Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Record Funds and Engages Over 100 Donors to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Gala2014 414Richard Duvall and members of the Holland & Knight team at the 2014 Sweet Home Virginia GalaRichard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm were be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia that honors outstanding community service, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.
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Co-chaired by Stuart Mendelsohn of Holland & Knight and Hilary Fordwich of Strelmark, LLC, the Gala hosted over 600 philanthropic, business, and community leaders and raised approximately $490,000 to support the Community Foundation’s ongoing work in areas of critical need in Northern Virginia.  In honor of the centennial celebration of community foundations in America, over 100 Foundation guests participated in the “Stand Up and Pledge” helping the organization raise record funds.  These funds directly support the Community Foundation, its work, impact, and capacity to grow philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the Northern Virginia region.

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Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Funds to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Duvall Richard O 72Richard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 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 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

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Northern Virginia School Programs Encourage Better Nutrition and Increase Physical Activity

CrankthatMove2The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $20,000 in Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  The 2014-2015 school year is the third annual cycle, with a total of $50,000 awarded to date.  Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by a grant from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

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Northern Virginia Nonprofits and Schools with Eligible Programs Invited to Apply

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched four discretionary grant cycles for the 2014-2015 season – its Community Investment Funds, Future Fund, Business Women’s Giving Circle, and Loudoun Impact Fund grants.  Applications are now being accepted from nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations serving Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

More information about each application, including a link to the online grant application, can be found at www.cfnova.org/for-grant-seekers.

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Montgomery County Mental Health Association to bring “Serving Together” to Northern Virginia

Military Hug LRThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded a grant of $33,000 to Mental Health Association of Montgomery County’s (MHA) “Serving Together” Program through its Military Families and their Personnel Fund.  The grant will support MHA in its initial stage to bring its successful program to the Northern Virginia region, and directly addresses the Community Foundation’s findings in its recent study, Supporting Our Region’s Veterans,” published in June of 2014, which identified a need for greater coordination between government and nonprofit providers to better serve military families in the Northern Virginia region.

The Mental Health Association of Montgomery County is a nonprofit organization that provides mental health and other services throughout the region.  Its “Serving Together” program currently works in Montgomery County to transform a fragmented network of services for military veterans and their families to one that rallies the entire community in identifying those in need, assisting them and  connecting them in a coordinated way to economic, health, housing & education services. The program promotes collaboration among providers, and helps veterans find the services they need through a web resource and peer navigators – veterans who provide one-on-one assistance.

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Nonprofits and Schools offering after-school programs and serving children and youth invited to apply

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a giving circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, has launched its 2014 grant cycle. Applications are now being accepted from nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations serving citizens of Loudoun County.

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2014 Scholarship AwardsThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages and administers the funds for over twenty scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate degrees.  In June, 2014, seventy-nine students received awards totalling $208,200 to support their continuing education.

To see a complete list of the 2014 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.

Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Selects its Area of Focus for Grantmaking in 2014-2015

agingToday, members of the Future Fund voted to support Health, Mental Health and Aging through grantmaking during the 2014-2015 season.  This will be the fourth annual grant cycle of this giving circle.  Previously the group has supported Child and Youth Development, Poverty Relief, and Military Veterans and their Families with grants totaling more than $150,000.

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$50,000 Awarded to Seven Schools and Nonprofits Taking Innovative Approaches to STEM Education in Northern Virginia

ChildrenScienceCenterChildren's Science Center's Museum Without Walls ProgramThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a total of $50,000 to seven schools and nonprofit organizations through its Innovation Fund with grants of $5,000 or $10,000 each to support their innovative approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education across Northern Virginia.  This is the second grant cycle of the Innovation Fund, created to support programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity and new design, and brings total grants through the fund to $100,000.

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Women Empowering Women to Innovate, Lead and Succeed

BWGC - for webMembers Pictured Above, front to back; left to right: Patricia Timbrook, Nancy Eberhardt, Eileen Ellsworth*, Sari Raskin*, Sarah Nutter, Faith Boettger, Lovey Hammel, Marjorie Fox, Lisa Poff, Autumn McCullogh, Rebecca Parker, LaVern Walker

*Community Foundation for Northern Virginia staff
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched a new Business Women’s Giving Circle, the first group of its kind in the region comprised of women who are successful business leaders looking to empower girls and women of all ages through philanthropy in the Northern Virginia region.

The giving circle is comprised of 26 founding members, including women who are business owners and business leaders, members and leaders of local chambers of commerce and nonprofit boards of directors, and women who are interested in joining with their peers to support programs and organizations in our region that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship, STEM education and inventive opportunities for women and girls.  Annual membership in the group is $1,000, and includes a vote in the annual competitive grant cycle.  All contributions are pooled for a greater collective impact.

Join founding members and learn more about this giving circle at a happy hour on June 25th.

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