The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, we recently established the Environment Fund to to protect,  restore and improve the natural environment of Northern Virginia, thereby enhancing the health and quality of life of its citizens and the economy of the region. The fund will support and encourage collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, governments, educational institutions and private philanthropic donors to promote actions that will have a beneficial effect on the health of the natural environment and local economy; support public awareness and public education about protecting the natural environment and the impact of public and private actions on the natural environment; and support the efforts of citizen engagement that helps improve and protect the natural environment.  It was established as an endowment and will therefore be a part of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, forever benefiting our region's environment.
The May Innovation Breakfast Series - Changing the Frame on Green Energy - was recently held at Tegna headquarters in Tysons. This event, co hosted with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, welcomed [insert number] guests, and featured Keynote Speaker Sanjiv Mahan, President, WGL Energy.
Community Wealth Building moves ahead with stakeholder meetings in South County!   The Community Foundation continues to engage in Community Wealth Building, a systems approach to economic development in South County.

Over the past month, members of the Community Wealth Building team, who are also members of the Emerging Leaders Institute at Leadership Fairfax, have hosted and facilitated focus groups with low income youth and young adults, ages 16-24 for direct feedback and to gain a better understanding of their needs.
The Spring issue of GOOD BUSINESS is now available! This issue features stories that focus on corporate philanthropy and inspiration for future generations. Read how Micron Technology, Dewberry, Renner and Company, and The SkillSource Group incorporate philanthropy in their corporate philosophy.
The Community Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant from the Innovation Fund endowment to the Northern Virginia Community College Adult Career Pathway Program. Northern Virginia Community College will use the grant to help defray the costs associated with certification testing for students in the Adult Career Pathway program.
The Community Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2018 Community Investment Grants. The largest and most competitive discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation and one of the largest pools of funds supporting broad-based giving in the Northern Virginia region, the grants fund organizations which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia. These grants will further the organizations' abilities to improve the health, education, and general well-being of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made was $259,260.
Healthy Kids grants now open!
Each year, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia provides a grant opportunity to help 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.  The grants are awarded in a competitive grant process.   
On June 15 the Loudoun Impact Fund RFP will be released to the Loudoun Community.   The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of engaged Loudoun County donors managed in partnership by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.   The Fund invests strategically in Loudoun County to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth.
As May is National Foster Care Month, we want to take this opportunity to share the fact that the Community Foundation's "Our Children Fund" accepts applications on a rolling basis. The Our Children Fund provides "normalizing" items and experiences to children in the Fairfax County foster care system between the ages of birth and 17 years and young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 if permanency (return home, relative placement, or adoption) is not achieved and addresses their otherwise unmet medical, social, emotional, and education needs.
Melinda Merk
This interview is with  Melinda Merk, Partner at SageTrust Law Group, new Community Foundation Board Member, Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) member, and 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.

How does your work tie into your decision to join the Community Foundation board?
With the recent changes under the new tax law, donor advised funds and community foundations have become an even more important charitable giving and family legacy tool.  Establishing a fund with The Community Foundation provides access to local resources for charitable giving and ensures that the donated funds will benefit the local community.  Becoming a member of the Board was a natural next step to supporting and promoting the efforts and contributions of The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia.
Do you ever wonder what the future holds?
While it's impossible to know or control what happens in the future, you can have security about achieving your ultimate goals by making a plan. Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing that your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.
In considering your plans for the future, you may not only be thinking about how to help your family and save on estate taxes but also how you might benefit our community. A bequest permits you to leave a lasting legacy and often provides valuable tax savings.
If you have any questions about leaving your lasting legacy, please  contact us. We work everyday with others who want to make a difference through their planned gift. We would be happy to share some examples and  answer any questions that you have.
Please let us know if you have already made a planned gift to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.
Megan Niewold recently joined the Community Foundation's growing Philanthropic Services team as a Philanthropy Officer. Megan recently relocated back to Northern Virginia from Florida where she served as the Program Director of Stop Children's Cancer Inc. In her position as Philanthropy Officer at the Community Foundation, Megan is managing a portion of our DAF portfolio's with a focus on our CIF funds, Healthy Kids fund, Military fund, BWGC, Gala, LEAF, and scholarship funds.
Congratulations to the Business Women's Giving Circle - they were recently awarded the "Best STEM-Supporting Business" by WashingtonExec.  "We are honored to receive this award, yet more importantly, we are thankful for the many women who have given their funds and talents to support at-risk girls in STEM-related programs," said Leigh Chowdhary of BGWC. 
Loudoun Impact Fund 2018 Kickoff
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Loudoun County Golf and Country Club
36967 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132
Refreshments and Light Bites
Hosted by Bill and Jen Tyrrell, David and Caroline Schaefer, Bob Fiolek, Terry and Jane Allen
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Greet fellow grantmakers and join in discussions on Loudoun's needs, charitable trends, and our past grantmaking impact.

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. 

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.
The Compass Group client application for 2018-19 is now open. Compass volunteer teams of experienced business professionals provide pro bono consulting to nonprofits in the following areas: Board Development, Funding Strategy, Strategic Alignment, Strategic Planning, Partnerships & Collaborations, and Strategic Marketing. For additional info about Compass contact Hallie Smith, Director of Consulting Programs, at The deadline for client applications is Friday, June 8 at 5 pm.
May 17: Safe Driving as you Age
Presented by NV Rides
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
May 20: 4th Annual Superhero 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run
Presented by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Location: The National, Leesburg
May 23: Economic Equality Caucus bipartisan 10th Congressional District Forum
McLean Church of the Redeemer
1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
5 pm - 7:45 pm
The Economic Equality Caucus is a bipartisan, interfaith forum for major 10th Congressional District candidates. Key issues--jobs at good wages, economic progress and equality, health care, education, and infrastructure improvements. Community Foundation CEO and President Eileen Ellsworth is one of the presenters.
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May 24: Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work
Presented by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
3 - 5 pm
At the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
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May 30: Get Connected
Presented by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
11:30 am - 1 pm
At the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
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June 5: Government Contracting - How to Win Business (Capture and Proposal Writing)
Presented by The Asian American Chamber
11:30 am- 1:30 pm
8300 Boone Blvd, Suite 100, Tysons Corner

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June 13: Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards
Presented by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
11:30 am - 2 pm
At The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
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June 22 and July 11: Nonprofit Summer Learning Series programs
Presented by Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

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