Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Giving Circle Supports Local Women’s Philanthropy

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its second annual grant cycle today.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia, making total awards granted to date $80,000.

This giving circle is comprised of women who are business owners, members of local chambers of commerce and community leaders serving on nonprofit boards of directors who are interested in joining with their peers to support programs and organizations in Northern Virginia that promote educational opportunities for women and girls in our region.

The winning organizations are as follows:

SHINE – SHINE for Girls: $20,000
To support innovative, curriculum-based programming for middle school girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Utilizing kinesthetic learning, SHINE combines formal dance training with rigorous math instruction to improve girls’ math scores and spark their interest in STEM.

Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead (GIRL): $10,000
To provide leadership development to middle school girls while providing experiential learning in STEM and Entrepreneurship to prepare them for careers of the 21st Century and equip them with the essential skills of critical and creative thinking, communication, intercommunication, and collaboration.

Marymount University – Empowering Leaders in STEAM “ENLIST II”: $10,000
To support a twelve-week STEM/STEAM after school program for 3rd-6th grade girls through Marymount University’s partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School.  Activities will be staffed by 15 MU pre-service teachers and supervised by mentor teachers, and will include a visit to MU.

Members of the Business Women’s Giving Circle are looking forward to engaging with these winning organizations throughout the year as consultants and mentors. 

Annual membership in the Business Women’s Giving Circle is $1,100, and includes a vote in the annual competitive grant cycle.  All contributions are pooled for a greater collective impact.  To learn more about the group, please visit the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s website at, or contact Sari Raskin, Associate Director of Community Investment, at (703) 879-7641 or

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