For many generous families and individuals, charitable giving looks much different this year because of tax reform. Under the new tax law the standard deduction doubled - $12,000 for inidividuals and $24,000 for married couples – making it more challenging to itemize on tax returns and benefit from the charitable income tax deduction.

Forbes, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many smart tax experts have all recommended a smart new giving strategy called charitable bunching. Bunching your donations by making a large single-year gift equal to the amount of gifts you would have made over several years can maximize  your tax savings. Refer to our charitable bunching guide for more details.

The charts below provide important information to help you when making contributions and grants on or before December 31, 2018. These are estimates based on standard transactions. Please allow additional time for the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia to conduct due diligence and process more complex situations, such as international grant requests or accepting closely-held stock. We look forward to helping you. For general questions, please call 703-347-7419.


Help Shape our Region's Future

The Founder's Society recognizes donors giving either major and/or planned gifts to the Permanent Fund. Members to this prestigious group are our most generous and committed donors who want to leave a permanent legacy to our community. The Founder’s Society recognizes donors who make current or planned gifts to The Permanent Fund of $10,000 or more.  Their gifts induct them as a lifetime member of the Founder's Society. 


FoundersSociety Levels
  • Community Pillar (>$1,000,000)
  • Community Benefactor ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Community Partner ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Community Patron ($10,000 - $99,999)

Donor Recognition and Opportunities for Engagement

  • Membership in the Founder’s Society
  • Listing in Annual Report
  • Listing on Founder’s Society webpage
  • Annual stewardship reports
  • Publicity and acknowledgement (at donor’s discretion) of gifts and the progress or related accomplishments of the gift’s impact
  • Opportunities to interact with other Permanent Fund donors

Current Founder's Society Members

Community Pillar

Anonymous Donor

Community Benefactor

Anonymous Donor

Community Partner

Susan and Phil Nolan
Joy Myers
Melinda Merk

Community Patron

Brandon and Amy Elledge
Eileen Ellsworth and Bob Weil
Catherine Schott Murray
Kevin and Jennifer DeSanto
John and Lisa Wolff
Paul and Laura Gilbert
Bernard and Daphne Mustafa
Steve Reeder
The LWH Family Foundation
John and Patti Sinnen
Julian and Sue Chin
Beatriz McNelly
Cheryl Janey and Michael Calhoun

For more information please contact Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at 703-879-7635 or

Make Your Donation Today!

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginina is proud to be an approved charity by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Each year, federal employees join together to lend their support to thousands of charities through the CFC. You can select the Community Foundation by using our CFC number, 28727

You can help carry out our mission by making donations through your agency or online. Thank you for your support! Click here to learn more, or contact us at 703-879-7640. 
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Support Us While You Shop!

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has an AmazonSmile account. When shopping on Amazon, click on the image below and log in with your personal account: 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support your favorite charitable organization, at no extra cost. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible items (approximately 0.5%) to the Community Foundation.

An Endowment to Shape our Region's Future

PermFund LogoThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a visionary funder that has directed millions of charitable dollars to people in need since 1978. We have established The Permanent Fund, an endowment to shape our region’s future that responds to critical need, seeds innovation, and leads the community with thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Your contribution to The Permanent Fund creates a lasting legacy of giving to transform lives and strengthen Northern Virginia.

See a list of local institutions that have received grants from the Community Foundation’s discretionary funds over the years.

The Case for the Permanent Fund


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With nearly 375,000 of our residents living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, however, the need for The Permanent Fund has never been as great.

Every hope for the future depends on our community’s capacity to find innovative solutions to complex issues, champion promising causes, and support our most vulnerable populations. The Permanent Fund will be the primary source of that capacity. As a permanent, flexible, and resilient source of philanthropic capital, it will shape our region’s future, together.

Help Shape the Future of the Region!

The Permanent Fund provides an opportunity for you to create a lasting legacy of giving to transform lives and strengthen Northern Virginia. Our work is only possible when our community comes together with a common resolve—to raise the quality of life for all and to create lasting change for our region.


bequestA bequest is a gift from your estate. You can make a bequest to The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia by including language in your will or trust. Bequests constitute 80% of all planned charitable giving in America, so they are an easy, proven, and effective way to leave a lasting legacy of giving.


beneficiarydesignationA beneficiary designation describes how your assets will be distributed upon your passing. It is often easier to make a charitable gift by completing a beneficiary designation form provided by your account administrator than it is to visit your attorney and update your will. Some of the more common assets that transfer through beneficiary designations are retirement accounts like IRA’s, 401(k)s or 403(b)s, savings accounts, checking accounts, mutual fund accounts, or life insurance policies.


iraMany of today’s retirees have amassed considerable wealth in their IRAs, more wealth, in fact, than they need for daily living or long term care. And for those with substantial estates, much of their IRA wealth will go to estate taxes and income taxes of non-spousal beneficiaries, leaving some heirs with less than 50% of the IRA assets that are left to them. For these reasons, you may want to use your IRA as a current source of charitable gifting to The Permanent Fund.


 givenowDon't Wait! Give NOW to the Permanent Fund.

