Grant to Support Adult Career Pathway Program

Community Foundation for Northern VirginiaThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced today a $25,000 grant from the Innovation Fund endowment for the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Adult Career Pathway Program (ACP).  Northern Virginia Community College will use the grant to help defray the costs associated with certification testing for students in the ACP program. 

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Opportunity Index Unveiled as Panelists Evaluate Workforce Development Challenges and Opportunities, and Region’s Income Inequality

sotr 105The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the Shape of the Region conference on February 15, 2018 at Valo Park in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  Nearly 300 registered guests attended the event. Keynote speakers included Michael Cassidy, President & CEO, Commonwealth Institute, and Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow of Economic Studies and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution.

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Permanent Fund Serves as Permanent Community Endowment

Cfnova AR16 17 FINAL cover Page 01The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2016 -2017 Annual Report, “A Year of Growing the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia,” which highlights the growth of the Permanent Fund and its’ impact. Click here to view and download the Annual Report.

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Identifies Challenges and Barriers to Economic Success for Many in our Region

Opportunity Index Logo SmallThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced today the launch of The Opportunity Index for Northern Virginia, an interactive dashboard to serve as a data resource for community knowledge and strategic philanthropic giving, and to help grow philanthropy for our most economically disadvantaged populations.   The data and accompanying report were prepared by The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit think-tank that provides credible, independent, and accessible information and analyses of fiscal and economic issues with particular attention to the impacts on low- and moderate-income persons.  The Opportunity Index is available to the public for free at

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$25,000 Awarded to Northern Virginia Non-Profit Serving the Latino Community

LEAF 5Paty Funegra and Diana Katz at April '17 LEAF LaunchThe Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF) announced today that it awarded a $25,000 grant to Edu-Futuro, a nonprofit with offices in Arlington and Springfield.  The grant will support Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program which targets the next generation of leaders and professionals in the Latino community. Edu-Futuro empowers under-resourced Latino and immigrant youth and their parents through education, leadership development, and family engagement.

The LEAF grant selection committee consisted of six volunteer committee members, including LEAF’s founding advisors Paty Funegra and Diana Katz.  

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Opportunity Index Illuminates Key Issues for Panel Discussion

ShapeOfTheRegion Logo FINAL BlueThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce will co-host the Shape of the Region conference on February 15, 2018 from 8:00 - 11:45 am at Valo Park in Tysons Corner, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia.  Registration is $65 and includes continental breakfast.

This event will explore two big issues facing the Northern Virginia region's future as illuminated by data from the Community Foundation's Opportunity Index, each with a panel discussion.  Panelists will evaluate the region’s opportunity and inequality, and tapping the workforce assets in our own backyard. 

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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2018-19 Scholarships

2017 Scholarship RecipientsThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has opened its scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 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. 

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2018 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle Now Open

Jan. 2017 SMART ClassThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced today that the 2018 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle is now open.

The Community Investment Funds are the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation in which funds are invested in organizations serving the Northern Virginia community.  This year funding will be provided in four areas of focus:  Child and Youth Development, Education, Poverty Relief, and Aging.  Click here for more information including a video webinar where the application process is explained.

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Sari Raskin Selected for Philanthropic Sector’s Premier Leadership Development Program 

SariThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is proud to announce that Sari Raskin, Director of Grants and Community Leadership at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has been selected to participate in the Council on Foundations 2018 Career Pathways program. This intensive, year-long leadership development program is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's senior executives. Participants will graduate from the program with the knowledge, experience, and professional networks needed to be more effective in their current roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field of philanthropy more broadly, positioning them to compete successfully for senior-level foundation positions.

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Five Organizations Awarded Grants for STEM Education, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Programs

2017 Grantee: Wesley Housing STEM Program2017 Grantee: Wesley Housing STEM Program ParticipantsThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its fourth annual grant cycle today.  A total of $53,000 has been awarded to five nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To-date the BWGC has awarded $178,000 in grants.   

The BWGC will celebrate the 2017 grantees on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030.  Community members interested in joining the BWGC are welcome to attend.  Please click here to RSVP for the event. 

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