Submission Deadline: April 1, 2014

Girl in Class Photo LRThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has opened its scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 school year and is seeking eligible applications from graduating high school seniors in Northern Virginia.

The Community Foundation holds multiple scholarship funds and awards over $200,000 each year to help nearly 80 Northern Virginia students attend the college of their choice. Each scholarship has different selection criteria, allowing opportunities for a diverse range of students. Application deadlines vary by scholarship, ranging from March 15 to May 30.

Visit to review the list of scholarships available and to apply. 

Grants $10,000 to support Northern Virginia Rides Program for seniors

AgingReportCOVERThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has released “A Portrait of our Aging Population in Northern Virginia,” a report on the aging population 65 and older in the Northern Virginia region.  The study highlights demographic, social and economic trends that impact older adults, ages 65 and over, in Northern Virginia, and is one of a series of publications commissioned and published by the Community Foundation to inform, inspire meaningful dialogue, and increase philanthropic and public investment surrounding critical community needs.  The report can be downloaded at

The data indicates a need to support seniors aging in place.  In response, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is committing $10,000 to support the Community Mobility: Northern Virginia Rides Program, which provides transportation options to Northern Virginians who would not otherwise have mobility access, by offering a coordinated volunteer-driver transportation model to community groups.  This initiative was developed by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Jewish Council for the Aging, Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Giving Circle of HOPE, representatives of community nonprofit social service providers, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

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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.

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2013 Poverty Relief Fund grantee, Food for Others, provided 33,475 food packs to hungry children

Food Bank PhotoFood for Others provides backpacks full of food to elementary-aged children who often go hungry over the weekends through its “Power Pack Program.”  The Community Foundation awarded them a $5,000 Community Investment Fund grant in 2013 to support this program and help provide 33,475 food packs to needy children.

Many students served by this organization are worried about going home for the weekends because there is often no food in the house.  This program not only helps provide basic sustenance, it also relieves students’ anxieties.

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2013 Poverty Relief Fund grantee, Northern Virginia Family Service, helped 3,500 families last year!

Mother  Baby PhotoOrganizations such as Northern Virginia Family Service work diligently to end and prevent homelessness in our region.  The Community Foundation awarded them a $10,000 Community Investment Fund grant in 2013 to support an emergency assistance program to provide food and financial assistance to over 3,500 families last year.  The following story is about a client from their SERVE program:

A single mother of 4 children entered into the SERVE shelter in September 2012 after recently becoming separated from her husband and father of her children. The client spent the majority of her stay in the shelter working multiple shifts in attempt to remain busy and out of the shelter as well as to save enough money to be able to secure housing. The client applied for transitional housing through the NVFS BEST Transitional Housing Program and entered into the program just 5 days shy of Christmas. 

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Partnering with Donors and Volunteers is what makes our work possible

Holiday Party 2013 8The mission of the Community Foundation is to grow philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the region.  This work is only possible with the support of invested donors and volunteers.

In 2013, we moved the needle on many issues in our community through our Community Investment grants, the Future Fund, the Loudoun Impact Fund, the Innovation Fund, our Healthy Kids grants, and scholarships provided to Northern Virginia students.

As we approach the holiday season, we want to take a moment to thank each of you for your support and commitment to helping us meet the most critical needs of the Northern Virginia region!

November 12-18

ProclamationThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors made a proclamation on behalf of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, identifying the week of November 12-18 Community Foundation Week in Fairfax County.  Each year, this week provides an important opportunity for Community Foundations to engage with their communities and decision-makers, and highlight the good work they are doing across the country.

Presenter at Brown Bag Breakfast for Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

sample2The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with Deloitte and the United Way of the National Capital Area, will present a preview of research assessing the needs of veterans and military families in the region. This exclusive Brown Bag Breakfast for WRAG members will be held December 6, 2013 at 1400 16th St. NW, DC suite 740. 

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Raises Funds to Support Local Critical Needs

Gala2013-498 3J. Hamilton Lambert, former Fairfax County Executive and current Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, was honored with the 2013 Community Leadership award for his visionary leadership in the Northern Virginia region.  The award was presented at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s 2013 Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 25, 2013 at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Former Virginia Congressman, Tom Davis, presented Lambert with the award.  He was one of many community leaders featured in a tribute video who all recognized that Lambert had not received the credit he deserved for his work in the development of Fairfax County.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala hosts over 600 philanthropic, business, and community leaders to celebrate the charitable work done by the Community Foundation and to raise funds – over $440,000 this year - to support the Foundation’s ongoing work in areas of critical need.

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Annual Award from Leadership Fairfax Given for Exceptional Visionary Leadership

LynnTadlock 10-2012 Lynn Tadlock, Chairman of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, will receive the Trustee Leadership Award presented by Leadership Fairfax at their 17th Annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Luncheon on November 7, 2013 at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia.

Join members of the Community Foundation in congratulating Lynn on this honor!

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