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Community Foundation of N.Va. grants to boost young women

Three organizations receive funding in latest round through Business Women's Giving Circle

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia through its Business Women’s Giving Circle has awarded a total of $55,000 to three organizations making a difference in the lives of young women and girls in the region.

Receiving grants were:

• Boolean Girl Inc. (serving Arlington County), $15,000 to support a STEM Clubhouse that provides a fun and supportive community for elementary school girls. Girls will explore coding and engineering and engage in hands-on creative learning. The clubhouse seeks to encourage girls to develop and pursue their interests in STEM by providing peer support and mentors.

• Sustainability Matters/EcologiGALS (serving Fairfax County), $20,000 to support a program that immerses middle- and high-school girls in environmental science through hands-on field work, classroom education, mentorship by college conservation majors and connections with female environmental leaders.

• Talent for Tomorrow Alliance/Year Up National Capital Region (serving Northern Virginia), $20,000 in support of STEM training for 140 women to provide technical-skills assistance, industry-specific based-certifications, internships and wraparound support to prepare women for in-demand jobs.

Founded in 1978, the Community Foundation has been the premier charitable partner trusted by thousands of generous Northern Virginians for decades. For information, see the Website at