2016 grant cycle to mark $1 million raised and given in Northern Virginia

The Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH), a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, is celebrating a major milestone this year – more than $1 million raised and granted to support critical needs in Northern Virginia.  Its members will vote for the 2016 grantees at a special event to celebrate the momentous occasion on Thursday, November 17th.

This event will bring GCH from its beginnings in 2004 to today to having provided more than a million dollars in grant funding to small nonprofits in the Northern Virginia area – a million dollar milestone.

The Giving Circle of HOPE creates positive change in Northern Virginia through engaged and collective philanthropy. A giving circle is a form of participatory philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own money to a pooled fund, decide together which charities to give to and, in doing so, increase awareness of and engagement in issues in their community.

Prior to this year’s vote, GCH has awarded 125 grants to 52 local nonprofits. Funds have been awarded in the areas of Child, Youth Development and Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; Poverty Relief; Immigration; and Poverty Escape. Organizations throughout Northern Virginia have received funding including: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas, and Prince William.

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Giving Circle Members Pool Resources to Benefit Loudoun County

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, announced the grantees of its fourth annual grant cycle last night.  Ten charities dedicated to programs benefitting youth and elderly in Loudoun County received grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, for a total of $96,725 in 2016, the largest pool of funding distributed to date.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of engaged Loudoun County donors managed in partnership by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.  Since its inception in 2012, it has granted $261,725 to support critical needs in Loudoun County.  Its purpose is to invest strategically in Loudoun County, Virginia, to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth.  Each year, giving circle members work together to identify specific criteria for the annual grant cycle and, as the grant cycle progresses, serve as a grants review team for all proposals collected.  Membership in the circle is $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses.

A number of businesses and institutional funders joined the circle this year including Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, AllTranspack, Inc, Fortessa Tableware/Integrus Holdings, Madison Wealth Management, John Marshall Bank, AHT Insurance, and The Life Centre.

The list of winners is available here and in the full press release.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia to Support Water Quality Improvement Programs in 6th Annual Grants Process

Members of the Future Fund announced their decision to support Water Quality Improvement Programs through the sixth annual grant cycle of this giving circle.  Previously the group has supported Child and Youth Development; Poverty Relief; Military Veterans and their Families; Health, Mental Health, and Aging; and Education with grants totaling more than $223,000.

Applications are currently being accepted from nonprofit organizations, schools and faith-based organizations serving Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park that have programs within this focus area.  The cycle is open through November 7, 2016.  Visit http://www.cfnova.org/for-grant-seekers/future-fund for more information and to apply.

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Annual Gala Raises Unprecedented $544,000 to Raise the Northern Virginia Region

J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, was recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for his history of leadership and stewardship, providing world-class healthcare to all members of the diverse Northern Virginia community, regardless of ability to pay with the 2016 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Raise the Region Gala on October 7, 2016 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

The award is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  Over 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in this event to celebrate the charitable work of the Community Foundation and to raise funds to support the critical needs of the Northern Virginia community. 

With the incredible support of Event Champions, Dr. Gary Mather, Mark A. Moore and Donna Morea, the Raise the Region Gala hosted over 600 philanthropic, business, and community leaders and raised an unprecendented $544,000 to support the Community Foundation’s work and mission to grow philanthropy to meet the  most critical needs of Northern Virginia.

Support for the Community Foundation’s Raise the Region Gala is provided by Presenting Sponsor, John and Virginia Chapel, and from Visionary Sponsors Booz Allen Hamilton, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Inova Health System, Christina and Gary Mather, Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation, and David and Carol Young.

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Annual Raise the Region Gala Supports Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for his history of leadership and stewardship, providing world-class healthcare to all members of the diverse Northern Virginia community, regardless of ability to pay with the 2016 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it will be presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Raise the Region Gala on October 7, 2016 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

The award is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  Over 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in this event to celebrate the charitable work of the Community Foundation and to raise funds to support the critical needs of the Northern Virginia community.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and award presentation.  Dress is black tie attire.

Support for the Community Foundation’s Raise the Region Gala is provided by Presenting Sponsor, John and Virginia Chapel, and from Visionary Sponsors Booz Allen Hamilton, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Inova Health System, Christina and Gary Mather, Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation, and David and Carol Young.

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Latest Issue Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy in the Region

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has released its fourth issue of GOOD BUSINESS , a bi-annual publication that features stories of local businesses, big and small, that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.   The companies featured in this magazine understand that a positive correlation exists between a company’s socially responsible investments and its ultimate economic success.

This issue of GOOD BUSINESS highlights some of the most successful, innovative, and engaged companies in all of Northern Virginia.  The feature article highlights Inova Health System, our region’s leading not-for-profit healthcare system that serves more than 2 million people annually.  The article “Employee Driven Community Service,” highlights Dovel Technologies’ particular brand of external engagement that advances their culture and supports their mission driven values. Also featured in this edition is Kiddar Capital, a local real estate and technology investment firm that invests strategically in the region.

