Giving Circle Supports Youth and Elderly Welfare in Loudoun County

The Loudoun Impact Fund is now accepting grant applications for the 2017 season to organizations supporitng youth and elderly welfare in Loudoun County.  A giving circle of donors who learn about and support critical needs in Loudoun County, the Loudoun Impact Fund is a partnership of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

Grants are expected to range from $5,000 to $30,000 per agency.  An estimated $125,000 will be available for distribution.

More information, including the grant application and submission information, is available at www.cfnova.org/loudoun.

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Grant supports partnership to develop innovative, multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial approaches to honey bee sustainability

honeybeesThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently made a grant of $25,000 to the George Mason University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Honey Bee Initiative.  The goal of the grant is to accelerate the program and work of leveraging George Mason University innovators, educators, student teams and community partners to address the critical issues facing the honey bee. 

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Increased native plant cover and reduction of invasive plant species can improve water and air quality and assist wildlife

Rudbeckia submentosa Little Henry Sweet ConeflowerThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission announce the launch of the Plant NOVA Natives fund.

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission operates a campaign knows as Plant NOVA Natives that addresses the loss and fragmentation of native plant cover.  The Plant NOVA Natives Fund, housed at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, is solely dedicated to supporting this campaign. The loss of native plant cover combined with the increased abundance of non-native, invasive plant species throughout the Northern Virginia has had a significant impact on the ecological integrity of the region.  As a result, water quality, air quality, wildlife habitat, and the historic natural character of the landscape have suffered.

Donations to the Plant NOVA Natives Fund will support the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s effort to expand and develop this campaign to encourage the community to plant species native to our region.

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Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia held an Innovation Breakfast Series event on May 11, 2017. The event was focused on, “Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development,” and featured speakers Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative, and Yanique Redwood, President and CEO, Consumer Health Foundation. The goal of Community Wealth Building is to create inclusive, sustainable, and equitable models of economic success. During this event, The Community Foundation presented 2017 Chairman’s Awards, which are awarded to outstanding Community Foundation partners.

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Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia plans to hold its next Innovation Breakfast Series event on May 11, 2017. The event, titled, “Community Wealth Building – A New, Inclusive Systems Approach to Economic Development,” will be held on May 11 from 8:00 – 10:30 am at Valo Park on 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Virginia. The Innovation Breakfast events are designed to engage the Northern Virginia community in a dialogue about new and innovative solutions to spur economic growth in our region. To register for this event please visit www.cfnova.org/innovationbreakfast

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Community Investment Grant Cycle Awards over $282,000 to 29 Local Organizations

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2017 Community Investment Grants today.  The largest and most competitive discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation and one of the largest pools of funds supporting broad-based giving in the Northern Virginia region, the grants fund organizations which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia.  These grants will further the organizations’ abilities to improve the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region.  The total sum of grants made is $282,594.

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Anonymous Donor Challenges Community with $50,000 Matching Gift

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF) to promote and invest in the civic engagement, education, economic success, naturalization, health, leadership development, volunteerism, and advocacy of  the Latino community in the Metro DC region.  .  Inspired by a 2016 Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program report titled “Unlocking Latino Civic Potential: 2016 and Beyond,” two visionary Northern Virginia leaders, Paty Funegra and Diana Katz, formed this committee advised fund at the Community Foundation to create a source of strategic, permanent funding that will strengthen and encourage the Latino community now and for generations to come. 

Inspired by the launch event, an anonymous donor has challenged the community to contribute with a matching gift. Every dollar donated to this campaign will be doubled up to $50,000.  If the community meets this challenge, the fund’s current asset base of $100,000 will be doubled for a sum of $200,000 before the inaugural grant cycle begins in the fall.

The Fund launched on Thursday morning, April 13th at an event the Community Foundation hosted at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in Tysons Corner, VA.  The keynote presenters included Javier Palomarez, President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Executive Director of the Latinos & Society Program at the Aspen Institute.  “This is a pivotal time for Hispanics in America as we represent the fastest growing demographic in the country,” said Mr. Palomarez.  “The Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund [has the potential to] help our brethren participate more profoundly in our democracy [by] providing the manpower and financial resources to create opportunities and better our community.”

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2015-2016 Annual Report "A Year of Seeding Innovation" Now Available

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2015-2016 Annual Report, “A Year of Seeding Innovation,” highlighting the many ways the Community Foundation has worked to seed innovation throughout the community in the past year by investing in some of the most important initiatives, nonprofits, schools and ideas that have the potential to transform the region.


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New Our Children Fund Focused on Helping Foster Care Children

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces the launch of the Our Children Fund, devoted to supporting the approximately 260 children in the Fairfax County foster care system.  The Our Children Fund was established by Deborah G. Matthews, a trust and estate attorney devoted to supporting foster children. The Our Children Fund provides financial assistance for items and experiences for children in the Fairfax County foster system between the ages of birth and 17 years, and young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, if permanency (return home, relative placement, or adoption) is not achieved.  This Fund addresses their otherwise unmet medical, social, emotional and educational needs. 


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Winter 2017 GOOD BUSINESS magazine available

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its fifth 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 Winter 2017 issue of GOOD BUSINESS features companies that apply their corporate social responsibility strategies when deciding how to give back. The feature article highlights Canvas and how it uses an innovative program called “Ante Up” to engage its employees in volunteerism. The article “Community Stewardship as a Core Competency” discusses Access National Bank’s trifecta of offering trusted advice, deThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Publication Highlights Corporate Philanthropydicated volunteerism and thought leadership. Also featured are articles on QMT Windchimes and how it is making a huge difference for families in Manassas Park in a partnership with the Community Foundation and the Capital Area Food Bank; Odin, Feldmen, & Pittleman, J. R. Goodtimes, Inc., and The Boeing Company


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