2016 grant cycle to mark $1 million raised and given in Northern Virginia

the big giveThe Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH), a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, is celebrating a major milestone this year – more than $1 million raised and granted to support critical needs in Northern Virginia.  Its members will vote for the 2016 grantees at a special event to celebrate the momentous occasion on Thursday, November 17th.

This event will bring GCH from its beginnings in 2004 to today to having provided more than a million dollars in grant funding to small nonprofits in the Northern Virginia area – a million dollar milestone.

“This milestone proves the power of collective giving because we reached it with many individuals giving as little as one dollar a day or volunteering for one event a year,” said founding member Linda Strup.  “Reaching this $1M milestone is exciting, but I am even prouder of the lives we have changed, both within the Giving Circle of HOPE and in the greater community.”

The Giving Circle of HOPE creates positive change in Northern Virginia through engaged and collective philanthropy. A giving circle is a form of participatory philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own money to a pooled fund, decide together which charities to give to and, in doing so, increase awareness of and engagement in issues in their community.

Prior to this year’s vote, GCH has awarded 125 grants to 52 local nonprofits. Funds have been awarded in the areas of Child, Youth Development and Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; Poverty Relief; Immigration; and Poverty Escape. Organizations throughout Northern Virginia have received funding including: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas, and Prince William.

“Reaching the $1M means we got to a landing in a long staircase,” said founding member Diana Katz.  “We can take a breath, look back to see what we have done, and we can look upward to see how much more we can do.  It’s a step that gives us perspective.”

GCH does more than provide local nonprofits with funding for their project or capacity building grant requests. It is an award-winning leader in local philanthropy by making vital connections, providing resources and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, engaging in advocacy, furthering education, and awarding grants.

Find more information at www.givingcircleofhope.org.