Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2016 Granting Cycle

The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2016 grant cycle today, awarding $15,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering academic summer programs to low-income students entering grades K-6.  This is the fifth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $223,000.

The two grant-winning organizations offer summer programs to low-income, elementary school students which include academic components designed to prevent loss of school-year academic gains as well as additional enrichment opportunities for students during the summer of 2016.  The winning organizations include:

AHC, Inc., located in Arlington, VA
The Future Fund grant will support a six-week summer camp experience for up to 124 low-income students in grades K-5 living in AHC’s affordable housing communities in Arlington, VA.

Shelter House, Inc., located in Fairfax, VA
This grant will support Shelter House in initiating academic and recreational summer programming for 70 school-aged students residing in its three homeless shelters in Fairfax County.

The Future Fund Grants Committee reviewed 18 applications this fall after the Community Foundation opened the application process last August to organizations offering learning programs to low-income students over the summer.  Members of the committee conducted site visits to six semi-finalists, and narrowed down to four finalists on which the entire Future Fund membership was invited to vote.

The Future Fund was established in 2011 as the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It helps its members connect both personally and professionally, learn about the critical needs of the region, and donate at affordable levels to the causes they care about most while increasing the impact of their support through collective giving.  In its first four years, the Future Fund has raised more than $200,000, provided local organizations with more than 400 volunteer hours, collaborated with more than 15 community-led organizations to raise awareness of local needs, and developed its own endowment for future giving.

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Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises $482,000 and Engages Hundreds of Donors to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Jim Wordsworth of J.R.’s Goodtimes Inc. has been recognized with the 2015 Community Leadership Award by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  The Community Leadership Award is the most prestigious, longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, and was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 9, 2015 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

The award is presented annually for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians. Over 600 business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers participate in the Sweet Home Virginia Gala, which celebrates the ever growing levels of philanthropy in our region. 

“Jim Wordsworth is one of Virginia’s top business and community leaders,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “In addition, he has generously supported local, regional and national nonprofits with his time, treasure and talent for decades.”

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The J.O.Y. Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation Grants $32,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank’s Family Market Program

The J.O.Y. Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia made a grant of $32,000 to fully support the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Family Market Program at Manassas Park High School for the 2015-2016 school year. This grant will provide 6,000 pounds of food to over 200 families 9 times per year, in a community where 51% are on free and reduced lunches through the school.

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 J.O.Y. Charitable Fund supports education, job training, community improvement, the environment and organizations that further the work of nonprofits.

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Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala raises funds to support critical needs in Northern Virginia

Jim Wordsworth of J.R.’s Goodtimes Inc. will be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for his history of commitment to supporting the region through volunteer and community service and charitable giving with the 2015 Community Leadership Award. The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it will be presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 9, 2015 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

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.

More information is available at www.cfnova.org/gala or contact Sandra Jackson, Communications and Events Administrator at admin@dfnova.org  or (703) 879-7642.

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Up to $40,000 available to support STEM, Entrepreneurship and/or Leadership programs for girls

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle has launched its second annual grant cycle to support nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Entrepreneurship and/or Leadership programs to girls in K-12 public schools, colleges and universities.  This giving circle brings together successful women who want to have an impact on the women and girls in their community.  It was established in early 2014 with the goal of empowering girls and women of all ages and preparing them for business success by supporting organizations that create connections, opportunities, and confidence.

Grants are due on September 30, 2015Applications are available here.

The Business Women’s giving circle includes women who are business owners and business leaders, members and leaders of local chambers of commerce and nonprofit boards of directors, and women who are interested in joining with their peers to support programs and organizations in our region that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship, STEM education and inventive opportunities for women and girls.  Annual membership in the group is $1,100, and includes a vote in the annual competitive grant cycle.  All contributions are pooled for a greater collective impact.

For more information the Business Women’s Giving Circle, contact Sari Raskin, Associate Director of Community Investment, at (703) 879-7641 or sari.raskin@cfnova.org.

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Board of Directors Welcomes New Members and Leadership in 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

Paul Leslie, Chief Executive Officer of Dovel Technologies, has become chair of the board of directors at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia effective July 1, 2015 at the start of the organization’s fiscal year. In addition, the Community Foundation is welcoming several new board members and thanking three board veterans who have reached the board’s maximum term limits.

Paul Leslie brings outstanding executive leadership experience with an entrepreneurial mindset, successfully building companies for substantial market value and growth. Paul’s extensive business operations insight and technical expertise into the challenges of federal government contracting has created an outstanding track record of aligning company technology offerings and innovations to meet those challenges. He has proven leadership experience and expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business maturity and development, operational excellence, strategic planning, and extensive public sector operations.  Leslie has served on the board for six years, serving on the Community Investment Grants Committee and as the vice chair of the Community Foundation’s board of directors for the past two years, and will be replacing K. Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, as chair of the board, bringing an end to Tadlock’s chairmanship of two years.

