Focused on Community Involvement, Featuring Recognized Local Leaders

Young Pro PhilanthropistsNorthern Virginia Magazine Article featuring Thomas (top middle), and Simmons (bottom right)

The Future Fund announced the first in an ongoing educational series, The Giving Back Seminars, featuring local leaders discussing and sharing experiences on volunteerism, young professional engagement and community involvement. The inaugural seminar, “Carry Your Passion into Your Career,” will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Georgetown University Law Center, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event is free and includes networking, and a panel discussion featuring three notable leaders from the Washington, DC metropolitan region, Rich LaFleur, Charles Thomas, Jr., and Julie Simmons.  Registration is available at

These leaders have been recognized at the local and national levels for their community involvement and contributions. Rich LaFleur, partner-in-charge of Industries and Markets and former managing partner for the Mid-Atlantic region at Grant Thornton, brings community experience volunteering for NoVA Chamber of Commerce, and is a Trustee to Fairfax County Public Schools. Charles Thomas, Jr. is a Program Manager at Altamira Technologies, a Life Skills Instructor and current Chairman of OAR Fairfax. He is also a winner of the 2015 Northern Virginia Leadership Award for Individual Involvement. Julie Simmons, Founder and Managing Director at Human Capital Strategic Consulting, serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of NoVA Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Board of Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia Magazine highlighted Thomas and Simmons for their contributions to community in April 2016, recognizing that philanthropy is more than monetary donation – time, commitment and recommendations can go a long way, especially for young professionals. LaFleur, Thomas and Simmons will be focusing on this side of philanthropy and its significance in professional development at the “Carry Your Passion into Your Career” Seminar. They’ll discuss ways to volunteer, board commitment, career benefits and how to choose an organization.

The seminar takes place on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm, with the gracious support of Georgetown University Law Center, held at 600 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001. There is no fee for the seminar.

The Future Fund is sponsored by Grant Thornton.  Annual Future Fund sponsorships start at $1,000 and include visibility throughout the year as well as Future Fund membership benefits for employees.  All sponsorship revenues are pooled in the annual grant cycle to support local community needs.  For more information, contact Allison Cook, Philanthropy Officer, at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at or (703) 879-7642.