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Mission

The Arlington Community Foundation uses the power of philanthropy and its role as community convener and catalyst to improve the quality of life in Arlington and beyond.

Overview

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

About the Arlington Community Foundation

Since 1991 the Arlington Community Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants and scholarships and created a source of philanthropic capital to address the ongoing needs of our community.  The Foundation is available to individuals and families, as well as businesses and organizations interested in investing funds in support of the Arlington community now and in perpetuity. The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees consisting of prominent business, civic and community leaders.

Our Founding

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.

Quick Stats

The Foundation holds assets totaling more than $20 million.

Grants:  In fiscal year 2018, it awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to nonprofits. Approximately $500,000 worth of scholarships to Arlington high school students is awarded annually.

Funds: The Foundation currently administers more than 150 separately named charitable funds. These funds range from very flexible to very specific in purpose.

Focus Areas: The Foundation supports the full spectrum of charitable needs and purposes in Arlington County, including homelessness prevention, education, arts, youth and families in need.

Community Organizations Served: Nonprofit organizations based in or serving Arlington County are served by the Community Foundation through its various grants programs. Advisors to Donor-advised funds may suggest grants to any nonprofit organization in good standing and recognized as charitable by the Internal Revenue Service.

Special Event: The Foundation hosts the Spirit of Community Award Luncheon annually to recognize the William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award recipient for that year. This award recognizes an individual, organization or corporation that has demonstrated a tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the quality of life in Arlington. The nomination period is open until Friday, June 28, 2019 with the winner recognized at the Spirit of Community Award Luncheon on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
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Volunteers: We solicit volunteers to support our scholarship program and for special projects as needed.