GCOH Members.

Are you interested in MAKING A DIFFERENCE in Northern Virginia by strategically investing your philanthropic dollars, learning about important issues, helping others, and having fun with a purpose? SO ARE WE!

We would love to have you join our dynamic group! Like all giving circles, our members contribute time, talents, and money and collectively decide how to use them to create positive change. We make it easy to be engaged in the community. Each member is valued, welcomed, nurtured, and given opportunities to GIVE, SERVE, LEARN, and LEAD. Learn more About Us, Our Impact, and how to Get Involved.

If you are an exceptional nonprofit organization serving Northern Virginians and seeking funding for programs or capacity building, please visit our Grants section. Members and nonprofit organizations alike can benefit from our experience as long-time supporters and partners of local nonprofits and our involvement and leadership in national collective giving organizations.

Questions? See Membership FAQs, Grant FAQs, or Contact Us.

The Giving Circle of HOPE member survey for 2016

Pencils.Thank you for participating! Your responses have been tabulated and analyzed. The Guiding Circle has reviewed the results and is acting on what we learned.

Service Co-Coordinators Needed for Flashes of Hope Project

The Giving Circle of HOPE supports the work of the national organization Flashes of Hope. On a monthly basis, Giving Circle of HOPE’s Flashes volunteers visit Inova Children’s Hospital and the outpatient clinic run jointly by Children’s Hospital of DC and Inova to take beautiful photographs of children battling cancer and their families.

Flashes of Hope Coordinators reach out to contacts at the hospitals, our list of professional photographers, and our list of professional make up artists to set the dates of the shoots. We never have a problem coming up with a talented team! Shoots typically last about 3 hours. Paperwork is done on an iPad and is completed at the shoot. Distribution of the photos is through Flashes of Hope headquarters in Cleveland.

The shoots are always a joyful time – the kids have fun goofing around for the camera, the moms are thrilled to have a little TLC by the make up artists, and coordinators and volunteers get to watch it all and know that we are helping make very special memories! If you are interested in volunteering for Flashes or to help take the helm and become a Co-Coordinator, please email us.

Special thanks to our longtime Flashes of Hope Co-Coordinators, Tam Smith and Claire Thoms for their dedicated and inspiring service.

Celebrating with our 2015 Grant Recipients

Did you miss the celebration on May 13? Read all about it in our new blog!

Other blog articles cover:

  • philanthropy & giving circles
  • the Northern Virginia nonprofit landscape
  • recent GCH events


June 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Guiding Circle Retreat

July 11 from noon to 2 p.m.
Grant Application Orientation

August 12 at 5 p.m.
Grant Applications Due

Calendar of Events