Giving & Investing

The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia

A Permanent Community Endowment

The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia is a permanent community endowment that will help shape the future of the region. This forever source of flexible philanthropic capital will enable the Board and staff of the Community Foundation to respond to critical needs of the region as they evolve over time, seed innovative solutions to persistent social issues, and strengthen the ties that bind in our community for decades if not centuries to come. The Permanent Fund stands at more than $10 million and has been built by forward thinking local individuals wishing to leave lasting legacies of giving in the community we call home.
Elledge Brandon“My wife Amy and I decided to support the Permanent Fund last year, and frankly it was an easy decision to make. This was our way to - in the words of the Community Foundation – ‘give like it matters.’ The Community Foundation, with its knowledge, trust, and networks developed over 40 years of effective philanthropy in the region, can use our and the other continuing donations to the Permanent Fund to help transform these gifts into a meaningful impact on peoples' lives throughout Northern Virginia. To make a difference in the area we call home is very meaningful to us. We also believe the Permanent Fund is an important strategic asset for the Foundation with its various other donor-advised funds.”
— Brandon and Amy Elledge, Elledge Family Fund, Permanent Fund Donors

The Case for the Permanent Fund

Northern Virginia is one of the most desireable places to live, work, and play in the entire country.

Read the Case for the Permanent Fund

With nearly 387,000 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.

PermFund LogoYou can establish a named fund now that becomes part of The Permanent Fund for as little as $10,000 with 5 gifts of $2,000 per year. You can also leave a planned gift of any kind and size to The Permanent Fund from your estate. In either case, you may ask the Community Foundation to deploy the philanthropy from your gift in a specific field of interest, or you may leave it undesignated for optimum flexibility over time.

Explore the current component funds of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, see a list of local institutions that have received grants from the Community Foundation thanks to these endowed funds, and see the current group of Permanent Fund donors.

Help shape the future of our region.


Megan NiewoldQuestions?
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