Makes $25,000 Grant to Prince William County Public Schools

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently made a challenge grant of $25,000 to SPARK, the Education Foundation of Prince William County Public Schools, to support its new Cyber Security Program at Potomac High School.  The program is designed to train students and guide them toward a number of industry-recognized certifications.

This grant was made possible through an anonymous donor to the Community Foundation’s Innovation Fund, developed in 2012 to support creativity, technology and new design across Northern Virginia.

Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Invites Community Members to Annual Awards Gala

The Future Fund will celebrate its successful grantmaking in 2015 and raise funds to support its grant cycle in 2016 at its annual Awards Gala, “Masked ‘Til Midnight,” on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.  Tickets are $90 for Future Fund members and $115 for nonmembers.  Prices will go up after May 1st.  More information is available at

The Future Fund is the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals.  It offers members opportunities to 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.

The annual Awards Gala is a chance for Future Fund members and friends to meet the grant-winning organizations who were recipients of the group’s competitive grant cycle.  This year, the group focused its philanthropy to benefit organizations supporting individuals age 13 and above and families with limited access to mental health care.  Access Hope in Fairfax and Youth for Tomorrow in Bristow both received grants of $20,000.

The evening will feature hors d’oevres, an open bar and dancing. Creative cocktail attire is encouraged, and masks are optional.

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

Eileen Ellsworth, President, to Present on the Power of Place Based Philanthropy

Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will be a featured speaker on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. for a session on the opening day of Philanthropy Week in Washington.  The program, titled “Empowering Communities. Together. The Power of Place Based Philanthropy and the Role of Community Foundations,” will highlight the mission and role of community foundations – the bedrock of community philanthropy in the United States.

Now in its second year, Philanthropy Week is a week-long series of events and activities that highlights the role of philanthropy in our society, hosted by the Council on Foundations.  Over two hundred foundation leaders from across the country will meet with Congressional delegates, representatives from Federal agencies, and White House officials to highlight the vial impact of philanthropy for communities they serve in districts and states across America.

More information about Philanthropy Week in Washington can be found at

2015 Community Investment Grant Cycle Supports the Region’s Neediest

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2015 Community Investment Grants today. The organizations, all of which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia, have received grants of up to $10,000 that will further their impact on the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made is $377,637.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 109 applications, after an initial 190 Letters of Intent were submitted to the organization.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development; Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.  One larger award of $42,250 was also given through the Military Personnel & Their Families Fund to continue the Foundation’s ongoing support of service coordination and navigation assistance for veterans and their families in the region.  The Community Investment Fund grant cycle is the largest of the Community Foundation’s discretionary fund cycles.

Grantee photos are available here.

2013-2014 Annual Report Released

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released its 2013-2014 Annual Report, “A Year of Community Leadership,” highlighting its work in the region to educate the community about best practices in philanthropy, and partner with donors and organizations to move the needle on the most critical needs in the region. The report is available for download on the Community Foundation’s website –

In 2014, the Community Foundation helped donors think differently about their philanthropy by presenting education events such as “Do More Than Give” in April, engaging attendees in a conversation about how they can make the biggest possible difference.  It commissioned and published two extensive, data driven research studies to help clarify philanthropy’s role in addressing the most critical needs in the region. It increased its focus on STEM education and entrepreneurship through the launch of the Business Women’s Giving Circle to support the educational and business interests of girls and women.  The Community Foundation also supported innovative, new initiatives that help diversify the local economy and promote creative thinking – the Mason Innovation Lab at George Mason University’s School of Businesses and the inaugural NOVA Mini Maker Faire.

Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation, says “Community leadership in all of its forms is an important and ever growing focus for the Community Foundation.  We view our mission as nothing short of becoming the ‘go-to’ place for donors and funders as they consider how to do good in Northern Virginia.”

Celebrates Corporate Philanthropy in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia released a new publication today to celebrate the impact of corporate giving in Northern Virginia.  GOOD BUSINESS features stories of local businesses, big and small, that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.   This is the inaugural edition of a bi-annual publication 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

GOOD BUSINESS provides our community with a window into some of the truly amazing philanthropic and volunteer activities provided by corporations across Northern Virginia,” stated Cheryl Janey, managing editor and Community Foundation board member. “We are fortunate to have so many companies in this region that epitomize the adage ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’  We’re excited about highlighting many of these great companies in the coming months.”

