Impact Stories

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

Learn about our impact on the local community and beyond. Since its inception in 1978, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $85 million in cumulative grants and scholarships and now reports $80 million in managed philanthropic assets. Here’s how we are putting philanthropy to work.

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January 31, 2023
On February 1 2023, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Insight Region® Center for Community Research released the Shape of Youth Mental Health report with a presentation and discussion at George Mason University. The report discusses the mental health needs of Northern Virginia's youth, which have only increased since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

January 20, 2023

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched the Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund in September 2021 to support Afghans fleeing their home country who either pass through or are resettled in Northern Virginia. To date, grants from the Fund total $282,490, and have focused on critical needs such as food, shelter, healthcare and mental health services, as well as longer-term efforts such as legal services, housing, transportation, education, and English language skills.

January 19, 2023
By J. Belle Osvath, CFP® CSLP® AIF®, Financial Advisor

Your charitable clients may be taking their charitable giving budgets more seriously this year, given the stock market’s challenges, rising interest rates, economic concerns, and anticipated cash crunches.

As you advise your clients in early 2023, consider sharing with them these seven guidelines to build a budget for charitable donations that can help your clients continue to support favorite causes and remain fiscally cautious.

January 12, 2023
The Micron Opportunity Fund is the result of a collaboration between the Community Foundation and Micron Technology, Inc, to strengthen STEM learning through efforts to build knowledge systems, and capacity in Northern Virginia by ensuring underserved students have access to high-quality STEM learning experiences. 

January 12, 2023
The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of engaged Loudoun County donors managed in partnership by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The Fund invests strategically in Loudoun County to promote education, the arts, the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia made a grant to the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for $29,500, which makes up part of the $112,000 total grant that the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is awarding.

January 12, 2023
Healthy Kids Grants have traditionally been awarded in the spring and summer for public schools in Northern Virginia that use the funding for a program that promotes nutrition and physical activity. In 2022, the Community Foundation added a grant cycle focused on support for schools offering their students mental health care programming. This is especially pertinent, as rates of youth seeking mental health care treatment have increased, accelerating a pre-pandemic trend. Stay tuned for more about The Shape of Youth Mental Health report, which will be discussed at a Insight Region event on February 1, 2023.

January 12, 2023
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's Business Women's Giving Circle recently announced the winners of its annual grants cycle. A total of $50,000 has been awarded to three local nonprofit organizations that provide STEM (Science, TEchnology, Engineering, Math), Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Mentorship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To date, BWGC has awarded more than $465,000 in grants that have impacted the lives of over 3,250 young people.

January 10, 2023
EH headshot1 300x350The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia welcomes Michael Barret Jones as its new Chief Philanthropy Officer. In this role, he will lead the organization’s growth over the coming years in alignment with its new five-year strategic plan, helping to build a community that works for everyone in our region by bolstering the Community Foundation’s long-term fundraising and development strategies utilizing his wealth of experience in philanthropic engagement at the highest level.

“We are thrilled to have Michael on board at the Community Foundation,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. “He has decades of experience engaging donors in both responsive grantmaking, and community problem solving. That experience has given him a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t work and has honed a very strategic approach to philanthropic giving.”

January 10, 2023

Sustainability Matters and the Community Foundation have not known each other for very long- a couple of years ago, the Shenandoah-based organization attended a First Tuesdays conversation, an informal half an hour chat that nonprofits can have with members of the Community Foundation staff about development goals, communications, or just for networking with a public sector partner.

January 4, 2023
2022 Grantee, Shelter House
Today, our largest annual discretionary grant application process opens with funding available through our Community Investment Funds (CIF), Environment Fund, and Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. As the Community Foundation works with intentionality to ensure funding is available and accessible to all nonprofits across our region, our team has updated the CIF process this year to provide general operating support, with the flexibility to use that funding where it is most needed.

Learn more about the updates and priority focus areas in the following webinar presented by Sari Raskin, VP of Grants and Community Leadership, and Jennifer Cochran, Manager of Grants and Scholarships.

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