Kevin DeSanto, Co-Founder and Managing Director of KippsDeSanto & Co, is stepping into the role of vice chair of the board of directors. DeSanto has served on the board for five years, serving on the Executive Committee, Grants Committee, and as chair of the Fund and Asset Development Committee.

In addition, the Community Foundation has welcomed five new members to its board of directors in the past year, including:
  • Cindy Andreotti, president and CEO of the Andreotti Group, LLC
  • Adrian Chapman, president and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas
  • Dean Peterson, director with Andersen Tax
  • Ed Silva, co-founder and co-CEO of CENTERPOINT Inc.
  • Julie Simmons, managing director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting
After nine full years on the board of directors, Louis Kiessling, Cathy Lange and Steve Gladis are stepping down due to the board’s term limits. Each of these individuals made a tremendous impact on the growth of the organization. Kiessling oversaw the Community Foundation’s finances, serving on the Audit and Financial committees. Lange chaired the Marketing Committee and was instrumental in helping position the Community Foundation as a thought leader through several data driven research reports. Gladis launched the Future Fund – a giving circle for young professionals – and chaired the 2009 Campaign that raised $2.7 million for community endowments.

A full list of board members is available here.

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Community Foundations Partner to Benefit Loudoun County

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have partnered to support the most critical needs in Loudoun County.  This year, the Loudoun Impact Fund, a giving circle dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, will be managed jointly by both organizations.  An estimated $65,000 of pooled contributions to the Fund will be available to support its 2015-2016 grant cycle.  Members of the giving circle have elected to support programs that positively impact youth and elderly welfare in Loudoun County.  Applications submitted from nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations are now being accepted through a September 1, 2015 deadline.

Grants are expected to range from $5,000 to $20,000 per agency.  In this year’s program, applications will be accepted for initiatives that improve the quality of life, health and mental wellness and/or provide services to disadvantaged children up to 18 and elders 65 or over to include populations with special needs, or are dependent, neglected, low-income or at-risk.  To learn more about this opportunity, visit www.cfnova.org/loudoun or www.communityfoundationlf.org/grant-seekers.

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Third annual Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare supports two animal shelters in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare awarded two grants for its 2015 grant process. The Fund, which aims to support organizations that preserve and protect animals in Northern Virginia has granted a total of $10,000 to the following two organizations:

Operation Paws for Homes: $5,000 grant will help rescue and save the lives of ten more heartworm positive dogs this year.

Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter: $5,000 will support training, socialization, and behavior modification for dogs currently in the Fairfax County shelter to make them more adoptable.

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Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Raised $40,000 for grantmaking at its annual Awards Gala

The Future Fund raised approximately $40,000 on Friday, May 8th, at its annual Awards Gala, “Masked ‘Til Midnight,” held at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, and has raised over $200,000 since its inception in 2011, to support the critical needs in Northern Virginia by engaging young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in philanthropy.  A giving circle of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, its members learn about the critical needs of the region, donate at affordable levels to the causes they care about most, and meet their professional peers – other community advocates who see the benefit of pooling monetary contributions to increase the impact of their support to local charitable organizations.  All proceeds from this event and from annual sponsorships will support its competitive grant cycle in 2016.

The event honored the Future Fund’s two 2015 grant-winning organizations – Access Hope and Youth for Tomorrow.  Each organization received grants of $20,000 to support individuals age 13 and above and families with limited access to mental health care.

Julie Simmons, Managing Director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting and co-founder of the Future Fund, received the inaugural Infinity Award for her dedication to the Future Fund.  Since the giving circle was founded, Julie has recruited countless new members, generated community support, and been one of the most steadfast supporters of its work to engage the next generation of philanthropists in meeting the critical needs of the Northern Virginia Community.  As of May 2015, she has joined the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, continuing to demonstrate her commitment to supporting the critical needs in the region.

Support for the Future Fund is provided by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Steve Gladis Leadership Partners.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia presented its inaugural Chairman’s Breakfast on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Gannett headquarters in McLean, Virginia to celebrate the impact of its work in the Northern Virginia community and to inspire donors to think about their philanthropy in new and innovative ways.  The program included a presentation of the Chairman’s Awards to outstanding individuals and community partners whose commitment to meeting community needs has significantly helped further the Community Foundation’s mission.  It also included a keynote presentation by James Quigley, CEO of Canvas and co-founder of Refraction, the fast-growing co-working experiment in Reston, on the intersection of philanthropy and innovation.

The Chairman’s Awards were presented by Chair of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.  The following organizations received awards for their commitment to partnering with the Community Foundation to meet critical needs in Northern Virginia:
  • Boeing: Outstanding Community Partner
  • Washington Business Journal: Outstanding Community Partner
  • John H. Wolff, CEO and Managing Director, Capital Fiduciary Advisors: Outstanding Board Member
The second half of the program focused on engaging donors in a discussion about philanthropy and innovation.  Inspired by changing trends in philanthropy, both locally and nationally, and new technologies driving workforce development, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia designed this presentation to engage donors in a discussion about how private philanthropy can play a role in building a stronger economy in the region.