Additional methods to make current gifts:

  • Cash or Cash Equivalents
  • Noncash Assets
  • Appreciated Securities
  • New Named Fund
  • New Named Fund + Planned Gift

Founder's Society

The Founder's Society recognizes donors giving either major and/or planned gifts to the Permanent Fund. Members to this prestigious group are our most generous and committed donors who want to leave a permanent legacy to our community. Their gifts induct them as a lifetime member of the Founder's Society. Click here to learn more about the Founder's Society.



Donation Form


For more information, contact Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at 703-879-7635 or
Donors who have a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation have instant, 24 hour-a-day access to information about their fund and the ability to make grant recommendations electronically.

Have your user ID and password ready to log on to


If you have misplaced your password or do not currently have a fund at the Community Foundation but would like to establish one, please contact Philanthropy Officer Megan Niewold at or (703) 347-7419.

Information for Current and Prospective Donor Advisors

Donor Handbook CoverThe Community Foundation has developed a new resource for donors with funds at the Community Foundation or for those considering to open a fund, designed to provide helpful information for you and your family.

The Donor Handbook contains information such as making contributions to your fund, accessing your account information, fund distributions, fee schedules, our investment program, and more.

Download the Donor Handbook

If you have any questions, please contact Philanthorpy Officer Megan Niewold at or (703) 347-7419.

Top Ten Tips

Our staff is available at any time to assist with your giving.  We have many ideas to share with you, but here’s a start. Want to learn more about wise giving? Sign up for our eNewletter here!

1. Budget for giving 
Plan your philanthropic activities right into your budget just as you would other financial obligations. 

2. Be an informed giver
Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re asked to give, including the specific name of the solicitor and his or her relationship to the organization, how much of your gift will be used for overhead, the specific projects the money will go toward, and other important information. Give only when you feel comfortable that your dollars will be going to support an organization you know and believe in. 

3. Keep the right records
For gifts you make to your charitable fund at the community foundation you will receive from us a properly worded receipt as a confirmation of these tax-deductible contributions. Gifts made from your fund will not be recognized with a receipt, as you have already received the deduction and thank you for the original gift. 

4. Ask about matching gifts
Many employers match gifts made by their employees or make grants to organizations recommended by employees. Be sure to ask your company if it can help your gift to stretch even further. 

5. Remember, your gift can be confidential
If you prefer to have gifts from your charitable fund remain confidential, please let us know. 

6. Consider alternative forms of giving
Don’t overlook the benefits you and your cause can receive from bequests, charitable gift annuities, gifts in kind, endowments and many other creative forms of giving. Ask your tax advisor or attorney to help create the best plan for you and your family. 

7. Volunteer!
In addition to financial support, consider giving your time and skills. Not only will you help the organization, but you’ll also make contacts, hone your skills, and learn more about the charitable cause to which you’re committing your time and money. 

8. Be aware of how much is really tax deductible
If you receive a premium in exchange for your gift (such as a book or a dinner), the amount of your tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of the premium. You can turn down the incentive item if you wish to claim a deduction for the full amount of your gift. Ask the receiving organization for more details.

9. Don’t forget you have the right to say no
Give generously when you can, but if you’re unsure or feel uncomfortable—or if an organization simply falls outside your plan for giving—don’t be afraid to say no. Or, ask for more information and take more time to think before making your decision. 

10. Be a proactive giver!
You don’t have to wait to be asked. Plan a giving strategy in advance. Consult with our staff about how your gifts can be most effectively used and where you can make a real difference in the community. 

We are here to help you with all aspects of your giving. If you have questions about charitable giving that have not been answered, feel free to contact us!

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
2940 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 201
Oakton, VA  22124


Our Current Schedule of Fees

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia charges a Foundation Support Fee on each of our component funds. Foundation Support Fees are a critical source of revenue for the operations of the Community Foundation. They enable us to hire and maintain staff, services to donors, and continue to serve the philanthropic needs of Northern Virginia. The schedule is subject to change from time to time by the Board of Directors. 

Our current schedule of Foundation Support Fees is as follows:

One-Time Set-Up Fee: $250
This includes the Community Foundation's preparation and review of the fund agreement, accounting for contributions to establish the Fund, and written acknowledgement of donations.

Foundation Support Fees on Endowment Funds Graduated Schedule (assessed quarterly in arrears)
  • 1.25% on balances up to $1,000,000
  • 1% on balances between $1,000,001 - $3,000,000
  • .75% on balances $3,000,001 and above
No investment management fees are charged by the Community Foundation for endowed funds in the pooled assets of the Community Foundation. Investment management fees may be charged by third party investment managers and paid by the funds that use such managers.

For a list of third party fund managers, please contact Eileen Ellsworth at


Click on any question below.  For more information, contact Eileen Ellsworth, President, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at 703-879-7635 or