Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Philanthropy Opportunity for Young Arlingtonians

The CVNers who volunteer to help non-profits serve the Arlington community understand the value of giving their time. For some of us in our 20s or 30s, this is the most practical method of giving back to the community. For some of the same young Arlingtonians and for many others, philanthropic giving or giving of treasure, is equally important.

For those interested in expanding or maximizing their philanthropic giving, I’d like to share information about a new initiative. I’m working with several organizations in Arlington, such as the Arlington Community Foundation, CVN, and Leadership Arlington, to set up a philanthropic giving circle. To put it more simply, I’m working with these groups to set up an opportunity for young Arlingtonians (20 and 30 somethings) to pool their financial resources to make a greater philanthropic impact on the needs of the Arlington community. The members of this giving circle would 1) donate to a collective fund, 2) work together to select a cause or category each year (i.e. education, homelessness, hunger) 3) evaluate and then distribute grants to selected Arlington non-profits. It’s a great way to turn your individual donation into a much larger donation with an even larger impact.

In addition to the community impact described above, the giving circle would be a great opportunity for young Arlingtonians interested in giving back to get to know each other socially and professionally (networking), and learn more about philanthropy and the needs of the Arlington community.

If you think you might be interested in getting involved in this effort to give back to your community, please send an email to I think this is a great opportunity for Arlingtonians in their 20s and 30s (almost half of the total county population) to expand their impact in the community. I look forward to hearing from you!



Kellen MacBeth
Former CVN Monthly Volunteer Chair

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