The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.
We hope to see you at our annual Raise the Region Gala
on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The gala is a mission-critical fundraiser to support our work to grow philanthropy to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, an elegant seated dinner, and the Community Leadership Award presentation. Tickets are $300 and sponsorships are still available!

Click here to take a sneak peek at some of the fabulous silent auction items that will be featured at the Raise the Region Gala! The catalog will open for bidding on September 27thThere's something for everyone - getaways near and far; tickets to cheer on our local teams; an exciting trip to the US Open Golf; a ski trip to Colorado, and much more!  
The Community Foundation welcomed more than 100 guests at the Innovation Breakfast Series event titled, "Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing" where we partnered with the WHEELS Global Foundation to take a look at what role philanthropy plays in promoting technology that advances social well being. We welcomed keynote speakers Brian Komar, VP, Community Engagement,, and Suresh Shenoy, EVP, Alyx Technologies, and President, WHEELS Global Foundation.  Learn More >>
The Community Foundation presented the Capital Area Food Bank with a $25,000 grant for the Manassas Family Market.   Community Foundation donors have funded the Capital Area Food Bank's Manassas Family Market since 2014, helping more than 900 families each year gain access to nutritious food and health services with more than $100,000 in support provided.

  • We recently awarded $20,245 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 2018-2019 school year is the eighth annual Healthy Kids grants cycle, with a total of $138,245 awarded to-date.  Learn More >>
Catherine Schott-Murray
We recently sat down with Catherine Schott Murray of Odin, Feldman & Pittleman. Catherine is a Community Foundation Board member, member of the Raise the Region Gala committee, and member of the Business Women's Giving Circle.

How and when did you get involved with the Community Foundation?
I first got involved with the Community Foundation after having an inspirational coffee with Community Foundation President & CEO Eileen Ellsworth, to whom I was introduced by a mutual friend.  After our coffee, she invited me to participate on the  Gala  sponsorship committee.  My first year serving on the Gala committee was 2013, and I have participated every year since. In 2014, I was asked to be involved with the Community Investments Funds grants process.  A couple of years later, I was invited to join the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation, which also happens to be the year I joined the Business Women's Giving Circle through the Community Foundation.  
For many smart donors, it's important to ensure that the important work carried out in their community continues after their lifetime. We work with individuals, families and professional advisors to establish funds through planned giving, so that charitable goals are honored into the future ensuring a better tomorrow.
Your planned gift to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will have meaning and impact for generations to come. Legacy giving does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference by identifying your goals with our knowledgeable team. We're here to help you.
As the year winds down, be sure to include charitable giving in your plans. Visit our web site  to find out what to give and learn about the best assets to make a planned gift. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property. Learn how to give and discover gift options that provide tax and income benefits. Discover the best planned gift to meet your goals.
Contact Eileen Ellsworth at or 703-879-7635 for more information and to ensure a better tomorrow for our community.
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.
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
Learn More >>

Thursday, October 11: Brightest Minds: How business and philanthropy are growing the economy of Northeast Ohio
Sponsored by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
9:30 - 11:30 am, The Meyer Foundation, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800
Join us to hear from Deborah Hoover, President & CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and Bill Koehler, CEO of Team NEO, an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio's residents. 

Wednesday, October 17:  It's Time to ShowUp! & Level UP
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
3- 5 pm, at the  Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Description: Annette Y. Harris, president and founder of ShowUp!, will introduce you to her ShowUp! Success-Driven Framework. You'll walk away with tangible tips and non-traditional tactics that will help position you for the next level in the upcoming New Year.
Thursday, October 25:  Loudoun Nonprofit Academy: Building a Wills and Bequests Program for Your Nonprofit
Sponsored by The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
 9:30 am - 12:30 pm,  Leesburg Junction (215 Depot Ct. SE #101 Leesburg, VA 20175
Building a Wills and Bequest program explores ways you can build a program that will attract your donors to your mission with a final gift, often of high impact and generosity.
Wednesday, November 7: Business Women of Loudoun: Lessons Learned in Leadership
Sponsored by The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
11 am - 1:30 pm, at the  Belmont Country Club; Clubhouse, 43750 Tournament Pkwy Ashburn, VA 20147 (go through the front gate of the country club)
Learn valuable insights from four highly regarded local leaders/business owners as they share their experiences of success and failure throughout their careers. There will be many key takeaway points for you to implement on your own journey.
Tuesday, November 13:   Annual State of Healthcare
Sponsored by and held at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Join the Northern Virginia Chamber and business leaders from throughout the region for the Chamber's Annual State of Healthcare in the Commonwealth event featuring Secretary Daniel Carey, M.D., Virginia's Secretary of Health & Human Resources.
Friday, November 30:   How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
7:30 - 11:00 AM
At The Ritz Carlton, Tysons
Have you thought about a career change or want to move up or across your organization? Then don't miss the Women in Business Signature event, How Smart Women Pivot and relaunch their careers.  This exceptional speaker series includes some of the most influential and powerful women in the region and is a must attend for new and seasoned professionals.

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703-879-7637 to learn more!

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