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The Virginia Funders Network (VFN) is newly-formed statewide membership association composed of nearly 120 philanthropic organizations working to build a connected, collaborative philanthropic community that advances opportunities for all Virginians. Each year, our members invest more than $350 million to support Virginia’s most pressing community needs in areas such as education, health, housing, economic vitality, and social justice. VFN enhances the effectiveness of our members’ work through networking, collaboration, learning, and leverage.
Our member organizations include all types of grantmaking organizations investing in Virginia, including private, independent, and community foundations; corporate giving programs; donor-advised funds; governmental grantmakers; United Ways, giving circles, and other grantmaking public charities. While each of our members is an independent entity and each maintains its own diverse funding interests, collectively we share a vision of a Commonwealth where all Virginians can thrive. For a list of members, visit the Member Directory.
In 2017, a small group of funders came together to advance an idea: Virginia ’s philanthropic community could reach an unprecedented level of effectiveness if grantmakers across the state worked together to tackle the Commonwealth’s most pressing needs and capitalize on opportunities. Launched in 2020, VFN provides philanthropic leaders with opportunities to network and learn together, collaborate on funding solutions, and leverage collective knowledge and action. The goal of our work is improved outcomes in areas such as education, health, housing, economic stability, and social justice.
Each year, VFN hosts dozens of learning and networking events that help members identify and address the critical needs and exciting opportunities facing the Commonwealth and its residents. These events build community among the state’s philanthropic leaders and provide a robust arena for idea exchange, collective problem-solving, and the development of collaborative solutions. For a full list of events, visit the Event Calendar.