Board of Directors Welcomes New Members and Leadership in 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

Paul Leslie, Chief Executive Officer of Dovel Technologies, has become chair of the board of directors at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia effective July 1, 2015 at the start of the organization’s fiscal year. In addition, the Community Foundation is welcoming several new board members and thanking three board veterans who have reached the board’s maximum term limits.

Paul Leslie brings outstanding executive leadership experience with an entrepreneurial mindset, successfully building companies for substantial market value and growth. Paul’s extensive business operations insight and technical expertise into the challenges of federal government contracting has created an outstanding track record of aligning company technology offerings and innovations to meet those challenges. He has proven leadership experience and expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business maturity and development, operational excellence, strategic planning, and extensive public sector operations.  Leslie has served on the board for six years, serving on the Community Investment Grants Committee and as the vice chair of the Community Foundation’s board of directors for the past two years, and will be replacing K. Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, as chair of the board, bringing an end to Tadlock’s chairmanship of two years.

Kevin DeSanto, Co-Founder and Managing Director of KippsDeSanto & Co, is stepping into the role of vice chair of the board of directors. DeSanto has served on the board for five years, serving on the Executive Committee, Grants Committee, and as chair of the Fund and Asset Development Committee.

In addition, the Community Foundation has welcomed five new members to its board of directors in the past year, including:
  • Cindy Andreotti, president and CEO of the Andreotti Group, LLC
  • Adrian Chapman, president and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas
  • Dean Peterson, director with Andersen Tax
  • Ed Silva, co-founder and co-CEO of CENTERPOINT Inc.
  • Julie Simmons, managing director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting
After nine full years on the board of directors, Louis Kiessling, Cathy Lange and Steve Gladis are stepping down due to the board’s term limits. Each of these individuals made a tremendous impact on the growth of the organization. Kiessling oversaw the Community Foundation’s finances, serving on the Audit and Financial committees. Lange chaired the Marketing Committee and was instrumental in helping position the Community Foundation as a thought leader through several data driven research reports. Gladis launched the Future Fund – a giving circle for young professionals – and chaired the 2009 Campaign that raised $2.7 million for community endowments.

A full list of board members is available here.

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Community Foundations Partner to Benefit Loudoun County

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have partnered to support the most critical needs in Loudoun County.  This year, the Loudoun Impact Fund, a giving circle dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, will be managed jointly by both organizations.  An estimated $65,000 of pooled contributions to the Fund will be available to support its 2015-2016 grant cycle.  Members of the giving circle have elected to support programs that positively impact youth and elderly welfare in Loudoun County.  Applications submitted from nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations are now being accepted through a September 1, 2015 deadline.

Grants are expected to range from $5,000 to $20,000 per agency.  In this year’s program, applications will be accepted for initiatives that improve the quality of life, health and mental wellness and/or provide services to disadvantaged children up to 18 and elders 65 or over to include populations with special needs, or are dependent, neglected, low-income or at-risk.  To learn more about this opportunity, visit www.cfnova.org/loudoun or www.communityfoundationlf.org/grant-seekers.

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Third annual Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare supports two animal shelters in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare awarded two grants for its 2015 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 two organizations:

Operation Paws for Homes: $5,000 grant will help rescue and save the lives of ten more heartworm positive dogs this year.

Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter: $5,000 will support training, socialization, and behavior modification for dogs currently in the Fairfax County shelter to make them more adoptable.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Raised $40,000 for grantmaking at its annual Awards Gala

The Future Fund raised approximately $40,000 on Friday, May 8th, at its annual Awards Gala, “Masked ‘Til Midnight,” held at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, 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 2016.

The event honored the Future Fund’s two 2015 grant-winning organizations – Access Hope and Youth for Tomorrow.  Each organization received grants of $20,000 to support individuals age 13 and above and families with limited access to mental health care.

Julie Simmons, Managing Director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting and co-founder of the Future Fund, received the inaugural Infinity Award for her dedication to the Future Fund.  Since the giving circle was founded, Julie has recruited countless new members, generated community support, and been one of the most steadfast supporters of its work to engage the next generation of philanthropists in meeting the critical needs of the Northern Virginia Community.  As of May 2015, she has joined the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, continuing to demonstrate her commitment to supporting the critical needs in the region.

Support for the Future Fund is provided by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Steve Gladis Leadership Partners.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia presented its inaugural Chairman’s Breakfast on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Gannett headquarters in McLean, Virginia to celebrate the impact of its work in the Northern Virginia community and to inspire donors to think about their philanthropy in new and innovative ways.  The program included a presentation of the Chairman’s Awards to outstanding individuals and community partners whose commitment to meeting community needs has significantly helped further the Community Foundation’s mission.  It also included a keynote presentation by James Quigley, CEO of Canvas and co-founder of Refraction, the fast-growing co-working experiment in Reston, on the intersection of philanthropy and innovation.

