ABOUT US

The Giving Circle of HOPE, a 501(c)3 component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has invested more than $1.2 million dollars in the Northern Virginia community since its founding in 2004. The organization awards project and capacity building grants to local nonprofits with budgets under $1 million.

CONTACT

info@givingcircleofhope.org

P.O. Box 8832

Reston, VA 20195

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© 2019 Giving Circle of HOPE

GRANTS

We fund worthy projects that have the potential to

generate powerful positive change for Northern Virginia.

WE PUT HOPE IN ACTION

Our grants incubate promising programs that serve our community's most vulnerable members.

Our granting process adheres to strict standards as well as the insights of our

highly motivated and informed members. This ensures that dollars are well spent

and that we’re always creating opportunities between our grantees and other funding sources. 

2019 GRANTEES

Aspire celebrates 25 years of serving at-risk children and low-income immigrant families, almost all of whom receive free or reduced-fare lunch at school. Through a daily academic program in which more than 90% of students improve their reading instructional levels year-over-year, Aspire forges strong partnerships with schools and families by connecting the child’s daily experience: at school, after school and at home.

ASPIRE

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La Cocina’s Culinary Career Readiness, Job Placement and Food Assistance Program, provides unemployed low-income members in Northern Virginia with a bilingual certified job training program that transforms unemployment into full employment in a very short period of time. During their culinary training students prepare healthy meals that are donated to homeless shelters and families in low-income housing

LA COCINA

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The Josh Anderson Foundation was founded in 2012 and has reached close to 90,000 students in 80 schools.  JAF provides adolescents with mental health education, resources and support so they never turn to suicide.  Their signature program, Our Minds Matter, is a student-led movement that educates and trains students to build awareness of mental health resources and build social connections among peers.

THE JOSH ANDERSON FOUNDATION

BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women in Shelters) began as a collection drive for three local shelters and has since evolved into a mission to bring dignity and empowerment to women and girls in crisis by providing over two million menstrual supplies and undergarments since 2015. BRAWS serves low-income women and girls in shelters, ex-offenders re-entering society and girls who need menstrual supplies to attend school.

BRAWS

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SCC addresses the critical need for affordable, ongoing communication, cognition and fitness services for stroke survivors after insurance reimbursement ends. SCC’s nationally recognized, innovative model ensures 90% experience improved speaking, comprehension, writing and/or reading skills; 88% achieve improve in language, cognitive function and ability to interact with others. 

STROKE COMEBACK CENTER

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Together We Bake serves low-income women facing barriers to employment due to homelessness, incarceration, domestic violence and/or mental and substance abuse. Founded in 2012, TWB's mission is to help women gain self-confidence, transferable workforce skills and invaluable hands-on experience which will allow them to find sustainable employment and move toward self-sufficiency.

TOGETHER WE BAKE

CASA's mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected

children referred by the county’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court through the promotion and support of quality volunteers. They recruit, train and supervise highly qualified and committed citizens to provide a strong advocate for each child under the Court’s protection.

FAIRFAX COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA)

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The Chris Atwood Foundation is dedicated to overdose prevention and recovery from substance use disorders. Founded in 2013, the CAF’s mission is to save lives from opioid overdose, support recovery from substance use disorder and defeat the stigma of this disease.  They have trained over 4,500 individuals through their program, ROPE (Reverse Overdose, Prevent, Educate) and offer classes throughout Northern Virginia.

THE CHRIS ATWOOD FOUNDATION

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GIVING TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER GOOD

Since 2004, the Giving Circle of HOPE has awarded 156 grants to 65 local nonprofits selected, reviewed and voted on by the membership.

All donations contributed each year are awarded within the current grant cycle.

2019 GRANT SEASON

The 2019 Grant Season kicked off on Friday, May 17 and applications from eligible nonprofits were accepted through Friday, July 19 at 5 PM.  The Giving Circle of HOPE will award project and capacity-building grants to local nonprofits in two mission critical areas:

Poverty Relief

Health, Mental Health and Aging

Grant requests may be up to $7,000 with the total budget of the project or capacity-building grant not exceeding $70,000.  Applicant's Total Organization Financial Budget, excluding in-kind services, must be equal to or less than $1 million.

 

 

To learn more about the nonprofits that Giving Circle of HOPE members will be voting on, please download the following document which highlights their work and also provides an opportunity to learn more from their respective websites.

BREAK THE CYCLE ENDOWMENT FUND

We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year's fund...Rosie Riveters & She Rocks the World!

Rosie Riveters provides a fun space for girls ages 4­-14 to imagine, create and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Their goal is to equip and empower girls to be strong, confident and competent in the fields of STEM through hands-on projects and mentorship programs.

 

By sharing relevant, stimulating content, conducting hands-on experiments and introducing role models from various fields, Rosie Riveters strives to encourage girls to engage with STEM and see possibilities for their future careers.

She Rocks the World has the vision to create a global network of girl thought leaders, supporting each other, by fearlessly using their own voices to positively impact our world.

 

What makes this program different is that the experiences are created by teenage girls for teenage girls. Their approach is to increase a girl’s emotional intelligence through experiences and connections.  When teenage girls are exposed to positive, supportive, yet challenging environments they will step out of their comfort zone, take risks, explore and thrive.

The Break the Cycle Endowment Fund was created in 2006 by a member of the Giving Circle of HOPE who was passionate about helping to prevent teenage pregnancy.  The fund's mission is to grow the capacity of the Giving Circle of HOPE to support organizations with programs that directly or indirectly seek to break the cycle of teen pregnancy.

 

The programs the endowment supports helps girls to develop positive self esteem and a healthy attitude about their bodies. Programs may target either elementary-aged students or teens and those that encourage youth to engage in healthy life choices also qualify.

Giving Circle of HOPE grants from the Break The Cycle Endowment Fund have funded such programs as:

  • Pathways to Careers Program supported by Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead.

  • Practical skills through carpentry, interior design, technology, and architecture, as well as career aspiration and success in school created by Space of Her Own (SOHO).

  • Girls on the Run program located at Weems Elementary School, Manassas, Virginia, builds self-esteem and provides mentors to 3rd and 4th grade girls.

  • FACETS Youth Leadership Project empowers youth to learn positive peer leadership roles which then encourage other young adults (their peers) to make safe and healthy decisions in their lives.

  • Alexandria Commission on Teen Pregnancy for the production of teen written and directed short films exposing the realities and hardships of teen pregnancy.