The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.

Celebrating 40 Years of Impact! The Community Foundation was founded in 1978, and since our inception, we have directed more than $50 million charitable dollars to people in need across our region and beyond. Register to join us at the 2018 Raise the Region Gala Scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2018, where we will celebrate and honor our 40th anniversary!  Register for the Gala, and learn about sponsorship opportunities today.
Register to join us on September 13 at the next Innovation Breakfast Series event titled, "Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing." We are partnering with the WHEELS Global Foundation for this event and hope you can join us as we take a look at what role philanthropy plays in promoting technology that advances social well being. We welcome speakers Brian Komar, VP, Community Engagement,, and Suresh Shenoy, EVP, Alyx Technologies, and President, WHEELS Global Foundation, at this event.
Recently, we welcomed Melinda Merk to the Community Foundation Board of Directors. Melinda is a Partner at SageTrust Law Group, and is a Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) member, and an active philanthropist. Melinda has a background in providing holistic multi-generational income and wealth transfer tax planning advice and estate and trust services to high net worth individuals, families, and business owners. Also, we would like to thank Paul Leslie for his service on the board, as he recently completed his term as Immediate Past Chair.

Some of the 2018 Scholarship Recipients
2018 Reston Scholarship Fund Recipients
Bruce and Jean Wyman
We recently sat down with Bruce and Jean Wyman, who and are actively involved with the Foundation as well as having a Donor Advised Fund with us. Both members of the Giving Circle of HOPE, and they focus their grant making locally.

Can you tell us about your experience with the Community Foundation? How did you get involved to create your fund?
We created our fund at the Community Foundation in order to allow for ease of making annual donations. Initially, we researched several other funds but felt most comfortable with the Community Foundation. The staff was warm and showed interest in how they could help us meet and expand our philanthropic goals.  Read More >>
Legacy giving through bequests allows donors to pass on more than just stuff and money at their death. It allows a way for donors to communicate their ethics and values to their heirs, as well as leave them a community improved by philanthropy. It allows successful business leaders to give back to the community where they made their wealth. It provides everyone the opportunity to shape our community's future in a positive way, and it's easier to do thank you think. The team at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has focused on inspiring local donors over the past year to create named funds that benefit all of Northern Virginia through the Founder's Society via simple current and planned gifts.
As the year winds down, be sure to include charitable giving in your plans. Visit our web site for more information on how to give smartly through beneficiary designations or call Eileen Ellsworth at 703-879-7635 for more information.
Jill Bach, Manager of Grants and Scholarships

Jill Bach recently returned to the Community Foundation as the new Manager of Grants and Scholarships.  She comes to us from Northern Virginia Family Service, where she served as a Donor Database Administrator.  Previous to that, Jill volunteered in the Community Foundation's office, assisting with a variety of projects. In her new role, Jill will be handling the day-to-day operations of the grants and scholarship cycles.

Amanda Bomfim,
Summer Intern
Amanda Bomfim is a graduate student at James Madison University pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. As an intern at the Foundation, Amanda's major responsibilities include assisting the coordination of the 2018 Raise the Region Gala, making data updates in the FIMS database, and updating The Opportunity Index.  

"What I enjoy most about my internship are the people. Staff members have welcomed me with open arms and I am so grateful. They create a work environment that is not only supportive but a fun place to be. The work itself is beneficial to not only The Community Foundation but for myself as well. I am expanding my organization and communication skills, my ability to work cohesively in a group, my knowledge of how nonprofits are run, and my experience in organizing events. I know that this work will indirectly positively affect people the Foundation serves and that makes all the difference to me. This internship will definitely help me in my degree and my career because it will help guide me towards my goal of working in nonprofits."
Get connected with us and  click here to read our Blog. New posts include:
  • Former Board members reunite to reminisce about 40 years of the Community Foundation.
  • Joshua D. Stillman provides a detailed Community Wealth Building update.
  • Learn about the FCPS Get2Green division-wide sustainability program.
  • Meet Krysta Pearce, former Manager of Grants.
September Innovation Breakfast: Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing
September 13, 8 - 10:30 am
We are partnering with the WHEELS Global Foundation for this Innovation Breakfast Series event titled, "Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing."   In the mid 20th Century, many believed emerging technologies would eradicate poverty, hunger, and sickness and build a more just and sustainable world.  Anything seemed possible! But in the intervening decades, technology took a sharp turn away from addressing social challenges. Today, that dream is being revived.  Across the globe, sustainable technologies are being developed and reimagined to help meet basic human needs, address social injustices, and create more balanced and prosperous communities. The WHEELS Global Foundation headquartered in Reston, VA, is on the forefront of this important work.  What is the opportunity for our community - for all communities -  to benefit, and what role does philanthropy play in promoting technology that advances social wellbeing?

2018 Raise the Region Gala
Friday, October 5
6:30 - 10:00 pm
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
7920 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22102
Join 600 business, philanthropic and community leaders to celebrate the Community Foundation's 40th anniversary! We are planning a very special event that recognizes the growth of philanthropy in our area and its potential to help shape the future of our region. For more information, including tickets and sponsorships, visit the l ink below.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Presented by and held at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Don't miss the
 opportunity to learn how to position your business to catch the next wave of economic growth in Virginia.
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Wednesday, August 8: Nonprofit Summer Learning Series: Philanthropy's interest in racial equity and what it means for the nonprofit community
8:30 am -  11:00 am 
Presented by WRAG
Held at Booz Allen Hamilton,  8283 Greensboro Drive, McLean, VA

Thursday, September 6: Business Women's Giving Circle - The Science Behind Joining a Board - The Secret is in the Sauce, or is it?
6 - 8 pm
Mason Enterprise Center,  First Floor,  Training Room A
4031 University Drive, Fairfax 

Thursday, September 13:  Giving Circle of HOPE - Together We Give
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Leidos Conference Center
11955 Freedom Drive,  Reston
Together We Give is both a celebration of the circle's mission to create positive change and an opportunity to introduce the community to the power of collective giving.

Thursday, October 11: AHT's Annual Charity Golf Tournament  
Benefiting the Loudoun Impact Fund
10:30 am - Registration, 11:00 am - Hot Lunch, 12:30pm - Shot Gun Start
Loudoun Golf and Country Club
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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!

Th e Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is recognized for having organizational and financial practices that are in accordance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.
Thank you to our sponsors
Tel:  703-879-7640 | Fax:  703-879-7644