Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Giving Circle Supports Local Women’s Philanthropy

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(Oakton, VA) –The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its sixth annual grant cycle today. A total of $69,148 has been awarded to five local nonprofit organizations that provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To date, the BWGC has awarded and established grant funds totaling over $300,000.

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Annual Gala Raises $570,000 to Support Critical Needs in the Northern Virginia Region

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(Oakton, VA) – Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr. (RET) of Springfield, Virginia has been awarded the 2019 Community Leadership Award presented by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. General McNair was recognized for his lifetime of community leadership, public service, and philanthropy during 2019 Raise the Region Gala held on Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.


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(Oakton, VA) - Public Art serves as a powerful tool that welcomes people to visit, engage, and enjoy space in a unique way. Leaders across the country recognize the power of public art to break down cultural barriers and advance their missions in housing, workforce, transportation, health, and the environment.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia explored this revitalization of public space through community collaboration, and public art when it presented “Public Art and Placemaking” at its September Innovation Breakfast Series event. 

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Oakton, VA – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently awarded scholarships to 110 area students, totaling $304,040 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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Bernard Mustafa headshotBernard Mustafa, SVP & General Manager of PVBS an Xtivia Company, is Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s new chairman of the board of directors effective July 1, 2019 He is a highly respected executive in government contractor circles. A frequent participant on numerous industry panels, Bernard has regularly been tapped by Microsoft to provide insight and ideas on how to grow Microsoft Dynamics as the premier ERP solution for government contractors and other professional services industries. He leads corporate strategy efforts at PVBS and is a champion for the company globally.

“As chair of the board of directors, I am looking forward to expanding NVCF’s civic leadership role in the region and to continue our focus on greater capacity to respond to critical need and to seed innovation in the Northern Virginia region,” said Mustafa. “The Community Foundation has seen tremendous growth, doubling its asset base since I joined the board six years ago. These are exciting times for the Community Foundation and I look forward to working with our team to build on the legacy of those who have come before me as we continue our mission to build a community that works for all.”

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2019 Community Investment Grants Will Help Respond to Critical Community Needs in Northern Virginia Region

2019 CIF Grant Check Presentation


Oakton, VA – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced 41 winners of its annual Community Investment Funds grant cycle for 2019. The $404,792 in grants is a record amount ever awarded by Community Foundation and will help local organizations provide critical services to residents throughout Northern Virginia, including programs that help to improve the health, education, and general wellbeing of residents, communities, and the entire region.  

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Urban Vertical Farming Program is 2019 Innovation Fund Grant Recipient

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Oakton, VA – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awards a $25,000 grant to the PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, a Fairfax-based nonprofit that serves the needs of individuals ages 6-22 with behavioral health needs and developmental disabilities and their families through education, family support services, community education and advocacy.

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Count the Region Initiative Launched to Get Out the Count

CountTheRegionLogo BlueToday, April 1, 2019, marks one year out from Census Day 2020, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is launching its’ Count the Region Initiative to help ensure a complete and fair 2020 census count in the Northern Virginia region.

The Community Foundation has invited key civic, government, social and private sector leaders across the region to join the Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee, chaired by Bernard Mustafa of PVBS and Richard Pineda of CALIBRE. Its members will help develop an action plan for community engagement in the 2020 Census.  Members are listed below.

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All public elementary, middle and high schools located in Northern Virginia are eligible to apply

copy 2 Healthy Kids foodday2The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia opens its annual Healthy Kids Grant Cycle for 2019-2020 school year. This grant opportunity helps public schools encourage healthy lifestyles through increased exercise and better nutrition.    

Grants up to $2,000 each are available to individual public schools in Northern Virginia that implement a program or strategy to encourage better nutrition or more activity among their student body during the school year.  

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Economic mobility was center-stage at Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s 2019 Shape of the Region Conference on March 7, 2019.

Oakton, VA - For all its growth and wealth Northern Virginia is home to many people who find it nearly impossible to climb the economic ladder from poverty or near-poverty to improve their individual or family’s socioeconomic status.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Technology Council used their 2019 Shape of the Region conference on March 7 to present a strong argument that there is a “Business Case for Economic Mobility” if Northern Virginia is to continue to thrive in the future.

Keynote speakers Nisha Patel and Brent Orrell brilliantly explained that economic mobility, or the ability of an individual or family to improve their economic status, is a complex challenge in our country, and our region.

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