About ACT

In the fall of 2002, a small group of Alexandrians came together to decide how best to stimulate philanthropic giving to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in their community.

One of the several catalysts was the availability of an initial sum of  money that the family of Norma L. Steurele, a generous, long-time Alexandria resident, transferred to ACT after Mrs. Steurele's tragic death on September 11, 2001.  After careful consideration, the group determined that a community foundation focused on Alexandria would be the right vehicle to make a deep, long lasting impact on their community. 

From its launch in 2004 , ACT has proven its value as a community foundation.  ACT continually raises local philanthropic giving to new levels, increases the abilities of existing service agencies and organizations to help others, and brings Alexandrians together to create new solutions to community problems. 

For people who want to positively impact the Alexandria community, ACT is the go to nonprofit community organization that is best at allocating time and money where they do the most good.  ACT not only knows the community’s needs and has developed unmatched city relationships, but also  tracks contribution effectiveness and evaluates recipient performance so that you know that what you give does the most good for Alexandria.  ACT...when you absolutely want to improve Alexandria.

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