One in four families in Northern Virginia lives paycheck-to-paycheck; delaying medical treatment, going hungry, or sacrificing other basic needs just to make ends meet. Britepaths provides free and immediate services (in Spanish, English, and other languages when necessary) while working with families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Families in crisis receive food (including grocery gift cards and farmers market vouchers), school supplies, and assistance with rent, utilities, and car repairs. At the Financial Empowerment Center, clients engage one-on-one with coaches to improve their financial literacy skills, get job and certification training, mentorship, professional networking experiences, and supplemental workshops. Serving more than 10,000 individuals annually, 58% of whom are children, Britepaths guides clients through financial crises and meets their current needs while helping families change the outcome for future generations as well.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   8,100
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   2,800
  • Clients receiving financial mentoring, counseling or budget classes annually:   670
  • Students receiving school supply assistance annually:   2,500

Awards & Recognition

Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award Honorable Mention, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 2021
Non-Profit of the Year, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Greater Washington Good Business Awards, June 2019
Best Charity in Northern Virginia, Virginia Living Magazine, June 2015
Human Rights Award, Fairfax County Commission on Human Rights' 32nd Annual Human Rights Award Ceremony, April 2010
Honorable Mention for Heritage Award, City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority, May 2009


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Britepaths is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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