100 WomenStrong Social Impact Institute

100 WomenStrong Social Impact Institute

The Social Impact Institute in its Leadership Development Program will enroll six executive directors in a six-month executive coaching program focusing on each participant’s goals—and, equally important—how achieving their goal will positively affect the nonprofit that employs them. The six participants will benefit from three one-on-one sessions with Executive Coach Leigh Shields, plus three cohort meetings with the full group between March and September 2015. Full application information is on our website under For...
New Offices, New Leaders, New Name

New Offices, New Leaders, New Name

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Fauquier Counties has announced a series of changes: a name change, a new headquarters, and the next slate of board leadership.   Kirsten Langhorne, a long-time member of 100WomenStrong (a giving circle within the Community Foundation) and Lansdowne resident is the newly elected president of the all-volunteer board of directors, with John Rust from Leesburg named as Vice President. Both have been with the board for years.   As part of the Community Foundation’s emphasis to serve all of Loudoun County, Executive Director Amy Owen and the organization’s headquarters have been relocated to Leesburg within Healthworks’ Fort Evans Road facility. Healthworks is a nonprofit Community Health Center providing medical, dental and behavioral health care to people from all backgrounds, of all ages, and of all incomes. They are the medical home to over 9,000 Loudoun County residents, most of whom are low income.  The Community Foundation has assumed vacant offices on the first floor.   “We not only appreciate the hospitality of one of Loudoun County’s leading charities for office space,” said Owen, “we will benefit from several meeting areas and rooms within the building as we flip-flop board meetings between Leesburg and Middleburg.”   The name change was adopted by the Community Foundation Board of Directors to better explain the grantmaking group’s service...
Follow Ben Franklin

Follow Ben Franklin

I like Ben Franklin a lot. He invented things. Like the Franklin Stove and bifocals. He also said cheeky and sage things. Like, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Or, “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” And, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” That last one really works for me. It’s all about my work here in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County . . . to work with folks who get the value of community saving . . . building permanent endowment that says here at home. Ben got it. He was the first American to create an endowment.  He is the guy on the $100 bill. Local permanent assets mean that our community has a healthy outlook and resources. It enriches our schools, fosters community arts and culture, ensures parks and open space. It means that, as a community, we’re good at offering folks a hand up when it’s needed. Now, today, and in the future. Like Ben said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Community Needs. Community Assets. Let’s follow Ben here in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County. Piedmont Community Foundation was founded in 1999 and serves Loudoun and northern Fauquier Counties. It provides financial stewardship for almost 30 endowment funds and holds approximately $1.3 million in endowment. Community foundations number more than 700 across America and 29 in Virginia and attract gifts and bequests to benefit local communities to build everlasting...
Calling All Student Grantmakers!

Calling All Student Grantmakers!

Piedmont Community Foundation (PCF) invites area students grades 9-12 from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties to join its student philanthropy project, Forward Turn. The program meets once per month between October and April to learn about great philanthropists, grantwriting, and the tough choices involving charitable grantmaking. “This is a program that teaches our youth participants how to ‘look under the hood’ of a nonprofit charity and gain an understanding of making good charitable choices. The goal is to enable our Forward Turn members to be equipped to be good charitable givers as they reach adulthood,” says Amy Owen, PCF executive director. Based on research conducted in Michigan where such programs were started, participants involved in long-term programs like Forward Turn report a 94% volunteer rate as opposed to other young adults in the same age bracket with a 15% volunteer rate. Participants in Forward Turn programs report a 88% giving rate; as opposed to other young adults in the same age bracket with a 42% givers rate. The program is supported by a permanent endowment fund held in the Piedmont Community Foundation created by the Rust family in honor of S. Murray Rust and Mary H.C. Rust. Additional funders include the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Middleburg Bank, and Dominion Foundation. The orientation meeting will be held in Middleburg at 101 North Jay Street on October 19, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. For more information contact Amy Owen, (540) 687-5223 or visit ForwardTurn.org. Piedmont Community Foundation was founded in 1999 and serves Loudoun and northern Fauquier Counties. It provides financial stewardship for almost 30 endowment funds and holds approximately $1.3 million in...
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