The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.
Now Available: The Opportunity Index for Northern Virginia - a free interactive dashboard that serves as a data resource for community knowledge and strategic philanthropic giving to help grow philanthropy for our most economically disadvantaged populations. The data and accompanying report were prepared by The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit think-tank that provides credible, independent, and accessible information and analyses of fiscal and economic issues with particular attention to the impacts on low- and moderate-income persons. Visit the Opportunity Index today at
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I n February we welcomed almost 300 guests as we co-hosted the Shape of the Region Conference with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Keynote speakers included Michael Cassidy, President & CEO, Commonwealth Institute, and Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow of Economic Studies and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution; as well as two key panels that delved into topics highlighted by the Opportunity Index. The conference presenters discussed our region's prosperity and vitality within a greater context of how to share the benefits of our rising region with all who live and work here.
Our 2016 -2017 Annual Report, "A Year of Growing the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia," highlights the growth of the Permanent Fund and its impact. In the past year the Foundation's asset base grew by $10 million from $37 to $47 million, received $13 million in annual contributions, and distributed $4.7 million through grants and scholarships.
Since May 2017 when the topic of Community Wealth Building, a systems approach to economic development, was introduced at our Innovation Breakfast event, we have been working with a team of community leaders to determine the best way to implement Community Wealth Building in our region.

In recent months, the team has completed Phase I of the project by selecting South Fairfax County as a focus geography, and low income youth and young adults, ages 16-24 as a focus population. The team also identified priority challenges and gaps in the system connecting young people entering careers with the supports to help them qualify for jobs and with opportunities that offer wealth-building features.

The next phase of work prioritizes direct engagement with young job seekers, service providers and employers. Direct feedback from clients and stakeholders will allow us to test our understanding of the system we are working to improve, and likely result in refinements to our initial ideas.   For more information about Phase II of our Community Wealth Building work or to get involved please contact Sari Raskin at
We have joined other non profit leaders to launch a new initiative - GIVE Northern Virginia - with a focus of raising awareness and understanding about the impact of the new tax law on individual charitable giving in Northern Virginia. Our goal is to support local understanding of the tax law on our nonprofit sector. We invite all Northern Virginia nonprofits to click here and complete a brief survey. When you complete the survey and click submit, we will add your name to the group of participating nonprofits. On April 1, July 1, October 1, and January 1, we will send you the password that provides you with access to the anonymized data collection survey and you have 30 days to complete it. On a quarterly basis, we will share the data with you.
The Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF) recently announced its first grant of $25,000 to Edu-Futuro, a nonprofit with offices in Arlington and Springfield. The grant will support Edu-Futuro's Emerging Leaders Program which targets the next generation of leaders and professionals in the Latino community. Edu-Futuro empowers under-resourced Latino and immigrant youth and their parents through education, leadership development, and family engagement. LEAF was launched in April of 2017 to promote and invest in the civic engagement, education, economic success, naturalization, health, leadership development, volunteerism, and advocacy of the Latino community in the Metro DC region.
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Applications for 2018 Community Investment Funds Grant are being evaluated and applicants will be notified of funding status in May.  This is the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation to help respond to critical need in our region.

S cholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year are 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.
Cheryl Janey
This interview is with Cheryl Janey, Community Foundation Board member, BWGC member, Gala sponsor, and Community Foundation Diversity Task Force member

You are a Diversity Task Force member. What is this role and how have you been involved? 

The Diversity Task Force originated under the leadership of the last Board chair, Paul Leslie. It began as a result of a conversation where we discussed the need for the Community Foundation to better reflect the changing make up of Northern Virginia -and to focus on doing so at the board level, the staff level, the donor level, and so on. Paul took the important step to create a Diversity Committee as a subcommittee of the board.  The results have been incredible with new board members, new funds, honorees, all because we chose to take a hard look at ourselves and respond to local need. I could not be prouder to have been a part of this effort and realize that sometimes having the 'tough conversation' really does result in change!
Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to our community.

If you are like most people, you probably will not use all of your retirement assets during your lifetime. You can make a gift of your unused retirement assets to help further our mission.  Benefits of gifts of retirement assets:
  • Avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets
  • Your heirs would avoid income tax on any retirement assets funded on a pre-tax basis
  • Receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax deduction
To leave your retirement assets to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, you will need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. If you designate the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift.
If you have any questions about gifts of retirement assets, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.
Please let us know if you have already included the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia as a beneficiary of your retirement assets - we would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift!
MakerFaire NoVA
Presented by Nova Labs
The Community Foundation Innovation Fund is a proud sponsor
Sunday, March 18
11 am - 5 pm
George Mason University - Fairfax, Virginia Campus

Business Women's Giving Circle: Women, Work, and Technology
Thursday, April 26
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Credence Management Solutions
8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 300
Vienna, VA 22182
The scarcity of women in male-dominated STEM fields is growing. Join us for a dynamic discussion of the challenges and opportunities the current work and technology environment presents to women. 

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. 

March 19:  TEDxTysonsSalon: Casting a Wider .Dot. Net
5:30 - 8 pm
Booz Allen Hamilton Headquarters
8283 Greensboro Drive
Hamilton Building
Tysons, VA 22102
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March 21:  11th Annual Community Partnership Forum
Presented by GMCC, UWNCA and GMU
8 am - 3 pm
George Mason, Arlington campus
This one-day conference features speakers from Community Wealth Partners, Fourth Sector, SunTrust, United Way NCA, Kiddar Capital, Junior Achievement, and cool workspaces like WeWork, Refraction, and Open Gov Hub who will share what's working and how nonprofits and business can benefit from proven strategies.
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April 3:  Loudoun Young Professionals Networking Social at Topgolf Loudoun
Presented by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Join the members of the young professional community, as well as the young at heart, to enjoy networking, tasty beverages and appetizers at the Networking Social.
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April 12:  Cornerstones of our Community: 2018 Best of Reston Community Service Awards
Presented by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones
Hyatt Regency Reston
1800 Presidents Street
Reston, VA 20190
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April 20:  Giving Circle of HOPE - Empty Bowls
5:30 - 8 pm
Floris United Methodist Church
13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon
Funds raised will be used to fight hunger by Food for Others, Northern Virginia's largest distributor of free food directly to those facing food emergencies. 100% of ticket proceeds will go to Food for Others.
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April 20:  33rd Annual Loudoun Valor Awards at The National Conference Center
Presented by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will honor local heroes, from Public Safety personnel to ordinary citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions in 2017 at this event.
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April 26 and 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)
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.
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May 10: Jewels of Asia Chamber Awards Gala
Presented by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce
5 - 10 pm
Westwood Country Club
800 Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180
The Asian American Chamber of Commerce's "Jewels of Asia" Chamber Awards Gala recognizes individuals, small businesses, corporations, and non-profits that have made a significant impact, and contribution to the greater Northern Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia communities and the global communities.
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