Over 100 “Makers” and 3,000 Faire-goers expected on Sunday, March 16, 2014

ChildrenScienceCenterThe Children's Science Center, a 2013 Innovation Fund Grantee, will have a booth at the Maker Faire this Sunday.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Fund is a premiere sponsor of Northern Virginia’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire, to take place this Sunday, March 16th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at South Lakes High School and Hughes Middle School in Reston.  It will bring together inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region to demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make things, new inventions, tools, and gadgets.  More than 100 booths will feature “Makers” ages 12 to 92, offering hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages.  Tickets are required to attend this event.  More information is available at http://makerfairenova.com.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare is now accepting grant applications from organizations that preserve and protect animals in Northern Virginia.

A total of $10,000 is available for grants of $2,000 to $5,000 which may be used to support, expand or enhance programs. Applicant organizations may include animal shelters, animal rescue organizations, conservation organizations, etc. and must be 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.

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"Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact"

Eileen-EllsworthEileen M. Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will serve as the keynote speaker at an event for nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, March 26th – “Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact.” This annual event is hosted by Virginia Congressman, Jim Moran, of the 8th Congressional District, serving Alexandria City, Arlington County, Falls Church City, and parts of Fairfax County. It will be held at the George Mason University-Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA, and is in collaboration with Volunteer Fairfax and the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University.

“We’re extremely privileged to have Eileen address this year’s nonprofit seminar,” said Rep. Jim Moran. “Her integral knowledge of program growth, funding drives, and promotion, coupled with her ability to secure collaborative partnerships with private sector stakeholders has turned the Community Foundation into a regional powerhouse.”

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2014 Community Investment Grant Cycle Supports the Region’s Neediest

literacy labThe Literacy Lab will receive a $10,000 grant to provide low-income, pre-kindergarten children in Alexandria with a year of daily literacy intervention, preparing them for success throughout their academic careers.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2014 Community Investment Grants. The 36 organizations, all of which provide support in key areas of need throughout Northern Virginia, have received grants of up to $10,000 that will further their impact on the health and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made is $308,643.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 138 applications.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development; Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.  The Community Investment Fund grant cycle is the largest of the Community Foundation’s discretionary fund cycles.

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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 www.cfnova.org/scholarships 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 www.cfnova.org

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!