Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

GCH Logo 2014 jpgThe Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH) is pleased to announce the opening of its 2016 Grant Cycle on June 13. 

The Giving Circle of HOPE seeks to create positive change in Northern Virginia through collective and engaged philanthropy. Since its inception in 2004, GCH has given nearly $1 million to nonprofit organizations in Northern Virginia.

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Seeks Community Input and Support to Benefit Northern Virginia Region

Innovation WebWe have been presented with a rare opportunity.  An anonymous donor has challenged the Northern Virginia community with a $250,000 matching gift to endow the Innovation Fund, a source of venture philanthropy at the Community Foundation that invests in inventiveness, creativity and new design.

At the Community Foundation’s Chairman’s Breakfast this morning at Tegna Headquarters, the Community Foundation announced a 30-day public campaign to raise $30,000 and to collect “wishes” on how the Innovation Fund can make grants to support the region.  We have already secured $131,000 towards this match.  Please visit for more information.

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Challenge grant of $25,000 matched by the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS Foundation LogoThe Community Foundation recently made a challenge grant of $25,000 to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, the philanthropic arm of the school system, to launch Cyber Patriot – an afterschool cybersecurity program – in FCPS middle schools.  Funding will support programs in ten middle schools in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, with the goal of giving students earlier exposure to cybersecurity. FCPS is interested in encouraging more students to make room in their high school schedules for Cyber IT courses in order to gain exposure to these 21st Century Learning skills.

The Community Foundation’s Innovation Fund, a discretionary fund that invests in inventiveness, creativity and new design across Northern Virginia, issued this grant thanks to a gift from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation that supports education, children’s health and children’s medical care.

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Resources for Professional Advisors and their Clients

planned givingThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched a new portal about planned giving today as a resource to local professional advisors and their clients, available at  The materials available include estate planning calculators, wills guides, pertinent news and articles, and information about taxation and giving, major gifts, deferred gifts, specific kinds of property gifts, and charitable deduction methods.  The Community Foundation partnered with Crescendo Interactive to prepare and maintain this content.

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2016 Community Investment Grant Cycle Awards Over $380,000 to 36 Local Nonprofits

cfnc2016grantee2016 Grantee - Child and Family Network CentersThe Community Foundation announced the winners of its 2016 Community Investment Grants today.  The largest and most competitive discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation and one of the largest pools of funds supporting broad-based giving in the Northern Virginia region, the grants support organizations which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia.  These grants will further the organizations’ abilities to improve the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region.  The total sum of grants made is $380,418.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 119 applications submitted to the organization.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development and Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.

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2014-2015 Annual Report Released: A Year of Partnering for Greater Impact

14-15ARCoverThe Community Foundation released its 2014-2015 Annual Report, “A Year of Partnering for Greater Impact,” highlighting the many examples of how, when and to what effect the Community Foundation has developed partnerships in the past year that actually level the playing field for the region’s neediest, relieve the suffering caused by poverty, and advance the region through philanthropy.

In 2015, the Community Foundation partnered to develop venture philanthropy that launched the very first cyber security course of study in Prince William Public Schools.  It partnered with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties to co-sponsor the Loudoun Impact Fund and grow its capacity to address the most critical needs of Loudoun County.  It partnered with members of its giving circles to invest in local women and girls and to engage the next generation of philanthropists, and it partnered with professional advisors to offer their clients the option of opening a philanthropic fund at the Community Foundation to forever benefit causes the client cares about most.

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Third Edition of Magazine Released

Good Business LRThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released the third edition of GOOD BUSINESS, a publication launched last year that celebrates the impact of corporate giving in Northern Virginia.  It features stories of local businesses that practice corporate social responsibility in ways that benefit the local community.   This bi-annual publication is designed to inform, inspire, and help spark a community dialogue on the future of corporate philanthropy in Northern Virginia.  The full publication can be downloaded from

Northern Virginia is home to a very diverse business community, ranging from small local companies to national institutions with a global reach.  These companies drive our region’s economy and make this a very compelling place to live and work.  Despite this rich economy and thriving corporate sector, there is great need in our region.

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Makes $23,000 Grant to Prince William County Public Schools

AndersonDelegate Anderson speaking to Prince William County students to launch the new Civic Engagement programThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has just awarded a grant of $23,000 to SPARK, the Education Foundation of Prince William County Public Schools, to support a new Civic Engagement Program for 200 middle school students across the county.  The program is designed to teach students how their local, state and federal governments work; to give them an understanding of how to change public policy; and to offer hands-on experience researching and debating current issues in the community.

This grant was made possible through the Haymarket Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  This fund supports families and children with an emphasis on health, education, community development and improvement, and arts and culture.

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Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Giving Circle Supports Local Women’s Philanthropy

SHINEForGirlsDCA grant to SHINE For Girls will support curriculum-based programming for disadvantaged middle school girls that combines formal dance training with rigorous math instruction to improve girls’ math scores and spark their interest in STEM.The Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its second annual grant cycle today.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), leadership and entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia.  Since its launch in 2014, which launched in 2014, the giving circle has already awarded $80,000 to date to programs supporting STEM education for girls and women’s entrepreneurship.

This giving circle is comprised of women who are business owners, members of local chambers of commerce and community leaders serving on nonprofit boards of directors who are interested in joining with their peers to support programs and organizations in Northern Virginia that promote educational opportunities for women and girls in our region.

“The Business Women’s Giving Circle’s model of collaborative philanthropy is about building relationships among our diverse members and with our grantees,” said Faith Boettger, founding member of the Giving Circle and co-chair of the Grants Committee.   “Through networking, grant making and engagement, we are sharing a passion for giving and a compassion for our community to make a difference.”

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2016 Granting Cycle

ShelterHouseCollageShelter House, located in Fairfax, VA, won a $15,000 grant to support a new summer program for students in three homeless sheters during the summer of 2015.The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2016 grant cycle today, awarding $15,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering academic summer programs to low-income students entering grades K-6.  This is the fifth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $223,000.

The two grant-winning organizations offer summer programs to low-income, elementary school students which include academic components designed to prevent loss of school-year academic gains as well as additional enrichment opportunities for students during the summer of 2016.

“Belonging to this organization of young professionals focused on giving back to our community is such a fulfilling way to spend my time and energy,” says Sylvia Parsons, Human Resources Business Partner at Northrop Grumman and Future Fund Grants Committee Co-Chair.  “Each year, our members select very compelling critical needs to support with our grants, and this year’s winning organizations play a critical role in the lives of underserved students in Northern Virginia.”

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