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 $82.5 million in managed philanthropic assets. Here’s how we are putting philanthropy to work.

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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.

November 5, 2018

America’s largest independent charity evaluator

charitynavigatorThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

November 1, 2018

A permanent source of funding to celebrate, support and promote the arts in Northern Virginia

ArtsFund Logo FINAL LowResThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. The mission of the new fund is to celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia. Thanks to a generous donation from Stephen Roberts and his donor advised fund, the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Endowment Fund, this new fund is endowed as part of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, forever able to make grants to support the arts in our region. To kick it off, the Community Foundation convened a volunteer panel to review Letters of Intent submitted by local arts organizations and awarded $10,000 to 1st Stage to support its capacity building and strengthen its development and education initiatives.

October 23, 2018

An Initiative to help get out the count in Northern Virginia for the 2020 Decennial Census

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced its plans to launch “Count the Region,” an initiative that is dedicated to getting out the count for the 2020 Decennial Census in Northern Virginia and to ensuring that everyone living in the region is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place.

October 10, 2018

Annual Gala Raised $636,000 to Support Critical Needs in the Northern Virginia Region

Ellen and Jim Dyke were recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their history of passionate leadership and philanthropy with the 2018 Community Leadership Award at the Raise the Region Gala held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.