Impact Stories

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

Learn about our impact in the local community and beyond. In 2020 the Community Foundation awarded more than $13 million in grants and scholarships and now reports $70.5 million in managed philanthropic assets. Here’s how we are putting philanthropy to work.

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October 19, 2016
2016 Loudoun Impact Fund Members and Grantees

Giving Circle Members Pool Resources to Benefit Loudoun County

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, announced the grantees of its fourth annual grant cycle last night. Ten charities dedicated to programs benefitting youth and elderly in Loudoun County received grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, for a total of $96,725 in 2016, the largest pool of funding distributed to date.

October 11, 2016

Annual Gala Raises Unprecedented $544,000 to Raise the Northern Virginia Region

J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, was recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for his history of leadership and stewardship, providing world-class healthcare to all members of the diverse Northern Virginia community, regardless of ability to pay with the 2016 Community Leadership Award. The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Raise the Region Gala on October 7, 2016 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

August 18, 2016
Team members from Inova Health System’s Juniper Program

Latest Issue Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy in the Region

Our latest issue of GOOD BUSINESS Magazine is now available. This is the fourth edition of our bi-annual publication that features stories of local businesses, big and small, that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism. The companies featured in this magazine understand that a positive correlation exists between a company’s socially responsible investments and its ultimate economic success.

August 16, 2016
Alexandria City Public Schools – Capoeira-A Cultural Exchange, 2016 Grantee

Sixth annual “Health Kids Grants” Cycle supports 17 schools in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $30,300 in Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools. The 2016-2017 school year is the sixth annual cycle, with a total of $100,300 awarded to date. Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by grants from the Chin Family Charitable Fund and the J.O.Y. Charitable Fund, donor advised funds with the Community Foundation.

July 15, 2016
The DWH team after a successful dive in the CCMI coral nursery.
Jill Hottel serves as Executive Director of Diving With Heroes and as the advisor of the Diving With Heroes Designated Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Diving with Heroes, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in June 2014 with the purpose of unlocking the treasures contained in the underwater world and sharing them with those who have fought so valiantly to secure and defend our freedom. The men and women of the U.S. armed forces have dedicated themselves to protecting our freedoms; in return, we want to gift them with the freedom that diving provides. Our aim is to enable our hero divers to participate in dive trips and scuba experiences allowing them to live the diving lifestyle.

July 5, 2016
2015-2016 Grant Presentation

$32,000 Grant Supports the Capital Area Food Bank’s Family Market Program for the Second Year

The Community Foundation secured $32,000 to fully support the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Family Market Program at Manassas Park High School for the second year in a row – through the 2016-2017 school year. This grant provides 6,000 pounds of food to over 200 families in need throughout the year.

July 1, 2016
2016 Scholarship Award Winners
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia was pleased to award $249,625 in scholarships to 80 students in June 2016. Congratulations to all the scholarship award winners!

June 13, 2016
Innovation Fund Grantee: ReSET

Exceeds $30,000 Goal to Jumpstart Innovation Fund Endowment

The Northern Virginia community is well on its way to having a committed pool of funds investing in innovative programs that will help diversify the local economy, give local students a leg up as they navigate their education and future careers, and support complex social issues in new, creative ways.

May 23, 2016
Tanya La Force
Tanya La Force is a member of the Business Women's Giving Circle and a recent donor to the Innovation Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. We asked her a few questions her personal philanthropy and how she strives to make an impact in our region.

April 12, 2016
FCPS Foundation Logo

Challenge grant of $25,000 matched by the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

The Community Foundation recently made a challenge grant of $25,000 to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, the philanthropic arm of the school system, to launch Cyber Patriot – an afterschool cybersecurity program – in FCPS middle schools. Funding will support programs in ten middle schools in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, with the goal of giving students earlier exposure to cybersecurity. FCPS is interested in encouraging more students to make room in their high school schedules for Cyber IT courses in order to gain exposure to these 21st Century Learning skills.