foundations from other philanthropic vehicles, build the capacity of community foundations to carry out their missions, and assist the field with self-regulation in a manner viewed positively by the Internal Revenue Service.

AccreditedCF SealThe National Standards seal, pictured here, was developed for community foundations to signify that they have been confirmed in compliance with National Standards.  Professional advisors and prospective donors will recognize the seal as an indication of the integrity and demonstrated excellence of the compliant foundation.

Intended both as a blueprint for internal organizational development and as a tangible set of benchmarks for external assessment of performance, the 43 National Standards address six key areas of community foundation operations:
  • Mission, Structure and Governance, including standards defining board accountability, compensation, independence, fiduciary responsibility and representation of the community.
  • Resource Development, including parameters for administration of funds, disclosures to donors and commitment to building long-term resource for varied community issues and causes.
  • Stewardship and Accountability, covering prudent investment and management of funds, transparent record-keeping, use of funds for their intended purpose, annual audits, and public availability of financial information, including standards related to due diligence and community responsiveness.
  • Grantmaking and Community Leadership, including standards related to broad and open grantmaking programs, due diligence, and responsiveness to changing community needs.
  • Communications, including openness to public scrutiny and frequent communications about activities and finances.
In order to achieve Confirmation of Compliance with the National Standards, community foundations must undergo an extensive review of their organizational and financial policies and procedures. The review is performed by trained, experienced community foundation practitioners.

U.S. community foundations serve tens of thousands of donors and administer more than $39 billion in charitable funds. Of the nearly 700 community foundations in the United States, over 500 have pledged to comply with the National Standards. To date, over 150 community foundations have been found in compliance with National Standards.  These community foundations represent foundations from across the nation and the size of their assets range from the smallest to the largest in the field.  Currently, compliant community foundations represent over $9 billion in assets, or about 28% of the field.

The Council on Foundations is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations.  The Council provides the opportunity, leadership and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good.  For more information on the Council, visit the organization’s website at www.cof.org.

 

Grants

The Community Foundation awarded more than $4.7 million in grants and scholarships during FY 2017.

Assets

The Community Foundation reported approximately $47 million in managed assets on June 30, 2017.

Gifts and Bequests

The Community Foundation received approximately $13 million in gifts and bequests during FY 2017.

Documents

Public Disclosure Statement on IRS Form 990-T:  The Community Foundation has never been required to file IRS Form 990-T.  In the event the Community Foundation is required in any year to file such a form, it will be posted here on our website and thereby made available to the public. 

Get in Touch!

Whether you are interested in establishing a donor advised fund or are seeking a grant opportunity, we’d love to hear from you! You can email any of our staff members, give us a call, or simply fill out the form below. Thanks so much!

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
2940 Hunter Mill Road
Suite 201
Oakton, VA  22124

Phone: 703-879-7640
Fax: 703-879-7644

See our full staff directory here.

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100 Years of Giving and Growing Together

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One hundred years ago, in 1914, the community foundation concept was born in the Midwest, giving rise to a new philanthropy, a new way of participating in community, and a new vision for the future.

Today, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States, collectively managing more than $48 billion in assets and making grants of approximately $4.5 billion a year to improve life in their communities. There are more than 1,700 community foundations worldwide.

Like all community foundations, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia invites everyday people with a vision and a passion for community to create something together: For good. Forever.
  • We translate collective giving into big local impact
  • We give everyone access to the power of endowment
  • We are devoted to the people and places you love
Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the community foundation spirit! Contact us to learn how you can get involved.

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DeSanto LRKevin P. DeSanto (Chair)
KippsDeSanto & Co.

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Bernard headshotBernard Mustafa (Vice Chair)
PVBS

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Paul LesliePaul Leslie (Immediate Past Chair)
Dovel Technologies

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Dean Peterson (Treasurer)

Andersen Tax

Marc Wishkoff LRMarc Wishkoff (Secretary)
Chevy Chase Trust

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AndreottiCindy K. Andreotti
The Andreotti Group, LLC

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Chapel 4 LRJohn Chapel
White Hall Capital, LLC

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ChapmanAdrian P. Chapman
WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas

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Elledge Brandon 72Brandon Elledge, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP

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Ken pic - 3x5 - 300 dpiKen Huntsman

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Janey Cheryl head shot close upCheryl Janey
Morewood Partners

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Susan Nolan

Steve ReederSteven A. Reeder
Access National Bank

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Schott Murray C 3x4 FINAL 2Catherine Schott Murray
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.

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Julie SimmonsJulie Simmons
Human Capital Strategic Consulting

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strehleDonald Strehle
Sterling Capital Management LLC

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sylviavb lo resSylvia von Bostel

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weintraubMitch Weintraub
Cordia Partners

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George WilsonGeorge Wilson
ECS Federal, Inc.

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JW photo LRJohn H. Wolff
Bronfman E.L. Rothschild


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Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Staff

EileenEileen M. Ellsworth 
President and CEO
703-879-7635 
eileen.ellsworth@cfnova.org
 



KellyBlanksCroppedKelly S. Blanks
Chief Philanthropy Officer
703-879-7636
kelly.blanks@cfnova.org



JenniferCochranJennifer F. Cochran
Manager of Communications and Events
703-347-7427
jennifer.cochran@cfnova.org




AllisonCookAllison Cook
Philanthropy Officer
703-879-7642
allison.cook@cfnova.org
 



CindyCindy DiMarco
Director of Finance
703-879-7638
cindy.dimarco@cfnova.org

 

TaraTara Nadel
Vice President of Marketing and Events
703-879-7637
tara.nadel@cfnova.org

 


KrystaPearceKrysta Pearce
Manager of Grants and Scholarships
703-879-7639
krysta.pearce@cfnova.org
 



SariSari Raskin
Director of Grants and Community Leadership
703-879-7641
sari.raskin@cfnova.org



Current Job Opening

Full Time Philanthropy Officer. Click here to read the job posting.

Calling All Volunteers!

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia seeks volunteers to help complete office work and administrative tasks weekdays between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Strong computer skills and attention to detail a plus! Please contact Kelly Blanks at kelly.blanks@cfnova.org for opportunities.

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