The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia presented its inaugural Chairman’s Breakfast on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Gannett headquarters in McLean, Virginia to celebrate the impact of its work in the Northern Virginia community and to inspire donors to think about their philanthropy in new and innovative ways.  The program included a presentation of the Chairman’s Awards to outstanding individuals and community partners whose commitment to meeting community needs has significantly helped further the Community Foundation’s mission.  It also included a keynote presentation by James Quigley, CEO of Canvas and co-founder of Refraction, the fast-growing co-working experiment in Reston, on the intersection of philanthropy and innovation.

The Chairman’s Awards were presented by Chair of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.  The following organizations received awards for their commitment to partnering with the Community Foundation to meet critical needs in Northern Virginia:
  • Boeing: Outstanding Community Partner
  • Washington Business Journal: Outstanding Community Partner
  • John H. Wolff, CEO and Managing Director, Capital Fiduciary Advisors: Outstanding Board Member
The second half of the program focused on engaging donors in a discussion about philanthropy and innovation.  Inspired by changing trends in philanthropy, both locally and nationally, and new technologies driving workforce development, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia designed this presentation to engage donors in a discussion about how private philanthropy can play a role in building a stronger economy in the region.