The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.
Count the Region 2020 Census Initiative Launched 
Members of Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee
April 1, 2020 is Census Day,and the Community  Foundation has launched a " Count the Region " initiative to help get out the count for the 2020 Decennial Census, making sure everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place.

The stakes are very high.  The data collected by the Census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. It also determines the allocation of billions in federal funds to local communities for such programs as Highway Planning and Construction, National School Lunches, Head Start, WIC, SNAP, TANF, Foster Care, Title 1 Grants, Federal Student Loans, and so much more.  For every Virginian who is not counted, the state/region loses $2,000 per year for 10 years, or $20,000 total, in federal assistance program allocations.

We have launched the Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee.  We are working with regional Complete Count Committees in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties to support local efforts, and we have created a portal on the Community Foundation's Web site to serve as a resource to engage in Census efforts throughout Northern Virginia.

View photos from the event, courtesy of B. Vartan Boyajian Photography
For all its growth and wealth Northern Virginia is home to many people who find it nearly impossible to climb the economic ladder from poverty or near-poverty to improve their individual or family's socioeconomic status.

On March 7th, we held the 2019 Shape of the Region Conference in partnership with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. This year's theme presented a strong argument that there is a "Business Case for Economic Mobility" if Northern Virginia is to continue to thrive in the future.  Read more>>

Celebrating 40 Years
We recently released our 2017-2018 Annual Report, "Celebrating 40 Years." Since 1978, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $50 million dollars in grants and scholarships.  And more recently, we have emerged as a civic leader that helps the community define, and then act on, the biggest challenges we face and the greatest opportunities we have.

The report highlights major milestones, including the launch of the campaign to grow The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, a community endowment that will be a forever source of critical support for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Opportunity Index
The newest data for the Opportunity index for Northern Virginia is now available!

Despite the fact that Northern Virginia is growing region with a well-educated population and strong economy, the 2016 data, culled from a variety of publicly-available resources, reveals rising income inequality, increased numbers of residents with less than a high school diploma, and a growing number of cost-burdened households in our area's largest growing population segments.  At 49%, the region's minority-majority transition figure reflects an increasingly diverse community.  We hope that this data will help grow philanthropy for our most economically disadvantaged populations.


 Healthy Kids Grant Cycle Now Open for 2019-2020 

2018-2019 Grantee Lynbrook Elementary School's Food Day
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia opens its annual Healthy Kids Grant Cycle for the 2019-2020 school year. This grant opportunity helps public schools encourage healthy lifestyles through increased exercise and better nutrition.  
Grants up to $2,000 each are available to individual public schools in Northern Virginia that implement a program or strategy to encourage better nutrition or more activity among their student body during the school year.  

Nonprofit are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 8th at 1 pm for a webinar to learn about changes to the 2019 Giving Circle of HOPE collective grant cycle. Grants will open on May 17 for Northern Virginia nonprofit organizations. Requests for proposals will close on Friday, July 19. We are accepting applications in the focus areas of: 

1. Health, Mental Health, and Aging.
2. Poverty Relief

Applicants have the option of applying for either a Project or a Capacity Building grant. Full descriptions of both grant types are detailed on the application, along with the criteria for both focus areas. The maximum grant award is $7,000.  

Questions may be addressed via email to Grant-Co-Chairs Karen Baer or Donna Whitaker at  or 703-665-9334.

The Giving Circle of HOPE is a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Rod Harrell, a donor advisor for the Rachel Harrell Memorial Fund, made a legacy gift in 2013 to help launch the Rachel Harrell Memorial Fund . We asked him to share some thoughts on how this fund helps honor his wife's legacy.

Why did you choose to establish the Rachel Harrell Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia?

When my wife passed away in 2013, I felt a compulsion to do something to help others in a way that would honor her. We (Rachel's mother and I) looked at several options, including starting a foundation. It became apparent quickly that this was not realistic. With a requirement to have a board of directors and a long process to become recognized as a 501(c)(3), I became discouraged. Then, through a local attorney, I heard about the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. Giving up some autonomy to gain the substantial benefits of partnering with the Foundation through a donor-advised fund seemed like a perfect compromise. Thus, the Rachel Harrell Memorial Fund was born.

Joel Brown, is a donor advisor for the XMS Fund, which supports youth, education, health and community improvement. We asked him to share some thoughts on how this fund helps those in need.

Why did you partner with the Community Foundation on your philanthropy?

