Released 2024

2023 Year In Review

As we move into what we anticipate being another busy year, we invite you to reflect on the successes of 2023. Please take a few minutes to read our newly released 2023 Year in Review to learn more about how we:

  • Began to implement the 2023-25 Strategic Framework.
  • Hosted dozens of learning and networking opportunities – including our second annual conference – to help funders learn from experts and each other.
  • Strengthened our financial infrastructure for long-term sustainability.


We also celebrate the commitment of two of our inaugural founders, Mark Constantine and Patricia Mathews, as they ended their terms in December 2023. Click here to read more.

Released 2023

Virginia Philanthropy's Response to the Challenges Facing Older Adults

“Virginia Philanthropy’s Response to the Challenges Facing Older Adults” is a report highlighting the need for philanthropic resources to support the growing population of older adults. Using a field scan survey of 24 funders, the report analyzes current work being done in philanthropy to address challenges faced by older Virginians and identifies where investments are needed to ensure older adults are able to age in place…read more!

Released 2022

2022 Year in Review

VFN and our members accomplished so much together in our sophomore year!  Check out our 2022 Annual Report to learn how we: 

    1. Built a vision for the future
    2. Fostered a vibrant network, and
    3. Laid a solid foundation for our new organization

2023-2025 Strategic Framework

Throughout 2022, VFN embarked on its first-ever strategic planning process. This member-driven, member-led process incorporated the ideas and input of more than 80% of VFN’s member organizations. The resulting plan, presented here, will drive and shape the organization’s work over the next three years.

Virginia's Connected Future: A guide for funders and philanthropists to address digital divides in the Commonwealth

With nearly half-a-million households across Virginia still lacking adequate broadband access, many Virginia funders have recognized that advancing their missions are inextricably linked to overcoming digital divides. This guide provides funders with a high-level, plain-language overview of broadband developments in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a focus on the pandemic years of 2020-2022. 

Released 2021

2021 Year in Review

VFN had a great inaugural year! Check out our Annual Report to learn how we worked with members this year to advance our mission of building a connected, collaborative philanthropic community that advances opportunities for all Virginians. Specifically, we focused on:

    1. Building a solid foundation,
    2. Fostering a vibrant network, and
    3. Leveraging the power of the network

The Power and Potential of Policy and Advocacy: A Report for Virginia Funders

Increasingly, grantmakers are engaging in and funding policy and advocacy strategies and activities as a way to achieve their goals and increase their social impact. In an effort to better understand this trend, VFN conducted a field scan of policy and advocacy organizations and resources in Virginia. The resulting report provides an overview of the current state of policy and advocacy efforts and organizations in the Commonwealth and answers key questions for VFN and its members. 

ARPA Toolkit for Virginia Funders

ARPA’s investment in the Commonwealth has the potential to reduce pandemic-related hardships experienced by many Virginians and begin to set the stage for a strong recovery that benefits all of our state’s communities and residents.  At VFN, we believe that philanthropy has an opportunity to work in partnership with local and state government officials as they begin to make allocation decisions to ensure the strategic allocation of these public dollars to help Virginians thrive in a post-pandemic world.

We are pleased to release this toolkit and resource guide designed to help funders across Virginia engage in the strategic allocation, distribution, and use of ARPA funds in their local communities.