One of our stated goals is to build a network that is a catalyst for positive change. We build this network by establishing relationships with our grantees and with foundations and agencies in private and public sectors that work towards the same goal. This birds-eye view allows us to see a landscape that the small nonprofits might not see. Our role is to identify patterns, make connections, and enable the conditions in which collaborations and initiatives for positive change can thrive. These are examples of our efforts:
Connecting nonprofit to nonprofit – encouraging collaborations that improve lives
The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP) provides equine-assisted activities to various constituencies in an inclusive, community setting. Friends of Guest House helps female ex-offenders in Northern Virginia make the difficult transition from incarceration back into the community. After meeting at a Giving Circle grantee celebration, NVTRP hosted an afternoon of riding lessons for the women of Guest House. The afternoon gave the women of Guest House a memorable experience to help them grow.
Connecting members’ talents to grantee needs
Members of the Giving Circle use their professional skills in service of our nonprofit partners. Recently, two members worked with the Centreville Immigration Forum to develop goals that better focus on the constituents that they serve. The goals have become the foundation for keeping the organization aligned and helping them prioritize their efforts.
Connecting a nonprofit to a new community
Connections for Hope is a nonprofit center that serves a high immigrant population in Herndon. VA. Empowered Women International (EWI) teaches entrepreneurial skills to immigrant women. Through our efforts, EWI was able to open a new office at Connections for Hope, bringing their successful program to a wider audience.
Connecting community organizations to service opportunities
ValeArts is a group of local artists who use the Vale School House to collectively show their art. The Giving Circle of HOPE tapped them and local businesses to help make the Embry Rucker Shelter family room into an appealing living space for the families living there.
Creating a new network of organizations to serve a critical need in Northern Virginia
Transportation for seniors aging in place is a critical need in Northern Virginia. A Giving Circle member working in the public sector connected us to the Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC) of Fairfax County. Together we targeted key local organizations to launch an initiative that would modernize volunteer transportation services for older adults throughout NoVA. This steering group built a network of service providers who will come together to serve their clients more efficiently. The program, NVRides, launched in Spring 2015.
Leading in local philanthropy
As leaders in the philanthropic community and advocates of new trends in philanthropy, the Giving Circle of HOPE and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia hosted a public seminar featuring Leslie Crutchfield, author of Do More than Give: How Donors Maximize Philanthropic Impact. The Giving Circle of HOPE followed up by committing to adopt these current principles of effective philanthropy.
See the list of our nonprofit partners to learn about their volunteer opportunities, applications, and contact information.