History of NOVA Open Foundation

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation, Inc.(NOCF), established in January 2013, was created to assist the tabletop wargaming community in raising funds for charitable causes. Miniature painters and artists have long been involved in producing miniature armies as a form of fundraising. Recognizing the immense generosity of the worldwide tabletop wargamers, the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation was formed to bring this “Compassionate Force” together under a single banner with a broad outreach to support charities which address the needs of humanitarian emergency relief, children’s causes, the military and medical research.

The founders of the NOCF, understanding the value of associating its name with an internationally known entity in the community, approached the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention‘s Executive Board for permission to incorporate its name in the Foundation’s title.  They also sought permission for fundraising opportunities on site at the convention and to have the raffle drawings podcast internationally during the NOVA Open’s final award ceremony.  The NOVA Open Executive Board was more than happy to grant these permissions, noting that the roots of the NOVA Open began in a park as a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

In the year 2013, with the combined efforts of the army raffles, a silent auction, and the Foundation Lounge, over $38,000 was raised for DWB/MSF, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Fisher House Foundation.  As the NOCF grew, so did the number of annual online raffles. In 2019, thirty-three (33) raffles raised $62,000 – with the silent auction and Foundation Lounge hitting an all-time high of $42,000.  Entering the 2020 raffle season, NOCF is proud to have donated over $310,000 to charitable causes since inception!

The success of NOCF is the result of a dedicated Board of Directors, incredible volunteers, the most talented miniature artists on the planet, and The Compassionate Force. Thank you.

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Mailing Address:
NOVA Open Charitable Foundation, LLC

9033 Westerholme Way
Vienna, VA 22182

The NOCF extends its appreciation to the NOVA Open and its Executive Board for allowing it to associate its non-profit charitable efforts with their Tabletop Wargaming Convention.

The NOCF is a non-profit corporation operating under the strict by-laws and IRS tax regulations required for a 501(c) (3) corporation in the United States.