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

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Funds From Chin Family Charitable Fund Provide Support

LEFimage 2The Loudoun County Public School System recently announced that three schools will serve as computer science immersion schools – Meadowland Elementary, Moorefield Station Elementary and Round Hill Elementary. Each school will each teach 30 minutes of coding activities to students each day.

The Code to the Future schools are supported through a grant from the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF). This grant is made possible in conjunction with a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation that supports education, children’s health and children’s medical care.

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Community Foundation to Honor Mark and Brenda Moore at the 2017 Raise the Region Gala

Mark A. and Brenda L. Moore of the Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their history of passionate leadership and philanthropy with the 2017 Community Leadership Award. This award is the longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, and will be presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Raise the Region Gala on October 6, 2017 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

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Seventh annual “Health Kids Grants” Cycle supports nine schools in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $17,700 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 2017-2018 school year is the seventh annual Healthy Kids grants cycle, with a total of $118,000 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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Funds will establish three new Family Market Programs in Alexandria, Virginia

The Community Foundation has secured $96,000 to fund three new Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) Family Market Programs for the 2017-2018 school year. The funds will help establish new Family Markets at three elementary schools in Alexandria, Virginia:  Brynn Mar Park Elementary School, Hybla Valley Elementary School, and Weyanoke Elementary School.

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$304,700 in Scholarships Awarded to 89 Students

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded scholarships to 89 students, totaling $304,700, to support their continuing higher education beginning in the fall. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages and administers the funds for twenty-five scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  

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Board of Directors Welcomes New Members and Leadership in 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

Kevin DeSanto, Co-Founder and Managing Director of KippsDeSanto & Co., a premier investment banking firm headquartered in Northern Virginia, has become chair of the board of directors at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia effective July 1, 2017 at the start of the organization’s fiscal year.  

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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

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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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