Hunger Summit: A Community Convening
Our work includes inviting groups within our footprint to create positive, proactive programs to address certain issues. For more than a year, the Community Foundation convened a series of stakeholders on the issue of Food Insecurity, culminating on a Hunger Summit coordinated with Loudoun Hunger Relief. Almost 100 citizens joined together to learn more about the array of issues that contribute toward food insecurity in our neighbors homes. Download the materials presented during the program, and summary of SNAP benefits.
Faces Of Loudoun
Working with leaders from varied backgrounds (educators, grantmakers, grant seekers, faith based, government, and business) the Community Foundation has zeroed in on a missing ingredient in Loudoun County: a strong sense of charitable giving and philanthropy. The Faces of Loudoun is a community service campaign sharing true stories of our neighbors in need to help increase local knowledge, spark increased charitable giving, and promote volunteerism. Learn more at http://endtheneed.org
Social Impact Institute
Getting personalized support and specialized training are rare opportunities for nonprofit executives and professionals. The Social Impact Institute offers that kind of support. This year’s program offers executive coaching for executive directors of six area nonprofits, all of whom face the challenges of care and feeding of their board of directors, fundraising pressures, supervision and management, and making sure their organization’s mission and strategic goals are on track. Sound easy? This is a program that appreciates those diverse demands, and works to advance the professional to the benefit of the charity.
Dozens of Loudoun and Fauquier charities join together to join our local crowdfunding event called Give Choose. For 24 hours, each May, gifts of $10 or more benefit a charity of donor choice. Many participating charities have challenge funds, doubling each gift a donor makes. Crowdfunding events are one of the fastest growing sources of income for nonprofits across America. The Community Foundation provides training for our local agencies and the platform here at home you to give where you live. Look for Give Choose May 2, 2017.
Student Philanthropy Project — Forward Turn
Since 2006, area high-school students join the Community to be community philanthropists each year. Endowment distributions from the S. Murray Rust and Mary H.C. Rust Student Philanthropy Project fund approximately $5,000 in grants selected by Forward Turn participants.
Grant proposals are funded that impact youth, and often written and submitted by students for projects in their school, place of worship, or local nonprofit. Learn more about Forward Turn and its program partnership with the Loudoun Youth Advisory Council and Loudoun Youth.
In partnership with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and its Nonprofit Initiative, the Community Foundation launched an ongoing workshop and training program for area nonprofits called the Nonprofit Academy.
Each year, more than 200 attendees join workshops on fundraising, administration and HR, and publicity and outreach to teach such topics as Fundamentals of Fundraising, Board Speed Dating, Quickbooks training, Grantwriting and Grantor Research, Leadership Development, Meet the Media, and more.