Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2014 Granting Cycle

FFThe Future Fund announced the winners of its 2014 grant cycle today, awarding $20,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits serving military veterans and their families.

The Future Fund is the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It offers members opportunities to learn about the critical needs of the region, donate at affordable levels to the causes they care about most, and meet their professional peers – other community advocates who see the benefit of pooling monetary contributions to increase the impact of their support to local charitable organizations.

The two grant-winning organizations support veterans of the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operating Enduring Freedom wars and their families with basic needs.  The winning organizations include:

Linden Resources, located in Arlington, VA

The Future Fund will support Linden Resources’ Vets Ready2Work (VR2W) program, providing employment support to ten to thirteen veterans with disabilities.  This program pairs each veteran with an Employment Specialist to improve self-esteem and help them obtain and sustain meaningful employment in a career-advancing opportunity that will provide stability and independence.

Quality of Life Foundation, located in Woodbridge, VA

This grant will support the Quality of Life’s Wounded Veteran Family Care Program (WVFCP), which addresses the needs of families who provide daily substantial care for severely wounded, ill or injured veterans with a focus on the caregiver and minor children in the home.

The Future Fund Grants Committee reviewed 23 applications this fall after the Community Foundation opened the application process last August to programs supporting military veterans and their families. Members of the committee conducted site visits to five semi-finalists, and narrowed down to four finalists on which the entire Future Fund membership was invited to vote.

The winning organizations will be formally recognized at the Annual Future Fund Awards Gala on May 16, 2014, aboard the Cherry Blossom Charter.