The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.
You are invited! On February 15 the inaugural Shape of the Region Conference, co-hosted by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, will explore two big issues facing our region's future as illuminated by data from the Community Foundation's Opportunity Index - Opportunity and Inequality, and Tapping the Workforce Assets in Our Own Backyard.
Coming soon! Keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement about the launch of our Opportunity Index. This resource will serve as an online dashboard with 26 key indicators, disaggregated by each of these jurisdictions we serve and by race, age, and nativity, to help give us and our community a better understanding of the real, as opposed to perceived, needs of the region. When the Opportunity Index launches it will be available on our web site at 
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Community Investment Funds (CIF) Grant Cycle, and the Scholarship application process for the 2018-2019 school year, are both now open. In 2017 CIF grants of more than $282,000 were issued to 29 local organizations and nonprofits; and $304,700 in scholarships were awarded to 89 students.

Sari Raskin, Director of Grants and Community Leadership at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has been selected to participate in the Council on Foundations 2018 Career Pathways program. This intensive, year-long leadership development program is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's senior executives.
In December the Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its fourth annual grant cycle.  A total of $53,000 was awarded to five nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To-date the BWGC has awarded $178,000 in grants.  
The 2018 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle is now open, and applications are due February 14.  The Community Investment Funds are the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation in which funds are invested in organizations serving the Northern Virginia community.  This year funding will be provided in four areas of focus:  Child and Youth Development, Education, Poverty Relief, and Aging. 
Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now open and eligible applications from graduating high school seniors in Northern Virginia may be submitted. The Community Foundation holds multiple scholarship funds and awards over $200,000 each year to help nearly 80 Northern Virginia students attend the college of their choice. Each scholarship has different selection criteria, allowing opportunities for a diverse range of students.
Brandon H. Elledge, Esq.
This interview is with Brandon H. Elledge, Community Foundation Board member, investment committee and Loudoun Impact Fund member, and Permanent Fund donor. He is a partner in Holland & Knight's Northern Virginia office in Tysons Corner.

Can you tell us about your support of the Permanent Fund and what it means to you?

My wife Amy and I decided to support the Permanent Fund last year, and frankly it was an easy decision to make.  This was our way to - in the words of the Community Foundation - "give like it matters."  The Community Foundation, with its knowledge, trust, and networks developed over 40 years of effective philanthropy in the region, can use our and the other continuing donations to the Permanent Fund to help transform these gifts into a meaningful impact on peoples' lives throughout Northern Virginia.  To make a difference in the area we call home is very meaningful to us.  We also believe the Permanent Fund is an important strategic asset for the Foundation with its various other donor-advised funds.
A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider designating it to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.
Benefits of gifts of life insurance:
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction
  • If the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia retains the policy to maturity, you can receive additional tax deductions by making annual gifts so that we can pay the premiums
  • If the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia cashes in the policy, you will be able to see firsthand how your gift supports our charitable work
  • If we retain the policy to maturity, or you name us as a beneficiary, once the policy matures, the proceeds of your policy will be paid to our organization so that we can use the proceeds to further our charitable work
To make a gift of life insurance, please contact your life insurance provider, request a beneficiary designation form from the insurer and include the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia as the beneficiary of your policy.   Visit our web site for more information on how to give smartly through your insurance policy or call Eileen Ellsworth at 703-879-7635 for more information.
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  • Grant for Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation Assists Seniors
  • Grant for Friends of Loudoun Mental Health Supports Residents
  • Janet Miller:  Former President of the Community Foundation
Business Women's Giving Circle - Grantee Celebration
Tuesday, January 30
6 - 8 pm
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center,  3740 Old Lee Highway,  Fairfax, VA 22030
Please join us to celebrate the  winners of the 2017 Business Women's Giving Circle  grant cycle.   This event is open to Business Women's Giving Circle members and friends interested in learning more about this group.

2018 Shape of the Region Conference
8 - 11:45 am
Valo Park, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA
The inaugural Shape of the Region Conference, co-hosted by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, will discuss and explore two big issues facing our region's future as illuminated by data from the Community Foundation's Opportunity Index: Opportunity & Inequality and Tapping the Workforce Assets in our Own Backyard.

Innovation Breakfast: Changing the Frame on Green Energy
Thursday, May 10
8 - 10:30 am
Valo Park, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA
Changing the Frame on Green Energy:  Cities and regions all around the country are taking local action to promote and grow the scope of green energy.  More jobs, stronger energy security, healthier families, vibrant entrepreneurship, and higher standards of living can all result from a growing green energy sector.  But green energy levels in Virginia fall far below levels in our neighboring states. What role does business, local government, and philanthropy play in promoting sustainable energy sources?  What immediate, tangible steps can we take towards a greener future?

2018 Wine Themed River Cruise
August 2 - 11
A wine-themed river cruise sailing from Paris to Normandy, France
Presented by  the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The cruise, hosted by The Pollin Group, will benefit the Community Foundation.
Friends and associates of the Chamber and Community Foundation will take part in the AMA Waterways Unique Wine Cruise which offers a river tour that blends wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You will sample local cuisine, discover how wine is made, and partake in tastings. Be amazed as you experience the sparkle of Paris, stunning coastline of Normandy and the unique architecture, cuisine and beauty that France has to offer. 

February 27: Business Women & Healthy Business present "Making More Time for You"
Presented by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
8 am - 10 am
Belmont Country Club,  43750 Tournament Parkway,  Ashburn , Virginia 20147

April 26 - 27: The Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: a two-day workshop
Presented by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
8 am - 4 pm (both days)
At the Boeing Company, 929 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Join more than 100 nonprofit and fundraising professionals for this two-day workshop to learn HOW and WHY companies give back to their communities.
(early bird registration discounts through March 1)

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mployees are now able to designate the Community Foundation (CFC #28727), as the beneficiary of their tax-deductible contributions.  Contact us today

703-879-7637 to learn more!

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