Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

  • Oakton, VA
  • www.cfnova.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is to grow philanthropy to help meet the most critical needs of the community with a primary focus on child and youth development; education; health, mental health, and aging; military personnel and their families; and poverty relief.

Main Programs

  1. Community Investment Funds
  2. Scholarships
  3. Future Fund
  4. Innovation Fund
  5. Loudoun Impact Fund
  6. Healthy Kids Grants
  7. Business Women's Giving Circle
  8. Barkdull Fund for Animal Welfare
Service Areas

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Virginia

Northern Virginia Region.  Serving 5 Northern Virginia counties:  Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

ruling year

1979

President

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Eileen M. Ellsworth

Vice President of Donor Relations

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Jen McCollum

Keywords

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Northern Virginia Community Foundation, Grants, Scholarships, Northern Virginia, Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

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EIN

51-0232459

 Number

0695953028

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia strives to be transformational in its work, becoming a change agent that generates meaningful and measureable impact around the social needs of the community.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Community Investment Funds

The Community Investment Funds are the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation in which funds are invested in organizations serving the Northern Virginia community in the areas of child and youth development, education, health, mental health and aging, military personnel and their families, and poverty relief.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Budget

$300,000.00

Program 2

Scholarships

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia holds twenty-one active scholarship funds which help Northern Virginia residents pursuing undergraduate degrees.

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Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Budget

$200,000.00

Program 3

Future Fund

The Future Fund is a giving circle of more than 150 young professionals who connect with each other personally and professionally, learn about the critical needs of our region, and donate at affordable levels to the philanthropic causes they care about most. Working with committees, this group makes grants once a year.

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Program 4

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund recognizes and promotes innovation and supports programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity and new design across Northern Virginia.

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Program 5

Loudoun Impact Fund

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle comprised of Loudoun County citizens and corporations that invests strategically to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth.

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Program 6

Healthy Kids Grants

Healthy Kids Grants help public schools encourage healthy lifestyles through increased exercise and better nutrition, supported by the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a donor advised fun with the Community Foundation.

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Program 7

Business Women's Giving Circle

The Business Women's Giving Circle, a group comprised of accomplished business women in Northern Virginia, supports programs and organizations in our region that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship, and inventive opportunities for women and girls.

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Program 8

Barkdull Fund for Animal Welfare

The Barkdull Fund for Animal Welfare supports nonprofits that provide animal welfare programs and services in Northern Virginia, including those that benefit, preserve or protect animals.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To reach its vision, the Community Foundation pursues the following goals:
    1) The Foundation becomes the source of leadership and education on community issues and philanthropy.
    2) The Community Foundation experiences growth in the donor advised fund asset base, the discretionary grantmaking levels, the operating budget revenues, and the operating budget endowment.
    3) The Foundation improves its financial sustainability.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Community Foundation has strategies to accomplish each of its goals.

    To address its goal to become the source of leadership on community issues and philanthropy, the Foundation commissions and publishes periodic data driven research reports on critical community needs; conducts donor / community education events and conduct or participate in existing cross sector collaborations to promote community dialogue on critical community needs; and seeks partners in its efforts.

    To address its goal to experience growth in donor advised fund assets, discretionary grantmaking, operating budget revenues, and operating budget endowment, the Community Foundation strives to conduct consistent, ongoing dialogue with its donors and professional advisors; strategically expand and diversify its Board of Directors to reflect the changing demographics and industry sectors in Northern Virginia; and implement the Community Foundation's Strategic Communications Plan.

    To address its goal to improve financial stability, the Community Foundation will conduct a Cost/Revenue Study; review all current grant and programmatic initiatives to determine future role of the Foundation; and create a sustainability plan.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s staff members bring expertise with backgrounds in law, nonprofit management, social services, and finance. Its board members are local business leaders representing a diverse segment of the local economy with a variety of expertise that supports the Foundation’s operations, campaigns and initiatives.

    Its staff and board are members of local Chambers of Commerce, participate on other nonprofit Boards of Directors, which expand the network of support available to the Community Foundation.

