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 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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Commits to multi-year funding collaborative to support coordination of services

Supporting NOVAs Veterans CoverThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the United Way of the National Capital Area and with the support of Deloitte Consulting, released “Supporting Our Region's Veterans,” a report that assesses the demographics and network of support services available for post-9/11 war veterans, transitioning service members, and military families in the Northern Virginia region.  The report is one of a series of publications commissioned by the Community Foundation to inform, inspire meaningful dialogue, and increase philanthropic and public investment surrounding critical community needs.  It was developed to gain a more sophisticated, data-driven understanding of support available to Northern Virginia’s veterans, and to provide the Community Foundation, United Way NCA, and other local community-based organizations and philanthropists with the insights needed to strategically target and coordinate grant dollars toward the greatest needs.  The full report can be downloaded from

Deloitte Consulting invested over $80,000 in pro-bono support to perform the research and publish the report, leveraging their considerable skills, knowledge, and personal dedication to produce a study that will serve as a tremendous resource not only to government service providers, but to nonprofit organizations and to philanthropists working to meet the needs of local military veterans.

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Raises Approximately $52,000 for 2015 Grantmaking

Gala2014 137The Future Fund raised approximately $52,000 on Friday, May 16th, at its annual Awards Gala aboard the Cherry Blossom Charter, 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 2015.

The event honored the Future Fund’s two 2014 grant-winning organizations – Linden Resources and Quality of Life Foundation.  Each organization received grants of $20,000 to support veterans of the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom wars and their families.

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Young and oldThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare is pleased to have announced four winners for its 2014 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 four organizations:

Friends of Homeless Animals:  $2,000 provide emergency medical relief to homeless animals.

Prince William Humane Society:  $3,000 to support the Seniors 4 Seniors Dog Adoption Program which matches older pets with Seniors.

Wildlife Rescue League:  $3,000 to help provide necessary rehabilitation supplies to licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

Wolf Trap Foundation:  $2,000 to develop and expand its apiary program.

Congratulations to the winners of these grants as they seek to improve the lives of animals across Northern Virginia!

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leaders Come Together with the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative to launch the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia pledges $100,000 over the next five years

JoiningForcesToday, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is proud to join over 30 philanthropic organizations and corporations to announce pledges totaling more than $170 million over the next five years to support veterans and military families.  The Community Foundation’s Military Personnel and Their Families Fund has granted $270,300 since it was established in 2010, and through the Joining Forces Impact Pledge, has committed another $100,000 of support through 2019.

The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge was announced today by Joining Forces and a coalition of leading foundations at an event hosted by the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, and the White Oak Summit Steering Committee. The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge - initiated by Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation, and the McCormick Foundation - creates a community of funders and builds momentum for programs that will support service members, veterans and their families in local communities as the country draws down from twelve years of war.

Today’s event featured remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, General George Casey (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Army, US Teen Poet Laureate and military child Michaela Coplen, and representatives from the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, Blue Shield of California Foundation, San Diego Grantmakers, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Points of Light, Bank of America, and Blue Star Families.

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