Press Releases

From the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

January 20, 2023
20 January 2023 (Oakton, VA)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces several grants made to organizations through multiple discretionary funds, including the Afghan Refugee and Resettlement Fund, Business Women’s Giving Circle, Healthy Kids Mental Health Grants, the Loudoun Impact Fund, and the Micron Opportunity Fund. These grants, amounting to more than $200,000, will increase equity by supporting educational opportunities, increasing access to social and economic support, and helping strengthen community resilience for residents across the region.

November 18, 2022
18 November 2022 (Oakton, VA)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is pleased to announce that a $50,000 grant made to Melwood will go towards supporting the Fairfax County Workforce, Innovation, and Skills Hub (WISH). The grant is made of two gifts- one for $35,000 awarded at the discretion of the Community Foundation’s Board, and the other for $15,000- directed by the Community Foundation’s Shrivastava Charitable Fund.

The WISH Center is a first-of-its-kind workforce development center designed to break down barriers and create opportunities for economic empowerment and independence for the Fairfax County community. Led by Melwood’s deeply experienced and connected team and in partnership with Building Momentum, WISH offers tactical skills training, soft skills training, job placement services, career mapping, and resources related to language learning, childcare and affordable housing.

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October 12, 2022
11 October, 2022 (Oakton, VA) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia held its annual Raise the Region Gala at the Hilton McLean Tyson’s Corner this past Friday, and for the first time in three years, in-person attendance was available. More than 600 people participated, between in-person and those online. The black-tie event celebrated the region’s resilience in the face of numerous challenges over the last several years, and honored Micron with the Community leadership Award. Here is the video shared in tribute of Micron’s work in our region and beyond.

September 14, 2022
September 14, 2022

Tysons, VA – The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA) launched their inaugural Champions for Accountability this morning at an event headlined by journalist and social justice advocate Dorothy Butler Gilliam. This unique partnership was created to encourage Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts among Virginia’s current and future businesses.

September 9, 2022
September 9 2022 (Oakton, VA)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will hold its annual fundraiser, the Raise the Region Gala on October 7, 2022. For the first time in three years, there will be an in-person component available to those interested. This has been made possible thanks to the work and sacrifices of individuals, organizations, and businesses across civil society.

July 15, 2022
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $488,430 in scholarships to more than 130 students in Northern Virginia, investing in the next generation of leaders for Northern Virginia, and beyond. These scholars were honored at a private event at Northern Virginia Community College on July 12, 2022.

The scholarships are valued between $1,500 and $5,000, with some awards renewable through all of college study. The average amount awarded was about $3,500 per student.

A full list of scholars, scholarships, and the award amounts, is available through the link below.
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April 27, 2022
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $613,735 in grants to 50 local organizations through its 2022 Community Investment Funds, Environment Fund, and Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, helping respond to need and seed innovative solutions to complex social problems across the region.

Funds are invested in organizations across Northern Virginia in the areas of Aging, Child and Youth Development, Education, Environment, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Military Personnel and ther Families, and Safety Net to Support Basic Needs. This represents the largest ever discretionary grants cycle in the Community Foundation's History.

A full list of grantees, and the funding amounts, is available through the link below.
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March 16, 2022
On March 15, 2022, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia held its annual Shape of the Region Conference. This convening highlighted the complex barriers to basic mental health service, such as therapy, helpful medications, and others. Over 300 persons attended, about half in person, and half online, from a cross-section of civil society including but not limited to government workers, nonprofit and foundation employees, social changemakers, private sector businesses, and representatives from state, local, and national government offices. The conference also discussed what innovative ideas and opportunities may exist to address this critical issue that impacts us all.
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March 8, 2022

Insight RegionTM Report to be Launched

Please note that on March 15, 2022, Elizabeth Hughes, Senior Director of Insight Region™, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Center of Community Research, will present the findings in the report Finding our Way Back to Mental Health at the annual Shape of the Region Conference. This conference will highlight the complex barriers to basic mental health service- therapy, helpful medications, early interventions, and so on. The conference will feature multiple panels of national and local experts for candid discussions of the challenges of accessing basic mental health services in Northern Virginia, and what innovative ideas and opportunities may exist to address this critical issue that impacts us all. 

An embargoed copy of the report is available by request. If you would like an embargoed copy of the Mental Health Report, or if you have any other questions or comments, please refer to the point of contact below.

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February 23, 2022
February 23, 2022 (Oakton, VA) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Community Investment Funds (CIF) announced today the receipt of a $100,000 donation made by Reston-based company Verisign, Inc. to help respond to the critical needs of the residents in Northern Virginia. The CIF is the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation in which funds are invested in organizations serving the Northern Virginia community in the areas of aging, child and youth development, education, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health, military personnel and their families, and safety net support.

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