Giving & Investing

Honoring the memory and legacy of a loved one.

Creating a Memorial Fund allows you to solidify the legacy of a loved one by supporting the causes and charities they were passionate about. You can raise funds over time and request donations in lieu of flowers, which will be used to pour back into the community – all in memory of your family member or friend.

Donor Benefits:

  • You may choose to name the fund after your loved one, honoring their legacy in the community for years to come
  • You will receive a donation link, allowing easy access for friends and family to give to the fund in lieu of flowers
  • All gifts made to your fund are fully tax-deductible
  • Our expert staff stand ready to help identify giving opportunities that fit the purposes of your fund and the individual you are honoring
  • The foundation will handle all the administrative and processing tasks associated with your grants and deposits to your fund
  • There is no minimum initial contribution required for Memorial Funds
  • Access to your fund 24 hours a day through our secure online resource

Ready to create your fund? See a list of our current Memorial Funds below or visit our Establish a Fund page to get started.

Scholarship Fund

Alex Thomas Effort Award Fund

Established: November 6, 2001
supports a Junior or Senior at James Madison High School and member of the Swim and Dive team. The selection committee seeks candidates that demonstrate dedication and a positive attitude and who is also a good mentor to younger students.
Donor Advised Fund

Amy Takayama-Perez Memorial Fund for George Mason University

Established: July 19, 2023
In honor and remembrance of Amy Takayama-Perez, which will provide direct grants to George Mason University for George Mason University's related summer programs advancing Media, Journalism, and the Environment.
Scholarship Fund

The Barbara Cornwell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: February 23, 2021
benefits graduating high school seniors from Unity Reed High School in Manassas, VA.
Donor Advised Fund

Brian N. Vogel Positive Change Fund

Established: August 25, 2021
provides direct grants to organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Scholarship Fund

Celebrate Cherie Scholarship Fund

Established: August 23, 2010
supports a Northern Virginia resident pursuing a postgraduate degree in physical therapy.
Scholarship Fund

Charles Homer Barton Scholarship Fund

Established: December 14, 2008
supports children of police officers in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Five scholarships are awarded each year.
Scholarship Fund

Dorothy Jean Coates Scholarship Foundation Fund

Established: October 14, 2021
benefits nontraditional students enrolled in a college or university
Donor Advised Fund

Edward Kussy Charitable Fund

Established: November 30, 2018
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
Designated Fund

Elaine Avington Griffin Unsung Educators Designated Fund

Established: April 11, 2008
supports nonprofits providing support to children of custodial, maintenance, facilities, food service and transportation classified employees of Loudoun County Public Schools, in particular, to make grants to the Loudoun Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Donor Advised Fund

Ellen S. Flanagan Memorial Fund

Established: August 17, 2006
supports access to dental and oral health care.
Scholarship Fund

Grace Brettle Memorial Fund

Established: February 29, 1996
supports women studying accounting at Northern Virginia Community College.
Donor Advised Fund

Gregory M. Denkler Memorial Fund

Established: February 12, 2015
provides direct grants to nonprofits supporting brain tumor research, treatment, and care.
Donor Advised Fund

Hazel's Fund

Established: September 14, 2007
supports families' health, Children's National Medical Center, AVM Research and programs that benefit children with special needs.
Donor Advised Fund

The J. Watkins Endowment for the Arts and Education Fund

Established: October 9, 2018
nourishes the arts and education causes that were near and dear to J. Watkins' heart. Through grants to deserving organizations, the Fund is dedicated to making the world the more beautiful and inclusive place that J. always envisioned and worked to create.
Scholarship Fund

Jackson Robert Greene Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund

Established: October 6, 2019
supports one female and one male varsity athlete from Herndon High School who could be "counted on" both on and off the field.
Donor Advised Fund

Jay O'Connor Fund for Youth Soccer

Established: August 10, 2002
supports schools and organizations supporting youth soccer.
Donor Advised Fund

Jeffrey Virostek Fund

Established: April 7, 2004
supports arts, youth, education, health and community improvement, and helps families fighting childhood cancers.
Donor Advised Fund

The Jessica Leigh Siwek Memorial Fund

Established: April 16, 2000
supports youth, education, health and community improvement.
Designated Fund

Jody Steenland Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: October 2, 2000
provides needs-based financial assistance for secondary education by providing grants to the Rose and Elizabeth Koury Scholarship Funds.
Scholarship Fund

