Opportunity Index Illuminates Key Issues for Panel Discussion

ShapeOfTheRegion Logo FINAL BlueThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce will co-host the Shape of the Region conference on February 15, 2018 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.

This event will explore two big issues facing the Northern Virginia region's future as illuminated by data from the Community Foundation's Opportunity Index, each with a panel discussion.  Panelists will evaluate the region’s opportunity and inequality, and tapping the workforce assets in our own backyard. 

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2018-19 Scholarships Now Open

IMG 6117The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has opened its scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year and is seeking eligible applications from graduating high school seniors in Northern Virginia.

The Community Foundation holds multiple scholarship funds and awards over $200,000 each year to help nearly 80 Northern Virginia students attend the college of their choice. Each scholarship has different selection criteria, allowing opportunities for a diverse range of students. 

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2018 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle Now Open

Jan. 2017 SMART ClassThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced today that the 2018 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle is now open.

The Community Investment Funds are the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation in which funds are invested in organizations serving the Northern Virginia community.  This year funding will be provided in four areas of focus:  Child and Youth Development, Education, Poverty Relief, and Aging.  More information, including a video webinar where the application process is explained, is available at http://www.cfnova.org/for-grant-seekers/community-investment-funds

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Sari Raskin Selected for Philanthropic Sector’s Premier Leadership Development Program 

SariThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is proud to announce that Sari Raskin, Director of Grants and Community Leadership at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has been selected to participate in the Council on Foundations 2018 Career Pathways program. This intensive, year-long leadership development program is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's senior executives. Participants will graduate from the program with the knowledge, experience, and professional networks needed to be more effective in their current roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field of philanthropy more broadly, positioning them to compete successfully for senior-level foundation positions.

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

wesley housingThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its fourth annual grant cycle today.  A total of $53,000 has been awarded to five nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To-date the BWGC has awarded $178,000 in grants.   

The BWGC will celebrate the 2017 grantees on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030.  Community members interested in joining the BWGC are welcome to attend.  Please click here to RSVP.

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Goal is to Grow From Current $4 Million Plus to $7 Million Over the Next Year

258 aee44fc32e47f07b5fe3050745ad94ac mThe Community Foundation announces the launch of its Permanent Fund campaign, a community endowment which is a forever source to provide critical support for those in need in the Northern Virginia region, to seed innovation, and make a lasting difference in our community. 

Currently the Permanent Fund is over $4 million in current and pledged gifts, and the goal is to grow it to $7 million by June of 2019.

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Awarded $106,500 in grants to 12 charities serving Loudoun County 

The Loudoun Impact Fund awarded $106,500 in grants to 12 charities serving Loudoun County through the generosity of almost 50 individuals and businesses that pooled charitable gifts.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a “giving circle” that brings together individuals and businesses interested in grantmaking administered through a joint effort of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

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Annual Gala Raised Over $530,000 to Support Critical Needs in the Northern Virginia Region

awardFrom left to right, 2017 Community Leadership Award Winner Mark A. Moore, Mistress of Ceremonies Dorri C. Scott, and 2017 Community Leadership Award Winner Brenda L. MooreMark A. and Brenda L. Moore of the Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation were recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their history of passionate leadership and philanthropy with the 2017 Community Leadership Award at the Raise the Region Gala held on Friday, October 6, 2017 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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High Skills, High Demand, High Wage – Skills-Based Education Comes of Age

inn breakfast picThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia held an Innovation Breakfast on September 14, 2017 titled, “High Skills, High Demand, High Wage – Skills-Based Education Comes of Age.” More than 175 participants attended the event.

This event was moderated by Linda Odorisio, Former VP of US Communications for CGI, and included a panel consisting of Beth Downey, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools; Miguel Gòmez-Ibáñez, President of The North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA; Basim Mansour, President of Michael & Son, Inc.; and Dr. R. Scott Ralls, President of Northern Virginia Community College.  Panelists discussed skills-based technical education and how it prepares individuals for high skill, high paying jobs; and philanthropy’s role in helping Northern Virginians grow the skills-based and craftsmanship ranks of our workforce, particularly to provide opportunities for the hard-to-employ in our community.

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Latest Issue Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy in the Region

CoverThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its sixth issue of GOOD BUSINESS magazine, a bi-annual publication that features stories of local businesses that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism. 

The Summer 2017 issue of GOOD BUSINESS features stories that focus on higher levels of corporate philanthropy, younger corporate givers, and stronger communities. 

GOOD BUSINESS is designed to inform, inspire, and help spark a community dialogue on the future of corporate philanthropy in Northern Virginia.  The full publication can be downloaded from http://www.cfnova.org/publications/good-business.

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