Member Spotlight: Joseph Maroon, Executive Director, Virginia Environmental Endowment

This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Joseph Maroon, Executive Director at Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE). Here’s a little about Joseph and his work in philanthropy:  Describe your philanthropic philosophy and how your philosophy shapes your work. I have been honored to serve in many leadership roles including with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the […]

What are VFN’s priorities for 2024?

As we enter VFN’s fourth year, we are most grateful for early advocates and the generous investments of members who believe in our mission to build a connected, collaborative philanthropic community that advances opportunities for all who call Virginia home. VFN’s Strategic Framework will continue to guide our work. A robust line up of member […]

Reflections from the 2023 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference

  “The missing middle.” “Make Virginia Home.” “Mission-focused housing development.” Pictured: VFN staff members Patte Koval and Robin Mockenhaupt attend the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference These are a few of the terms VFN team members Patte Koval and Robin Mockenhaupt heard at the 2023 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference, held November 15-17 in Hampton. The conference […]

2023 Regional Funders Gathering Wrap Up

Over the past four months, more than 200 funders came together across seven regions in the Commonwealth to explore ways to amplify the power of philanthropy in addressing the pressing needs of Virginia communities. During these VFN Regional Funder Gatherings (RFG), members learned from each other and discussed opportunities to work together to scale the […]

Member Spotlight: Dr. LaTonya Penny, Laughing Gull Foundation

Laughing Gull Foundation Durham, North Carolina Today’s “Member Spotlight” features Dr. LaTonya Penny, Chief Executive at the Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF). LGF is a progressive family foundation rooted in the South and committed to justice and committed to redistributing their resources to repair, re-humanize, and transform relationships, institutions, and systems. Pictured: Dr. Latonya Penny […]

Member Spotlight: Stephanie Randolph, Cassiopeia Foundation

Cassiopeia Foundation Charlottesville, Virginia Mission: Created in 1944, Cassiopeia’s designated mission is “for the betterment of mankind.” This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Stephanie Randolph, Deputy Director of the Cassiopeia Foundation and NEW Advisory Board member. Stephanie has also been deeply engaged in VFN’s impact investing space, serving as co-chair of our impact investing learning series in […]

Broadband Funding Guide Now Available

Broadband access – or lack thereof – impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. The pandemic drove this home in a way never before experienced. From being able to go to school and work online, to accessing healthcare and mental health services, to enabling civic participation, to supporting social connections, providing entertainment, and advancing quality […]

Member Spotlight: Dr. William A. Hazel, The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Location: Fairfax, Virginia Mission: The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation initiates and supports programs and partnerships that create opportunities for life success for under-resourced populations throughout the Commonwealth but with a special emphasis on Loudoun County. Website: This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Dr. William A. Hazel, Senior Deputy Executive Director of The Claude […]

Member Spotlight: Teri McNally, The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region

The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia Mission: The Community Foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of the Rappahannock River region. Our mission is to build a flourishing philanthropic community.      Website: This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Teri McNally, Executive Director of the The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock […]

Member Spotlight: Erin Matthews Thomas, Potomac Health Foundation

Potomac Health Foundation Location: Woodbridge, Virginia Mission: To improve the health of the community by increasing access to health care for the medically underserved. Website: This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Erin Matthews Thomas, Senior Program Officer of the Potomac Health Foundation (PHF). Here’s a little bit more about Erin and her work in philanthropy:    Describe your […]