Nearly 650 guests will join us to support critical needs in Northern Virginia

KnoxJ. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, will be 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 will be 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.  Nearly 650 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.

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Latest Issue Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy in the Region

Juniper Team with Sen Kaine at AIDS Watch 2016Team members from Inova Health System’s Juniper Program, the largest HIV/AIDS care provider in Northern Virignia, meeting with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) at AIDS Watch 2016.  Our latest issue of GOOD BUSINESS Magazine is now available.  This is the fourth edition of our bi-annual publication that features stories of local businesses, big and small, that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.   The companies featured in this magazine understand that a positive correlation exists between a company’s socially responsible investments and its ultimate economic success.

This issue highlights some of the most successful, innovative, and engaged companies in all of Northern Virginia.  The feature article highlights Inova Health System, our region’s leading not-for-profit healthcare system that serves more than 2 million people annually.  The article “Employee Driven Community Service,” highlights Dovel Technologies’ particular brand of external engagement that advances their culture and supports their mission driven values. Also featured in this edition is Kiddar Capital, a local real estate and technology investment firm that invests strategically in the region.

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Sixth annual “Health Kids Grants” Cycle supports 17 schools in Northern Virginia

TCWilliamsAlexandria City Public Schools – Capoeira-A Cultural Exchange, 2016 GranteeThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $30,300 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 2016-2017 school year is the sixth annual cycle, with a total of $100,300 awarded to date.  Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by grants from the Chin Family Charitable Fund and the J.O.Y. Charitable Fund, donor advised funds with the Community Foundation.

“Childhood obesity is a critical issue facing children and families throughout our region,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “We are delighted to partner with the Chin Family Charitable Fund and J.O.Y. Charitable Fund helping our local schools address this issue, and are pleased to see so many worthy programs blossom once provided with needed financial support,” she added.

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Access National Bank Exclusive Sponsor

ANBSteve Reeder, Executive Vice President & Chief Deposit Officer of Access National Bank, with Community Foundation staff - Sari Raskin, Director of Grants and Community Leadership; Kelly Blanks, Chief Philanthropy Officer; and Eileen Ellsworth, PresidentAccess National Bank has offered exclusive support to sponsor the Community Foundation’s new Innovation Breakfast Series.  These events are designed to introduce new ideas about the issues facing the Northern Virginia and the role that innovation and philanthropy can play in addressing them.  The next event will be held on September 15, 2016 at Tegna Headquarters: Lessons Learned on Innovative Philanthropy and Economic Growth.  Registration details and more information is available at

Access National Bank cares deeply about local community, and joined as the sponsor of this initiative to engage its employees, its clients, and its neighbors in local philanthropy.  It sees the Innovation Breakfast Series as an opportunity to engage in community dialogue, learn about innovative approaches to solve complex issues, and network with 150-200 community leaders in the business, non-profit and government sectors all working together to meet critical needs in our region.

Registrations for each breakfast event are available through the Community Foundation’s website for $30 each at

Supports 80 students from Northern Virginia

2016 Scholarship RecipientsThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages and administers the funds for over twenty scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate degrees.  In June, 2016, eighty students received awards totaling $249,625 to support their continuing education.

To see a complete list of the 2016 award winners, click here.

For more information about scholarships at the Community Foundation, contact Sari Raskin at or Melissa Bautista at

$32,000 Grant Supports the Capital Area Food Bank’s Family Market Program for the Second Year

cafb grant check2015-2016 Grant PresentationThe Community Foundation secured $32,000 to fully support the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Family Market Program at Manassas Park High School for the second year in a row – through the 2016-2017 school year. This grant provides 6,000 pounds of food to over 200 families in need throughout the year.

The Capital Area Food Bank uses a “Family Market” model that combines food distribution with parent-teacher interactions and nutrition education. Each family takes between 28 and 30 pounds of non-perishable food and fresh produce during a market day. The families learn how to prepare their food through cooking demonstrations, receive recipe cards in Spanish and English, and are exposed to new and innovative technologies like a green smoothie bike to make the experience fun for all ages. This year, the Capital Area Food Bank is offering pop-up grocery stores to educate families on how to navigate stores and read nutritional labels.

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Exceeds $30,000 Goal to Jumpstart Innovation Fund Endowment

ReSET2Innovation Fund Grantee: ReSETThe Northern Virginia community is well on its way to having a committed pool of funds investing in innovative programs that will help diversify the local economy, give local students a leg up as they navigate their education and future careers, and support complex social issues in new, creative ways.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia rallied the local community on May 12th to raise $30,000 in 30 days to jumpstart its Innovation Fund Endowment.  One month later, $34,845 poured into the campaign.

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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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