Raises Approximately $52,000 for 2015 Grantmaking

Gala2014 137The Future Fund raised approximately $52,000 on Friday, May 16th, at its annual Awards Gala aboard the Cherry Blossom Charter, and has raised over $200,000 since its inception in 2011, to support the critical needs in Northern Virginia by engaging young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in philanthropy.  A giving circle of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, its members learn about the critical needs of the region, donate at affordable levels to the causes they care about most, and meet their professional peers – other community advocates who see the benefit of pooling monetary contributions to increase the impact of their support to local charitable organizations.  All proceeds from this event and from annual sponsorships will support its competitive grant cycle in 2015.

The event honored the Future Fund’s two 2014 grant-winning organizations – Linden Resources and Quality of Life Foundation.  Each organization received grants of $20,000 to support veterans of the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom wars and their families.

With opportunities to participate in the grants process, to perform community service projects, and to network at happy hours and other events, members of the Future Fund learn that giving back can be a fun and rewarding experience.  “My membership in the Future Fund is valuable not only because of the personal benefits I receive, but also because of the positive impact we make in the community,” said Marcy Johnson, Senior Manager, Audit Risk Management at Grant Thornton LLP and co-chair of the Future Fund.  “It is rewarding to visit the nonprofits we have funded, and to create relationships with fellow members – some truly amazing business professionals in Northern Virginia.  I am a better person at home, at work and in my community thanks to the Future Fund.”

Photos from the event are available on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfnova.org/ffgala.

Support for the Future Fund is provided by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Womble Carlyle.