When my Merrill Lynch advisor recommended the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia to me almost 20 years ago. They spoke very highly of the work the Foundation did for the community and some of the great organizations they helped support. You learn very quickly that there are a lot of very good causes that need our support and Community Foundation is very helpful at researching and recommending where donations are needed.  

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Pay It Forward With A Planned Gift 
Do you want to positively affect issues you care about forever in Northern Virginia? Would you like to use your philanthropic dollars to leave a legacy benefiting  future generations and future challenges? Do you want to reduce estate taxes? If yes, planned giving through the Permanent Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia could be right for you.

Many smart donors have taken advantage of this opportunity through a bequest to The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia by including language in their will or trust. Bequests constitute 80% of all planned charitable giving in America, so they are an easy, proven, and effective way to leave a lasting legacy of giving.

For more information, contact Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, at 703-879-7635 or   


12th Annual Empty Bowls Event:  Fighting Hunger One Bowl At A Time!
Friday, April 26, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Floris United Methodist Church 
13600 Frying Pan Rd. 
 Herndon, VA 20171

This is an annual event of the Giving Circle of HOPE, a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. For a  $25 donation guests will enjoy an array of soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants and take home a unique artisanal bowl with 100% of the evening's proceeds going directly to fund programs to help those in need at Food for Others, the area's largest pantry.

April Education Event: Preparing the Next Generation for STEM Jobs of the Future
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hosted by Vista Wealth Strategies, LLC
First Floor Meeting Room 
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive 
 Reston, VA 20191

This panel discussion will highlight innovative ways businesses, community colleges, and high schools are creating non-traditional pathways to STEM job opportunities. In a tightening job market where STEM talent is in high demand, how are employers in Northern Virginia building the necessary talent pipeline? How can the girls and young women who benefit from our grant-making gain access to these kinds of programs?

Innovation Breakfast: The Opportunity in Opportunity Zones
Thursday, May 9, 2019
8:00 - 10:30 am
Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107
Business Attire

A new community investment tool was created by the 2017 tax law. Opportunity Zones are census tracts that state and federal governments have targeted for economic development, and several exist in Northern Virginia. What can be accomplished? Who stands to gain? And where is the intersection with philanthropy?      

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration and Fundraiser
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Westwood Country Club
800 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA 22180

SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Raise the Region Gala is Friday, October 4th
Friday, October 4, 2019
6:30  - 10:00 pm
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
7920 Jones Branch Drive | McLean, VA 22102

Cocktail Reception | Silent and Live Auctions | Elegant Seated Dinner

Black Tie Attire

*Honoring Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr. (RET) with the 2019 Community Leadership Award

Join 600 business, philanthropic, and community leaders to celebrate the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and to raise funds to build a better community for everyone.   

By Leadership Fairfax 
Monday, April 8:  Class of 2019/2020 - INFORMATION SESSION
By Leadership Fairfax 

April 11-12: Building Corporate Partnerships - A Workshop for Nonprofits and Fundraising Professionals
By Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
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Tuesday, April 23   Loudoun On Tap! - A networking event
By Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, April 24:  100x Leadership Summit 
By Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

Friday, April 26: Women Rising to Boards
By Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Friday, April 26: 12th Annual Empty Bowls Event: Fighting Hunger One Bowl At A Time
By Giving Circle of HOPE

Tuesday, April 30: 2020 CENSUS: RACE COUNTS
By Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy

Tuesday, April 30: The Value of Veterans and the Impact on Virginia Business
By Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, April 30: Education Event: Preparing the next generation for the STEM jobs of the future
By Business Women's Giving Circle

Wednesday, May 1: The Greater Washington i-LIST Awards
By Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, June 2: Superhero 5k and Kids Fun Run 
By Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, June 6: I nterventions that Work: Census 2020 & Hard to Reach Communities
By Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 

Friday, June 7: Greater Washington Good Business Awards
By Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Advertising Opportunity!

Interested in a unique advertising opportunity through the Community Foundation? 

We are producing the 8th issue of our GOOD Business Magazine , a publication that highlights companies that give back to our local community in a variety of ways.  

The magazine will be shared with over 1,500 of our corporate partners and businesses in the Northern Virginia region, and will be available through our Web site with more than 40,000 annual visitors.  

Please contact Megan Niewold at or 703-347-7419 for more information.

Select The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia  as your charitable organization on Amazon, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to The Community Foundation.

Federal e
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's strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.

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.
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