Stories include “Community Engagement Reimagined as Employee Value,” featuring WGL Holdings, Inc., “Business as Social Good,” featuring Integrus Holdings, Inc., and “The Karma of Corporate Philanthropy,” featuring Cardinal Bank.  Other featured businesses include Deloitte Consulting LLP, BusinessWorks of America, Inc., Pagnato Karp and Ruby Red Press – WOMAN Magazine Group.

This edition of GOOD BUSINESS is sponsored by WGL Holdings, Inc., with printing provided by The Falcon Lab.  The Washington Business Journal is sharing the publication as an insert in its printed edition on January 30, 2015.

Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Two Local Nonprofit Organizations in its 2015 Granting Cycle

The Future Fund announced the winners of its 2015 grant cycle today, awarding $20,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering mental health services to those in need.  This is the fourth grant cycle of the Future Fund, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals, and brings total grants to $192,000.

The Future Fund supports critical needs in Northern Virginia by engaging young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in philanthropy.  A giving circle at 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.

The two grant-winning organizations support individuals age 13 and above and/or families with limited access to mental health care.  The winning organizations include:

Access Hope, Inc., located in Fairfax, VA
The Future Fund will support the expansion of no-fee on-campus mental health counseling to uninsured and under-insured college students at Northern Virginia Community College by adding a pre-licensed therapist and group therapy sessions.

Youth for Tomorrow, located in Bristow, VA
This grant will support Youth for Tomorrow’s Girls on a Journey program, which provides residential treatment services to minor victims of sex trafficking in Northern Virginia.

Funding Supports Three Organizations Offering STEM Education and Entrepreneurship Programs for Girls

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its inaugural grant cycle.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia.  An additional $2,000 in annual contributions will be used to establish an endowment for future giving.  Established earlier this year, this giving circle is the first group of its kind in the region, comprised of women who are successful business leaders looking to empower girls and women in Northern Virginia by preparing them for success through philanthropic support.

The winning organizations are as follows:

George Mason University Foundation – FOCUS: Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM: $20,000
To support a week-long STEM summer camp program for 100 middle school girls at GMU to pique the interest of females of color by offering exciting hands-on and experiential learning in STEM and to empower them with leadership, entrepreneurial and 21st Century skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Marymount University – Empowering Leaders in STEAM “ENLIST”: $10,000
To support a twelve-week STEM/STEAM after school program for 60 5th-6th grade girls through Marymount University’s partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School to spark students’ enthusiasm.  Activities will be staffed by 15 MU pre-service teachers and supervised by mentor teachers.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship – NFTE Girls Entrepreneurship Camp: $10,000
To support the creation of a two-week Girls Entrepreneurship Camp in Northern Virginia during the summer of 2015 that will teach a range of business topics, offer field trips to local businesses, and culminate in a business plan competition.

Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia supports critical needs in Loudoun County

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a total of $50,000 to five nonprofit organizations through its Loudoun Impact Fund with grants from $4,000 to $25,000 each to support programs serving children and youth in Loudoun through age 18.  This is the second grant cycle of the Loudoun Impact Fund, dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, and brings total grants through the fund to $100,000.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle run by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia that is exclusive to Loudoun County citizens, corporations and service organizations. It was established to invest strategically in Loudoun County to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth. Members of the Loudoun Impact Fund pool their membership fees and together determine which causes to support.  They reviewed grant applications submitted through the competitive cycle this year and made grant recommendations from the Loudoun Impact Fund.

A list of the 2014 Loudoun Impact Fund grantees can be found here.

Support for the Loudoun Impact Fund comes from Integrus Holdings, Madison Wealth Management, Capital Fiduciary Advisors, LLC, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and the COATH Fund – a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation.

Annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala Raises Record Funds and Engages Over 100 Donors to Support Critical Needs in Northern Virginia

Richard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm were be recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award.  The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia that honors outstanding community service, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Home Virginia Gala on October 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

Co-chaired by Stuart Mendelsohn of Holland & Knight and Hilary Fordwich of Strelmark, LLC, the Gala hosted over 600 philanthropic, business, and community leaders and raised approximately $490,000 to support the Community Foundation’s ongoing work in areas of critical need in Northern Virginia.  In honor of the centennial celebration of community foundations in America, over 100 Foundation guests participated in the “Stand Up and Pledge” helping the organization raise record funds.  These funds directly support the Community Foundation, its work, impact, and capacity to grow philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the Northern Virginia region.

Support for the Community Foundation’s Sweet Home Virginia Gala is provided by Presenting Sponsor, Holland & Knight LLP, and from Platinum Sponsors ACADEMI, Booz Allen Hamilton, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, and David and Carol Young.