Young and oldThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare is pleased to have announced four winners for its 2014 grant process. The Fund, which aims to support organizations that preserve and protect animals in Northern Virginia has granted a total of $10,000 to the following four organizations:

Friends of Homeless Animals:  $2,000 provide emergency medical relief to homeless animals.

Prince William Humane Society:  $3,000 to support the Seniors 4 Seniors Dog Adoption Program which matches older pets with Seniors.

Wildlife Rescue League:  $3,000 to help provide necessary rehabilitation supplies to licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

Wolf Trap Foundation:  $2,000 to develop and expand its apiary program.

Congratulations to the winners of these grants as they seek to improve the lives of animals across Northern Virginia!

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leaders Come Together with the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative to launch the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia pledges $100,000 over the next five years

JoiningForcesToday, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is proud to join over 30 philanthropic organizations and corporations to announce pledges totaling more than $170 million over the next five years to support veterans and military families.  The Community Foundation’s Military Personnel and Their Families Fund has granted $270,300 since it was established in 2010, and through the Joining Forces Impact Pledge, has committed another $100,000 of support through 2019.

The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge was announced today by Joining Forces and a coalition of leading foundations at an event hosted by the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, and the White Oak Summit Steering Committee. The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge - initiated by Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation, and the McCormick Foundation - creates a community of funders and builds momentum for programs that will support service members, veterans and their families in local communities as the country draws down from twelve years of war.

Today’s event featured remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, General George Casey (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Army, US Teen Poet Laureate and military child Michaela Coplen, and representatives from the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, Blue Shield of California Foundation, San Diego Grantmakers, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Points of Light, Bank of America, and Blue Star Families.

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Reveals deep philanthropic engagement in the community

In a recent report published by CF Insights, “Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size: 2014 Top 100 Lists,” the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia ranked #85 on the top 100 list of Most Active Grantmakers.  This report is based on the most recent Columbus Survey results, which surveyed community foundations across America to help gauge success across several dimensions of grantmaking and community engagement.  The survey is available at http://bit.ly/QFlqlt.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is committed to supporting the most critical needs of the community through its discretionary grantmaking.  During 2012-2013, the Community Foundation awarded over $2.2 million in total grants and over $450,000 from its discretionary funds to local nonprofits, schools and community based programs.  It awarded nearly $250,000 in scholarships to support 79 students from Northern Virginia, held 144 separate charitable funds for grant making, and reported $31.8 million in managed assets.

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Innovation, Healthy Kids, and Military Personnel and Families Funds

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations, schools and faith-based organizations that meet the criteria within one of the following grant cycles.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Invites Community Members to Annual Awards Gala

FutureFundMembers of the Future Fund at the 2013 GalaAll Aboard!  The Future Fund will celebrate its successful grantmaking in 2014 and raise funds to support its grant cycle in 2015 at its annual Awards Gala on Friday, May 16, 2014 aboard the Cherry Blossom Charter in Old Town, Alexandria.  Tickets are $75 for Future Fund members and $95 for nonmembers.  More information is available here.

The Future Fund is the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It offers members opportunities to learn about the critical needs of the region, donate at affordable levels to the causes they care about most, and meet their professional peers – other community advocates who see the benefit of pooling monetary contributions to increase the impact of their support to local charitable organizations.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Giving Circle of HOPE presented “Do More Than Give: How Donors Maximize Philanthropic Impact,” on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  This program was designed to engage donors in the Northern Virginia region in a discussion of catalytic philanthropy – an innovative approach to supporting a cause and making an impact beyond financial support.

Crutchfield and panelistsLeslie Crutchfield, the author of “Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World”, and senior advisor with the Foundation Strategy Group, was the featured guest presenter. Her book provides a blueprint for philanthropists to increase the impact of their gifts through active community engagement. In it, Crutchfield highlights six practices that take philanthropy from check-writing to proactively producing change.

This event was made possible with support from Gannett Company, Inc. and Foundation Strategy Group.

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Highlights a Year of Engaged Philanthropy

CFNV AR2012-13 coverThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2012-2013 Annual Report, “A Year of Engaged Philanthropy,” drawing attention its efforts to engage donors in its work to meet the most critical needs of the community.  The Community Foundation’s individual, corporate and foundation donors are united in their desire to give back to the community. They want their contributions to have an impact, to make a difference. They seek to help our neediest neighbors while also creating opportunities for the next generation. 

But donors want to do so much more than give. Engaged philanthropy includes financial support, personal involvement, and a deeper knowledge and understanding of the critical needs of our region.   

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Over 100 “Makers” and 3,000 Faire-goers expected on Sunday, March 16, 2014

ChildrenScienceCenterThe Children's Science Center, a 2013 Innovation Fund Grantee, will have a booth at the Maker Faire this Sunday.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Fund is a premiere sponsor of Northern Virginia’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire, to take place this Sunday, March 16th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at South Lakes High School and Hughes Middle School in Reston.  It will bring together inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region to demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make things, new inventions, tools, and gadgets.  More than 100 booths will feature “Makers” ages 12 to 92, offering hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages.  Tickets are required to attend this event.  More information is available at http://makerfairenova.com.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare is now accepting grant applications from organizations that preserve and protect animals in Northern Virginia.

A total of $10,000 is available for grants of $2,000 to $5,000 which may be used to support, expand or enhance programs. Applicant organizations may include animal shelters, animal rescue organizations, conservation organizations, etc. and must be 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.

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"Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact"

Eileen-EllsworthEileen M. Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will serve as the keynote speaker at an event for nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, March 26th – “Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact.” This annual event is hosted by Virginia Congressman, Jim Moran, of the 8th Congressional District, serving Alexandria City, Arlington County, Falls Church City, and parts of Fairfax County. It will be held at the George Mason University-Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA, and is in collaboration with Volunteer Fairfax and the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University.

“We’re extremely privileged to have Eileen address this year’s nonprofit seminar,” said Rep. Jim Moran. “Her integral knowledge of program growth, funding drives, and promotion, coupled with her ability to secure collaborative partnerships with private sector stakeholders has turned the Community Foundation into a regional powerhouse.”

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