Winter 2017 Edition Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy

GB2017WinterCoverThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its fifth issue of GOOD BUSINESS magazine, a bi-annual publication that features stories of local businesses that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.

The Winter 2017 issue of GOOD BUSINESS features companies that apply their corporate social responsibility strategies when deciding how to give back. The feature article highlights Canvas and how it uses an innovative program called “Ante Up” to engage its employees in volunteerism. The article “Community Stewardship as a Core Competency” discusses Access National Bank’s trifecta of offering trusted advice, dedicated volunteerism and thought leadership. Also featured are articles on QMT Windchimes and how it is making a huge difference for families in Manassas Park in a partnership with the Community Foundation and the Capital Area Food Bank; Odin, Feldmen, & Pittleman, J. R. Goodtimes, Inc., and The Boeing Company. 

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Gives $10,000 Grant to Chesapeake Conservancy for Tech-Savvy Program

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The Future Fund announced the winner of its 2017 grant cycle today, awarding $10,000 to Chesapeake Conservancy to establish Northern Virginia as a tech-savvy conservation innovation hub.  This is the sixth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $233,000.

As the Future Fund has continued to grow, and its members become increasingly aware of the issues impacting the greater metropolitan region, the group discovered new ways to contribute to the community and sought out environmentally focused groups and projects for the 2017 grant cycle.

“The current grantmaking year proved to be a great year of new ideas for the Future Fund. For the first time since the inception of the Future Fund, we expanded outside of our five core focus areas to include other spheres of need within the Northern Virginia community,” stated Matt Paddock, Co-Chair of the Future Fund. “The result of this transition was passionate involvement by our membership in the grants process. …The selection of the environment was great for the organization as it is an area which many of our young professionals are deeply interested in, especially with regard to the environmental issues we see close to where we live and work.” 

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Supporting Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

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Our 2017 Community Investment Funds grant cycle is now open and accepting applications!

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, will be funding application in three of our areas of focus this year: Child, Youth Development & Education; Health, Mental Health & Aging; and Poverty Relief.  Click each link to read about the specific priority.

In 2016, we awarded more than $380,000 to 36 organizations meeting critical needs in our region through this process.

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Focused on Community Involvement, Featuring Recognized Local Leaders

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The Future Fund announced the first in an ongoing educational series, The Giving Back Seminars, featuring local leaders discussing and sharing experiences on volunteerism, young professional engagement and community involvement. The inaugural seminar, “Carry Your Passion into Your Career,” will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Georgetown University Law Center, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event is free and includes networking, and a panel discussion featuring three notable leaders from the Washington, DC metropolitan region, Rich LaFleur, Charles Thomas, Jr., and Julie Simmons.  Registration is available at

These leaders have been recognized at the local and national levels for their community involvement and contributions. Rich LaFleur, partner-in-charge of Industries and Markets and former managing partner for the Mid-Atlantic region at Grant Thornton, brings community experience volunteering for NoVA Chamber of Commerce, and is a Trustee to Fairfax County Public Schools. Charles Thomas, Jr. is a Program Manager at Altamira Technologies, a Life Skills Instructor and current Chairman of OAR Fairfax. He is also a winner of the 2015 Northern Virginia Leadership Award for Individual Involvement. Julie Simmons, Founder and Managing Director at Human Capital Strategic Consulting, serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of NoVA Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Board of Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

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

2017 grantee - SHINE For Girls B2016 Grantee: SHINE For GirlsThe Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC), comprised of accomplished women who are community leaders drawn together by a passion to empower girls and young women through collective philanthropy, announced the winners of the third annual grant cycle today.

A total of $45,000 has been awarded to five organizations providing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia, making total awards granted to date $125,000.  In addition, the group added $1,000 to its endowment for future giving.  The group invites all women interested in learning more about being a member to join them for the Grantee Celebration on January 31st at Refraction in Reston, VA.

“Collaborating with the women of the BWGC to review and analyze such impressive programs as were presented in the 2016 grant applications has, once again, been awe-inspiring, humbling and so gratifying,” said Autumn McCullogh, Attorney at McCandlish & Lillard and co-chair of the Grants Committee.  “I am honored to have been a part of this process and am so excited to see the impact this year’s grantees will have in our community.”

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Passes $1 million raised and given in Northern Virginia over 12 years

gchfounders4Founders of the Giving Circle of HOPE celebrating the $1 Million Milestone MarkThe Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH) celebrated a major milestone earlier this month – more than $1 million raised and granted to support critical needs in Northern Virginia.  GCH members have voted for its 2016 grantees.

The recipients are:
  • Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Advocating for Abused/Neglected Youth
  • Friends of Guest House for Workforce Development Project Pilot
  • Josh Anderson Foundation for Our Minds Matter: Website Development
  • La Cocina Virginia for Free Bilingual Culinary Job Training, Placement & Food Assistance
  • NAMI Nova for Peer Support of Youth and Adults Living with Mental Health Conditions
  • OAR Arlington for Employment Assistance for Individuals Returning Home After Incarceration
  • The Reading Connection for Growing Fairfax Readers
  • Women Giving Back for Women Giving Back Transportation Project

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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.”

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Giving Circle Members Pool Resources to Benefit Loudoun County

2016 Members and Grantees2016 Loudoun Impact Fund Members and GranteesThe Loudoun Impact Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, announced the grantees of its fourth annual grant cycle last night.  Ten charities dedicated to programs benefitting youth and elderly in Loudoun County received grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, for a total of $96,725 in 2016, the largest pool of funding distributed to date.

As put by John Wolff, an annual member of the Giving Circle and one of its charter members, “the Loudoun Impact Fund is an extraordinary collaboration that benefits our community in the most meaningful ways.  As we build local philanthropy, we build community.”

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Focus Area: Water Quality Improvement Programs 

summer-rocks-trees-riverMembers of the Future Fund announced their decision to support Water Quality Improvement Programs through the sixth annual grant cycle of this giving circle.  Previously the group has supported Child and Youth Development; Poverty Relief; Military Veterans and their Families; Health, Mental Health, and Aging; and Education with grants totaling more than $223,000.

Applications are currently being accepted from nonprofit organizations, schools and faith-based organizations serving Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park that have programs within this focus area.  The cycle is open through November 7, 2016.  Visit for more information and to apply.

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Annual Gala Raises Unprecedented $544,000 to Raise the Northern Virginia Region

Gala2016 322View a slideshow of photos from the 2016 Raise the Region Gala Event.J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, was recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for his history of leadership and stewardship, providing world-class healthcare to all members of the diverse Northern Virginia community, regardless of ability to pay with the 2016 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Raise the Region Gala on October 7, 2016 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

The award is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  Over 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in this event to celebrate the charitable work of the Community Foundation and to raise funds to support the critical needs of the Northern Virginia community.

With the incredible support of Event Champions, Dr. Gary Mather, Mark A. Moore and Donna Morea, the Raise the Region Gala hosted over 600 philanthropic, business, and community leaders and raised an unprecendented $544,000 to support the Community Foundation’s work and mission to grow philanthropy to meet the  most critical needs of Northern Virginia.

Watch a video produced by Skyhaq Agency about the work of the Community Foundation shared at the Gala on Friday evening.

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