Community Leadership

Supporting Those Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus and its Economic Consequences

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia.

The Fund will attract and provide flexible funding resources for nonprofit organizations and other programs in our region responding to COVID-19 and its impacts. The Fund’s focus will be to help communities who are disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials, as COVID-19 is a public health issue, and as such, funding decisions will be made in consultation with them across our entire service area in Northern Virginia.

About the Fund

Block operating grants will be awarded to local nonprofits with deep roots in our community and strong experience working with our most vulnerable neighbors, such as:
  • The elderly and other high-risk populations who are experiencing a COVID-19 impact, whether they are living at home or in group settings
  • Low income families experiencing short term financial crises related to COVID-19
  • Residents who are food insecure
  • Residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured
  • Residents who lack access to sick days
  • Residents with limited English language proficiency
  • Neighbors who are self-quarantined without sufficient support from their families and friends
  • Healthcare and gig economy workers, and
  • Immigrants and communities of color


Frequently Asked Questions

My organization is interested in obtaining help from this Fund. How may we be considered?

Based on frequent conversations we are holding with our local service providing community, the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting Northern Virginia nonprofits in many ways. They are not only seeing an increased demand for their services. They are simultaneously managing internal concerns over the health and wellbeing of their own employees, lost revenue due to closures and event cancelations, as well as other challenges.

Our Community Foundation board and staff will continuously work in concert with local public health officials to ensure that grants from the Fund meet the greatest needs in local communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. To move these particular resources quickly, therefore, we will not conduct a formal application process at this time. If our thinking on this evolves, we will subsequently advertise the manner and means by which nonprofits may, from that point forward, apply for support.

Meanwhile, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make sure we are aware of your needs, both external and internal. We need your input to be effective! Please share what you’re learning, as frequently as possible, keeping us abreast of what your thinking, hearing and doing, so we are all a part of the information loop. Now is a time for more, not less, communication, both within and across sectors. Let’s keep talking and sharing with one another.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

We are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia was created to provide the most flexible funding possible, as quickly as possible, to the nonprofits in our region on the front line of response.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

No you should not. This Fund is not the only vehicle for getting needed resources into our community. It was created to coordinate community-based giving with input from public health officials as COVID-19 is a public health issue. This is a unique, critical time. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support that are responding to COVID-19 in our region, remembering that now is a time to double down on our community.

I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

Clearly, individuals and families are affected by the outbreak. The Fund is not designed to directly support individuals. Rather, the Fund will support community-based nonprofits that, in turn, directly support individuals and families that are most affected by COVID-19 and its impacts in Northern Virginia.

As a 501(c)(3) public charity, we are bound to follow the rules and guidelines contained in IRS Tax Code and US Treasury Regulations. As such, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, groups fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3) nonprofits, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith based organizations, and other public entities. Under these laws and rules, we are not able to directly fund individuals, businesses, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), (5), or (6) organizations.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

The COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia will support organizations within the Community Foundation's service area, or those serving our residents in our service area, which includes the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park.

When will you share who you fund?

As we award grants to local nonprofits from the Fund, we will post them here, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing.

Resources: Our Community Responds to COVID-19

Here is a list of resources and information on the local response to COVID-19.
Our Community Foundation will continuously update this page as more information becomes available.

Northern Virginia Regional Commission: NOVA Region Dashboard Coronavirus Mapping and Data Resources

The Philanthropic Response:

The Business Response:

The Schools' Response:

The Government Response:

Partners and Donors

Adler Family Fund
Atholton Donor Advised Gift Fund
Ramesh Balasubramaniam
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Booz Allen Hamilton
The Brown Family
Caimi-Markis Family Fund
Carlos A Castro
Marie Cecil
Christine and David Etue Charitable Fund
Duncan Chua
Tami Davis
Delman Family Charitable Fund
Jennifer Downs
Barry and Beverlee Drucker
Andrew Dumont
Lee Emery
Gail Fisher
David Fleming
Cate Fulkerson
Jeff Hewitt
Paula Hillery
Brian Jacoby and Betsy Davison
The Jakel Fund
Jean and Bruce Wyman Short-Term Advised Fund
Seema Khan
Herschel Kanter
Seth Kaplan
Kathleen Haley Hannan Memorial Fund
Kipps Family Charitable Fund
Ellen Kitt
Brianna Lau
Nick Lauritsen
Shayna Lebowitz
Marcella Levine
Lighthouse Fund
Wen Liu
Yang Liu
Mangum Family Fund
Deborah Matthews
Hannah Menchhoff
Micron Technology, Inc.
Badana Mohamadi
Lauren Moore
Mustafa Family Charitable Fund
Haema Nilakanta
Megan Ogborn
Maggie Parker
Martin Noretsky
Northern Passages Fund
Padmala Persaud
Philip L. Graham Fund
Greg Pons
Potomac Health Foundation 
Prasad Family Foundation Fund
Denise Roach
Lynda Robb
Sarah Hessler LLC
Douglas Sanderson
Kristy Scheuble
Saima Siddiqui
Barbara Slinker
Patricia Timbrook-McMullan
Randy Jones Toll
Eric and Sylvia von Bostel
Marlene Walker
Melinda Wallin
Dinah Wiley
William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship Fund
L & K Zachariah
Mauri Ziff and Jeff Hamond


March 20, 2020: Round One Grantees

Northern Virginia Family Services - $25,000
Loudoun Hunger Relief - $20,000
ACTS of Prince William County - $20,000
Food for Others - $20,000
Cornerstones - $15,000