Impact Stories

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

Learn about our impact in the local community and beyond. In 2019 the Community Foundation awarded more than $5.4 million in grants and scholarships and now reports $72 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.
September 17, 2018

Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently partnered with the WHEELS Global Foundation to hold an Innovation Breakfast Series event titled, "Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing." More than 100 guests attended the event.

July 16, 2018
Bruce and Jean WymanWe recently sat down with Bruce and Jean Wyman, who and are actively involved with the Community Foundation, as well as having a Donor Advised Fund with the Community Foundation. They are both members of the Giving Circle of HOPE, and focus their grant making locally.

July 13, 2018

By Joshua D. Stillman, CFP®

Josh Stillman Headshot VerticalWhat are the greatest needs in Northern Virginia and how can we meet them?

This thought-provoking question was recently posed at a dinner hosted by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The question resonated with me – how can I help? However, it immediately prompted another personal question in need of answering first: Should I?

July 12, 2018

Supports 93 Students in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded scholarships to 93 students, totaling $296,008 to support their continuing higher education beginning in the fall. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages and administers the funds for twenty-five scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.

June 26, 2018
Recently, former Community Foundation Board members and staff reunited to reminsce about the 40 year history of the Foundation.

June 7, 2018

$22,750 in Grants Awarded to Support Military Personnel and their Families

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently awarded $22,750 in grants to support military personnel and their families through its Military Families and their Personnel Fund.

June 4, 2018
Ali Culhane, Get2Green Program Specialist and Donna Volkmann, Get2Green Resource Teacher, talk about the Get2Green Program

May 14, 2018

Changing the Frame on Green Energy

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission co-hosted an Innovation Breakfast on May 10, 2018 titled, “Changing the Frame on Green Energy.” More than 100 participants attended the event.

May 10, 2018

$25,000 Grant Awarded to Fairfax County Public Schools Get2Green Initiative

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia today announced the establishment of The Environment Fund. This fund is made possible by a $500,000 gift to The Community Foundation from an anonymous donor.

May 2, 2018
Melinda MerkThis interview is with Melinda Merk, Attorney at McCandlish Lillard, new Community Foundation Board Member, Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) member, and active philanthropist.

Melinda has a background in providing holistic multi-generational income and wealth transfer tax planning advice and estaate and trust services to high net worth individuals, families, and business owners.