The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to need, seed innovation and lead and convene the community.
Public Artist Marly McFly
Public Art serves as a powerful tool that welcomes people to visit, engage, and enjoy space in a unique way. Leaders across the country recognize the power of public art to break down cultural barriers and advance their missions in housing, workforce, transportation, health, and the environment.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia explored this revitalization of public space through community collaboration, and public art when it presented "Public Art & Placemaking" at its September Innovation Breakfast  Series event.
Ki Ko Kang, CEO of KIHOMAC, with Honoree Maj. Gen. Carl McNair (RET)

Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr. (RET) of Springfield, Virginia has been awarded the 2019 Community Leadership Award presented by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. 

General McNair was recognized for his lifetime of community leadership, public service, and philanthropy during 2019 Raise the Region Gala, which raised more than $500,000. 

2019 Community Leadership Award Honoree, MG Carl H. McNair, Jr. (RET)
2019 Community Leadership Award Honoree, MG Carl H. McNair, Jr. (RET)
Click below to view the 2019 Raise the Region Gala video for a look at the impact of your giving
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia - 2019 Raise the Region Gala
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia - 2019 Raise the Region Gala
Preparing for the 2020 Census: Working to Get Out the Count 
The 2020 Census is five months away and efforts are in full-swing to support a complete count of Northern Virginia. There's a lot at stake, including representation in Congress and how much federal funding local communities will receive for priorities like highway planning and construction, education, housing, workforce development and more. 

Learn more about  Community Foundation's 'Count The Region' initiative and how you can help "get out the count"

Community Foundation Receives $25,000 Grant  from Kaiser Permanente for Community Wealth Building
Last month, the Community Foundation received a $25,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to support our efforts to launch a Northern Virginia Anchor Collaborative as the next step in implementing a community wealth building strategy in our region.

Since May 2017, CFNOVA staff and a dedicated team of community volunteer leaders (representing business, nonprofit, community and government) have worked to bring awareness to community leaders, organizations, and anchor institutions about this economic development model. Vehicles used to support this system of economic development include: cooperatives, employee-owned companies, social enterprise, land trusts, family businesses, community development through financial institutions, banks and more.  We have worked with and have been guided by the expertise and experience of The Democracy Collaborative (TDC), the pioneer of Community Wealth Building, to help us in our effort to transform the current economic system. Most recently, CFNOVA brought together key regional anchors to discuss community wealth building. There was great interest from the anchors in establishing a Northern Virginia Anchor Collaborative.

Our hope is that with this funding and continued guidance from TDC, CFNOVA will continue to lead and convene anchor institutions with the goal of activating CWB strategies in our region!

For more information about this initiative, please contact Sari Raskin,

Call for Applicants: Fall and Winter 2020 Grant Opportunities Now Available
Dear Nonprofit friends and partners,
We invite you to apply to our discretionary grant opportunities below, available through the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia this fall and winter to schools and nonprofits serving our Northern Virginia region. The focus areas for funding are described below, and more detail is available through our Web site .
"Our goals are to empower individuals in our community to support their favorite causes, help local nonprofits respond to critical needs, and build a community that works for all of Northern Virginia," Sari Raskin,  Vice President of Grants and Community Leadership at the  Community Foundation.

Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts: Capacity Building for Arts Organizations

Micron Opportunity Fund: Grants in STEM

Our Children Fund: Ongoing Support for Foster Children in Fairfax County

Community Investment Funds: Sign up for the 1/9 Webinar about this year's grant cycle supporting critical needs throughout the region.

If you have any questions about these opportunities and your eligibility to apply, please contact Sari Raskin, Vice President of Grants and Community Leadership at or Jill Bach, Manager of Grants and Scholarships at .

Building A Legacy at Home
Northern Virginia is one of the most desirable places in the nation to live, work and play, but with nearly 400,000 of our friends and neighbors living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, the need for the Permanent Fund has never been as great.
The Permanent Fund, is an endowment to shape our region's future that responds to critical need, seeds innovation, and leads the community with thoughtful, effective philanthropy. This fund will help create a lasting legacy of giving that will transform lives and strengthen Northern Virginia as we work to build a community that works for all.

Do you want to positively affect issues you care about forever in Northern Virginia? Would you like to leave a legacy for future generations that will address future challenges? If yes, planned-giving through the Permanent Fund at the Community Foundation could be the right for you.

Planned giving is an effective way to leave a legacy for future generations who call Northern Virginia home.  Many of us have made our homes here, our wealth here, and want to see this community grow and thrive.  The Community Foundation's  Permanent Fund  is a tool to help you fulfill your charitable goals.
For more information, contact Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at 703-879-7635 or   

Permanent Fund Video Ad - Eileen Ellsworth, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Eileen Ellsworth, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Josiah Day joins Community Foundation  
Josiah Day
We are pleased to announce that Josiah Day has joined Community Foundation as the new Director of Donor Relations.  In this role, he will be working alongside our Donor Advised Fund holders to facilitate their grant-making and fund management, while connecting them with the causes they are passionate about.

Josiah is a longtime Northern Virginia resident who graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Minor in Psychology. 

He has previously worked and volunteered with Access Ministries at McLean Bible Church to serve children with special needs and their families, as well as Church Hill Activities and Tutoring to equip the youth in inner city Richmond to break cycles of poverty. Most recently, Josiah served as the Development & Operations Manager at the Armed Services Arts Partnership, a DC-based nonprofit that provides free community-based arts programming to veterans, service members, and their families. He is passionate about cultivating relationships to build mission-driven and sustainable growth, while fully engaging communities to positively impact one another in and through their differences.

In his free time, Josiah can be found spending time with his wife and newborn daughter, binge-watching the latest Netflix show, or cheering on the San Antonio Spurs. Occasionally all at the same time.

Welcome to the team, Josiah!

Josiah can be reached at 703-879-7636,
WEBINAR: Don't miss the  2020 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle Webinar

Thursday, January 9, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Our  2020 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle  will open on January 9, 2020.  Join Sari Raskin, Vice President of Grants and Community Leadership and Jill Bach, Manager of Grants and      Scholarships, for this and learn about the 2020        priority focus areas and application process.

SAVE THE DATE - Shape of the Region 2020 

Friday, March 12, 2020
Northern Virginia Community College 
Ernst Cultural Center 
8333 Little River Tpke
Annandale, VA 22003

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Northern Virginia Chamber, and Northern Virginia Community College, will host the 3rd annual Shape of the Region Conference to discuss economic mobility, income inequality, and increased opportunity for our region. 

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