Media Kit


The Giving Circle of HOPE creates positive change in Northern Virginia through engaged and collective philanthropy.

History and Awards

The Giving Circle of HOPE was founded in January 2004 by four civic-minded women and has grown to over 100 members with nearly a million dollars invested in the Northern Virginia community. Find more details.


The Giving Circle of HOPE is governed by a Guiding Circle which includes:

  • Governance: Cyndi Shanahan and Suzanne Weiss
  • Finance: Rosemary Theurer
  • Grants: Sheila Morris and Donna Whitaker
  • Membership: Jean Wyman
  • Outreach: Joy Myers
  • Programs: Victoria Stuppy
  • Records: Jacquie Garland

The Giving Circle of HOPE is a giving circle managed under the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia.

Grants Awarded

Fifty-nine project and capacity building grants have been awarded since 2004 totaling over $1,000,000 to local nonprofit organizations with budgets under $2 million. See the complete list of awardees.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Empty Bowls is the annual fundraising event hosted by The Giving Circle of HOPE to help fight hunger and food insecurity in our community. The funds raised benefit Food For Others, one of our nonprofit partners. Thus far, a total revenue of over $250,000 has resulted from the Giving Circle of HOPE’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Service Programs

Over the years, the Giving Circle of HOPE has been involved in a number of service programs. Currently, we participate in two.

  • Kids’ Club
  • A Simple Gesture of Reston

We encourage new service programs and we volunteer as individuals with our nonprofit partners where our expertise and knowledge best match their needs.

Digital Community

Logo and Photos

High resolution versions of our logo and photos are available on request to

Media Coverage

Fact Sheet (2016)
Samples are available including articles and video.

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