ABOUT

Prince William County Community Foundation (PWCCF) is a Prince William County, Virginia-based, non­profit founded in 2018 by Dr. Vanessa Gattis, a county resident dedicated to helping to improve the quality of life and providing sensible solutions in our community. With a variety of initiatives focused on the social, environmental, and economic health of Prince William County residents, PWCCF endeavors to be at the forefront of improving the quality of life in our community and championing solutions that advance the common good. PWCCF’s services portfolio includes initiatives in the areas of healthcare, education, well­being, and food insecurity. The Foundation also created and sponsor a monthly Community Conversation where PWCCF connects our residents with thoughtful conversations on relevant topics that affect our community every day.


An emerging need in Prince William County is the lack of an adequate or consistent food supply experienced by over 14,000 children daily. Though all PWCCF’s programs have a distinct impact on county residents, the demand for our initiative addressing the local food insecurity epidemic has grown exponentially as we progress through the years. Placing ourselves at the forefront of eradicating regional food insecurity, PWCCF works with residents, the Prince William County Schools, local businesses, and non­profit organizations, and other community partners in high­ need sections across Prince William County to make it easier for food­ insecure county residents to acquire and prepare food that is desired, usable, and nutritious. We also work to increase the capacity among individuals and local organizations to move toward a food ­secure future for all. Our most prominent initiative focused on eradicating hunger is our Combating Hunger on Wheels (C.H.O.W.) Initiative that supports the over 14,000 food­ insecure Prince William County children and residents by placing nutritionally adequate foods right in their hands through mobile distribution and community outreach. Since the start of the C.H.O.W. Initiative in 2019, PWCCF has served over 8,000 families, equating to more than 150,000 meals served to County residents.


At PWCCF, not only do we work hard to bring more healthy food to our neighbors in need, but we also believe it is essential to teach the basics of healthy living and choices. As a supplement to our C.H.O.W. Initiative, PWCCF’s Health and Wellness Initiative works to collectively help improve the health and well­being of the residents in Prince William County. In collaboration with other community entities, PWCCF provides information and shares resources with other healthcare establishments to develop a plan that would collectively improve and promote strategies to improve the health of County residents.


Lastly, we also support local youth to prepare themselves for long­ term self-sufficiency and post­secondary success by promoting the value of education locally. PWCCF’s scholarship programs have recognized numerous youths in the Prince William County area as we look to support the leaders of tomorrow.


Youth scholarship recipients are recognized publicly through scholarship events or luncheons and receive ongoing mentorship from PWCCF personnel as they continue to progress through their education. To date, PWCCF has awarded PWC high school seniors more than $10,000 in scholarships awards.


This year, PWCCF supported educators through their inaugural Micro­Grant program. Five PWC educators received $250 grants each for their perseverance and commitment to student learning.


Other accolades for 2020­-2021:


  • Recently selected for the 2021­-2022 Catalogue for Philanthropy – Washington, DC as one of the Best local nonprofits in the DMV


  • Recipient of the PWC Chamber of Commerce 2021 Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award – Health and Human Services (Nonprofit of the Year)


  • Recipient of the George Mason University 2021 Sojourner Truth Award for recognition of social justice in our community


  • One of 250 Finalist for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant (over 2,000 applicants)


  • Tweet recognition on ABC 7 Salutes – Show Us Something Good for distributing food every week since the beginning of the COVID­19 pandemic

Prince William County Community Foundation (PWCCF) is a Prince William County, Virginia-based, non­profit founded in 2018 by Dr. Vanessa Gattis, a county resident dedicated to helping to improve the quality of life and providing sensible solutions in our community. With a variety of initiatives focused on the social, environmental, and economic health of Prince William County residents, PWCCF endeavors to be at the forefront of improving the quality of life in our community and championing solutions that advance the common good. PWCCF’s services portfolio includes initiatives in the areas of healthcare, education, well­being, and food insecurity. The Foundation also created and sponsor a monthly Community Conversation where PWCCF connects our residents with thoughtful conversations on relevant topics that affect our community every day.


