Community Foundation's 2015 Annual Meeting a Success!

2015AnnualMeetingView photos from the event.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia presented its inaugural Chairman’s Breakfast on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Gannett headquarters in McLean, Virginia to celebrate the impact of its work in the Northern Virginia community and to inspire donors to think about their philanthropy in new and innovative ways.  The program included a presentation of the Chairman’s Awards to outstanding individuals and community partners whose commitment to meeting community needs has significantly helped further the Community Foundation’s mission.  It also included a keynote presentation by James Quigley, CEO of Canvas and co-founder of Refraction, the fast-growing co-working experiment in Reston, on the intersection of philanthropy and innovation.

The Chairman’s Awards were presented by Chair of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director ofTadlock Annual Meeting the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.  “The Community Foundation exists to nurture what is good, what is growing, and what is best about this Northern Virginia community, and we do nothing alone,” she said.  “Today we honor partners who have not only supported our programs and initiatives, but have made a significant impact in strengthening our community.”

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Makes $25,000 Grant to Prince William County Public Schools

sparkThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently made a challenge grant of $25,000 to SPARK, the Education Foundation of Prince William County Public Schools, to support its new Cyber Security Program at Potomac High School.  The program is designed to train students and guide them toward a number of industry-recognized certifications.

This grant was made possible through an anonymous donor to the Community Foundation’s Innovation Fund, developed in 2012 to support creativity, technology and new design across Northern Virginia.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Invites Community Members to Annual Awards Gala

FF ArtisphereFuture Fund Members at Artisphere during 2013 Awards GalaThe Future Fund will celebrate its successful grantmaking in 2015 and raise funds to support its grant cycle in 2016 at its annual Awards Gala, “Masked ‘Til Midnight,” on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.  Tickets are $90 for Future Fund members and $115 for nonmembers.  Prices will go up after May 1st.

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 annual Awards Gala is a chance for Future Fund members and friends to meet the grant-winning organizations who were recipients of the group’s competitive grant cycle.  This year, the group focused its philanthropy to benefit organizations supporting individuals age 13 and above and families with limited access to mental health care.  Access Hope in Fairfax and Youth for Tomorrow in Bristow both received grants of $20,000.

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Eileen Ellsworth, President, to Present on the Power of Place Based Philanthropy

Eileen EllsworthEileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will be a featured speaker on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. for a session on the opening day of Philanthropy Week in Washington.  The program, titled “Empowering Communities. Together. The Power of Place Based Philanthropy and the Role of Community Foundations,” will highlight the mission and role of community foundations – the bedrock of community philanthropy in the United States.

Now in its second year, Philanthropy Week is a week-long series of events and activities that highlights the role of philanthropy in our society, hosted by the Council on Foundations.  Over two hundred foundation leaders from across the country will meet with Congressional delegates, representatives from Federal agencies, and White House officials to highlight the vial impact of philanthropy for communities they serve in districts and states across America.

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2015 Community Investment Grant Cycle Supports the Region’s Neediest

trailsforyouthCommunity Investment Funds Grantee: TrailsforYouth.Org - Beyond Nurtured in Nature to Learn and Earn - At-Risk Teen Intern Job Training Program.  View photos from many grantees here!The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2015 Community Investment Grants today. The organizations, all of which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia, have received grants of up to $10,000 that will further their impact on the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made is $377,637.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 109 applications, after an initial 190 Letters of Intent were submitted to the organization.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development; Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.  One larger award of $42,250 was also given through the Military Personnel & Their Families Fund to continue the Foundation’s ongoing support of service coordination and navigation assistance for veterans and their families in the region.  The Community Investment Fund grant cycle is the largest of the Community Foundation’s discretionary fund cycles.

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Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy in Northern Virginia

CorpPhil CoverThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released a new publication today to celebrate the impact of corporate giving in Northern Virginia.  GOOD BUSINESS features stories of local businesses, big and small, that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.   This is the inaugural edition of a bi-annual publication designed to inform, inspire, and help spark a community dialogue on the future of corporate philanthropy in Northern Virginia.  The full publication can be downloaded from

GOOD BUSINESS provides our community with a window into some of the truly amazing philanthropic and volunteer activities provided by corporations across Northern Virginia,” stated Cheryl Janey, managing editor and Community Foundation board member. “We are fortunate to have so many companies in this region that epitomize the adage ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’  We’re excited about highlighting many of these great companies in the coming months.”

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2015 Granting Cycle

FF GOAJ Site VisitAFuture Fund members at a Youth for Tomorrow site visit.The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2015 grant cycle today, awarding $20,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering mental health services to those in need.  This is the fourth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $192,000.

“I am proud to be part of an organization of professionals who not only challenge stigmas around giving in younger generations, but this year elected to inspire others to challenge an even greater stigma in the area of mental health,” says Sylvia Parsons, Human Resources Business Partner at Northrop Grumman and Future Fund Grants Committee Co-Chair.  “I am constantly impressed at how thoughtful, discerning and committed our members are to funding strong organizations and programs that drive sustainable change in our community.”

The two grant-winning organizations support individuals age 13 and above and/or families with limited access to mental health care.  

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Supports Three Organizationis with STEM Education and Entrepreneurship Programs for Girls

GMU-FOCUSGrant Recipient - George Mason University Foundation – FOCUS: Females of Color Underrepresented in STEMThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its inaugural grant cycle.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia.  An additional $2,000 in annual contributions will be used to establish an endowment for future giving.  Established earlier this year, this giving circle is the first group of its kind in the region, comprised of women who are successful business leaders looking to empower girls and women in Northern Virginia by preparing them for success through philanthropic support.

“With the launch of the Business Women’s Giving Circle’s inaugural grant cycle, we successfully met our objective – to empower women to innovate, lead and succeed,” said Faith Boettger, founding member of the Giving Circle and co-chair of the Grants Committee.   “Our grantees’ programs will create opportunities for young women to build confidence, meet successful mentors and learn valuable and marketable skills to prepare them for STEM and business fields.”

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Community Foundation Grant Provides New Fitness Wear

Westfield2The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s annual Healthy Kids Grants address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  Westfield High School’s Girl’s Fitness Program has received grants the last two years.  This year, the grant is supporting the school to provide tennis shoes for all girls participating in the class.

The grant has created a motivation for the girls involved in the program to get out and be active and actually enjoy exercising.  Many of the girls in the program did not have proper exercise shoes, which will provide girls with a comfortable, active experience.  “The new shoes have had a positive effect on me because I feel like I run faster and I don’t get as tired,” Katie Penny, 11, said.

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

YMCA-Loudoun2014 Loudoun Impact Grantee YMCA Loudoun County was awarded $25,000 for their My Place after-school program.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a total of $50,000 to five nonprofit organizations through its Loudoun Impact Fund with grants from $4,000 to $25,000 each to support programs serving children and youth in Loudoun through age 18.  This is the second grant cycle of the Loudoun Impact Fund, dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, and brings total grants through the fund to $100,000.

The largest grant of $25,000 has been awarded to YMCA Loudoun County for their My Place after-school program, which offers state-licensed after-school care with daily homework assistance, computer time, enrichment activities, physical fitness and healthful eating.  The grant will support a sliding scale for families who might not otherwise be able to afford the program.

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