Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Invites Community Members to Annual Awards Gala

FutureFundMembers of the Future Fund at the 2013 GalaAll Aboard!  The Future Fund will celebrate its successful grantmaking in 2014 and raise funds to support its grant cycle in 2015 at its annual Awards Gala on Friday, May 16, 2014 aboard the Cherry Blossom Charter in Old Town, Alexandria.  Tickets are $75 for Future Fund members and $95 for nonmembers.  More information is available here.

The Future Fund is the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It offers members opportunities to 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.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Giving Circle of HOPE presented “Do More Than Give: How Donors Maximize Philanthropic Impact,” on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  This program was designed to engage donors in the Northern Virginia region in a discussion of catalytic philanthropy – an innovative approach to supporting a cause and making an impact beyond financial support.

Crutchfield and panelistsLeslie Crutchfield, the author of “Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World”, and senior advisor with the Foundation Strategy Group, was the featured guest presenter. Her book provides a blueprint for philanthropists to increase the impact of their gifts through active community engagement. In it, Crutchfield highlights six practices that take philanthropy from check-writing to proactively producing change.

This event was made possible with support from Gannett Company, Inc. and Foundation Strategy Group.

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Highlights a Year of Engaged Philanthropy

CFNV AR2012-13 coverThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2012-2013 Annual Report, “A Year of Engaged Philanthropy,” drawing attention its efforts to engage donors in its work to meet the most critical needs of the community.  The Community Foundation’s individual, corporate and foundation donors are united in their desire to give back to the community. They want their contributions to have an impact, to make a difference. They seek to help our neediest neighbors while also creating opportunities for the next generation. 

But donors want to do so much more than give. Engaged philanthropy includes financial support, personal involvement, and a deeper knowledge and understanding of the critical needs of our region.   

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Over 100 “Makers” and 3,000 Faire-goers expected on Sunday, March 16, 2014

ChildrenScienceCenterThe Children's Science Center, a 2013 Innovation Fund Grantee, will have a booth at the Maker Faire this Sunday.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Fund is a premiere sponsor of Northern Virginia’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire, to take place this Sunday, March 16th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at South Lakes High School and Hughes Middle School in Reston.  It will bring together inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region to demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make things, new inventions, tools, and gadgets.  More than 100 booths will feature “Makers” ages 12 to 92, offering hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages.  Tickets are required to attend this event.  More information is available at http://makerfairenova.com.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare is now accepting grant applications from organizations that preserve and protect animals in Northern Virginia.

A total of $10,000 is available for grants of $2,000 to $5,000 which may be used to support, expand or enhance programs. Applicant organizations may include animal shelters, animal rescue organizations, conservation organizations, etc. and must be 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.

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"Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact"

Eileen-EllsworthEileen M. Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will serve as the keynote speaker at an event for nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, March 26th – “Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact.” This annual event is hosted by Virginia Congressman, Jim Moran, of the 8th Congressional District, serving Alexandria City, Arlington County, Falls Church City, and parts of Fairfax County. It will be held at the George Mason University-Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA, and is in collaboration with Volunteer Fairfax and the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University.

“We’re extremely privileged to have Eileen address this year’s nonprofit seminar,” said Rep. Jim Moran. “Her integral knowledge of program growth, funding drives, and promotion, coupled with her ability to secure collaborative partnerships with private sector stakeholders has turned the Community Foundation into a regional powerhouse.”

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2014 Community Investment Grant Cycle Supports the Region’s Neediest


literacy labThe Literacy Lab will receive a $10,000 grant to provide low-income, pre-kindergarten children in Alexandria with a year of daily literacy intervention, preparing them for success throughout their academic careers.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2014 Community Investment Grants. The 36 organizations, all of which provide support in key areas of need throughout Northern Virginia, have received grants of up to $10,000 that will further their impact on the health and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made is $308,643.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 138 applications.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development; Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.  The Community Investment Fund grant cycle is the largest of the Community Foundation’s discretionary fund cycles.

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Submission Deadline: April 1, 2014

Girl in Class Photo LRThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has opened its scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 school year and is seeking eligible applications from graduating high school seniors in Northern Virginia.

The Community Foundation holds multiple scholarship funds and awards over $200,000 each year to help nearly 80 Northern Virginia students attend the college of their choice. Each scholarship has different selection criteria, allowing opportunities for a diverse range of students. Application deadlines vary by scholarship, ranging from March 15 to May 30.

Visit www.cfnova.org/scholarships to review the list of scholarships available and to apply. 
 

Grants $10,000 to support Northern Virginia Rides Program for seniors

AgingReportCOVERThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has released “A Portrait of our Aging Population in Northern Virginia,” a report on the aging population 65 and older in the Northern Virginia region.  The study highlights demographic, social and economic trends that impact older adults, ages 65 and over, in Northern Virginia, and is one of a series of publications commissioned and published by the Community Foundation to inform, inspire meaningful dialogue, and increase philanthropic and public investment surrounding critical community needs.  The report can be downloaded at www.cfnova.org

The data indicates a need to support seniors aging in place.  In response, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is committing $10,000 to support the Community Mobility: Northern Virginia Rides Program, which provides transportation options to Northern Virginians who would not otherwise have mobility access, by offering a coordinated volunteer-driver transportation model to community groups.  This initiative was developed by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in partnership with the Jewish Council for the Aging, Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Giving Circle of HOPE, representatives of community nonprofit social service providers, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2014 Granting Cycle

FFThe Future Fund announced the winners of its 2014 grant cycle today, awarding $20,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits serving military veterans and their families.

The Future Fund is the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It offers members opportunities to 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.

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