About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Building a Community that Works for Everyone

About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Founded in 1978, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a tax-exempt trusted public charity that advances equity through philanthropy and community leadership.

Its work is guided by a strategic plan that advances four key priorities for the region:
  • Social and Economic Mobility
  • Racial Justice and Equity
  • Inclusive Systems of Economic Growth
  • Community Resilience

Our Values

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is committed to building a community that works for everyone.

Our community is stronger when all people are respected, welcomed, and invited to share their assets and contributions in community building.

We work to bring about a more equitable and inclusive prosperity that marries our economic strength with the full breadth of our diverse community.

We are wholeheartedly devoted to our neediest neighbors and most vulnerable and marginalized populations, and work tirelessly to better meet their needs.

We do nothing alone at the Community Foundation. Please join us in grant making, dialogue, outreach and advocacy.

Comprised of donor established funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, permanent funds, giving circles, and other charitable endowments, the Community Foundation invests and administers these funds in partnership with its donors and other leaders to advance equity, striving to build a community that works for everyone.

In 2023 the Community Foundation awarded more than $7.1 million in grants and scholarships and reported $90 million in managed philanthropic assets. Our philanthropy offers a positive impact within the Northern Virginia community and beyond.

The Community Foundation has a dedicated paid staff and the organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is representative of the Northern Virginia region we serve which includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties, and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

The Community Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator; and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world's largest source of nonprofit information.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a 501 (c) (3) organization and our tax ID # is 51-0232459. Available upon request is a list of our third-party investment managers, fees charged, and members of the Investment Committee responsible for investment and oversight. Please contact us at (703) 879-7640.
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