Giving & Investing

Your Trusted Philanthropic Partner

With your unique history, life experiences and personal interests, donating to your favorite causes may be a daunting task. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia believes you deserve absolute assurance that your gifts will be used wisely, and we are here to offer you that assurance.

The National Standards seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and that we have demonstrated a commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability.

We honor our commitments—for donor established funds, lifetime annuities, or permanent endowments. And we will honor your wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy or feed children.

See the full list of the Community Foundations policies and public disclosures.

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Investment Program

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia works with investment management firm Goldman Sachs to manage a large portion of our charitable assets (known as the “pooled funds”). Goldman Sachs was selected after a competitive process that was conducted by our board level Investment Committee. Goldman Sachs directly reports to the Investment Committee at least quarterly and provides their experience and unique capabilities for a very reasonable, comprehensive annual fee.  Click here to view our most current investment results report.

Community Foundation Support 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 Patricia Eisner, Director of Development, at (703) 879-7636 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.