The primary advantage of establishing a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is the opportunity to work with and support a local non-profit organization engaging in community leadership and helping to build local community.  Grants from any donor advised fund, whether it is established with the Community Foundation or with a commercial gift fund, may be recommended anywhere in the domestic United States.  However, the Foundation Support Fees collected on donor advised funds established at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia support the organization’s research and publication of data driven reports on critical community needs, emergency grants to basic needs assistance programs serving Northern Virginia, community events and seminars focused on local needs, and donor education events that improve the impact of our collective grant making. 

In addition, when you open a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, you will receive many personalized benefits that a commercial gift fund can not offer, including:
  1. Invitations to special donor receptions and donor events
  2. Data and information on the critical needs of Northern Virginia
  3. Immediate access to the professional staff at the Community Foundation and an annual meeting to discuss how grants from your fund can have an impact and make a difference.