The Chairman’s Awards were presented by Chair of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.  The following organizations received awards for their commitment to partnering with the Community Foundation to meet critical needs in Northern Virginia:
  • Boeing: Outstanding Community Partner
  • Washington Business Journal: Outstanding Community Partner
  • John H. Wolff, CEO and Managing Director, Capital Fiduciary Advisors: Outstanding Board Member
The second half of the program focused on engaging donors in a discussion about philanthropy and innovation.  Inspired by changing trends in philanthropy, both locally and nationally, and new technologies driving workforce development, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia designed this presentation to engage donors in a discussion about how private philanthropy can play a role in building a stronger economy in the region.

Makes $25,000 Grant to Prince William County Public Schools

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently made a challenge grant of $25,000 to SPARK, the Education Foundation of Prince William County Public Schools, to support its new Cyber Security Program at Potomac High School.  The program is designed to train students and guide them toward a number of industry-recognized certifications.

This grant was made possible through an anonymous donor to the Community Foundation’s Innovation Fund, developed in 2012 to support creativity, technology and new design across Northern Virginia.

Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Invites Community Members to Annual Awards Gala

The Future Fund will celebrate its successful grantmaking in 2015 and raise funds to support its grant cycle in 2016 at its annual Awards Gala, “Masked ‘Til Midnight,” on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.  Tickets are $90 for Future Fund members and $115 for nonmembers.  Prices will go up after May 1st.  More information is available at http://www.cfnova.org/ffgala.

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.

The annual Awards Gala is a chance for Future Fund members and friends to meet the grant-winning organizations who were recipients of the group’s competitive grant cycle.  This year, the group focused its philanthropy to benefit organizations supporting individuals age 13 and above and families with limited access to mental health care.  Access Hope in Fairfax and Youth for Tomorrow in Bristow both received grants of $20,000.

The evening will feature hors d’oevres, an open bar and dancing. Creative cocktail attire is encouraged, and masks are optional.

Support for the Future Fund is provided by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Steve Gladis Leadership Partners.

Eileen Ellsworth, President, to Present on the Power of Place Based Philanthropy

Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will be a featured speaker on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. for a session on the opening day of Philanthropy Week in Washington.  The program, titled “Empowering Communities. Together. The Power of Place Based Philanthropy and the Role of Community Foundations,” will highlight the mission and role of community foundations – the bedrock of community philanthropy in the United States.

Now in its second year, Philanthropy Week is a week-long series of events and activities that highlights the role of philanthropy in our society, hosted by the Council on Foundations.  Over two hundred foundation leaders from across the country will meet with Congressional delegates, representatives from Federal agencies, and White House officials to highlight the vial impact of philanthropy for communities they serve in districts and states across America.

More information about Philanthropy Week in Washington can be found at http://www.cof.org/2015-philanthropy-week.

2015 Community Investment Grant Cycle Supports the Region’s Neediest

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2015 Community Investment Grants today. The organizations, all of which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia, have received grants of up to $10,000 that will further their impact on the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made is $377,637.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 109 applications, after an initial 190 Letters of Intent were submitted to the organization.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development; Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.  One larger award of $42,250 was also given through the Military Personnel & Their Families Fund to continue the Foundation’s ongoing support of service coordination and navigation assistance for veterans and their families in the region.  The Community Investment Fund grant cycle is the largest of the Community Foundation’s discretionary fund cycles.

Grantee photos are available here.

2013-2014 Annual Report Released

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2013-2014 Annual Report, “A Year of Community Leadership,” highlighting its work in the region to educate the community about best practices in philanthropy, and partner with donors and organizations to move the needle on the most critical needs in the region. The report is available for download on the Community Foundation’s website – www.cfnova.org.

In 2014, the Community Foundation helped donors think differently about their philanthropy by presenting education events such as “Do More Than Give” in April, engaging attendees in a conversation about how they can make the biggest possible difference.  It commissioned and published two extensive, data driven research studies to help clarify philanthropy’s role in addressing the most critical needs in the region. It increased its focus on STEM education and entrepreneurship through the launch of the Business Women’s Giving Circle to support the educational and business interests of girls and women.  The Community Foundation also supported innovative, new initiatives that help diversify the local economy and promote creative thinking – the Mason Innovation Lab at George Mason University’s School of Businesses and the inaugural NOVA Mini Maker Faire.

Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation, says “Community leadership in all of its forms is an important and ever growing focus for the Community Foundation.  We view our mission as nothing short of becoming the ‘go-to’ place for donors and funders as they consider how to do good in Northern Virginia.”