2015-2016 Annual Report "A Year of Seeding Innovation" Now Available

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2015-2016 Annual Report, “A Year of Seeding Innovation,” highlighting the many ways the Community Foundation has worked to seed innovation throughout the community in the past year by investing in some of the most important initiatives, nonprofits, schools and ideas that have the potential to transform the region.


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New Our Children Fund Focused on Helping Foster Care Children

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces the launch of the Our Children Fund, devoted to supporting the approximately 260 children in the Fairfax County foster care system.  The Our Children Fund was established by Deborah G. Matthews, a trust and estate attorney devoted to supporting foster children. The Our Children Fund provides financial assistance for items and experiences for children in the Fairfax County foster system between the ages of birth and 17 years, and young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, if permanency (return home, relative placement, or adoption) is not achieved.  This Fund addresses their otherwise unmet medical, social, emotional and educational needs. 


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Winter 2017 GOOD BUSINESS magazine available

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its fifth issue of GOOD BUSINESS magazine, a bi-annual publication that features stories of local businesses that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.

The Winter 2017 issue of GOOD BUSINESS features companies that apply their corporate social responsibility strategies when deciding how to give back. The feature article highlights Canvas and how it uses an innovative program called “Ante Up” to engage its employees in volunteerism. The article “Community Stewardship as a Core Competency” discusses Access National Bank’s trifecta of offering trusted advice, deThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Publication Highlights Corporate Philanthropydicated volunteerism and thought leadership. Also featured are articles on QMT Windchimes and how it is making a huge difference for families in Manassas Park in a partnership with the Community Foundation and the Capital Area Food Bank; Odin, Feldmen, & Pittleman, J. R. Goodtimes, Inc., and The Boeing Company


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Young Professionals Giving Circle Awards $10,000 to Environmental Nonprofit in 2017

The Future Fund, a giving circle for young professionals at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, announced the winner of its 2017 grant cycle today, awarding $10,000 to Chesapeake Conservancy to establish Northern Virginia as a tech-savvy conservation innovation hub.  This is the sixth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $233,000.

With support from the Future Fund, Chesapeake Conservancy will enable Northern Virginia to become an early adopter of the integration of powerful data to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their water quality improvement work. The $10,000 grant will be used to match a $15,000 grant from the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program and allow Chesapeake Conservancy to fund technology and outreach staff at the Conservancy to engage stakeholders to understand current water quality challenges and complete 1-meter flow path mapping for Northern Virginia’s 5 county footprint. 

The Future Fund is sponsored by Grant Thornton.  Annual Future Fund sponsorships start at $1,000 and include visibility throughout the year as well as Future Fund membership benefits for employees.  All sponsorship revenues are pooled in the annual grant cycle to support local community needs.  For more information, contact Allison Cook, Philanthropy Officer, at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at allison.cook@cfnova.org or (703) 879-7642.


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Young Professionals Giving Circle Focuses on Community Involvement, Featuring Recognized Local Leaders

The Future Fund, a giving circle for young professionals at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, announced the first in an ongoing educational series, The Giving Back Seminars, featuring local leaders discussing and sharing experiences on volunteerism, young professional engagement and community involvement. The inaugural seminar, “Carry Your Passion into Your Career,” will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Georgetown University Law Center, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event is free and includes networking, and a panel discussion featuring three notable leaders from the Washington, DC metropolitan region, Rich LaFleur, Charles Thomas, Jr., and Julie Simmons.  Registration is available at www.cfnova.org/register/ff-passion-career


The Future Fund is sponsored by Grant Thornton.  Annual Future Fund sponsorships start at $1,000 and include visibility throughout the year as well as Future Fund membership benefits for employees.  All sponsorship revenues are pooled in the annual grant cycle to support local community needs.  For more information, contact Allison Cook, Philanthropy Officer, at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at allison.cook@cfnova.org or (703) 879-7642.


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Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Giving Circle Supports Local Women’s Philanthropy

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its third annual grant cycle today.  A total of $45,000 has been awarded to five organizations providing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia, making total awards granted to date $125,000.  In addition, the BWGC added $1,000 to its endowment for future giving.  This giving circle is comprised of accomplished women who are community leaders drawn together by a passion to empower girls and young women through collective philanthropy.  The group will celebrate the 2016 grantees on January 31st at Refraction in Reston, VA, and community members interested in joining are welcome to attend.  http://www.cfnova.org/bwgc.

The winning organizations are as follows:

SHINE For Girls: $15,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
Funding will help provide innovative, curriculum-based after-school programming for 5th-8th grade girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Northern Virginia. Utilizing kinesthetic learning, SHINE combines formal dance training with rigorous math instruction to improve girls’ math and confidence scores and spark their interest in STEM.

Hillsboro Charter Academy: $5,000
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will help launch Girls in G.E.A.R. (Guiding Engineering, Aerospace, and Robotics), an exploratory after-school STEAM program where girls become role models and guides to teach all 125 students (K-5) about engineering, aerospace and robotics through hands on lessons and real world application using technology tools.

