Impact Stories

Responding to Need

November 30, 2017
All Ages Read Together received an $8,500 grant in 2017 from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Community Investment Funds grant cycle to support its work to assist more than 20 percent of children in Fairfax County who enter kindergarten without exposure to preschool. They shared the following testimonial to demonstrate the impact of this support on their community.

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November 30, 2017
The Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation received a $10,000 grant in 2017 from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Community Investment Funds grant cycle to help vulnerable seniors living in Culpepper Gardens who can no longer afford the cost of assisted living care age in place. They shared the following testimonial from one of their clients to demonstrate the impact of this support on its community.

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November 30, 2017
Friends of Loudoun Mental Health received a $10,000 grant in 2017 from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Community Investment Funds grant cycle to support Loudoun County residents disabled by mental illness through housing subsidies. They shared the following testimonial to demonstrate the impact of this support on their clients and the community.

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November 10, 2017
This interview is with Craig Kendall, President & Founder of Financial Investments, Inc. Mr. Kendall has served as a Community Foundation Community Investment Funds committee volunteer.

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October 25, 2017

Awards $106,500 in grants to 12 charities serving Loudoun County

The Loudoun Impact Fund awarded $106,500 in grants to 12 charities serving Loudoun County through the generosity of almost 50 individuals and businesses that pooled charitable gifts.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a “giving circle” that brings together individuals and businesses interested in grantmaking administered through a joint effort of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

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August 30, 2017

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.

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August 9, 2017

Funds will establish three new Family Market Programs in Alexandria, Virginia

The J.O.Y. Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia made a $96,000 grant 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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July 11, 2017

Students Honored at Event

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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June 13, 2017
The mission of Liberty's Promise is to support young immigrants in need while encouraging them to be active and conscientious American citizens. This blog, written by Robert M. Ponichtera, Executive Director and Founder of Liberty's Promise, highlights their mission and the grants they have received from the Community Foundation.

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June 1, 2017
This is an interview with Sharlean Grinups, Health and Physical Education Department Chair and Wellness Liaison at Westfield High School. Westfield High School has applied for and received a Healthy Kids grant from the Community Foundation every year for the past three years.

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May 1, 2017

Grants Awarded in 2017

Grants of more than $282,000 were issued to 29 Local Organizations and nonprofits in 2017.

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March 17, 2017
Deb MatthewsDeborah G. MatthewsThis is an interview with Deborah Matthews, a local trust and estate attorney devoted to supporting foster children in our region, who recently established the Our Children Fund with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

What is the Our Children Fund?

This fund is focused on the needs of foster children, which are immediate and present every single day. It will help provide foster care children access to “normalizing” items and experiences and to address their otherwise unmet medical, social, emotional, and educational needs. These children in the Fairfax County foster system are between the ages of birth and 17 years, and young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, if permanency (return to home, relative placement, or adoption) is not achieved. Some examples of what might be supported include fees for before or afterschool activities, tutors, field trips, camps, elective activities, sports-related fees, and dental and health services.

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November 29, 2016
gchfounders4Founders of the Giving Circle of HOPE celebrating the $1 Million Milestone MarkThe Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH) celebrated a major milestone earlier this month – more than $1 million raised and granted to support critical needs in Northern Virginia. GCH members have voted for its 2016 grantees.

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October 19, 2016

Giving Circle Members Pool Resources to Benefit Loudoun County

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, announced the grantees of its fourth annual grant cycle last night. Ten charities dedicated to programs benefitting youth and elderly in Loudoun County received grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, for a total of $96,725 in 2016, the largest pool of funding distributed to date.

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August 16, 2016

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.

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July 5, 2016

$32,000 Grant Supports the Capital Area Food Bank’s Family Market Program for the Second Year

The Community Foundation 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.

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July 1, 2016
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia was pleased to award $249,625 in scholarships to 80 students in June 2016. Congratulations to all the scholarship award winners!

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February 1, 2016

Grants Awarded in 2016

Grants of more than $380,000 were issued to 36 local nonprofits in 2016.

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November 12, 2015

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

Eleven charities dedicated to programs benefiting youth and elderly received 2015 Loudoun Impact Fund grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Winners were announced on October 28, at a reception hosted by Shoes Cup and Cork and attended by charity representatives and donors.

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September 16, 2015

J.O.Y. Charitable Fund Grants $32,000 to 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.

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