The Arlington Community Foundation Prize for Innovation and Impact to be awarded to three Arlington Nonprofits

October 17, 2011

For Immediate Release

Inquiries: Wanda L. Pierce                                                                            

 Executive Director     

(703) 243-4785


The Arlington Community Foundation Prize for Innovation and Impact to be awarded to three Arlington Nonprofits.


Arlington Partnership for affordable Housing, Greenbrier Learning Center and Leadership Arlington set to received prize at December 5th luncheon  


October 17, 2011 -   The board of trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation (ACF) voted to present the organization's first-ever ACF Prize for Innovation and Impact to three Arlington nonprofits - the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), the Greenbrier Learning Center and Leadership Arlington.  Each organization will receive a $10,000 share of a $30,000 prize.

Originally the board had approved a $20,000 prize.  When the voting among the three finalists resulted in a three-way tie, instead of splitting a $20,000 prize, the board elected to raise the prize amount to $30,000 -- thereby awarding each organization $10,000.

ACF Board President Jim Whittaker said "given this surprising situation of a dead-even three way tie, we dug deep to increase the pool so we can award $10,000 to each of these superb organizations. The times call for digging deep!"

"Our wonderful conundrum of a three-way tie shows the array of community needs and causes and the wonderful Arlington nonprofits addressing them" said trustee Chuck Bean.

The three winning organizations address very different community needs and all have demonstrated both innovation and impact in their respective areas as follows:

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) exemplifies innovation by its creative approach to providing affordable housing.  Due to skyrocketing land values, Arlington has lost 10,000 market affordable homes over the last decade.  The need for affordable housing has never been greater. APAH has built the skills, track record and expertise to play a major role in preserving affordability and diversity in Arlington County and serving low income residents. To date, APAH has already created 995 households in Arlington, and has another 122 in their development pipeline. 

 APAH is an innovative leader in housing the homeless.  APAH was Virginia's first provider of independent housing for persons with serious mental illness, launching the County's widely -regarded supportive housing program.  APAH's award-winning partnership with Doorways for Women and Families houses clients transitioning to independent living.  APAH's growing resident services program brings the community's rich resources to underserved residents.  Programs address resident needs including food security, wellness and English language instruction.  APAH provides ongoing guidance, development and planning expertise to Arlington County and community leaders. 

Greenbrier Learning Center fosters academic achievement and social-emotional development of 3rd - 5th grade students in south Arlington, as well as outreach and support to youth, parents, and community members, and is exceptionally well-poised to have a significant impact on the Arlington Community and, in particular children and families from low-income, immigrant tand refugee households.  In the last four years, GLC has steadily increased its impact, both in quaintly and quality.  Specifically, GLC has more than doubled the number of children it directly serves through its Learning ROCKS! after school and summer program, provides direct service to children in their classrooms and indirectly supports overall student success in its four partnership schools. It s array of parent support and community support programs as well as its effective use of  volunteers resources, support student learning  These actions resulted in a strong program and clear goals and outstanding results for more than 470 Arlington residents each year.

Leadership Arlington - As a partner in the Arlington community, Leadership Arlington empowers local leaders to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.  The organization's innovative continuum of leadership training ensures that leaders at any age level are equipped with tools to meet Arlington needs.  Leadership Arlington's programming itself is creative response to Arlington's most pressing demands.  The Signature program is the springboard for the organization's significant impact in the community with over 700 diverse leaders having graduated.  Leadership Arlington has had a constant trajectory of innovation, with programming that has expanded to include the Youth Program, Young Professionals Program, Executive Forums and the Leadership Institute of Northern Virginia. The result has been a magnification of Leadership Arlington's impact in the community with programs designed to meet community needs and inspire volunteerism, philanthropy and civic engagement in the community's leaders.

Twenty-one Arlington nonprofits competed for The Arlington Community Foundation Prize for Innovation and Impact, a new award to an Arlington-based nonprofit organization(s) that, in partnership with the Arlington Community Foundation, has the ability to change lives and make a lasting difference in Arlington County.  

This special award celebrates the Foundation's 20th Anniversary and highlights its Campaign for Arlington.  The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the Ashton Heights Woman's Club Fund for support of this Prize.  Through the Prize's association with the Campaign for Arlington, the Foundation hopes to "light a prairie fire of giving" in Arlington.  

The Campaign for Arlington has a goal of raising $15 million to increase ACF's ability to make a lasting difference in the lives of those who live and work in Arlington.  This Prize, coupled with the Campaign for Arlington, signals a new era for the Arlington Community Foundation. 

The awards will be presented at the annual Spirit of Community Luncheon on Monday December 5th at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel as the Arlington Community Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary.

For more information about these awards or for luncheon sponsorship and ticket information, please contact the Foundation at 703-234-4785 or visit our website:

Founded in 1991, 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. The Arlington Community Foundation has awarded over $2million in college scholarships to more than 600 Arlington students and over $4million in grants to nonprofits and schools.   For more information on the Arlington Community Foundation please visit our website at or call 703.243.4785.