The Arlington Community Foundation's 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.

Since awarding the first two grants in 1993, the Foundation has increased its giving nearly every year. The formation of the Arlington Education Fund in 1995 and its scholarship program dramatically increased the Foundation's impact. As a result, the endowment has grown significantly as well.

Now, more than 20 years since the idea was conceived, the Arlington Community Foundation supports our diverse community through grants to both individuals and nonprofit organizations. The Foundation also offers individuals the opportunity to establish a legacy of philanthropy and give back to the community in a meaningful way.