February 16, 2021

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2019 -2020 Annual Report, “Build Back -Dream Forward,” which highlights our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

The past year has tested pretty much everything we are as human beings, as a country, and as a local community.  The Community Foundation, therefore, spent considerable time during 2020 in response mode, helping the region address not one, but two crises – the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice.

In the early months of the pandemic, the Community Foundation launched it COVID-19 Response Fund to provide financial support as organizations navigated the immediate effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Through five rounds of grantmaking, the Fund distributed nearly $2.1 million in grants to 110 local nonprofit organizations in the battle against COVID.

“Our entire community, across all sectors came together to respond to COVID-19 and the impact it had on our region. We are glad to do our part through our COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia, “said Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. “From the day it launched on March 13, 2020, the COVID-19 Response Fund has provided flexible funds to support nonprofit organizations and other programs responding to COVID-19 and the rapidly changing landscape of relief efforts throughout Northern Virginia.”

This annual report captures the many ways the Community Foundation responded to need, seeded innovation and led and convened the community this year, including record levels of grantmaking, the launch of Insight RegionTM, a center for community research, and a new Build Back Dream Forward initiative that helps address the impacts of the virus on communities of color in the region.

Visit the Annual Reports page to view all of the Community Foundation Annual Reports.