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Giving Tuesday - Making Spirits Bright

President Anne Kress

Today is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity to give back as we enter the holiday season, and a new year, I’m hoping you will join in NOVA’s inaugural food-raising campaign, Making Spirits Bright $20 at a Time.

Each $20 donated will buy a grocery store gift card for our NOVA Nighthawks in need, enabling our students to feed themselves and their families while our food pantries remain closed due to the pandemic. Students will be qualified to receive the grocery cards through NOVA’s Single Stop services, which will also connect them to social services and benefits—such as SNAP—that can support their academic success.

To kick off the Making Spirits Bright campaign, Administrative Council has donated $3,500, which will fund 175 grocery cards, and we are hoping that your generosity will at least double this amount and fund another 175 cards … and maybe even more!

Kindness is a gift that lights a spark, and together, our amazing NOVA community can create a shining constellation of hope, making our students’ spirits bright this season and into the new year.

If you are able to give $20 (or more), please visit the NOVA Foundation website and select the Making Spirits Bright Campaign for your donation.

Thank you for all you do to support our students in this season and always!

For more information about the NOVA Educational Foundation, please contact Kelly Persons at


About the NOVA Foundation

Founded in 1979, the NOVA Foundation is dedicated to supporting Northern Virginia Community College’s goal of providing all students with a high-quality, life-changing education. The NOVA Foundation, through its donors, funds more than 300 scholarships, emergency aid grants and a range of academic programs and student services throughout the College's six campuses and NOVA Online. By connecting donors to NOVA programs, the Foundation raises funds, increases visibility and strengthens partnerships among the College, individual donors, businesses and state and local communities. Additional information about the NOVA Foundation can be found at:

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.