Programs for Engaged Philanthropy

Philanthropy can take many different forms and directions. Through a variety of giving circles, funds and other initiatives, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia offers several ways to take an active role in your philanthropic efforts. We’re sure you can find a program that fits your time and interests. Please follow the links below to learn more about our programs, join our giving circles, donate, and apply for grants supported by the Community Foundation.

Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia

The Permanent Fund is an endowment to shape our region’s future that responds to critical need, seeds innovation, and leads the community with thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Your contribution to The Permanent Fund creates a lasting legacy of giving to transform lives and strengthen Northern Virginia.

About     Donate     Founder's Society     Grantees

Count the Region

The purpose of the “Count the Region” initiative at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is to help get out the count for the 2020 Census in Northern Virginia, making sure everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place.


Business Women's Giving Circle

The Business Women's Giving Circle, a group comprised of accomplished business women in Northern Virginia, supports programs and organizations in our region that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship, and inventive opportunities for women and girls.

About     Donate/Join     Apply for a Grant

Community Investment Funds

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 in the areas of child and youth development, education, health, mental health and aging, military personnel and their families, and poverty relief.

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Environment Fund

The mission of the Environment Fund is to protect, restore and improve the natural environment of Northern Virginia, thereby enhancing the health and quality of life of its citizens and the economy of the region.

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Future Fund

Currently in hiatus, the Future Fund is a giving circle of young professionals who connect with each other personally and professionally, learn about the critical needs of our region, and donate at affordable levels to the philanthropic causes they care about most. Working with committees, this group made grants once a year.


Giving Circle of HOPE

The Giving Circle of HOPE creates positive change in Northern Virginia through engaged and collective philanthropy. Founded in January 2004, the Giving Circle of HOPE has invested more than a million dollars in the Northern Virginia community.

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Healthy Kids Grants

Healthy Kids Grants help public schools encourage healthy lifestyles through increased exercise and better nutrition, supported by the Chin Family Charitable Fund and the J.O.Y. Charitable Fund, donor advised funds with the Community Foundation.

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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund recognizes and promotes innovation and supports programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity and new design across Northern Virginia.

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Loudoun Impact Fund

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of engaged Loudoun County donors managed in partnership by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquire Counties that invests strategically to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth.

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Our Children Fund

The Our Children Fund provides "normalizing" items and experiences to children in the Fairfax County foster care system and addresses their otherwise unmet medical, social, emotional, and education needs.

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The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts

The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts mission is to celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia.

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Looking for something else? Consider making a donation to the Community Foundation, donating to one of our funds, or opening up a donor advised fund of your own!