GFFN Philanthropy

For the past three years, Great Falls Friends and Neighbors' philanthropy work has focused on supporting women and children in need in the Northern Virginia area:

  • We donated money to the Friends of Riverbend Park to sponsor school field trips for underprivileged students to the Park's Nature Center. The proceeds have been generated by 50/50 Raffles at the club's fall Kick-Off and End-of-Year Luncheons.
  • Proceeds from our annual White House Christmas ornament sales have been donated to Artemis House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
  • A lunch and cooking class at L'Auberge Chez Francois for our members raised funds for Kids R First, a non-profit that distributes school supplies to needy children in Northern Virginia.

This year our club is reviewing our fundraising activities as well as the current needs of the charities we have selected and how those compare to needs of other local charities.  We plan to survey the membership for suggestions going forward.  We welcome all who are interested in philanthropy to join us!

The Scholarship Fund Board

A completely separate Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund Board was established in 1983 out of a desire to provide financial aid for women pursuing degrees in higher education.  The GFFN Scholarship Fund is a separate, 501(c)(3) organization (Great Falls Friends and Neighbors is a 501(c)(7) organization) that is run by a seven-member Scholarship Fund Board of Directors approved by the GFFN club's board. The Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to deserving women over the age of 25 who are residents of Northern Virginia and attend George Mason University or Northern Virginia Community College.  Each year a scholarship is also given to a dance student at George Mason University in the name of a former club member, Betty Carter.

In 2016 The GFFN Scholarship Fund Board established $25,000 endowments at both George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. These endowments ensure perpetuity of donated monies and reflect a strong desire to invest in women, children, and the community at large.  To further supplement the 4% yield paid by the endowments each year, fundraising activities are developed and sponsored by this GFFN Scholarship Fund Board.  These activities are determined by scholarship needs as well as the interest of GFFN club members and the public in supporting specific Scholarship Fund fundraisers. 

The GFFN Scholarship Fund Board is proud to give back to the community by making a difference for other women, and touched by the testimonies we hear from the women the fund has sponsored.   Donations are always welcome.  Please visit the GFFN Scholarship Fund website at to learn more about its mission or volunteer. 


Great Falls Friends & Neighbors (GFFN)
P.O. Box 483
Great Falls, VA  22066


Our Mission Statement

To develop friendships and a sense of community among our members through social, cultural, civic, and philanthropic activities.

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