Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2016 Granting Cycle

ShelterHouseCollageShelter House, located in Fairfax, VA, won a $15,000 grant to support a new summer program for students in three homeless sheters during the summer of 2015.The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2016 grant cycle today, awarding $15,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering academic summer programs to low-income students entering grades K-6.  This is the fifth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $223,000.

The two grant-winning organizations offer summer programs to low-income, elementary school students which include academic components designed to prevent loss of school-year academic gains as well as additional enrichment opportunities for students during the summer of 2016.

“Belonging to this organization of young professionals focused on giving back to our community is such a fulfilling way to spend my time and energy,” says Sylvia Parsons, Human Resources Business Partner at Northrop Grumman and Future Fund Grants Committee Co-Chair.  “Each year, our members select very compelling critical needs to support with our grants, and this year’s winning organizations play a critical role in the lives of underserved students in Northern Virginia.”

The winning organizations include:

AHC, Inc., located in Arlington, VAAHCInc SummerCamp2014Grantee, AHC Inc., will receive a $15,000 grant to support a six-week summer camp for at-risk students in 2016.

The Future Fund grant will support a six-week summer camp experience for up to 124 low-income students in grades K-5 living in AHC’s affordable housing communities in Arlington, VA.   “Many studies have shown that students – particularly low-income children and those learning English – lose critical learning skills over the summer,” says Jennifer Endo, AHC’s Director of Residence Services.  “The generous grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Future Fund will help AHC Inc.’s Summer Camp provide diverse learning opportunities for low-income children that will decrease students’ learning loss during the summer, as well as provide enriching and new experiences to foster a love of learning, build self-confidence, and help them succeed academically throughout the school year.”

Shelter House, Inc., located in Fairfax, VA

This grant will support Shelter House in initiating academic and recreational summer programming for 70 school-aged students residing in its three homeless shelters in Fairfax County.  “Shelter House is very fortunate to partner with the Future Fund to provide structured summer activities for children who are homeless,” says Joe Meyer, Executive Director and CEO of Shelter House, Inc.  “This pilot program will engage the children in life skills that will help stop the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect.  Together, we can change the lives of many children caught in the cycle of homelessness.  Thank you to the Future Fund for caring about the children of our future.”

The Future Fund Grants Committee reviewed 18 applications this fall after the Community Foundation opened the application process last August to organizations offering learning programs to low-income students over the summer.  Members of the committee conducted site visits to six semi-finalists, and narrowed down to four finalists on which the entire Future Fund membership was invited to vote.

"Co-chairing the Grants Committee this year was an absolute pleasure,” says Matt Paddock, Audit Manager at Grant Thornton LLP and Future Fund Grants Committee Co-Chair.  “We had a number of very engaged committee members who provided valuable insight and thoughts during the entirety of the grantmaking process.  We couldn't have done it without the hard work and effort of the entire committee."

For more information about the Future Fund, contact Kelly Blanks, Vice President of Donor Relations at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at kelly.blanks@cfnova.org or (703) 879-7636.