    With certification in the National Standards and membership on the Council on Foundations as well as the Washington Regional Association for Grantmakers, the Community Foundation is in a position to operate with the greatest efficiency and collaborate with the individuals and organizations in the region with the influence to make significant change.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Community Foundation has developed a Strategic Planning Dashboard that measures its quantitative and qualitative success on each of its strategic goals. This dashboard includes the following measurements for each fiscal quarter: professional advisor interactions; donor / donor prospect interactions; marketing & communications data, including digital interactions and print media placements; research reports on critical community needs; donor and community engagement events; cross sector collaborations to promote community dialogue on critical community needs; asset growth and discretionary grant level growth; and financial sustainability.

    These indicators are collected by the staff and review by the board at quarterly meetings.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Community Foundation commissioned and published two data driven reports in 2014 to help inform donors and funders, inspire meaningful dialogue, and increase philanthropic and public investment surrounding critical community needs – “A Portrait of Our Aging Population in Northern Virginia,” and “Supporting Our Region’s Veterans.” Both resulted in cross-sector collaborations and discretionary grants to address the findings.

    In 2014, the Community Foundation partnered with the Giving Circle of HOPE to convene donors and community leaders in a session on catalytic philanthropy. It also engaged professional advisors in educational sessions in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

    Its asset growth grew from $31,878,137 at the end of FY2013 to $35,577,475 for FY2014, and its discretionary granting has increased from $12,000 in 2005 to $506,000 in 2014.

    Since 2011, the Foundation has developed four new giving circles – the Future Fund for young professionals; the Innovation Fund to support programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity and new design across Northern Virginia; the Loudoun Impact Fund to support education, the arts and the environment, and the needs of Loudoun County families, children and youth; and the Business Women’s Giving Circle to support programs that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship, STEM education, and inventive opportunities for women and girls. These programs have engaged over 200 donors.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Northern Virginia Region.  Serving 5 Northern Virginia counties:  Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

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Financials

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THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Leadership

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President

Eileen M. Ellsworth

Vice President of Donor Relations

Jen McCollum

BIO

Eileen M. Ellsworth has been the President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia since 2005. With approximately $36 million in managed assets, the Community Foundation engages donors to help grow philanthropy in the region. During her 9 years as President, Eileen has grown the Community Foundation’s discretionary grant making levels from $12,000 in 2005 to $506,000 in 2014, created the Future Fund, a giving circle for young professionals in Northern Virginia, created the Loudoun Impact Fund for strategic philanthropic investments in Loudoun County, created the Healthy Kids Grants to promote children’s health and help prevent childhood obesity, and created the Innovation Fund to support programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity and new design. She led Community Foundation efforts to commission and publish the first ever Child and Youth Needs Assessment across the region in 2010 two additional comprehensive needs assessments in 2014 – one addressing the needs of our aging population, and the second addressing the needs of military personnel, veterans and military families in Northern Virginia.

Prior to running the Community Foundation, Eileen founded and ran Empower Girls, Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational organization providing technology enrichment for 4th, 5thand 6th grade girls in Title 1 schools in the Fairfax County Public School system. As a result of her work with this organization, Eileen was awarded the Deloitte & Touche Heroines in Technology Award and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award. Eileen was also President of WIN-WIN Strategies Foundation, a private foundation focused on sharing best practices around K-12 education technology and building national communities of practice of K-12 educators.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia helps make philanthropy more powerful and effective. We are grant makers who provide financial support to nonprofits and programs having the largest positive impact in our region. We are community leaders who commission data driven research on critical community needs and share it with the community. We are conveners of problem-solvers and like minded philanthropists, working together to strengthen the common good.

The Northern Virginia region has no shortage of critical needs, from children living in poverty, to military families requiring support to navigate the complex web of available services, to a fast growing aging population.

The Community Foundation partners with donors to help address these needs through our giving circles and discretionary grant cycles, and we invite members of our community to join us and support our efforts to transform the region."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lynn Tadlock

The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?