The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's mission is to grow  philanthropy
to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.
Did you know the Decennial Census is only 18 months away?
We are launching "Count the Region" - an initiative to get out the count for 2020 Decennial Census in Northern Virginia and to ensure that everyone living in the region is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place. 

Many large federal assistance programs such as highway planning and construction, the National School Lunch Program, Section 8 housing assistance, Head Start, and many other programs that support and sustain the social and civil fabric of our community, distribute  funds to states based solely on decennial census-driven statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that for every individual in Virginia who is not counted, we will lose $2,000 per year for 10 years, or $20,000, in federal assistance program allocations.  

It is our hope that the Community Foundation's involvement in this initiative will help energize our community around this important endeavor that has profound implications in our region for the next 10 years.

For more information about this initiative or to be added to the list of community organizations interested in getting engaged, please contact Sari Raskin, Director of Grants and Community Leadership, at

1st Stage, in Tysons Corner, receives 1st grant from newly created Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts
Earlier this month, we launched a new fund - The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. Its mission is to celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia.  Thanks to a generous donation from Stephen Roberts and his donor advised fund, the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Music Fund, this new fund is endowed as part of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, forever able to make grants to support the arts in our region.

To kick it off, the Community Foundation convened a volunteer panel to review Letters of Intent submitted by local arts organizations and awarded $10,000 to 1st Stage, a professional theater company located in Tysons Corner, to support its capacity building and strengthen its development and education initiatives.

Below, we feature an interview with Stephen Roberts in which he discusses his hopes for its legacy.

And the 2018 Community Leadership Award goes to... Ellen and Jim Dyke!
Jim and Ellen Dyke
For their history of passionate leadership and philanthropy, Ellen and Jim Dyke were recognized with the 2018 Community Leadership Award at the Raise the Region Gala held on Friday, October 5th at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

The Community Leadership Award is the longest standing community-based recognition award in Northern Virginia. The award is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.  See the tribute video presented as Ellen and Jim received their award.

The Community Foundation raised $636,000 and hosted more than 650 business leaders, philanthropists and community organizers at this year's event.  It also celebrated its 40th anniversary, with more than $50 million in grants and scholarships distributed to respond to critical need and seed innovation in our region and beyond since its inception in 1978.

We earned a 4-star rating!
The Community Foundation'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.

Charity Navigator bases its ratings on non-profits' financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency

Thank you for trusting us with your donations, your funds, your volunteer time, and your good will. Your trust and support mean so much to us and help ensure our region continues to grow and thrive.

You can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.

Live Here. Give Here.
family_at_dinner.jpg This year, #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, will be on Tuesday, November 27th.   It kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

There is so much NEED in Northern Virginia.  This #GivingTuesday,  please donate to support our Community Investment Funds and to help us respond to critical need in our region.

Stay tuned for stories throughout the month on how your donations, and therefore our grants, make a difference in the lives of many in our community.

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, awarded a total of $125,000 in grants to 16 charities serving Loudoun County through the generosity of almost 50 individuals and businesses that pooled charitable gifts. Loudoun Impact Fund members decided 2018 grantmaking would address youth, disabled, and elderly charitable needs.

Below are the award recipients:
The  Giving Circle of HOPE, a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has invested more than a million dollars in the Northern Virginia community since its founding in 2004.  It awarded $56,000 this year after reviewing 25 grant requests to further the aims of nonprofits working to improve the lives of those in our community.
Meet Stephen Roberts, donor committed to supporting the arts
Stephen S. Roberts and Dr. Sue Goetz Ross, pictured in 1993
Stephen Roberts, a donor advisor for the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Music Fund, recently made a legacy gift to help launch the   Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts.  We asked him to share some thoughts on how this new fund helps honor his wife's legacy.

Why did you choose to help the Community Foundation establish the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts?
I am honored to be able to assist in the launch of the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The arts (in our case singing classical music) brought me and my late wife Dr. Sue Goetz Ross together and then gave us many years of pleasure and enrichment together. The arts are an essential part of the life of any community, bringing it both beauty and identity and giving it its human spirit. I can think of no better way to support the arts in Northern Virginia over the long term than to help launch a new fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia dedicated to the arts.

We shared with you here previously how we love working with individuals, families, and professional advisors to carry out their legacy in the community.
One smart way our donors ensure their charitable goals are honored into the future, is to set up a donor advised fund. In doing so, donors work with our team to create a plan that provides donations to an issue they are passionate about or that might even support a specific nonprofit they want to sustain. The assets left in that account can be invested, amplifying giving impact.
Donor advised funds make continued giving simple and possible. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's team and Board of Directors offers the added layer of monitoring the grantee organizations for their continued alignment with the donor's principles. We take donor intent very seriously.
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 or call Kelly Blanks at 703-879-7636 for more information.
Community Foundation President and CEO Eileen Ellsworth will be a featured speaker  on November 30, 2018 at TEDxTysons 2018 .  This is your chance to experience a night of big ideas, inspiration, and fun.  This year's theme is: Legacy - what values, technology, and issues have we inherited and what do we want to leave behind?

Eileen will join 13 of the region's leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers and entertainers to give short talks on this theme. 

Included in your ticket is a 4 hour program, dinner, and after party.  The  TEDx Program  is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local  TED -like experiences.
join_our_team_sign.jpg We are hiring!

The Community Foundation is currently hiring 3 open job positions.  Follow each link for details and to apply:

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation gender identity or expression, veteran status or disability. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.
2018 Holiday Party
holiday-garland.jpg Tuesday, December 4
4:00 - 7:00 pm
JR's Stockyards Inn
8130 Watson Street
McLean, VA 22102
Business Attire
Please join us for a holiday gathering to THANK YOU for helping us respond to critical need and seed innovation in our region.  Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be provided. Kindly reserve your space by Tuesday, November 27.
2019 Shape of the Region Conference: The Business Case for Economic Mobility
Featuring Nisha G. Patel, Managing Director, Narrative Change and National Initiatives at Robin Hood
Thursday, March 7, 2019
8:00 - 11:45 am
Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107
Business Attire

Our local economy continues to thrive. But our region, like the entire country, is experiencing a growing gulf between the have and the have nots, rising income inequality, and a lack of economic mobility that has developed in the past 50 years. It is a defining problem of our age, and everyone has a role to play in helping to solve it.  

Inspired by the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, the 2019 Shape of the Region Conference will discuss strategies that each sector of society can deploy to achieve a more expanded, more inclusive economy that benefits us all. 

SAVE THE DATE!  Registration is $65 and includes breakfast.
November 19: Ethics Day
By the Reston Chamber of Commerce

November 29: 8th Annual Legislative Reception
By the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

November 30: TEDxTysons 2018: Legacy
By the TEDxTysons Team
November 30:   How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers
By the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

April 11-12: Building Corporate Partnerships - A Workshop for Nonprofits and Fundraising Professionals
By the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

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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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