You can make a difference in our community by your continued support in Inova’s mission to provide quality care to each individual we serve. By contributing $1,000 or more we combine your resources with other Friends of Inova for continuing education of Inova’s physicians and nurses, for funding of vital research, and to help provide care to those whose personal resources are outweighed by the cost of care. You may also designate your donation to a fund of your choice. Your generosity will entitle you to membership in our Founders’ Circle which includes invitations to select events and special updates from the Inova Health Foundation.

Below is a list of Inova’s eight Founders' Circle societies, outlining their origins. To join, select the name of your desired Society and Inova hospital or program facility on the donate page.

If you wish to designate your gift to a specific fund at the hospital or program facility to which your gift is designated, please provide the fund name or a description of the clinical service in the comments field under Additional Information. Be sure to provide your email address in case a member of our staff need to contact you for clarification of your gift fund designation.

For more information about all Inova Health Foundation Founders' Circle Societies, please contact April Cleary at 703-289-2068 or

The 1872 Society 
Inova Alexandria Hospital 
Mr. Joseph F. Viar, Jr. founded the 1872 society in 1991. Alexandria Hospital and the Board of Lady Managers were founded on December 12, 1872 by Julia Johns.

The Joseph Siewick Society 
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital 
As a member of the medical staff since the opening of the former Commonwealth Hospital, Dr. Siewick had a vision of a new facility and helped make that vision a reality. His efforts and commitment as vice president and then president of the medical staff helped energize and motivate those around him. His work resulted in the construction of Inova Fair Oaks Hospital to meet the community's growing need for a modern facility.

The Ziai Ambassadors Society 
Inova Children's Hospital 
In 2001, the Inova Children’s Hospital Ziai Ambassadors Society was inaugurated to recognize the pivotal role Dr. Mohsen Ziai played in creating Inova Children’s Hospital. It was his vision and dedication to pediatric healthcare that launched the development of a comprehensive and technologically advanced hospital for children now known as the Inova Children’s Hospital.

The John Jacob Society
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital 
Early on, John B. Jacob recognized our community's health care needs. From the late 1960's through the mid 1980's, Mr. Jacob's foresight helped Inova chart a course to meet those changing needs. He served as a volunteer trustee on Inova's board of trustees for 15 years, serving four years as a chairman. A resident of the Mount Vernon community, John Jacob helped establish Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. During his tenure as a volunteer trustee, he consistently strove to create the best health care services and facilities, emphasizing preventive care and promoting healthy lifestyles as the best form of health care for everyone.

The Grace Lucas Society 
Inova Fairfax Hospital
In 1956, around Grace Lucas' kitchen table, a group of concerned citizens discussed the need for a not-for-profit hospital to provide health care for county residents. That evening the Fairfax Hospital Association was born. Mrs. Lucas served as a volunteer trustee to the hospital association for 25 years, missing only five meetings during that entire time. Again and again, she lobbied the county for permission to build the original Fairfax Hospital and then to expand as the community grew and its needs changed. Fairfax Hospital Association became Inova Health System that is now Mrs. Lucas' legacy. 

The Friends of Kellar
Inova Kellar Center 
Inova Kellar Center is a not-for-profit mental health/substance use disorder facility and special education school in Fairfax, Virginia, providing treatment to children, adolescents and their families in our community. Founded eighteen years ago, by a visionary gift from Art and Betty Kellar, the Center provides a safety net for the community by offering a continuum of outpatient services for children and their families and a therapeutic day school (the Kellar School) offering individualized programs to middle and high school students in a supportive environment. 

The Kay DiFilippo Society 
Life with Cancer
Life with Cancer was founded in 1987 at Inova Fairfax Hospital, when Nando DeFilippo lost his wife, Kay, to cancer. Nando and his family searched throughout the country for resources to help them understand and cope with their emotions and their changed life. Disappointed by the lack of available resources, Nando was determined to create an outlet for those dealing with cancer to turn to for education, support and information to live with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and its effects. He made a generous donation to develop a program within Inova Health System solely devoted to the support of patients and families facing cancer, planting the roots for Life with Cancer. 

The 1912 Society
Inova Loudoun Hospital 
Inova Loudoun Hospital opened its doors in 1912 with a not-for-profit mission to serve the health care needs of the county. Today, it continues that mission as Loudoun County’s premier medical institution by blending a rich history steeped in a tradition of service with contemporary and state-of-the-art health care. A community hospital known for its “high-touch, high-tech” approach to healing while also having instant access to additional world-class facilities within the region, Inova Loudoun Hospital has strengthened the care offered to patients, expanded existing programs and continues to create new ones.

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