John Borden Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: January 19, 2000
supports Computer Clubhouse members who are graduating seniors from Fairfax County Public Schools with a STEM-related degree objective and a record of giving back to the community.
Scholarship Fund

John Franklin Hiller Memorial Fund

Established: March 19, 1994
supports seniors at West Springfield High School who have demonstrated interest, skill and promise in the writing of poetry.
Scholarship Fund

Kelly Elizabeth Baker & Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: November 8, 2005
supports a graduating senior from Middleburg Academy and a member of St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church/Knights of Columbus, Council 8600. Winners are selected based on artistic, scholastic and spiritual development during the student's senior year.
Designated Fund

Leslie Prokop Memorial Fund

Established: November 4, 2012
provides support to the Main Street Child Development Center.
Scholarship Fund

Leslie Richardson Memorial Swan & Sparrow Scholarship Fund

Established: August 10, 2020

supports a student studying musical performance, jazz studies or choral conducting at a historically or predominantly black college or university (HBCU).

Scholarship Fund

Louise Lightner Jamison Teacher Scholarship Fund

Established: November 22, 2015
supports high school seniors residing in Prince William County who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in the field of education.
Donor Advised Fund

Mark C. Wilson Memorial Fund

Established: August 16, 2018
supports students who need help learning math, supports academic research to cure diseases, supports children who need financial help to pursue sports and music, and anything related to dogs.
Donor Advised Fund

Mary Karen Read Memorial Endowment Fund

Established: November 5, 2007
supports education, child and youth development, poverty relief, education, health and aging, military personnel and their families and community improvement.
Donor Advised Fund

Michael S. Rusciolelli Memorial Endowment Fund

Established: January 31, 2004
supports programs, faculty and students at Osbourn Park High School in Prince William County Virginia and scholarships for Osbourn Park High School graduating students.
Scholarship Fund

Michell Merhige Scholarship Fund

Established: December 15, 2012
supports a graduating senior attending a Fairfax County public school who has overcome many personal obstacles and plans to pursue a college degree.
Donor Advised Fund

Motivated for Mav SCN8A Epilepsy Fund

Established: August 14, 2017
supports medical research for a rare form of epilepsy, SCN8A. This flexible fund will provide direct grants to organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Designated Fund

Nicholas C. Kirven Freedom is Not Free Fund

Established: September 18, 2005
supports TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and Third Option Foundation.
Donor Advised Fund

Rachel Harrell Memorial Fund

Established: March 6, 2013
provides direct grants to support programs benefiting single mothers and their children, victims of domestic violence, abused and neglected children, child and youth development, children's health, and other causes that help improve the lives of women and children.
Permanent Fund

Richard Walsh and Eleni Pantelis Tzortzidou Walsh Memorial Fund

Established: August 27, 2021
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, particularly to support the areas of environmental causes and cancer (medical) research.
Scholarship Fund

Robert Spencer Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: November 30, 2017
supports students at Patriot District High School who have Special Needs (as documents in an IEP), and preferably those who are pursuing higher education and a career in technology.
Donor Advised Fund

Tena's Light Fund

Established: January 7, 2008
supports child and youth, education, homelessness, health and aging, the environment, arts and culture and community development.
Donor Advised Fund

Thomas Johnson Education and Enrichment Memorial Fund

Established: December 8, 2021
Provides direct grants to organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Donor Advised Fund

Travis Evans Memorial Fund

Established: July 7, 2019
supports public charities in Northern Virginia and beyond in memory of Travis Earl Evans.
Donor Advised Fund

Tyler Joe Young Memorial Fund

Established: August 21, 2020
provides direct grants to organizations serving children and young adults in need of financial assistance for mental health and addiction services.
Scholarship Fund

William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: May 19, 2006
supports graduating seniors of Fairfax County Public Schools who are unaccompanied (independent of parents or guardians) or homeless.
Scholarship Fund

Woody Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: September 5, 2016
supports graduating seniors at Brentsville District High School to continue their education and honor, through poetry, someone who deeply impacted their lives.
Donor Advised Fund

Yolonda Pajot Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer

Established: April 7, 2020
provides direct grants to organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Scholarship Fund

Yuthud Oberdick Scholarship Fund

Established: January 26, 2007
supports a graduating senior at Chantilly High School who demonstrates enthusiasm for learning, resiliency, integrity and love of social studies.
Donor Advised Fund

Zachary Heuple Memorial Foundation Fund

Established: September 29, 2017
honors Zachary's love for others by providing direct grants and other forms of assistance to nonprofit organizations that were important to Zachary.