• Making a difficult decision at the Alternative Give Market.
  • Grantee project on job skills and assistance.
    Grantee project on job skills and assistance.
  • Joan raises a glass to toast.
    A toast to $1M given in grants.
  • Empty Bowls fundraiser helps fight hunger in our community.
    Empty Bowls fundraiser will be April 28, 2017.

Ten Highlights of 2016

"A Million Better Tomorrows" sums up our wish for everyone as we look back at the Giving Circle of HOPE over 2016. It was a year full of grant awards, volunteer opportunities, educational events, and organizational change. Thank you all for your work and support to make our community stronger. Read our latest blog entry called Ten Highlights of 2016 and share your own Giving Circle highlights in the comments.

And the 2016 grant awards go to . . .

  • Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Advocating for Abused/Neglected Youth
  • Friends of Guest House for Workforce Development Project Pilot
  • Josh Anderson Foundation for Our Minds Matter: Website Development
  • La Cocina Virginia for Free Bilingual Culinary Job Training, Placement & Food Assistance
  • NAMI Nova for Peer Support of Youth and Adults Living with Mental Health Conditions
  • OAR Arlington for Employment Assistance for Individuals Returning Home After Incarceration
  • The Reading Connection for Growing Fairfax Readers
  • Women Giving Back for Women Giving Back Transportation Project

Many thanks go to the Grants Co-Chairs, Sheila Morris and Donna Whitaker, and to the Grants Committee. Congratulations to our newest grantees.

Read about these nonprofits and all those who reached the review cycle this year. Discover all the nonprofits which have received grants from the Giving Circle since we began in 2004.

With this grant cycle, the Giving Circle of HOPE crossed a $1M milestone in grants given over our 12 year history.


Join our dynamic group to make a difference by strategically investing your philanthropic dollars in Northern Virginia and learning about needs in your local community. 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.


7 p.m.
Location: Email us
Book Circle
Title: A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley

10 a.m. - noon
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Women successfully reentering the community after incarceration
Education Program: the Giving Circle of HOPE & Reston-Herndon Branch of AAUW
Location: Refraction (Reston Town Center)
11911 Freedom Drive 8th Floor
Event and Parking: Free
Contributions accepted for Friends of Guest House:
• Women’s underwear (especially larger sizes),
• BJ’s gift cards,
• Smart Trip cards for the women to get to jobs.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Guiding Circle Strategy Meeting

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Planning Meeting: Empty Bowls 2017
Location: Cornerstones

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Planning Meeting: Empty Bowls 2017
Location: Cornerstones

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Planning Meeting: Empty Bowls 2017
Location: FLORIS UMC

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Empty Bowls 2017 Event
Location: Floris United Methodist Church

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