Women Empowering Women to Innovate, Lead and Succeed

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched a new Business Women’s Giving Circle, the first group of its kind in the region comprised of women who are successful business leaders looking to empower girls and women of all ages through philanthropy in the Northern Virginia region.

The giving circle is comprised of 26 founding members, including women who are business owners and business leaders, members and leaders of local chambers of commerce and nonprofit boards of directors, and women who are interested in joining with their peers to support programs and organizations in our region that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship, STEM education and inventive opportunities for women and girls.  Annual membership in the group is $1,000, and includes a vote in the annual competitive grant cycle.  All contributions are pooled for a greater collective impact.

The group seeks to empower girls and women of all ages and to prepare them for success by supporting organizations that create connections, opportunities and confidence.  Members will connect personally and professionally, develop a foundation of knowledge for the needs of girls and women in the region, and identify a focus area for annual grant making.

For more information, visit www.cfnova.org/bwgc.

The inaugural grant cycle will launch in September of 2014, with a goal of $50,000 to support organizations empowering women to succeed.  For more information the Business Women’s Giving Circle, contact Sari Raskin, Associate Director of Community Investment, at (703) 879-7641 or sari.raskin@cfnova.org.