Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia held an Innovation Breakfast Series event on May 11, 2017. The event was focused on, “Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development,” and featured speakers Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative, and Yanique Redwood, President and CEO, Consumer Health Foundation. The goal of Community Wealth Building is to create inclusive, sustainable, and equitable models of economic success. During this event, The Community Foundation presented 2017 Chairman’s Awards, which are awarded to outstanding Community Foundation partners.

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Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia plans to hold its next Innovation Breakfast Series event on May 11, 2017. The event, titled, “Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development,” will be held on May 11 from 8:00 – 10:30 am at Valo Park on 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Virginia. The Innovation Breakfast events are designed to engage the Northern Virginia community in a dialogue about new and innovative solutions to spur economic growth in our region. To register for this event please visit www.cfnova.org/innovationbreakfast

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Community Investment Grant Cycle Awards over $282,000 to 29 Local Organizations

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2017 Community Investment Grants today.  The largest and most competitive discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation and one of the largest pools of funds supporting broad-based giving in the Northern Virginia region, the grants fund organizations which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia.  These grants will further the organizations’ abilities to improve the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region.  The total sum of grants made is $282,594.

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Anonymous Donor Challenges Community with $50,000 Matching Gift

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF) to promote and invest in the civic engagement, education, economic success, naturalization, health, leadership development, volunteerism, and advocacy of  the Latino community in the Metro DC region.  .  Inspired by a 2016 Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program report titled “Unlocking Latino Civic Potential: 2016 and Beyond,” two visionary Northern Virginia leaders, Paty Funegra and Diana Katz, formed this committee advised fund at the Community Foundation to create a source of strategic, permanent funding that will strengthen and encourage the Latino community now and for generations to come. 

Inspired by the launch event, an anonymous donor has challenged the community to contribute with a matching gift. Every dollar donated to this campaign will be doubled up to $50,000.  If the community meets this challenge, the fund’s current asset base of $100,000 will be doubled for a sum of $200,000 before the inaugural grant cycle begins in the fall.

The Fund launched on Thursday morning, April 13th at an event the Community Foundation hosted at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in Tysons Corner, VA.  The keynote presenters included Javier Palomarez, President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Executive Director of the Latinos & Society Program at the Aspen Institute.  “This is a pivotal time for Hispanics in America as we represent the fastest growing demographic in the country,” said Mr. Palomarez.  “The Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund [has the potential to] help our brethren participate more profoundly in our democracy [by] providing the manpower and financial resources to create opportunities and better our community.”

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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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