Community Leadership

Conferences & Convenings

Helping Build a Community that Works for Everyone

Every year we bring together hundreds of members of the community through our conferences, meetings and events. Register to attend an event to connect with us today, and to grow your philanthropic efforts and knowledge about philanthropy, while connecting with the local community.

Community Foundation’s Core Regional Events

Insight Region™ Events

Insight Region Events
Launched in 2020, Insight Region™ is the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s center for community research. It is a growing hub for reliable, well-researched, and actionable data and analyses on issues critical to the region. Learn more about the events produced by Insight Region to launch some of its brief reports and publications.
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Shape of the Region

Shape of the Region
The Shape of the Region conference, a half-day conference held in March each year, is presented in partnership with regional organizations and serves as a platform to discuss and evaluate issues of economic mobility, income inequality, and increased opportunity for our region.
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Innovation Breakfasts

Innovation Breakfasts
Innovation Breakfasts are held two times per year and draw attendees from all sectors of the Northern Virginia region, including government and elected officials, business leaders, and nonprofit/foundation leaders. Registered guests join us for a continental breakfast and opportunity for community dialogue, education and networking. The series introduces new ideas to address issues facing our region and explores the role that innovation and philanthropy can play in addressing them.
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Raise the Region Gala

Raise the Region Gala
The Raise the Region Gala is our annual mission-critical fundraiser that enables the Community Foundation to respond to need, seed innovation, and lead and convene the community. Held in the fall, it is a black-tie gathering of more than 600 business and community leaders that features the presentation of the Community Leadership Award for outstanding service and commitment to Northern Virginia, the longest standing award of its kind. Guests will enjoy a seated dinner, raffle, and live and silent auctions that include luxury gifts and getaways.
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Build Back – Dream Forward Events

Build Back – Dream Forward Events
In 2021, the Community Foundation launched Build Back – Dream Forward, an event and community investment initiative, to address economic mobility, promote racial justice and equity, and catalyze more inclusive systems of economic growth in Northern Virginia, particularly in local communities of color. It held three events for more than 500 attendees.
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Donor Engagement Events

The Community Foundation hosts private events and nonprofit site visits for its donors to help them better understand the impact of their gifts in our community, and to share insights and ideas on trends in local philanthropy.
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Giving Circle Events

The Community Foundation’s Giving Circles each maintain a full calendar of events for their members and those interested in joining throughout the year. Visit each of these groups to learn more about these engagement opportunities.