The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2017-2018 Annual Report, “Celebrating 40 Years” of making a difference in the region. The report highlights major milestones, including the launch of the campaign to grow The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, and a community endowment that will be a forever source of critical support for our most vulnerable neighbors. The Annual Report is available on The Community Foundation web site at: http://www.cfnova.org/publications/annual-reports.


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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Technology Council will co-host the Shape of the Region Conference on March 7, 2019 from 8:00 - 11:45 am at Valo Park in Tysons Corner, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia. Registration is $65 and includes continental breakfast and is available at http://www.cfnova.org/shape-region.


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Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently took the TEDx stage to deliver a fresh perspective on “Why we give – The need to connect and belong.” In this thought-provoking presentation Ellsworth shares a collection of eye-opening stories that reveal a new insight — that perhaps explains why people give.


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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has opened its scholarship applications for the 2019 – 2020 school year. The scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors in Northern Virginia.

The annual program awards nearly $300,000 each year to help more than 90 Northern Virginia students attend the college of their choice. Each scholarship has different selection criteria, allowing opportunities for a diverse range of students.


More details about all of the available scholarships are found in the press release below and are listed on our website.  

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Community Foundation's Giving Circle Supports Local Women's Philanthropy for the Fifth Year

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its fifth annual grant cycle today.  A total of $52,500 has been awarded to four local nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To date, the BWGC has awarded $230,500 in grants.

Currently with 58 members, the Business Women's Giving Circle brings together engaged women who want to support positive change for girls and young women in our community. Launched in 2014 by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, it invests in innovative programs, connects meaningfully with members and grantees, and inspires others to join the power of collective philanthropy. 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


More details, including a detailed list of the 4 grants, is available in the full press release.

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America’s largest independent charity evaluator

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

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Fund to Celebrate, Support and Promote the Arts in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. The mission of the new fund is to celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia. Thanks to a generous donation from Stephen Roberts and his donor advised fund, the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Endowment Fund, this new fund is endowed as part of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, forever able to make grants to support the arts in our region.

To kick it off, the Community Foundation convened a volunteer panel to review Letters of Intent submitted by local arts organizations and awarded $10,000 to 1st Stage to support its capacity building and strengthen its development and education initiatives.

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An Initiative to help get out the count in Northern Virginia for the 2020 Decennial Census

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced its plans to launch “Count the Region,” an initiative that is dedicated to getting out the count for the 2020 Decennial Census in Northern Virginia and to ensuring that everyone living in the region is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place.

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Annual Gala Raised $636,000 to Support Critical Needs in the Northern Virginia Region

Ellen and Jim Dyke were recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their history of passionate leadership and philanthropy with the 2018 Community Leadership Award at the Raise the Region Gala held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

The Community Leadership Award is the longest standing community-based recognition award in Northern Virginia. The award is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.

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Eighth annual “Healthy Kids Grants” cycle supports 11 schools in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $20,245 in Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  The 2018-2019 school year is the eighth annual Healthy Kids grants cycle, with a total of $138,245 awarded to date. 

Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by grants from the Chin Family Charitable Fund and the J.O.Y. Charitable Fund, donor advised funds with the Community Foundation.

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