Early in my career I had plenty of time to spend on volunteer projects, but as my career advanced and my family grew, those volunteer activities had to take a back seat. As a mother of two young children and a full-time employee at a large strategy and technology consulting firm, I don’t have as much time to dedicate to volunteerism, but my desire to help my community has not waned.
Two years ago, I learned about the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Future Fund--a giving circle for professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s--and decided it was a perfect match for my lifestyle.
When I first joined the Future Fund, it was in start-up mode, but that didn’t slow us down. In its first two years alone we raised more than $100,000 for local nonprofits. In 2012, we gave $54,000 to nonprofits focused on Child and Youth Development and this year we have already granted $58,000 to organizations focused on Poverty Relief.
And if pooling your money together with others to make a major impact on our local community is not enough fun for you, each spring the Future Fund membership throws a major party to celebrate the success we’ve had. This is my favorite night of the year---it’s a “gala” like none other in our area.
The Future Fund Annual Awards Gala attracts approximately 300 young locals who network while celebrating the great nonprofits in Northern Virginia. This year’s gala--an evening of great networking and dancing, that includes a silent auction—will be held at Artisphere in Rosslyn on May 3 from 8pm to midnight.
Being involved with the Future Fund gives me the flexibility I need as a working mom; I can be involved as little or as much as I want. In my first year of involvement, I only paid my membership dues yet still felt I was making a meaningful contribution to a great cause, without any guilt for missing committee meetings or volunteer activities. Now, I love working with my fellow Future Fund members so much, I serve on several committees and participate in our quarterly service projects. And I can’t wait to party with them come May 3!
Future Fund Annual Awards Gala
Friday, May 3, 2013. 8:00pm to Midnight.
Artisphere 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209
For more details on the Future Fund Gala and to buy tickets, visit the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia web site.
Check out photos from last year’s gala here.
To learn more about the Future Fund check out this 4-minute video.