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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Sixth annual “Health Kids Grants” Cycle supports 17 schools in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $30,300 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 2016-2017 school year is the sixth annual cycle, with a total of $100,300 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.

“Childhood obesity is a critical issue facing children and families throughout our region,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “We are delighted to partner with the Chin Family Charitable Fund and J.O.Y. Charitable Fund helping our local schools address this issue, and are pleased to see so many worthy programs blossom once provided with needed financial support,” she added. 

The winners of the 2016-2017 Healthy Kids Grants are listed in the press release and available here.

Grantees were approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors after having been selected by a volunteer committee including Lilian DeJonge, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, GMU; Jesse Ellis, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services;  Former Teacher; Susan Nolan, Community Foundation Board Member; Rhonda Richardson, Health Coach,  INTotal Health; and Joan Kasprowicz,  Community Leader and past Community Foundation Board member.

For more information about the Healthy Kids Grants program, please contact Sari Raskin sari.raskin@cfnova.org or Melissa Bautista  melissa.bautista@cfnova.org.
 
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Access National Bank Exclusive Sponsor

Access National Bank has offered exclusive support to sponsor the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s new Innovation Breakfast Series.  These events are designed to introduce new ideas about the issues facing the Northern Virginia and the role that innovation and philanthropy can play in addressing them.  The next event will be held on September 15, 2016 at Tegna Headquarters: Lessons Learned on Innovative Philanthropy and Economic Growth.  Registration details and more information is available at www.cfnova.org/innovationbreakfast.

Access National Bank cares deeply about local community, and joined as the sponsor of this initiative to engage its employees, its clients, and its neighbors in local philanthropy.  It sees the Innovation Breakfast Series as an opportunity to engage in community dialogue, learn about innovative approaches to solve complex issues, and network with 150-200 community leaders in the business, non-profit and government sectors all working together to meet critical needs in our region.

Registrations for each breakfast event are available through the Community Foundation’s website for $30 each at http://www.cfnova.org/news-events/upcoming-events.

“We are very excited to present programs with nationally renowned speakers to help bring new, innovative ideas from across the country to our region about how we can together meet critical needs while driving economic success,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “We are so grateful to Access National Bank for supporting this initiative and recognizing the potential these programs have to change lives in our community.”

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$32,000 Grant Supports the Capital Area Food Bank’s Family Market Program for the Second Year

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia secured $32,000 to fully support the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Family Market Program at Manassas Park High School for the second year in a row – through the 2016-2017 school year. This grant provides 6,000 pounds of food to over 200 families in need throughout the year.

The donors supporting this grant include the J.O.Y. Charitable Fund and the Nolan Family Fund – donor advised funds at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia – and QMT Windchimes, a member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce committed to supporting the local community.  “Jamie [Baisden] and I are honored to be able to help meet the needs of families in Manassas Park through our business QMT Windchimes,” said Patty Baisden, QMT’s Vice President.

The Capital Area Food Bank uses a “Family Market” model that combines food distribution with parent-teacher interactions and nutrition education. Each family takes between 28 and 30 pounds of non-perishable food and fresh produce during a market day. The families learn how to prepare their food through cooking demonstrations, receive recipe cards in Spanish and English, and are exposed to new and innovative technologies like a green smoothie bike to make the experience fun for all ages. This year, the Capital Area Food Bank is offering pop-up grocery stores to educate families on how to navigate stores and read nutritional labels.

Dr. Bruce McDade, Superintendent of Manassas Park Schools, said, “To receive a grant of this magnitude is overwhelming and so very much appreciated.  We are pleased to be part of a wonderful, caring team who works hard to assist the families in our community.”

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Exceeds $30,000 Goal to Jumpstart Innovation Fund Endowment

The Northern Virginia community is well on its way to having a committed pool of funds investing in innovative programs that will help diversify the local economy, give local students a leg up as they navigate their education and future careers, and support complex social issues in new, creative ways.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia rallied the local community on May 12th to raise $30,000 in 30 days to jumpstart its Innovation Fund Endowment.  One month later, $34,845 poured into the campaign.

An anonymous donor challenged the community with a $250,000 matching gift to endow the Innovation Fund, a source of venture philanthropy at the Community Foundation that invests in inventiveness, creativity and new design.  To date, the campaign stands at $331,690, and every additional dollar raised to support the Innovation Fund will continue to be matched up to $500,000.  This money will be invested as an endowment, with an estimated $25,000 from the interest being available each year to make impactful grants.  Visit www.cfnova.org/endowinnovation for more information.

 “Broad-based community support of the Innovation Fund is inspiring, not only to those of us who understand philanthropy’s power to move the needle on critical needs, but also to the organizations and individuals who have and will directly benefit from Innovation Fund grants,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is uniquely positioned to build permanent endowments that will forever benefit the Northern Virginia region, and we thank our partners and donors who have joined us on behalf of current and future generations in our community.”

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