Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia supports critical needs in Loudoun County

lifFrom left, Amy Owen, executive director Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties; Barbara Mendoza, Backpack Coalition coordinator with Loudoun Education Foundation; Eileen Ellsworth, president, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia; and Sue Ortmann, Rust Sanctuary program coordinator with Audubon Naturalist Society.Eleven charities dedicated to programs benefiting youth and elderly received 2015 Loudoun Impact Fund grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Winners were announced on October 28, at a reception hosted by Shoes Cup and Cork and attended by charity representatives and donors.  

Inspired by similar giving circle programs across the country, the Loudoun Impact Fund’s grantmaking represents the generosity of dozens of local individuals and businesses invested in local philanthropy. By pooling contribution gifts, the Loudoun Impact Fund generated almost $65,000 to support local need. Loudoun Impact Fund donors review all submitted applications, and together, come to consensus on finalists for grants. This year, almost 40 charities applied for the grants. 

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2015 Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises $482,000, Engages Hundreds of Donors 

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Jim Wordsworth of J.R.’s Goodtimes Inc. has been recognized with the 2015 Community Leadership Award by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  The Community Leadership Award is the most prestigious, longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, and was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 9, 2015 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

The award is presented annually for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians. Over 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in the Sweet Home Virginia Gala, which celebrates the ever growing levels of philanthropy in our region. 

“Jim Wordsworth is one of Virginia’s top business and community leaders,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “In addition, he has generously supported local, regional and national nonprofits with his time, treasure and talent for decades.”

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J.O.Y. Charitable Fund Grants $32,000 to Capital Area Food Bank's Family Market Program 

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The J.O.Y. Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia made a grant of $32,000 to fully support the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Family Market Program at Manassas Park High School for the 2015-2016 school year. This grant will provide 6,000 pounds of food to over 200 families 9 times per year, in a community where 51% are on free and reduced lunches through the school.

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Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala raises funds to support critical needs in Northern Virginia

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Jim Wordsworth of J.R.’s Goodtimes Inc. will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for his history of commitment to supporting the region through volunteer and community service and charitable giving with the 2015 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it will be presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 9, 2015 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

The award is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  

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Up to $40,000 available to support STEM, Entrepreneurship and/or Leadership programs for girls

Marymount FtBelvoir2014 Grantee, Marymount University works with Ft. Belvoir Elementary Girls through ENLISTThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle has launched its second annual grant cycle to support nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Entrepreneurship and/or Leadership programs to girls in K-12 public schools, colleges and universities.  This giving circle brings together successful women who want to have an impact on the women and girls in their community.  It was established in early 2014 with the goal of empowering girls and women of all ages and preparing them for business success by supporting organizations that create connections, opportunities, and confidence.

Grants are due on September 30, 2015Applications are available here.

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2015 Scholarship WinnersThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages and administers the funds for over twenty scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate degrees.  In June, 2015, seventy-nine students received awards totalling $234,600 to support their continuing education.

To see a complete list of the 2015 award winners, click here.

For more information about scholarships at the Community Foundation, contact Sari Raskin at sari.raskin@cfnova.org or (703) 879-7641.

Board of Directors Welcomes New Members and Leadership in 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

Paul LesliePaul Leslie, Chief Executive Officer of Dovel Technologies, has become chair of the board of directors at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia effective July 1, 2015 at the start of the organization’s fiscal year. In addition, the Community Foundation is welcoming several new board members and thanking three board veterans who have reached the board’s maximum term limits.

Paul Leslie brings outstanding executive leadership experience with an entrepreneurial mindset, successfully building companies for substantial market value and growth. Paul’s extensive business operations insight and technical expertise into the challenges of federal government contracting has created an outstanding track record of aligning company technology offerings and innovations to meet those challenges. He has proven leadership experience and expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business maturity and development, operational excellence, strategic planning, and extensive public sector operations.  Leslie has served on the board for six years, serving on the Community Investment Grants Committee and as the vice chair of the Community Foundation’s board of directors for the past two years, and will be replacing K. Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, as chair of the board, bringing an end to Tadlock’s chairmanship of two years.

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Community Foundations Partner to Benefit Loudoun County

LIF CoverThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have partnered to support the most critical needs in Loudoun County.  This year, the Loudoun Impact Fund, a giving circle dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, will be managed jointly by both organizations.  An estimated $65,000 of pooled contributions to the Fund will be available to support its 2015-2016 grant cycle.

Members of the giving circle have elected to support programs that positively impact youth and elderly welfare in Loudoun County.  Applications submitted from nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations are now being accepted through a September 1, 2015 deadline.

Grants are expected to range from $5,000 to $20,000 per agency.  In this year’s program, applications will be accepted for initiatives that improve the quality of life, health and mental wellness and/or provide services to disadvantaged children up to 18 and elders 65 or over to include populations with special needs, or are dependent, neglected, low-income or at-risk.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit www.cfnova.org/loudoun or www.communityfoundationlf.org/grant-seekers.

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Third annual Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare supports two animal shelters in Northern Virginia

dogThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare awarded two grants for its 2015 grant process. The Fund, which aims to support organizations that preserve and protect animals in Northern Virginia has granted a total of $10,000 to the following two organizations:

Operation Paws for Homes: $5,000 grant will help rescue and save the lives of ten more heartworm positive dogs this year.

Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter: $5,000 will support training, socialization, and behavior modification for dogs currently in the Fairfax County shelter to make them more adoptable.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Raised $40,000 for grantmaking at its annual Awards Gala

FF Leadership CommitteeView photos from the event.The Future Fund raised approximately $40,000 on Friday, May 8th, at its annual Awards Gala, “Masked ‘Til Midnight,” held at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, and has raised over $200,000 since its inception in 2011, to support the critical needs in Northern Virginia by engaging young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in philanthropy.  A giving circle of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, its members 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.  All proceeds from this event and from annual sponsorships will support its competitive grant cycle in 2016.

The event honored the Future Fund’s two 2015 grant-winning organizations – Access Hope and Youth for Tomorrow.  Each organization received grants of $20,000 to support individuals age 13 and above and families with limited access to mental health care.

These grants made a significant different to the participants of both organizations.  Founder and President of Access Hope, Len Wolf, said “For members of the Future Fund to support mental health services without being able to see the progression or positive outcomes of this support tells me that those folks, like all of us who support mental health, are doing so really from the heart to make a difference.”

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