Giving & Investing

Leaving Lasting Legacies of Giving for Northern Virginia

The Permanent Fund is comprised of endowments developed by many donors to leave lasting legacies for future generations of neighbors across our region.

Below is a list of all the Component Funds that comprise the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia.

Current and planned gifts to the Permanent Fund are welcomed.
Melinda Merk“Establishing the Melinda Merk Fund for Animal Welfare, which is an endowed designated fund and part of the Permanent Fund, supports my love for animals and especially the rescue and adoption of dogs who have brought so much joy to my life personally. I am a long-time supporter and serial adopter of Lab Rescue, and recently became involved with Best Friends Animal Society. Several years ago, my family started a new tradition of making donations to our favorite charities in lieu of Christmas gifts. The fund will be a receptacle for these lifetime gifts as well as a beneficiary of my IRA, and leave a lasting legacy for animals in the local community.”
— Melinda Merk, Melinda Merk Fund for Animal Welfare, Permanent Fund Donor

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Abrahams Fund for Children and Youth

Established: December 13, 2015
supports child and youth development, music education including youth orchestras, children's theater and exposure to the performing arts, and children's health, providing benefit to those living and working in the Northern Virginia community.
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Aging Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to support the needs of adults 65 and older throughout the region
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Angus Slater Lamond Fund for Children and Youth

Established: January 21, 2018
benefits children (those 18 years old and younger) in the City of Alexandria and in Fairfax County south and west of the City of Alexandria.
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Child and Youth Development Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to help children and youth to thrive in Northern Virginia.
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DeSanto Family Legacy Fund

Established: May 10, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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Education Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to increase the number of children and adults in Northern Virginia who are prepared to enter a competitive workforce in the 21st century.
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Elledge Family Fund

Established: April 24, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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Ellsworth Weil Family Fund for Northern Virginia

Established: April 16, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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Emergency Relief Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to support organizations that help those who have suffered significant losses under circumstances requiring emergency aid.
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Environment Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to protect, restore and improve the natural environment of Northern Virginia, thereby enhancing the health and quality of life of its citizens and the economy of the region.
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The Gilbert Family Fund for Northern Virginia

Established: June 18, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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Health, Mental Health and Aging Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to nurture the health and well-being of all members of the Northern Virginia community.
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Healthy Kids

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to support individual public schools in Northern Virginia that implement a program or strategy to encourage better nutrition or more activity among their student body during the school year.
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Huntsman Family Fund

Established: November 18, 1999
supports FACETS and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's Community Investment Fund discretionary grant cycle for child and youth development.
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Innovation Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to promote inventiveness, creativity and new design, seeding a more innovative ecosystem in the region.
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The Janey Calhoun Family Legacy Fund

Established: June 21, 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.
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John and Patti Sinnen Charitable Legacy Fund

Established: December 21, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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Melinda Merk Fund for Animal Welfare

Established: October 4, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to benefit nonprofits working in the Animal Welfare field of interest, particularly animal rescue and adoption organizations with preference to such organizations that rescue dogs.
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Mental Health Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to support the mental health and well-being of all members of the Northern Virginia community
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Military Personnel and Their Families Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to support military personnel and their families in Northern Virginia.
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Mustafa Family Legacy Fund

Established: June 18, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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Nancy Eberhardt Fund for Innovative Social Solutions

Established: December 19, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make philanthropic investments that help seed innovative solutions to social issues in a variety of ways.
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Northern Virginia Children's Fund

Established: February 12, 1990
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to support children and youth in Northern Virginia.
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The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia

An Endowment for the Region's Future
unrestricted flexible fund from which the Community Foundation makes grants to help build a community that works for everyone.
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Poverty Relief Fund

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to relieve the suffering caused by poverty in Northern Virginia.
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Racial Justice and Equity Fund for Northern Virginia

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to make unrestricted gifts to bring awareness to and drive change in systems that cause and perpetuate racial and ethnic disparities.
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Reeder Family Fund

Established: July 30, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts

Component of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia.
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Schott/Murray Family Fund for Northern Virginia

Established: May 9, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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Shahnaz M. Ahmed Endowed Fund for Northern Virginia

Established: July 12, 2020
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Community Foundation’s Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation, to support nonprofits working in the Immigrant/Human Services, Workforce Development, Economic Development, and Arts and Culture fields of interest.
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von Bostel Family Charitable Fund

Established: June 3, 2019
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.
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William A. & Helen C. Steinacker Fund

Established: June 25, 1998
supports those living and working in Northern Virginia, including support and assistance for the elderly.
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Wolff Family Legacy Fund

Established: May 31, 2017
benefits the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the sole purpose of contributing to the Permanent Fund, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation.