MISSION

The Prince William County Community Foundation, Inc. (PWCCF) is dedicated to cultivating philanthropic support to ensure the ongoing well-being and vibrancy of Prince William County communities. Our commitment lies in enhancing the residents' quality of life by actively engaging in research and implementing solutions that contribute to the common good, fostering a resilient and thriving community for both present and future generations.

VISION

Forging the future of Prince William County through:

  • Investing in initiatives aligned with our mission

  • Fostering resilient communities

  • Pioneering innovative solutions with unwavering determination

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.

MISSION

The Prince William County Community Foundation, Inc. (PWCCF) is dedicated to cultivating philanthropic support to ensure the ongoing well-being and vibrancy of Prince William County communities. Our commitment lies in enhancing the residents' quality of life by actively engaging in research and implementing solutions that contribute to the common good, fostering a resilient and thriving community for both present and future generations.

VISION

Forging the future of Prince William County through:

  • Investing in initiatives aligned with our mission

  • Fostering resilient communities

  • Pioneering innovative solutions with unwavering determination

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.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

& CEO DR. VANESSA M. GATTIS

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DR. VANESSA M. GATTIS

PRESIDENT & CEO

Dr. Vanessa M. Gattis, a retired U.S. Army Colonel after almost 31 years of military service was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, but resides in Woodbridge, VA. She earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University, a M.S.S. from the U.S. Army War College, a M.Ed. from Howard University, and a B.A. from Wilberforce University.

Dr. Gattis is currently the President & CEO of the Prince William County Community Foundation, as well as an Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at the Washington, DC Campus. She has been married for 20 years to the love of her life Thomas and they have two sons, William, and TJ.

She believes GOD’s intent for her life was to always have a servant’s heart and to do HIS will, whatever that was. Her heart’s desire is that her love for GOD and experiences will be an inspiration to others while helping them to discover the greatness that lies within. Her life is guided by two of her favorite scriptures: Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”; and Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through CHRIST which strengthens me.”

LEADERSHIP

The 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 50,000 families, equating to more than 650,000 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.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO

DR. VANESSA M. GATTIS

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DR. VANESSA M. GATTIS

PRESIDENT & CEO

Dr. Vanessa M. Gattis, a retired U.S. Army Colonel after almost 31 years of military service was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, but resides in Woodbridge, VA. She earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University, a M.S.S. from the U.S. Army War College, a M.Ed. from Howard University, and a B.A. from Wilberforce University.

Dr. Gattis is currently the President & CEO of the Prince William County Community Foundation, as well as an Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at the Washington, DC Campus. She has been married for 20 years to the love of her life Thomas and they have two sons, William, and TJ.

She believes GOD’s intent for her life was to always have a servant’s heart and to do HIS will, whatever that was. Her heart’s desire is that her love for GOD and experiences will be an inspiration to others while helping them to discover the greatness that lies within. Her life is guided by two of her favorite scriptures: Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”; and Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through CHRIST which strengthens me.”

LEADERSHIP

The 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 50,000 families, equating to more than 650,000 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

Spark Foundation

(May 2024)

Walmart Community Grant Store #3588 (May 2024)

SPARK 2024

Business Partnership of the Year Award

(April 2024)

Walmart Community Grant Store #6371 (April 2024)

4Imprint One-by-One Grant (April 2024)

Human Rights Award 2024

PWCCF 2023 Interview with PiZetta Media

Proclamation
(Oct 2023)

Prince William Living

Influential Women!

(Jan 2023)

Walmart Community Grant Recipient

Facility #1852 & #3588

Woodbridge, VA

(March 2023)

Grant Recipient

(August 2022 & 2023)

Catalogue For Philanthropy

2022 - 2023

and 2021 - 2022

Grant Recipient

Potomac Health Foundation

(July 2023 & 2022)

Grant Recipient

(April 2023 & 2022)

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant 2022

Proclamation from Neabsco District Supervisor Victor Angry (January 2022)

Prince William Living Giving Back Award (November 2022)

General Dynamics

(May 2022)

Grant Recipient from Foresters Financial

(May 2022)

Grant Recipient from Prince William County Government (April 2022)

2021 Nonprofit of the Year (Oct 2021)

We Are a 2021 Business Award Winner!

We Are a 2021 Sojourner Truth Award Winner!

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

Spark Foundation

(May 2024)

Walmart Community Grant

Store #3588 (May 2024)

SPARK 2024

Business Partnership of

the Year Award (April 2024)

Walmart Community Grant

Store #6371 (April 2024)

4Imprint One-by-One Grant

(April 2024)

Human Rights

Award 2024

PWCCF 2023 Interview

with PiZetta Media

Proclamation
(Oct 2023)

Prince William Living

Influential Women!

(Jan 2023)

Walmart Community

Grant Recipient Facility

#1852 & #3588

Woodbridge, VA

(March 2023)

Grant Recipient

(August 2022 & 2023)

Catalogue For

Philanthropy 2022 - 2023

and 2021 - 2022

Grant Recipient

Potomac Health Foundation

(July 2023 & 2022)

Grant Recipient

(April 2023 & 2022)

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant 2022

Proclamation from Neabsco District Supervisor

Victor Angry (January 2022)

Prince William Living Giving

Back Award (November 2022)

General Dynamics

(May 2022)

Grant Recipient from

Foresters Financial

(May 2022)

Grant Recipient from Prince William County Government (April 2022)

2021 Nonprofit of the Year

(Oct 2021)

We Are a 2021 Business

Award Winner!

We Are a 2021 Sojourner

Truth Award Winner!

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