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Community Foundation for Northern Virginia LEAF


Earlier this spring, the  Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund was established at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA) to support and promote the success of and civic engagement by the Latino community in our region, in our country, and in our democracy.

Inspired by a 2015 Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program report entitled “Unlocking Latino Civic Potential: 2016 and Beyond,” two Northern Virginia leaders, Paty Funegra and Diana Katz, formed a committee-advised fund at the CFNOVA to create a source of strategic, permanent funding that will strengthen and encourage the Latino community.“In just a generation, we Latinos will come from 18% of the population to 30% by 2060,” said Paty Funegra, President and CEO of La Cocina VA and co-founder of LEAF.  “It means that those people have to be invested in today.  We have to build bridges and create leaders, build networks for the everlasting quest to create a good society.”

After a special launch event held on April 13th, an anonymous donor stepped up to challenge the community to contribute by offering a matching gift.  Until September 1st this donor will double every dollar donated to LEAF -- up to $50,000.  And, if the community meets this challenge, the fund’s current asset base of $100,000 will be doubled for a total of $200,000 before the inaugural grant cycle begins in the fall. 

For more information please visit us at www.cfnova.org/leaf.

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  • According to Pew Research Center, 57% of all Latinos in the Virginia reside in Northern Virginia. That's over 400,000 of the 2.5 million people living in NOVA. 
  • CFNOVA makes approximately $4 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits every year.
  • Since 1978, CFNOVA has been a charitable partner with Northern Virginians, growing philanthropy to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the region.
  • Comprised of donor advised fund, permanent funds, giving circles, and other charitable endowments, the Community Foundation connects donors to community, and helps meet community needs with community resources.

The Fund launched on April 13th at an event the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia hosted at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in Tysons Corner, VA.  Keynote presenters included Javier Palomarez, President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Executive Director of the Latinos & Society Program at the Aspen Institute.  “This is a pivotal time for Hispanics in America as we represent the fastest growing demographic in the country,” said Mr. Palomarez.  “The Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund [has the potential to] help our brethren participate more profoundly in our democracy [by] providing the manpower and financial resources to create opportunities and better our community.”


For every donation to support this Fund, 75% will be placed in an endowment to forever benefit the Latino community and 25% will be leveraged for current grantmaking.

LEAF IMPACT CIRCLE: The LEAF Impact Circle represents those who invest in LEAF’s work with an annual gift of $1,000 or more.

LEAF FOUNDING AMBASSADORS: Gifts made prior to September 1 qualify for LEAF Founding Ambassador status.

Both groups are contributing more than money, they are growing strength and community awareness of and support for LEAF in its inaugural year.

Get involved by attending events such as the ongoing Innovation Breakfast Series, and the upcoming annual “Raise the Region” Gala on October 6, 2017.








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