May 15, 2017
Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative

2017 Chairman's Awards Honor Recipients, Innovation Breakfast Focuses on Community Wealth Building

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia held an Innovation Breakfast Series event on May 11, 2017. The event was focused on, “Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development,” and featured speakers Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative, and Yanique Redwood, President and CEO, Consumer Health Foundation. The goal of Community Wealth Building is to create inclusive, sustainable, and equitable models of economic success.

During this event, The Community Foundation presented 2017 Chairman’s Awards, which are awarded to outstanding Community Foundation partners:
  • SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County
  • The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools
  • The City of Manassas Public Schools Education Foundation, and
  • The Loudoun Education Foundation
  • In partnership with these four education foundations, the Community Foundation is providing children and youth new critical skills and training with co-funded new high school cybersecurity courses, new CyberPatriot clubs in middle schools, and new coding immersion in elementary schools.

A Chairman’s Award was also presented to the Giving Circle of HOPE. Members of this giving circle have been involved with the Community Foundation for more than 10 years and they are like minded philanthropists who care deeply about Northern Virginia and give exclusively to local causes. This past year the Giving Circle of HOPE celebrated their $1 million dollar grant making milestone.

The Innovation Breakfast series is designed to engage the Northern Virginia community in a dialogue about new and innovative solutions to spur economic growth in our region. To see photos from the May event, please visit

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Community Foundation will hold the next Innovation Breakfast, and the focus is on the topic of the “Skills-Based” education coming of age, and the demand for highly-skilled employees. To register for the September Innovation Breakfast event and to learn more information please visit

Access National Bank is the sponsor of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Breakfast Series. Access National Bank cares deeply about local community, and joined as the sponsor of this initiative to engage its employees, its clients, and its neighbors in local philanthropy. It sees the Innovation Breakfast Series as an opportunity to engage in community dialogue, learn about innovative approaches to solve complex issues, and network with 150-200 community leaders in the business, non-profit and government sectors all working together to meet critical needs in our region.