From Deborah Warren
GCAphotoFrom Deborah Warren, DCSW, Director of the Center for Children and Families in the City's Department of Community and Human Services, commends "The Giving Circle for "twelve years of earnest, thoughtful and generous support to ensure that the youngest and most vulnerable children in Alexandria have the opportunity to be successful in school and in life.... The Giving Circle's strategic and sustained investment will have a powerful impact on positive outcomes for our children for years to come."
From Giselle Pelaez
playgroupFrom Giselle Pelaez, Executive Director, Center for Alexandria's Children: "Thousands of Alexandria's Children are indebted to the Giving Circle for their vision and support. The Giving Circle's commissioned study and City-wide initiative validated the importance of developing the Center's Learn & PlayGroup Curriculum and their investment has expanded Learn & PlayGroups throughout the City for our youngest citizens and their families....We have been honored to serve as a partner and collaborator with the Giving Circle in ensuring that Alexandria's youngest children reach their full potential."
From Debra Collins

TGCJoyFrom Debra Collins, Deputy City Manager responsible for the oversight of Public Safety Agencies and the Department of Community and Human Services: "It is hard to believe that it has been 12 years since the Giving Circle was started. The product of the collective desire to create a way to impact the most vulnerable residents of our City…our children. By establishing a grassroots philanthropy strategy that said no dollar amount is too small to give. The Giving Circle created a ground swell that opened hearts and wallets. Generously supporting the Center for Alexandria’s Children and the Playgroup initiative that is thriving today. It is safe to say the Giving Circle has accomplished what it set out to do so many years ago. Thank you for your service to our children."

An Important Announcement from the Giving Circle of Alexandria

By | March 18, 2016

GCA_lgThe Giving Circle, where giving comes full circle, is announcing it will end the way it began, with collective minds and giving hearts.

The Giving Circle, established in 2004 as the Women’s Giving Circle of Alexandria, has officially achieved its ambitious goal to serve Alexandria’s children through a strategic and sustainable program. Thanks to you, our collective donations of $560,000 in programs and playgroups have touched thousands of Alexandria’s children and their parents. The strategic impact will be felt for many years to come.

To complete our mission, the Giving Circle fulfilled its commitment to the Center for Alexandria’s Children with a gift of $30,000-for a total of $195,000 over the past 7 years. We are using the remaining funds to make final gifts of $6,000 each to the following organizations, selected because of their commitment to supporting Alexandria’s youngest children through parental engagement:

– Healthy Families Alexandria,
– Reading Connection, and
– Family Links Program of Dream Dog Foundation.

With Giving Circle priorities now safely ensconced in the hands and missions of Alexandria’s finest nonprofits/charities, the spirit of the Giving Circle will live on through their work.

For us and for Alexandria’s families and children, the Giving Circle will always represent the power of unity and the limitless impact we can have on our community. Thank you for all of your help and support in making this possible!

The Giving Circle Board of Directors

Vote for your Board!

By | April 4, 2014

Modern hand raisingThe annual election cycle for a number of the Officer and Directors-at-Large positions of The Giving Circle of Alexandria is now underway.  In January, we asked members to consider nominating themselves or other members for open positions. The nominations period is now closed.

Who can vote in The Giving Circle’s 2014 election?

You are eligible to vote in the election if you make a contribution of $100 or more to The Giving Circle between January 1, 2013 and April 15, 2014.  If you are unsure whether you have contributed during that time, please send an e-mail to Beth DeLucenay for confirmation.

We will distribute ballots and other information for this year’s election of The Giving Circle’s Officers and Directors-at-Large in the third week of April.  If The Giving Circle has a current e-mail address for you and you are eligible to vote, you will receive your election materials by e-mail.  If we do not have a current email address for you, you will receive your election materials by post.

We look forward to receiving your vote and announcing the election results in May! 


Pamela Larson
Nominating and Election Coordinator

What if we all gave on one day?

By | April 3, 2014

Spring_2_ACTionsmWhat if we all gave on one day? We can!

On Wednesday, April 9th, our community will come together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving to support the amazing work of Alexandria charities through Spring2ACTion, hosted by ACT for Alexandria. Last year, Spring2ACTion raised $ 659,591 in one day for 97 nonprofits! Spring2ACTion is YOUR chance to make a real impact – every donation you make gives the Giving Circle of Alexandria a chance to win up to $40,000 in grants and prizes.

The Giving Circle of Alexandria supports programs in Alexandria that prepare at-risk children to start school ready-to-learn. Show your support by saving the date and making a donation online on April 9th at  Even better, click the link NOW and schedule your donation in advance!

Thank you for your support!

The Giving Circle to Sponsor Car Seat Inspection

By | October 30, 2013

Melanie Lugo from WIC talking to a mom

Melanie Lugo from WIC talking to a mom

On Saturday, November 2nd the Giving Circle will sponsor another car seat safety event at First Baptist Church of Alexandria located at 2932 King Street from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. Volunteers from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department and Prince William County Police Department and Fire and Rescue will join together to provide inspection services free of charge.

Help Ensure Every Child in Alexandria Starts School with a Backpack and School Supplies

By | July 30, 2013

school suppliesThe Family And Community Engagement (FACE) Center in Alexandria is running a Back-to-School Drive until August 19 to collect backpacks stuffed with school supplies for distribution at its annual Back to School Family Night at T.C. Williams. Anyone wishing to contribute may help as follows:

  • Between July 22 and August 21, donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off at a FACE donation box. There are many convenient locations.
  • Send gift cards from local retailers (Target, Walmart, Staples, Office Max or
  • CVS) to The FACE Center, T.C. Williams High School Room A123, 3330 King Street,  Alexandria, VA 22302. Gift cards will be used to purchase supplies to be distributed.
  • Volunteer to help sort school supplies on Tuesday, August 20, at T.C. Williams High School. Read more »

Giving Circle Sponsors Car Seat Inspection for Playgroup Families

By | June 12, 2013

On Saturday, June 8, The Giving Circle of Alexandria sponsored a successful car seat workshop at the First Baptist Church for families participating in Alexandria playgroups for low-income families. Many people worked together to make this event happen including volunteers from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, Arlington Sheriff’s Department, and Prince William County Police Department and Fire and Rescue. Tarsha Rice, playgroup coordinator for the Campagna Center; Carri Stoltz, playgroup coordinator for the Center for Alexandria’s Children; and Melanie Lugo from the Alexandria office of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program were also part of the workshop. This workshop provided an opportunity for us to give new car seats and boosters to families who needed them, for eligible families to learn about WIC and for the sheriffs to teach families how to use car seats to keep their children safe.

Thank you, everyone, for your hard work in providing a service that is difficult to come by in the City of Alexandria. The playgroup families were very appreciative of the workshop. This was collaboration at its finest!

More details at The Patch.

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