Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2015 Granting Cycle

FF GOAJ Site VisitAFuture Fund members at a Youth for Tomorrow site visit.The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2015 grant cycle today, awarding $20,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering mental health services to those in need.  This is the fourth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $192,000.

“I am proud to be part of an organization of professionals who not only challenge stigmas around giving in younger generations, but this year elected to inspire others to challenge an even greater stigma in the area of mental health,” says Sylvia Parsons, Human Resources Business Partner at Northrop Grumman and Future Fund Grants Committee Co-Chair.  “I am constantly impressed at how thoughtful, discerning and committed our members are to funding strong organizations and programs that drive sustainable change in our community.”

The two grant-winning organizations support individuals age 13 and above and/or families with limited access to mental health care.  

The winning organizations are as follows:

Access Hope, Inc., located in Fairfax, VA
The Future Fund will support the expansion of no-fee on-campus mental health counseling to uninsured and under-insured college students at Northern Virginia Community College by adding a pre-licensed therapist and group therapy sessions.   “We are thrilled to be the recipient of this grant,” says Len Wolf, President, Access Hope, Inc.  “Access Hope and these students wish to thank The Future Fund for its commitment to providing access to these services, which are critical to the health and well being of these students, their families and our community.”

Youth for Tomorrow, located in Bristow, VAYouth For TomorrowFormer Youth for Tomorrow (YFT) resident Stephanie Vu testified at the hearing on Capitol Hill on The State of Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking. Stephanie is a survivor, advocate and advisor to Youth For Tomorrow and Shared Hope International. She credits YFT with providing a safe place where she could receive the specialized help she needed to heal. Stephanie was sent to YFT by the FBI from one of its West Coast offices.
This grant will support Youth for Tomorrow’s Girls on a Journey program, which provides residential treatment services to minor victims of sex trafficking in Northern Virginia.  “With extremely limited public funding available, it is through the generous support of organizations such as the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia that Youth for Tomorrow has been able to help more than 60 victims of human trafficking,” says David E. Loop, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Youth for Tomorrow.

“This year’s grant cycle was one of the more difficult ones in recent memory,” says Matt Paddock, Audit Manager at Grant Thornton LLP and Future Fund Grants Committee Co-Chair.  “There were so many high quality organizations which responded to our grant application request.”

The winning organizations will be formally recognized at the Annual Future Fund Awards Gala on May 8, 2015, at Artisphere in Arlington, VA.

The Future Fund was established in 2011 as the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It helps its members connect both personally and professionally, learn about the critical needs of the region, and donate at affordable levels to the causes they care about most while increasing the impact of their support through collective giving.  In its first four years, the Future Fund has granted more than $190,000 to local nonprofits, provided local organizations with more than 300 volunteer hours, collaborated with more than 10 community-led organizations to raise awareness of local needs, and developed its own endowment for future giving.