Press Releases

From the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

June 26, 2023
Fairfax, VA, June 26, 2023

After nearly two decades, Eileen Ellsworth has announced her plans to retire as the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. She will continue in the role until her successor has been selected.

"After 18 wonderful years, I have decided to turn the reins over to the next generation and start a new chapter in my personal and professional life," said Ellsworth. "I am filled with gratitude for the chance to have served. It has been the professional privilege of my life."

June 21, 2023
21 June 2023 (Oakton, VA)- The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to 142 students pursuing higher education.

The Community Foundation’s scholarship funds are leaving positive legacies across the region and beyond. More than 50 volunteers reviewed more than 400 scholarship applications for these funds this year. In total, the Community Foundation manages 13 scholarships and administers the funds for 21 others that support Northern Virginia students. These awards range from $1,500 to greater than $6,000.

April 25, 2023
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $763,969 in competitive grants to 44 local organizations through its 2023 Community Investment Funds, Environment Fund, and Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, helping support broad-based needs and address complex social issues across the region. This work addresses two of the core pillars of the Community Foundation's strategic work— to build community resilience and advance social and economic mobility for all of Northern Virginia's residents.

March 2, 2023
Oakton, Virginia: March 2, 2023— The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is collaborating with 17 other philanthropic foundations from throughout Virginia to provide funding for expanded REACH behavioral health trainings for primary care providers treating children, adolescents and young adults across the Commonwealth. More than $170,000 has been contributed by these foundations in an effort to address the growing need for improved access to mental health care.

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.

Read the full press release here.
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.