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From the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

September 16, 2020
September 16, 2020 (Oakton, VA) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the leader in local philanthropy in the region is pleased to announce that President and CEO Eileen Ellsworth is one of this year’s recipients of the Washington Business Journal's (WBJ) 2020 "Women Who Mean Business" award.

“This award is a wonderful honor. I am delighted to receive it and to be a part of yet another distinguished class of remarkably influential, powerful, and impressive women,” said Ellsworth. “But clearly, the award belongs to the entire staff, board, and family of friends and donors at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia who makes possible all that we have accomplished.”

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September 10, 2020
September 10, 2020 (Oakton, VA) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the leader in local philanthropy in the region, welcomes Elizabeth Hughes as the new Senior Director of Insight Region, an independent research center at the Community Foundation launched earlier this year that analyzes local trends, convenes civic leaders, and promotes civic and social action.

Ms. Hughes has spent her career at the intersection of research and policy, helping decision-makers sort through the noise and find relevant, actionable insights to help guide operations, maximize productivity, and achieve strategic goals.

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September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020 (Oakton, VA) – On Friday, October 2, 2020, at 7 pm EST, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will host its 2020 Raise the Region, a virtual event that will be live-streamed, and allow you the opportunity to participate from the comfort of your home. The theme this year is Building a Community that Works for Everyone, and the event will highlight a record-level of giving from the Community Foundation throughout the region.

Hosted by NBC4’s Leon Harris, the 2020 Raise the Region virtual event is FREE to attend and will air live from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on October 2nd, available at www.cfnova.org/RaiseTheRegion.

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August 11, 2020
ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington Arts Center (AAC) and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia are pleased to present Passage, a site-specific public artwork by artist Lynda Andrews-Barry. The work will be featured on AAC’s lawn at 3550 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington from August 22 through December 13, 2020.

Passage is the result of a unique partnership between AAC and the Community Foundation. The work was funded by the Foundation’s Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, and is undertaken in cooperation with Arlington Public Art.

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July 30, 2020
Oakton, VA (July 29, 2020) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced today that it has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to more than one hundred area students to support their higher education goals beginning this fall. This year’s awards went to students pursuing either undergraduate or graduate degrees in areas like STEM, medicine, health, and education, as well as students planning to attend Northern Virginia Community College.

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June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020 (Oakton, VA) –The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced today it has awarded $440,000 in its fifth round of COVID-19 Response Fund Grants to 22 local organizations providing relief and services to communities in the region disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

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May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020 (Oakton, VA) –The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia today announced the Round 4 grantees from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia including ALIVE!, Arlington Thrive, CASA de Virginia, and Northern Virginia Family Service.
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April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020 (Oakton, VA) –The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia today announced its Round 3 grantees from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia.

Organizations offering access to health care, mental health care, and dental health care for low income, uninsured and underinsured residents, and organizations offering direct services to victims of domestic violence which are soaring under stay at home orders across our region, were invited to apply. And while we originally estimated that approximately $350,000 would be awarded in Round 3, strong contributions to the COVID-19 Response Fund and a phenomenal demand for support has resulted in grants totaling $715,000 to 35 organizations on the front line of the pandemic.
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April 22, 2020

$50,000 is granted for projects related to clean air, energy and preserving Northern Virginia’s natural environment


April 22, 2020 (Oakton, VA) – As the world observes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day today, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces it has awarded two $25,000 Environment Fund grants to local organizations working to protect, restore, and improve the natural environment of Northern Virginia.

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April 3, 2020
April 3, 2020 (Oakton, VA) – Today, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces the grantees from Round 2 of the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. Mindful that the coronavirus will have a disproportionate impact on people with the least ability to meet it, the Community Foundation directed Round 2 funding to local organizations meeting basic needs and offering emergency financial assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors. A total of $360,000 has been awarded to the following 28 organizations who continue to be on the front lines of the crisis.

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