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.

If you would like to contribute to an impact story please contact Marcus Wilson, Manager of Communications and Events.
December 11, 2018
Life's most extraordinary accomplishments are very rarely ever achieved alone, which is why we launched the Door Opener Society at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia last year. This esteemed award honors attorneys, accountants, trust officers, and estate and financial planners who have helped clients achieve their charitable objectives through the Community Foundation. These advisors have helped serve their clients better by working effectively with the Community Foundation to optimize their clients' gifts to our community. They know that the Community Foundation helps with philanthropic planning, adding value to their practice and client relationships. They know working with the Community Foundation is a win-win.

December 7, 2018
Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church received a multi-year grant in 2018 from the Health, Mental Health & Aging Fund through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle. This grant supports programs that iprove the wellness and quality of life of our aging neighbors. Rebuilding Together AFF shared the following testimonial to show how this grant helped one of their clients, Ceclia.

December 5, 2018
Dear Amazon,

Welcome to Northern Virginia! As the timeframe for your decision on HQ2 drew closer, those of us who already call this region home began to think about how we’d welcome you to our community. Community foundations have a more than 100-year history as community conveners and conversation brokers who work tirelessly to preserve, enhance and protect the quality of life for our neighbors. This role often places us directly in the middle of our community’s most important decisions, most pressing issues, and most promising opportunities. Many in our community believe that your decision to locate HQ2 in Northern Virginia is the most impactful event to happen in each of these categories in a generation.

December 5, 2018
The Arc of Northern Virignia received a $7,500 grant in 2018 from the Education Fund through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle. This grant supported the innovative new use of mobile apps that allow people with disabilites to navigate the tasks of everyday life. The Arc of Northern Virginia shared the following inspirational story to show the impact of this support in our community.

December 4, 2018
Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia received an $8,500 grant in 2018 from the Child & Youth Develompent Fund through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle. This fund supports porgrams that help children and youth obtain the education, support, services and opportunities they need to thrive. The grant helped Girls on the Run NOVA expand into an economically disadvantaged school. They shared the following inspirational story to show how this grant helped at-risk youth establish healthy habits and raise their self-esteem.

November 26, 2018
Ken HuntsmanPlease read below a personal message from Ken Hunstman, Community Foundation board member and chair of the Community Investment Funds grant cycle for many years. With his guidance, we awarded more than $250,000 to 29 nonprofits in 2018 through these grants.

November 19, 2018
Second Story received a $10,000 grant in 2018 from the Poverty Relief Fund through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle. This grant provided housing and shelter assistance to homeless youth in our region. Second Story shared the following testimonial to show how this grant helped one of their clients, Brayan.

November 15, 2018

Collective Impact in Loudoun County

LdnImpactLogo CFNV Update smallLocal donors and nonprofit leaders gathered on November 14th at Integrus Holdings as The Loudoun Impact Fund awarded $125,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County. The awards were made possible through the generosity of more than 50 individuals and businesses that pooled charitable gifts.

November 13, 2018
Ross Roberts 1993bStephen S. Roberts and Dr. Sue Goetz Ross, pictured in 1993Stephen Roberts, a donor advisor for the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Music Fund, recently made a legacy gift to help launch the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. We asked him to share some thoughts on how this new fund helps honor his wife's legacy.

November 12, 2018
Mike Sanderson PhotoMike Sanderson, a client of the Easterseals Veteran Staffing Network ProgramThe Easterseals Veterans Staffing Network received a $10,000 grant in 2018 from the Military Personnel & Their Families Fund through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle. This grant supported programs that coordinate services between the government and nonprofit providers to better serve military personnel and their families in the Northern Virginia region. Easterseals Veterans Staffing Network shared the following testimonial from Veteran Mike Sanderson to show the impact of this support in their community.