An emerging need in Prince William County is the lack of an adequate or consistent food supply experienced by over 14,000 children daily. Though all PWCCF’s programs have a distinct impact on county residents, the demand for our initiative addressing the local food insecurity epidemic has grown exponentially as we progress through the years. Placing ourselves at the forefront of eradicating regional food insecurity, PWCCF works with residents, the Prince William County Schools, local businesses, and non­profit organizations, and other community partners in high­ need sections across Prince William County to make it easier for food­ insecure county residents to acquire and prepare food that is desired, usable, and nutritious. We also work to increase the capacity among individuals and local organizations to move toward a food ­secure future for all. Our most prominent initiative focused on eradicating hunger is our Combating Hunger on Wheels (C.H.O.W.) Initiative that supports the over 14,000 food­ insecure Prince William County children and residents by placing nutritionally adequate foods right in their hands through mobile distribution and community outreach. Since the start of the C.H.O.W. Initiative in 2019, PWCCF has served over 8,000 families, equating to more than 150,000 meals served to County residents.


At PWCCF, not only do we work hard to bring more healthy food to our neighbors in need, but we also believe it is essential to teach the basics of healthy living and choices. As a supplement to our C.H.O.W. Initiative, PWCCF’s Health and Wellness Initiative works to collectively help improve the health and well­being of the residents in Prince William County. In collaboration with other community entities, PWCCF provides information and shares resources with other healthcare establishments to develop a plan that would collectively improve and promote strategies to improve the health of County residents.


Lastly, we also support local youth to prepare themselves for long­ term self-sufficiency and post­secondary success by promoting the value of education locally. PWCCF’s scholarship programs have recognized numerous youths in the Prince William County area as we look to support the leaders of tomorrow.


Youth scholarship recipients are recognized publicly through scholarship events or luncheons and receive ongoing mentorship from PWCCF personnel as they continue to progress through their education. To date, PWCCF has awarded PWC high school seniors more than $10,000 in scholarships awards.


This year, PWCCF supported educators through their inaugural Micro­Grant program. Five PWC educators received $250 grants each for their perseverance and commitment to student learning.


Other accolades for 2020­-2021:


  • Recently selected for the 2021­-2022 Catalogue for Philanthropy – Washington, DC as one of the Best local nonprofits in the DMV
  • Recipient of the PWC Chamber of Commerce 2021 Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award – Health and Human Services (Nonprofit of the Year)
  • Recipient of the George Mason University 2021 Sojourner Truth Award for recognition of social justice in our community
  • One of 250 Finalist for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant (over 2,000 applicants)
  • Tweet recognition on ABC 7 Salutes – Show Us Something Good for distributing food every week since the beginning of the COVID­19 pandemic

The C.H.O.W. initiative offers multi­ layered support to County residents most in need of resources to combat food insecurity and hunger. A child’s ability to realize their future potential is often dependent on the resources they have today. Children exposed to food insecurity are of particular concern to PWCCF and our C.H.O.W. Initiative given the implications scarce food resources pose to a child’s health and development. Children who are food insecure are more likely to be hospitalized and may be at higher risk for developing chronic diseases such as obesity as a result in lower quality diet, anemia, and asthma.


In addition, food­ insecure children may also be at higher risk for behavioral and social issues including fighting, hyperactivity, and anxiety, and bullying. To help these economically disadvantaged children, PWCFF will transport meals to neighborhood children in need to help combat the food insecurity that exists in our community.

Our Founder

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO

DR. VANESSA M. GATTIS

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Working Together

The Prince William County Community Foundation uses a governance model that provides a thoughtful framework to help guide our volunteer board of directors in determining the strategic direction of the PWCC Foundation and creating a vision for our work in Prince William County. Directors are chosen for their sensitivity to and knowledge of the county’s key issues and are appointed/selected by our Community Foundation Members.

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Working Together

The Prince William County Community Foundation uses a governance model that provides a thoughtful framework to help guide our volunteer board of directors in determining the strategic direction of the PWCC Foundation and creating a vision for our work in Prince William County. Directors are chosen for their sensitivity to and knowledge of the county’s key issues and are appointed/selected by our Community Foundation Members.


The Board is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the Foundation. In conjunction with our ends statement, the means are staff activities controlled through a set of written policies that clearly define limitations. Because the staff has tremendous flexibility within these limitations, they can be responsive to community needs and opportunities.

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COPYRIGHT © 2021 PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (PWCCF), INC. - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Our Partners

Subscribe with your email address to receive news and updates.

Contact Information

Call us Toll Free (800) 455-4773

info@pwccfoundation.org

Prince William County Community Foundation, Inc.


P.O. Box 5148, Woodbridge, VA 22194

COPYRIGHT © 2021 PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (PWCCF), INC. - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.