Kashmir World Foundation: $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
Funding will support the DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop for SuperHERo Girls, a hands-on, innovative STEM drone workshop that empowers middle to high school girls with leadership and entrepreneurial skills including critical thinking and collaboration via design, fabrication and operation of a drone with a mission focus to develop solutions for real world challenges.

STEAMd, Inc.: $10,000
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will support STEAMd YOUniversity Girls, a program that will develop underserved girls in grades 3-12 with critical 21st-century skills that will prepare them for post high school education entrance to pursue careers in STEAM fields.

Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO): $10,000
Serving Alexandria
Funding will support this creative mentoring organization by providing 6 new fun and engaging STEM projects to 36 vulnerable 5th grade girls in Alexandria and Arlington and developing new STEM-related activities for over 64 girls and their mentors to enjoy throughout their middle school years through the SOHO Club.

“The BWGC offers our members the opportunity to work together to leverage knowledge, learning, and funding to create change in the lives of young girls and women,” said Faith Boettger, Community Volunteer and Consultant and Chair of the BWGC.  “Over the past three years, our grants have had a ripple effect on our community – directly impacting girls in our programs and indirectly the mentors, teachers, parents, classmates, and our own members.”

Annual membership in the Business Women’s Giving Circle is $1,100, and includes a vote in the annual competitive grant cycle.  All contributions are pooled for a greater collective impact.  

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Passes $1 million raised and given in Northern Virginia over 12 years

The Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH), a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, celebrated a major milestone in November – more than $1 million raised and granted to support critical needs in Northern Virginia.  GCH members have voted for its 2016 grantees. The recipients are:

  • Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Advocating for Abused/Neglected Youth
  • Friends of Guest House for Workforce Development Project Pilot
  • Josh Anderson Foundation for Our Minds Matter: Website Development
  • La Cocina Virginia for Free Bilingual Culinary Job Training, Placement & Food Assistance
  • NAMI Nova for Peer Support of Youth and Adults Living with Mental Health Conditions
  • OAR Arlington for Employment Assistance for Individuals Returning Home After Incarceration
  • The Reading Connection for Growing Fairfax Readers
  • Women Giving Back for Women Giving Back Transportation Project
GCH has awarded 133 grants to 57 local nonprofits over its 12 year history.  Funds have been awarded in health and human service areas and benefited all age groups. Organizations throughout Northern Virginia have received funding including: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas, and Prince William.

GCH does more than provide local nonprofits with funding for their project or capacity building grant requests. It is an award-winning leader in local philanthropy by making vital connections, providing resources and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, engaging in advocacy, furthering education, and awarding grants.

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2016 grant cycle to mark $1 million raised and given in Northern Virginia

The Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH), a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, is celebrating a major milestone this year – more than $1 million raised and granted to support critical needs in Northern Virginia.  Its members will vote for the 2016 grantees at a special event to celebrate the momentous occasion on Thursday, November 17th.

This event will bring GCH from its beginnings in 2004 to today to having provided more than a million dollars in grant funding to small nonprofits in the Northern Virginia area – a million dollar milestone.

The Giving Circle of HOPE creates positive change in Northern Virginia through engaged and collective philanthropy. A giving circle is a form of participatory philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own money to a pooled fund, decide together which charities to give to and, in doing so, increase awareness of and engagement in issues in their community.

Prior to this year’s vote, GCH has awarded 125 grants to 52 local nonprofits. Funds have been awarded in the areas of Child, Youth Development and Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; Poverty Relief; Immigration; and Poverty Escape. Organizations throughout Northern Virginia have received funding including: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas, and Prince William.

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Giving Circle Members Pool Resources to Benefit Loudoun County

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, announced the grantees of its fourth annual grant cycle last night.  Ten charities dedicated to programs benefitting youth and elderly in Loudoun County received grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, for a total of $96,725 in 2016, the largest pool of funding distributed to date.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of engaged Loudoun County donors managed in partnership by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.  Since its inception in 2012, it has granted $261,725 to support critical needs in Loudoun County.  Its purpose is to invest strategically in Loudoun County, Virginia, to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth.  Each year, giving circle members work together to identify specific criteria for the annual grant cycle and, as the grant cycle progresses, serve as a grants review team for all proposals collected.  Membership in the circle is $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses.

A number of businesses and institutional funders joined the circle this year including Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, AllTranspack, Inc, Fortessa Tableware/Integrus Holdings, Madison Wealth Management, John Marshall Bank, AHT Insurance, and The Life Centre.

The list of winners is available here and in the full press release.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia to Support Water Quality Improvement Programs in 6th Annual Grants Process

Members of the Future Fund announced their decision to support Water Quality Improvement Programs through the sixth annual grant cycle of this giving circle.  Previously the group has supported Child and Youth Development; Poverty Relief; Military Veterans and their Families; Health, Mental Health, and Aging; and Education with grants totaling more than $223,000.

Applications are currently being accepted from nonprofit organizations, 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 that have programs within this focus area.  The cycle is open through November 7, 2016.  Visit http://www.cfnova.org/for-grant-seekers/future-fund for more information and to apply.

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