ACT for Alexandria


Current ACT Initiatives include:

Nonprofit Capacity Building

Capacity building grants are designed to foster excellence and growth in nonprofit management and capacity. These include Organizational Assessment Grants, Compass Strategy Projects and Strategy Implementation Grants. Since 2005, ACT has invested almost $700,000 in capacity building support.

Smart & Effective Leadership is a series of programs and workshops for nonprofit board and staff leaders designed to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations and create a stronger nonprofit sector in Alexandria. ACT is also piloting Project LEAD (Leadership, Excellence and Development), an executive coaching program.

IMPACT: INNOVATION + PHILANTHROPY convenes board, business, community and nonprofit leaders to discuss innovations in philanthropy and strategies for building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and individuals to make a lasting impact in the community. This event, launched in 2005, is sponsored by Capital One Bank.

Addressing Community Needs

ACTion Alexandria is Alexandria’s online platform for community change that connects neighbors and local organizations to share ideas, create action and make an impact!

Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations (ACHSO)  seeks to improve human services through cross-sector collaboration to benefit the entire Alexandria community, resulting in an innovative and integrated human service model. (ACHSO is a partnership with the City and membership is $50 per year)

Center for Alexandria’s Children (CAC) is a best practice model advocacy center that offers a centralized, effective forum to investigate, treat and prevent child abuse in Alexandria. ACT underwrote the salary of the Executive Director for four years and invested in a city-wide playgroup pilot program.

Early Care & Education is ACT’s newest initiative. Investing in early care and education is an investment in our community’s future. ACT, the Alexandria Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, and the Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation have convened to create the Early Care & Education Workgroup aimed at educating and engaging the community about the importance of early childhood services for children 0-5, researching bright spots in the field, and assisting in the creation of a strategy for an early childhood system for the City.

Engaging Citizens in Effective Philanthropy

Give Back Alexandria seeks to develop and encourage the next generation of Alexandria’s philanthropic leadership by providing social networking, training and volunteer opportunities to support priorities and needs of the City. ACT has provided up to $25,000 per year in matching grants since 2007.

Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, is an innovative one day online community-wide fundraising event for Alexandria nonprofits. Spring2ACTion 2013 raised nearly $660,000 for 97 charities in 24 hours.

Spring for Alexandria brings together more than 2,000 Alexandrians in a three-day celebration of giving and service. Presented by ACT, City of Alexandria, Alexandria Jaycees and Volunteer Alexandria. 

The Giving Circle of Alexandria pools intellectual and financial resources with a strategic purpose to serve the children, youth and families of Alexandria. ACT has provided a $25,000 matching grant for three years and co-invested $15,000 with The Giving Circle on a city-wide playgroup initiative.