About us



The Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991, but our story actually begins in San Francisco in 1989. When an earthquake devastated the city, The San Francisco Community Foundation provided critical support for people in need. This event inspired Arlington resident, The Honorable William T. Newman, Jr., to establish a similar foundation in Arlington. Newman reached out to the community, and with seed money from the Freedom Forum, the Arlington Community Foundation was born.


The Foundation is an independent charitable organization that actively promotes, protects and improves the quality of life for those who live and work in Arlington. The Foundation provides philanthropic leadership and raises capital for grants and scholarships to address community needs now and in the future.


The Foundation is the philanthropic focal point in Arlington, serving donors, nonprofit organizations and the community.


The Foundation serves as a connector of donors to the causes they care about; a convener around community issues; and as a catalyst and community bank for organizations.

Quick Stats

The Foundation received gifts totaling over $3.4 million in 2016 from generous donors who want to improve life in Arlington County.

In 2017 the Foundation expects to award nearly $500,000 worth of scholarships to Arlington high school students.

Grants: The Foundation granted more than $1.18 million in 2016 and over $11.5 million since its inception to nonprofit organizations in Arlington County and beyond.

Funds: The Foundation currently administers approximately 150 charitable funds.

Focus Areas: The Foundation supports homelessness prevention, education, arts, youth and families in need.

Community Organizations Served: 75 local nonprofit organizations are served by the Community Foundation through our various grants programs.

Special Events: The Foundation hosts several special events each year — the Community Cup Golf Classic, the Arlington Home Tour, the Spirit of Community Award Luncheon, and the Spring Gala.

Staff: There are three full-time staff members.

Volunteers: Over 100 volunteers gave their time in 2016.