KellyBlanks LR
Friends of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia,

It has been a privilege and honor to serve you and our region as the Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. You - our donors, volunteers, nonprofit leaders, business leaders, and community leaders have continually inspired me and convinced me that I have held one of the best jobs in the world. Where else can you work collaboratively across all sectors with the same goal of building a community that works for everyone? Where else can you see, benefit from, and feel that impact at home?

I recently shared with the Community Foundation staff and board that I have decided to resign to be close to my home and family in beautiful Western Loudoun County. Before I officially depart on June 21st, I'd love to take a moment to reflect on some of the amazing things I've been most proud of that we made happen together:
  • Innovation Fund Endowment -Finds investment opportunities in Northern Virginia that help diversify the local economy, level the playing field for disadvantaged youth, and promote grass roots innovation.
  • Opportunity Index - Serves as a data resource for community knowledge and strategic philanthropic giving, to help grow philanthropy for our most economically disadvantaged populations. 
  • Count the Region - The importance of the 2020 Census can not be overstated. For every Virginian who is not counted, the state/region loses $2,000 per year for 10 years, or $20,000 total, in federal assistance program allocations. 
  • Permanent Fund - An important endowment to shape our region's future that provides an opportunity to create a lasting legacy of giving to transform lives and strengthen Northern Virginia.
  • Our Values - This past year our staff and Board of Directors clarified our values and have intentionally put these at the center of everything we do. If my heart were on my sleeve over the past four years, these words in our values statement are what it would have read.
In my absence, please contact Megan Niewold, who will now serve as the Director of Development at the Community Foundation, for your philanthropic support needs.  She can be reached at or by phone at 703-347-7419.

I have no doubt that 100 years from now the Community Foundation will be here thoughtfully growing philanthropy, responding to need, seeding innovation, leading and convening the community, and helping to build this beloved place that we and future generations will call home. This assurance leaves me filled with gratitude and hope for what is to come, while confident that the Community Foundation is positioned to continue to do great work to positively transform the region with an exceptional staff and board.

Thank you again for being such an important part of my life's journey and for showing me what's possible when we all come together.
kellys signature
Kelly S. Blanks
P.S. I hope you'll connect with me on Linked In and stay in touch with me via this email. I look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Raise the Region Gala and other Community Foundation events!