Help Shape our Region's Future

The Founder's Society recognizes donors giving either major and/or planned gifts to the Permanent Fund. Members to this prestigious group are our most generous and committed donors who want to leave a permanent legacy to our community. The Founder’s Society recognizes donors who make current or planned gifts to The Permanent Fund of $10,000 or more.  Their gifts induct them as a lifetime member of the Founder's Society. 


FoundersSociety Levels
  • Community Pillar (>$1,000,000)
  • Community Benefactor ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Community Partner ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Community Patron ($10,000 - $99,999)

Donor Recognition and Opportunities for Engagement

  • Membership in the Founder’s Society
  • Listing in Annual Report
  • Listing on Founder’s Society webpage
  • Annual stewardship reports
  • Publicity and acknowledgement (at donor’s discretion) of gifts and the progress or related accomplishments of the gift’s impact
  • Opportunities to interact with other Permanent Fund donors

Current Founder's Society Members

Community Pillar


Community Partner

Susan and Phil Nolan
Joy Myers
Melinda Merk

Community Patron

Brandon and Amy Elledge
Eileen Ellsworth and Bob Weil
Catherine Schott Murray
Kevin and Jennifer DeSanto
John and Lisa Wolff
Paul and Laura Gilbert
Bernard and Daphne Mustafa
Steve Reeder
The LWH Family Foundation
John and Patti Sinnen
Julian and Sue Chin
Beatriz McNelly

For more information please contact Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at 703-879-7635 or