Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released a new publication today to celebrate the impact of corporate giving in Northern Virginia.  GOOD BUSINESS features stories of local businesses, big and small, that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.   This is the inaugural edition of a bi-annual publication designed to inform, inspire, and help spark a community dialogue on the future of corporate philanthropy in Northern Virginia.  The full publication can be downloaded from www.cfnova.org.

GOOD BUSINESS provides our community with a window into some of the truly amazing philanthropic and volunteer activities provided by corporations across Northern Virginia,” stated Cheryl Janey, managing editor and Community Foundation board member. “We are fortunate to have so many companies in this region that epitomize the adage ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’  We’re excited about highlighting many of these great companies in the coming months.”

Stories include “Community Engagement Reimagined as Employee Value,” featuring WGL Holdings, Inc., “Business as Social Good,” featuring Integrus Holdings, Inc., and “The Karma of Corporate Philanthropy,” featuring Cardinal Bank.  Other featured businesses include Deloitte Consulting LLP, BusinessWorks of America, Inc., Pagnato Karp and Ruby Red Press – WOMAN Magazine Group.

This edition of GOOD BUSINESS is sponsored by WGL Holdings, Inc., with printing provided by The Falcon Lab.  The Washington Business Journal is sharing the publication as an insert in its printed edition on January 30, 2015.

Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2015 Granting Cycle

The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2015 grant cycle today, awarding $20,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering mental health services to those in need.  This is the fourth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $192,000.

The Future Fund supports critical needs in Northern Virginia by engaging young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in philanthropy.  A giving circle at 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.

The two grant-winning organizations support individuals age 13 and above and/or families with limited access to mental health care.  The winning organizations include:

Access Hope, Inc., located in Fairfax, VA
The Future Fund will support the expansion of no-fee on-campus mental health counseling to uninsured and under-insured college students at Northern Virginia Community College by adding a pre-licensed therapist and group therapy sessions.

Youth for Tomorrow, located in Bristow, VA
This grant will support Youth for Tomorrow’s Girls on a Journey program, which provides residential treatment services to minor victims of sex trafficking in Northern Virginia.

Funding Supports Three Organizations Offering STEM Education and Entrepreneurship Programs for Girls

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its inaugural grant cycle.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia.  An additional $2,000 in annual contributions will be used to establish an endowment for future giving.  Established earlier this year, this giving circle is the first group of its kind in the region, comprised of women who are successful business leaders looking to empower girls and women in Northern Virginia by preparing them for success through philanthropic support.

The winning organizations are as follows:

George Mason University Foundation – FOCUS: Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM: $20,000
To support a week-long STEM summer camp program for 100 middle school girls at GMU to pique the interest of females of color by offering exciting hands-on and experiential learning in STEM and to empower them with leadership, entrepreneurial and 21st Century skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Marymount University – Empowering Leaders in STEAM “ENLIST”: $10,000
To support a twelve-week STEM/STEAM after school program for 60 5th-6th grade girls through Marymount University’s partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School to spark students’ enthusiasm.  Activities will be staffed by 15 MU pre-service teachers and supervised by mentor teachers.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship – NFTE Girls Entrepreneurship Camp: $10,000
To support the creation of a two-week Girls Entrepreneurship Camp in Northern Virginia during the summer of 2015 that will teach a range of business topics, offer field trips to local businesses, and culminate in a business plan competition.

Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia supports critical needs in Loudoun County

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a total of $50,000 to five nonprofit organizations through its Loudoun Impact Fund with grants from $4,000 to $25,000 each to support programs serving children and youth in Loudoun through age 18.  This is the second grant cycle of the Loudoun Impact Fund, dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, and brings total grants through the fund to $100,000.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle run by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia that is exclusive to Loudoun County citizens, corporations and service organizations. It was established to invest strategically in Loudoun County to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth. Members of the Loudoun Impact Fund pool their membership fees and together determine which causes to support.  They reviewed grant applications submitted through the competitive cycle this year and made grant recommendations from the Loudoun Impact Fund.

A list of the 2014 Loudoun Impact Fund grantees can be found here.

Support for the Loudoun Impact Fund comes from Integrus Holdings, Madison Wealth Management, Capital Fiduciary Advisors, LLC, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and the COATH Fund – a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation.

Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Record Funds and Engages Over 100 Donors to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Richard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm were be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia that honors outstanding community service, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

Co-chaired by Stuart Mendelsohn of Holland & Knight and Hilary Fordwich of Strelmark, LLC, the Gala hosted over 600 philanthropic, business, and community leaders and raised approximately $490,000 to support the Community Foundation’s ongoing work in areas of critical need in Northern Virginia.  In honor of the centennial celebration of community foundations in America, over 100 Foundation guests participated in the “Stand Up and Pledge” helping the organization raise record funds.  These funds directly support the Community Foundation, its work, impact, and capacity to grow philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the Northern Virginia region.

Support for the Community Foundation’s Sweet Home Virginia Gala is provided by Presenting Sponsor, Holland & Knight LLP, and from Platinum Sponsors ACADEMI, Booz Allen Hamilton, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, and David and Carol Young.

Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Funds to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Richard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it will be presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.  Leon Harris, Anchor, ABC7 / WJLA-TV will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The award is presented annually for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  Over 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in this event to celebrate the charitable work of the Community Foundation and to raise funds to support the critical needs of the Northern Virginia community.  This year also marks the centennial celebration of community foundations in America.  With over 700 organizations in the U.S. and 1700 worldwide, community foundations collectively manage more than $48 billion in assets and make grants of approximately $4.5 billion a year to improve life in their communities.

“Richard Duvall has invested countless hours and tremendous resources to supporting our neediest neighbors in Northern Virginia,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “You will never meet a more genuine, competent and caring person.  I am delighted to bring the work and accomplishments of Richard Duvall and Holland & Knight LLP into the spotlight by honoring them with this year’s Community Leadership Award.”

The evening will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and award presentation.  Dress is black tie attire.

Support for the Community Foundation’s Sweet Home Virginia Gala is provided by Presenting Sponsor, Holland & Knight LLP, and from Platinum Sponsors ACADEMI, Booz Allen Hamilton, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, and David and Carol Young.

A full list of grant winners is in the press release below.

Third annual “Health Kids Grants” Cycle supports 14 schools in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $20,000 in Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  The 2014-2015 school year is the third annual cycle, with a total of $50,000 awarded to date.  Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by a grant from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

“Childhood obesity is a critical issue facing children and families throughout our region,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “We are delighted to partner with the Chin Family Charitable Fund helping our local schools address childhood obesity in Northern Virginia, and are pleased to see so many worthy programs blossom once provided with needed financial support.” she added. 

Grantees were approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors after having been selected by a volunteer committee including Jesse Elis, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Neerja Gursahaney, Volunteer; Melissa Jones, Nutritional Cooking Instructor and Food Educator, Former Teacher; Susan Nolan, Community Foundation Board Member; and Rhonda Richardson, Inova Health System.

For more information about the Healthy Kids Grants program, please contact Lesley MacDonald at Lesley.macdonald@cfnova.org.

A full list of grant winners is in the press release below.

Montgomery County Mental Health Association to bring “Serving Together” to Northern Virginia

The 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.

“We are so excited to take Serving Together’s successes and lessons learned in Montgomery County, MD to Northern Virginia to create a more coordinated system of care for their veterans, service members, and their families,” said Jessica Fuchs, Serving Together Project Director.  “We believe those who have served our country have earned the right to easily accessible local services, and we look forward to digging into the resources in Northern Virginia and connecting with local community partners t get the work done.”

The Community Foundation looks forward to an ongoing collaboration with Serving Together and funders in the region to address service coordination and navigation assistance for veterans in the region.  To support the Community Foundation’s Military Fund, or to get involved in this initiative, please contact Lesley MacDonald at Lesley.macdonald@cfnova.org.

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.  Since its inception in 2012, the Loudoun Impact Fund has granted $50,000.

This year, $50,000 is available in a competitive grant cycle that will primarily focus on youth programs.  $25,000 will target programs that address the lack of after-school programs at the elementary level for low-income families.  The remaining $25,000 will target programs serving children and youth in Loudoun through age 18.

The Loudoun Impact Fund intends to award grants between $2,000 and $25,000 to nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations. Applicant groups must serve Loudoun County residents. Applications are being accepted until September 15. To learn more about this opportunity, or to apply, visit www.cfnova.org/loudoun.

For questions or more information about the Loudoun Impact Fund, please contact Lesley MacDonald at lesley.macdonald@cfnova.org.


Seven Schools and Nonprofits Take Innovative Approaches to STEM Education in Northern Virginia

The 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.

Siddhartha Chowdhary, Founder & CEO of Credence Management Solutions and Innovation Fund donor, says, “In today’s global economy, innovation is not only the key to economic development and growth, but it is also the key to transformational social changes in underserved, underrepresented, and disadvantaged communities both here in the US and across the world.  Our children need the ability to innovate and keep America competitive, raise the quality of life for themselves and those around them, and find creative solutions to our social changes, and this is why I support the Innovation Fund and am proud to announce our 2014 grantees.”

The 2014 Innovation Fund winners are as follows:

Children’s Science Center $10,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
To provide the necessary materials to support and expand the Museum without Walls program at The Lab at Fair Oaks Mall.

Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) $10,000
Serving Fairfax County
To continue to provide educational programs through GEMS Club and Girl Makers of NoVA STEM for girls who attend Terraset Elementary school.

Fairfax County Public Schools $10,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
To support the BEST (Building Excitement for Science and Technology) student-led program which will create STEMkits and provide them to schools throughout Northern Virginia.

*ReSET $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
To support recruitment, placement, and training of STEM volunteers in the STEM Learning and Career Mentoring Program.

The House $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
To support the Student Leadership Center’s (THI) CyberAcademy which will help students gain skills and knowledge in cybersecurity through its out-of-school time STEM education and youth development programs.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
To support the STEM on the Potomac program which benefits hundreds of at-risk and urban Northern Virginia youth.

Family Alliance Network $5,000
Serving Loudoun County
To establish the FAN of Loudoun STEM Outreach program for students with disabilities.

*The grant was made possible by COX Communications through the 2014 Innovation Fund

Funding for the Innovation Fund’s 2014 grant cycle was generously provided by the Stockwell-Frase Family Fund, Just Plain Science Fund, Cox Communications, Chris Chester Charitable Fund, Credence Management Solutions, and Steve and Donna Gladis.