Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2016 Granting Cycle

The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2016 grant cycle today, awarding $15,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering academic summer programs to low-income students entering grades K-6.  This is the fifth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $223,000.

The two grant-winning organizations offer summer programs to low-income, elementary school students which include academic components designed to prevent loss of school-year academic gains as well as additional enrichment opportunities for students during the summer of 2016.  The winning organizations include:

AHC, Inc., located in Arlington, VA
The Future Fund grant will support a six-week summer camp experience for up to 124 low-income students in grades K-5 living in AHC’s affordable housing communities in Arlington, VA.

Shelter House, Inc., located in Fairfax, VA
This grant will support Shelter House in initiating academic and recreational summer programming for 70 school-aged students residing in its three homeless shelters in Fairfax County.

The Future Fund Grants Committee reviewed 18 applications this fall after the Community Foundation opened the application process last August to organizations offering learning programs to low-income students over the summer.  Members of the committee conducted site visits to six semi-finalists, and narrowed down to four finalists on which the entire Future Fund membership was invited to vote.

The Future Fund was established in 2011 as the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It helps its members connect both personally and professionally, learn about the critical needs of the region, and donate at affordable levels to the causes they care about most while increasing the impact of their support through collective giving.  In its first four years, the Future Fund has raised more than $200,000, provided local organizations with more than 400 volunteer hours, collaborated with more than 15 community-led organizations to raise awareness of local needs, and developed its own endowment for future giving.

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