How to Nominate a Nonprofit 

1. Look around your community for unmet needs. Talk to neighbors and friends. Which nonprofit organizations are making a difference, but need support to continue? 

2. If a specific organization comes to mind, check to see that it meets our eligibility criteria: 

  • Must be a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible. The organization must hold its own 501(c)3, not under a parent organization.

  • Must have an annual budget of $1,000,000 or less.

  • Must meet the mission of GCH to create positive change in Northern Virginia by directly benefitting people in need, where “need” refers to people who have low income, are disadvantaged or are underserved.

  • Must spend the donations solely in listed service areas.

  • Must be willing to send a report or representative to a future GCH meeting to report on the impact of the donations.

  • Must agree not to publish, give or sell any members names or solicit for additional contributions.

  • May not promote a particular religious or political ideology.

  • May not have received a GCH grant in the previous *2 years.

* see grantees from prior years here

3. Email us at least 2 weeks before our next scheduled meeting to let us know of your nomination. In your email, include the nominating checklist below (copy and paste into your email)

2021 Meeting Dates:                                                Nominations Due By:

February 11                                                                 January 28

May 20                                                                         May 6

August 19                                                                     August 5

November 18                                                              November 4



Name of Nonprofit Organization:              ________________________________________________

Nominated by:                            ________________________________________________




_____  Tax Exempt 501(c)3


_____ Annual Budget is $1 million or less


_____  Northern Virginia Focused and Meets GHC Mission


_____  Willing to Report on Use of Funds


_____  Has not received GCH funds in *2 years


_____  Not Politically/Religiously Affiliated


Initially a fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the Giving Circle of HOPE is a now a chapter of the 100 Who Care Alliance, an organization of over 650 giving circles making an impact in local communities throughout the world. GCH has invested more than $1.35 million dollars in the Northern Virginia community since its founding in 2004. The organization awards 4 grants annually, via a collective giving process, to  local nonprofits with budgets under $1 million.


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