Giving & Investing

Growing Philanthropy

Responding to Need and Seeding Innovation

Charitable giving is personal – it is not merely a financial transaction. Our lives, relationships, and experiences inform our philanthropy more than anything else.

Think of us as your personalized charitable giving staff. Based on years of collective professional experience and a deep understanding of the needs in the community, we provide insight to help individuals and financial advisors' clients with their charitable plans.

Give to support a cause, address an issue or leave a legacy for future generations.

You can start your own fund, give to one of our more than 200 existing funds, or invest in the future of this region through the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia. By choosing us as your partner, your support helps make a difference here at home – helping to build a community that works for everyone.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a visionary funder and has a strong record of financial stewardship and assures you that a charitable agenda will be met now and for generations to come. Our volunteer Board of Directors represent a cross-section of our community and maintain high donor confidence about proper management of charitable gifts.

To begin your partnership with us today, contact us to arrange a meeting or initiate a discussion. 
Jim Wordsworth“I have been involved with the Community Foundation since the beginning 40 years ago and I am so happy to see how far we have come. We really wanted to make a difference in Northern Virginia. Now it partners with more than 200 donor advisors to grow local philanthropy, helps hundreds of students in our region afford a college education, sustains countless nonprofit organizations doing critical work for our neediest neighbors, and has become a cornerstone of our community. I know the future of the region I call home is stronger with the Community Foundation forever working to make it a better place for all of us.”
— Jim Wordsworth, Founding member, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Become a Donor

Become a Donor
Partner with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia on your philanthropy. We offer many different types of funds to support your charitable giving goals, giving circles that engage donors in collective philanthropy, and many different ways to donate.
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Existing Donors

Existing Donors
The Community Foundation offers unique tools and services to its donor advised fund holders. Our staff of philanthropic professionals is customer oriented and dedicated to serving you. From here, you can access the tools you need to manage your fund and recommend grants.
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Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia

Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
The Permanent Fund is 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 creates a lasting legacy of giving to strengthen Northern Virginia.
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Professional Advisors

Professional Advisors
The Community Foundation partners with trusted professional advisors to support the charitable goals of their clients.  We offer resources and support to ensure that your clients receive the full benefit of their contributions while supporting the charities of their choice.
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Family Giving Program

Family Giving Program
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Family Giving Program allows each member of your family to achieve both their personal and charitable goals — to invest in the future of our community, to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists, and to honor your family’s legacy through philanthropy.
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