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.

‘‘When I Learn English, My Community Grows’: Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

Award-winning essay writers, giving back by tutoring other non-English speaking students, and a standing ovation for a Delegate’s personal story as a non-native English speaker were a few highlights of the Annual Recognition event of the LCNV, a GCH 2015 grant recipient, on June 21.Read all about it on our and subscribe to receive entries to your email!

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.

Evelyn Mercantini

Evelyn242x285It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Evelyn Mercantini on Monday, July 11. Evelyn joined the Giving Circle in 2012 and served as co-chair of Empty Bowls among other activities.  We will miss Evelyn’s charm, energy and enthusiasm. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband John and her entire family.


There are no more events in July.

August 9 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Book Circle

August 12 at 5 p.m.
Grant Applications Due

September 13 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Guiding Circle + Committee Chairs Meeting

September 21 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Picnic and New Member Orientation

Calendar of Events


Volunteers are needed for A Simple Gesture from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
This is a door-to-door food collection program. Donors receive a really cool, green bag, which they fill with non-perishable food items. Pick up the bags from donors and/or unload the food and stock shelves at Cornerstones. Next dates are October 1 and December 3. Please contact them to volunteer.

Other opportunities with our grantees