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Connect Northern Virginia

Connect Northern Virginia ("Connect") is an on-line, community platform – a website – to help drive resources to address important community needs in Northern Virginia. Covering 9 jurisdictions, including the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park; and other towns and jurisdictions within the region, "Connect" is a resource of viable, searchable information that will benefit funders, companies and nonprofit organizations. "Connect"

  • Provides information about important community needs for public and private funders seeking to make a difference in their communities
  • Has extensive program and financial information about nonprofit organizations to guide corporate, government, foundation, and individual donors and funders
  • Contains links to information about funding opportunities, training workshops, in-kind support and other resources for nonprofits working to strengthen their organizations
  • Includes census data, organizational information, and lots of other reports and data for government and university research
  • Facilitates connections and dialogue that increase community engagement and contributions

For more information about Connect Northern Virginia, visit the website or contact Susan Sanow


Forceful Facts

Companies that Care

Ways to Give

  • The idea for "Connect" started from a listening project that Fairfax County OP3 initiated and grew to become a region wide initiative.
  • "Connect's online project management tools are an area for the community to meet and collaborate. It offers the opportunity to form groups and exchange information within those groups.
  • "Connect" is powered by a platform developed by National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) at the Urban Institute in Washington DC.
  • NCCS platform was developed with support from the Mott and Kresge Foundations and has been launched by public private consortia at the state level in New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Louisiana, and by local collaboratives in Brevard County, Florida; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and Louisiana

"Connect" is funded by a collaboration of companies, nonprofits and local governments. Urban Institute provides the platform for a paid subscription, but it has donated services to customize the site to meet the needs of Northern Virginia. George Mason Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Policy serves as the community administrator for the project.


Key funders to the site include the United Way of the National Capital Area, The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Mclean Community Foundation, the Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County Government, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun Human Services Network, Comstock Partners, Reston Hospital and Unanet.


Organizing partners have supported the site with time and talent during its development and rollout. These partners include The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Loudoun Cares, Fairfax County OP3, Volunteer Fairfax, and Nonprofit NoVa.



"Connect" is powered by the time, talent and resources from across the region. Funds to keep the site operative and competitive are needed. Support opportunities can be found on the "Connect" website, with options ranging from $750 to $25,000.

Additionally, volunteers with graphic, website and proofreading skills are needed to keep the site fresh and review the increasing content. Interested parties should contact Susan Sanow for more information.

During the soft launch, we invite you to take a look, register and check out your organizations' listing, try out the mapping features, post calendar items, use the classifieds to post items you need or have to donate that help address community issues. We welcome your feedback on how the site could be better. This is a community platform, to be developed and used for and by the community – including you!







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