The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, United Way of the National Capital Region and Deloitte Consulting, releases study on needs of Northern Virginia’s veterans

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As part of their work throughout the region, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA), in order seek a better understanding of the specific needs of Northern Virginia’s Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans (also referred to as “post-9/11 veterans”), worked with Deloitte Consulting to prepare the report “Supporting Our Region’s Veterans – Assessing the Network of Services Available for Post-9/11 Veterans and their Families in Northern Virginia”. The report was presented at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce on June 13 before an audience of business, nonprofit, and veterans organization representatives who are seeking a unified approach to serving area veterans and their families. Elieen Ellworth, President, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, (left), and Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way NCA, (right), recognize Justin Obbagy and Kelly Waldron of Deloitte for their work in preparing the report.

 Commits to multi-year funding collaborative to support coordination of services

Contributed by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Oakton, VA (June 9, 2014) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the United Way of the National Capital Area and with the support of Deloitte Consulting, released “Supporting Our Region’s Veterans,” a report that assesses the demographics and network of support services available for post-9/11 war veterans, transitioning service members, and military families in the Northern Virginia region. The report is one of a series of publications commissioned by the Community Foundation to inform, inspire meaningful dialogue, and increase philanthropic and public investment surrounding critical community needs. It was developed to gain a more sophisticated, data-driven understanding of support available to Northern Virginia’s veterans, and to provide the Community Foundation, United Way NCA, and other local community-based organizations and philanthropists with the insights needed to strategically target and coordinate grant dollars toward the greatest needs. The full report can be downloaded from http://www.cfnova.org.

Deloitte Consulting invested over $80,000 in pro-bono support to perform the research and publish the report, leveraging their considerable skills, knowledge, and personal dedication to produce a study that will serve as a tremendous resource not only to government service providers, but to nonprofit organizations and to philanthropists working to meet the needs of local military veterans. “Deloitte has been a tremendous collaborator and has identified local needs for military veterans and their families, and the findings will help shape the philanthropic landscape in this arena,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. “The quality of the research and the dedication of the study team produced a high quality report which we are proud to present.”

The basic findings of this three-year study indicate that although veterans in our area are well supported at the macro-level with access to a wide variety of government and nonprofit services, there are several ways that the local philanthropic sector can target its dollars to better support the needs of Northern Virginia’s veterans at the micro-level. Veterans in particular find services to be overly complex and sometimes difficult to access. Greater coordination between government and nonprofit providers to create a seamless web of services would improve the lives of veterans and military families.

As an immediate response, the Community Foundation has issued an RFP through its Military Fund to support coordination of services for military veterans in the region. Applications were due on May 28th, and a committee of volunteers is reviewing the proposals to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors before June 30, 2014. This grant is intended to coordinate the efforts of service providers and streamline access to services.
The Community Foundation has publicly committed to long-term support of this initiative by joining over 30 philanthropic organizations and corporations through the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, a national initiative with pledges totaling more than $170 million over the next five years to support veterans and military families. It is also working in partnership with individuals, corporations and other philanthropic organizations to collaborate on its grantmaking initiatives.

“Northern Virginia is home to one of the most densely populated veteran communities in America. We are investing in an initiative that supports veterans and their families in a very direct way,” said Ellsworth. “By partnering with government and nonprofit organizations and collaborating with funders in the region, we are fostering relationships amongst service providers and helping veterans navigate the rich support services available to them in Northern Virginia.”

About the United Way of the National Capital Area:
Focusing on the critical areas of education, financial stability and health, United Way of the National Capital Area and its nonprofit members not only provide immediate relief of social problems affecting the community, but also work to alleviate the underlying causes of these issues. Serving the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties for 40 years, United Way of the National Capital Area works to inspire acts of caring, deliver hope and improve lives.

For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit www.unitedwaynca.org, follow the organization on Twitter @UWNCA or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/unitedwaynca.

About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia:
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a public charity that grows philanthropy to help meet the most critical needs of the community. Comprised of giving circles, donor advised funds, community investment funds and scholarship funds, the Community Foundation engages donors and grantees in building the Northern Virginia community, and engages in research to assess the region’s critical needs.

During FY2013, the Community Foundation:
Awarded $2.2 million in grants to nonprofits, interfaith groups and schools addressing critical community needs
Awarded $240,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors in our region
Reported approximately $32 million in philanthropic funds established by individual and corporate donors.

For more information about the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, visit www.cfnova.org, follow them on Twitter @CFNova, or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/CommunityFoundationforNOVA.

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