Impact Stories

Growing Philanthropy, Responding to Need and Seeding Innovation in Northern Virginia

Learn about our impact on the local community and beyond. During the past 2 years the Community Foundation awarded $20 million in grants and scholarships and now reports $89 million in managed philanthropic assets. Here’s how we are putting philanthropy to work.

If you would like to contribute to an impact story please contact Marcus Wilson, Manager of Communications and Events.
October 19, 2021
The Community Foundation established The Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund for Northern Virginia at the beginning of September to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of our new Afghan neighbors currently undergoing the challenges associated with the resettlement process. 

October 14, 2021
Philanthropist, author, entrepreneur, and lawyer Karen Schaufeld has been named Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s 2021 Community Leadership Honoree. The Community Leadership Award is given each year to an individual who is a demonstrated leader with a long history of commitment to supporting the Northern Virginia region through volunteer and community service and charitable giving.

October 14, 2021
A record fundraising total of more than $500,000 was raised during Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s 2021 Raise the Region, an annual, mission-critical fundraiser for the Community Foundation.

September 27, 2021
Public Interest Technology is an emerging field that uses technological expertise in service of the common good, often with a focus on under-resourced communities. Today, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia hosted Public Interest Technology, the latest event in our Innovation Breakfast Series.

September 14, 2021
Healthier kids through access to exercise and better nutrition are the goals of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Healthy Kids Grants program. For 2021, the Community Foundation has awarded $18,981.93 in Healthy Kids Grants to 10 public Elementary and Middle School programs in Northern Virginia. Grants up to $2,000 will be used to support programs that promote healthy lifestyles through increased exercise or healthy nutrition. The grants are for the 2021-2022 school year.

September 8, 2021
As we continue to face challenges in Northern Virginia created by the pandemic, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is returning to a virtual format for this year’s annual fundraising event. On Friday, October 8, 2021, at 7 pm EST, the Community Foundation hosts its 2021 Raise the Region, a virtual event that will be live-streamed and will include an online auction and opportunities to engage and connect with our community from the comfort of your home. The theme this year is Building a Community that Works for Everyone, and the event will highlight a record level of giving from the Community Foundation throughout the region.

September 2, 2021
Afghan evacuees have arrived in communities across the country after leaving everything behind to begin a new life in America.  The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia today announced the launch of the Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund for Northern Virginia.

August 23, 2021
Dear, Community Foundation Staff, and Board Members, 

I would like to thank the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for welcoming me as the Summer Research and Marketing Intern. Though this internship was virtual, I was fortunate enough to learn many new skills, see different perspectives, and meet some amazing community members.

August 20, 2021
In our ongoing mission to recognize and support innovation in our region, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is pleased to announce its 2021 Innovation Fund has awarded a $40,000 grant to the George Mason University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Food Depot.

This Innovation Fund grant to the Food Depot will provide the opportunity to further develop a community of innovators and entrepreneurs in Mason’s CIE. Specifically, Mason's students and faculty will create, develop, and staff the Food Depot.

August 20, 2021
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the leader in local philanthropy in the region, today announced the recipients of the 2021 Micron Opportunity Fund Grant. This year, Micron provided a total of $14,000 for two grants. The winners are Rosie Riveters Programming for Produce, and Fairfax County Public Schools Luther Jackson Middle School ESTEEM Center for Equity in STEM and English Greenhouse Ecosystems Lab. Each program will receive a grant of $7,000.