Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2015 Granting Cycle

FF GOAJ Site VisitAFuture Fund members at a Youth for Tomorrow site visit.The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2015 grant cycle today, awarding $20,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering mental health services to those in need.  This is the fourth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $192,000.

“I am proud to be part of an organization of professionals who not only challenge stigmas around giving in younger generations, but this year elected to inspire others to challenge an even greater stigma in the area of mental health,” says Sylvia Parsons, Human Resources Business Partner at Northrop Grumman and Future Fund Grants Committee Co-Chair.  “I am constantly impressed at how thoughtful, discerning and committed our members are to funding strong organizations and programs that drive sustainable change in our community.”

The two grant-winning organizations support individuals age 13 and above and/or families with limited access to mental health care.  

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Supports Three Organizationis with STEM Education and Entrepreneurship Programs for Girls

GMU-FOCUSGrant Recipient - George Mason University Foundation – FOCUS: Females of Color Underrepresented in STEMThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its inaugural grant cycle.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia.  An additional $2,000 in annual contributions will be used to establish an endowment for future giving.  Established earlier this year, this giving circle is the first group of its kind in the region, comprised of women who are successful business leaders looking to empower girls and women in Northern Virginia by preparing them for success through philanthropic support.

“With the launch of the Business Women’s Giving Circle’s inaugural grant cycle, we successfully met our objective – to empower women to innovate, lead and succeed,” said Faith Boettger, founding member of the Giving Circle and co-chair of the Grants Committee.   “Our grantees’ programs will create opportunities for young women to build confidence, meet successful mentors and learn valuable and marketable skills to prepare them for STEM and business fields.”

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Community Foundation Grant Provides New Fitness Wear

Westfield2The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s annual Healthy Kids Grants address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  Westfield High School’s Girl’s Fitness Program has received grants the last two years.  This year, the grant is supporting the school to provide tennis shoes for all girls participating in the class.

The grant has created a motivation for the girls involved in the program to get out and be active and actually enjoy exercising.  Many of the girls in the program did not have proper exercise shoes, which will provide girls with a comfortable, active experience.  “The new shoes have had a positive effect on me because I feel like I run faster and I don’t get as tired,” Katie Penny, 11, said.

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Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia supports critical needs in Loudoun County

YMCA-Loudoun2014 Loudoun Impact Grantee YMCA Loudoun County was awarded $25,000 for their My Place after-school program.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a total of $50,000 to five nonprofit organizations through its Loudoun Impact Fund with grants from $4,000 to $25,000 each to support programs serving children and youth in Loudoun through age 18.  This is the second grant cycle of the Loudoun Impact Fund, dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, and brings total grants through the fund to $100,000.

The largest grant of $25,000 has been awarded to YMCA Loudoun County for their My Place after-school program, which offers state-licensed after-school care with daily homework assistance, computer time, enrichment activities, physical fitness and healthful eating.  The grant will support a sliding scale for families who might not otherwise be able to afford the program.

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Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Record Funds and Engages Over 100 Donors to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Gala2014 414Richard Duvall and members of the Holland & Knight team at the 2014 Sweet Home Virginia GalaRichard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm were be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia that honors outstanding community service, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.
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Co-chaired by Stuart Mendelsohn of Holland & Knight and Hilary Fordwich of Strelmark, LLC, the Gala hosted over 600 philanthropic, business, and community leaders and raised approximately $490,000 to support the Community Foundation’s ongoing work in areas of critical need in Northern Virginia.  In honor of the centennial celebration of community foundations in America, over 100 Foundation guests participated in the “Stand Up and Pledge” helping the organization raise record funds.  These funds directly support the Community Foundation, its work, impact, and capacity to grow philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the Northern Virginia region.

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Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Funds to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Duvall Richard O 72Richard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it will be presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

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Northern Virginia School Programs Encourage Better Nutrition and Increase Physical Activity

CrankthatMove2The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $20,000 in Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  The 2014-2015 school year is the third annual cycle, with a total of $50,000 awarded to date.  Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by a grant from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

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Northern Virginia Nonprofits and Schools with Eligible Programs Invited to Apply

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched four discretionary grant cycles for the 2014-2015 season – its Community Investment Funds, Future Fund, Business Women’s Giving Circle, and Loudoun Impact Fund grants.  Applications are now being accepted from nonprofits, 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.

More information about each application, including a link to the online grant application, can be found at www.cfnova.org/for-grant-seekers.

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Montgomery County Mental Health Association to bring “Serving Together” to Northern Virginia

Military Hug LRThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded a grant of $33,000 to Mental Health Association of Montgomery County’s (MHA) “Serving Together” Program through its Military Families and their Personnel Fund.  The grant will support MHA in its initial stage to bring its successful program to the Northern Virginia region, and directly addresses the Community Foundation’s findings in its recent study, Supporting Our Region’s Veterans,” published in June of 2014, which identified a need for greater coordination between government and nonprofit providers to better serve military families in the Northern Virginia region.

The Mental Health Association of Montgomery County is a nonprofit organization that provides mental health and other services throughout the region.  Its “Serving Together” program currently works in Montgomery County to transform a fragmented network of services for military veterans and their families to one that rallies the entire community in identifying those in need, assisting them and  connecting them in a coordinated way to economic, health, housing & education services. The program promotes collaboration among providers, and helps veterans find the services they need through a web resource and peer navigators – veterans who provide one-on-one assistance.

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Nonprofits and Schools offering after-school programs and serving children and youth invited to apply

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a giving circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, has launched its 2014 grant cycle. Applications are now being accepted from nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations serving citizens of Loudoun County.

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