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

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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 or Melissa Bautista
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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

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

“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 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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Seeks Community Input and Support to Benefit Northern Virginia Region

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has been presented with a rare opportunity.  An anonymous donor has 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.  The Community Foundation has partnered with Kiddar Capital, to launch a Granted! campaign that seeks community input on how to best deploy this philanthropic support now and into the future.

At the Community Foundation’s Chairman’s Breakfast this morning at Tegna Headquarters, the Community Foundation announced a 30-day public campaign to raise $30,000 and to collect “wishes” through the Granted! platform.  It has already secured $131,000 towards this match.  Visit for more information.

The Innovation Fund launched in 2013.  It uses a “Venture Philanthropy” model of grant making in which donors to the Innovation Fund, in partnership with Community Foundation board and staff, find investment opportunities in Northern Virginia that help diversify the local economy, level the playing field for disadvantaged youth, and promote grass roots innovation.

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Challenge grant of $25,000 matched by  the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently made a challenge grant of $25,000 to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, the philanthropic arm of the school system, to launch Cyber Patriot – an afterschool cybersecurity program - in FCPS middle schools.  Funding will support programs in ten middle schools in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, with the goal of giving students earlier exposure to cybersecurity. FCPS is interested in encouraging more students to make room in their high school schedules for Cyber IT courses in order to gain exposure to these 21st Century Learning skills.

The Community Foundation’s Innovation Fund, a discretionary fund that invests in inventiveness, creativity and new design across Northern Virginia, issued this grant thanks to a gift from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation that supports education, children’s health and children’s medical care.

The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools secured the matching $25,000 to launch the program from a variety of sources, including the Fairfax Economic Forum, Apple Federal Credit Union and Oracle.

As Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said recently, one of the most important catalysts for long-term economic growth in Virginia will come from the burgeoning cybersecurity sector.  Enabling students to learn more about this growing field at an earlier age will assist workforce development efforts in the county and the state.

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2016 Community Investment Grant Cycle Awards Over $380,000 to 36 Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2016 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 support 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 $380,418.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 119 applications submitted to the organization.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development and Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.

“Despite the region’s wealth, this Community Investment grants process always emphasizes the deep and profound need we see in Northern Virginia,” said Community Foundation Board Member, Ken Huntsman, 2016 Community Investment Fund Grants Committee Chair.  “We are fortunate to engage passionate and knowledgeable volunteers to help us review the applications.  This year’s grantees are all doing critical work with the neediest in our community.”

Grant winners are available here.  A full list of grantees is included in the press release below.

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2014-2015 Annual Report Released: A Year of Partnering for Greater Impact

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2014-2015 Annual Report, “A Year of Partnering for Greater Impact,” highlighting the many examples of how, when and to what effect the Community Foundation has developed partnerships in the past year that actually level the playing field for the region’s neediest, relieve the suffering caused by poverty, and advance the region through philanthropy.

In 2015, the Community Foundation partnered to develop venture philanthropy that launched the very first cyber security course of study in Prince William Public Schools.  It partnered with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties to co-sponsor the Loudoun Impact Fund and grow its capacity to address the most critical needs of Loudoun County.  It partnered with members of its giving circles to invest in local women and girls and to engage the next generation of philanthropists, and it partnered with professional advisors to offer their clients the option of opening a philanthropic fund at the Community Foundation to forever benefit causes the client cares about most.

Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation, says “We do nothing alone at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  We have learned that the only way to further our mission of growing philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the community is to partner with like minded donors, organizations and community members working towards the same goal.  The desire to partner for greater impact is embedded in our culture.”

During 2014-2015, the Community Foundation awarded over $4 million in total grants and over $590,000 from its discretionary funds to local nonprofits, schools and community based programs.  It awarded nearly $215,000 is scholarships to support 80 students from Northern Virginia, held 157 separate charitable funds for grant making, and reported $36.7 million in managed assets.

The report is available for download on the Community Foundation’s website.

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