Introducing the 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Consortium

Introducing the 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Consortium

In this pilot program of the Community Foundation, four Loudoun-based, human-service nonprofits were recently selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Consortium.  Organizations applying to participate in the program had to demonstrate that their executive staff and Boards of Directors were ready to undergo a strategic planning process and that their annual operating budgets were under $500,000.  The selected organizations will work with expert strategic planning consultants from Capacity Partners.  The four selected nonprofits participating are: A Farm Less Ordinary Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation Loudoun Youth Inc. Project Horse Empowerment Center Over the next several months, these four nonprofits will work closely with their consultants from Capacity Partners who will guide their Boards through the process of setting the future strategic direction for the organization and developing strong strategic plans. The Consortium kicked off with a half-day planning retreat held August 24, at the Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, facilitated by Stephanie Hanson and Kathy Stevens of Capacity Partners. Executive Directors, Board Strategic Planning Chairs, and additional Board members participated.  Participants learned about the overall process of strategic planning and began to start asking the “Big Questions” their organizations must tackle in order to set their future strategic directions.  By the program completion in spring 2020, the participating organizations will have a fully completed strategic plan document, and a plan for its implementation. We thank 100WomenStrong and Loudoun County Government for providing funding for this program....
Celebrating Our 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Celebrating Our 2019 Scholarship Recipients

As the summer winds down and school begins, the Community Foundation announces our 2019 scholarship recipients. Catherine Johnson, recipient of a Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship Patrick Beck, recipient of a Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” scholarship Danning Bisaga, first recipient of Henry Stower’s Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund Kayla Ballve, 2019 Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund Recipient Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship Fund Gavin’s scholarship fund supports students pursuing a career in the health sciences medical field, with a concentration in oncology, from Loudoun County as a memorial to Gavin and to honor all those in the medical field who helped him and his family. Catherine Johnson, a graduate from Loudoun Valley High School, received a $2,000 Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a career in nursing. As a childhood cancer survivor and an ambulance aide with the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad, her career goal is to become a pediatric nurse in an emergency medicine setting. “I hope to bring personal experience, hope, quality care, and a smile to pediatric patients in this career,” said Johnson. Patrick Beck received a $2,000 Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship to attend the University of Virginia as he pursues his career goal to become a pediatric oncologist. Over the summer, he  interned with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its pediatric neuroblastoma research program under one of the research physicians. “I have always been driven by a tremendous passion to learn and use what I’ve learned help others,” said Beck. Henry Stowers Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund Created by the...
RSVP:  Philanthropy Summit 2019

RSVP: Philanthropy Summit 2019

The Equity Continuum: Health, Education, & Justice Date:  Thursday, October 17, 2019 Time:  9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (registration and coffee 9:00-9:30 a.m.) Location:  Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148 RSVP:  Register Here Reserve your seat for this year’s Philanthropy Summit, a gathering for funders, philanthropists, government partners, both nonprofit and business leaders, and community dialogue focused on equity, opportunity, and shared humanity. Panelists and presentations will focus on equity and the social determinants of health, equity in education, and equity within the criminal justice system. Speakers and panelists include Tamara Lucas Copeland, author of Daughters of the Dream, Whitney Parnell, founder of Service Never Sleeps, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation staff, and more. Presenting Sponsor Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Supporting Sponsor Inova Health System Venue Sponsor Loudoun County Public Schools Lunch provided by award-winning Generations Gourmet   There is no fee to attend our annual Philanthropy Summit; however, registration is requested.  Register here. Questions?  Contact Nicole Acosta at...
You’re Invited!  Ribbon Cutting, Open House, & Art Show

You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting, Open House, & Art Show

Date:  Thursday, September 5, 2019 Time:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.) Location:  714 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA RSVP:  Please RSVP here Join us to celebrate the opening of our new offices with an open house, ribbon cutting, and art show, featuring the original artwork of Keith Patterson and the unveiling of our new Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center. Open house and art show from 4:00-6:00 p.m; ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? info@communityfoundationlf.org or...
Now Accepting Applications:  Platinum Endowment Challenge

Now Accepting Applications: Platinum Endowment Challenge

The Community Foundation is now accepting applications to the 2019 Platinum Endowment Challenge.  Funding for the Platinum Endowment Challenge is made possible by Google. Platinum Endowment Challenge ~ 2019 A gold-standard nonprofit endowment generates enough income to offset 10% or more of an organization’s annual operating expense. According to the Profiles of Loudoun report published by the Community Foundation in April 2019, very few local nonprofit organizations have an endowment fund; none have endowment that meets the gold standard. As a result, the Community Foundation offers an opportunity for five nonprofit organizations to establish an endowment fund if selected for the 2019 Platinum Endowment Challenge. To meet the Challenge, selected organizations must commit to raising $10,000 in matching funds for their organizational benefit for either (a) reserve funds or (b) endowment funds. Note that reserve funds are held by the organization, typically in a separate checking account or accounted for separately from annual operations funds; endowment funds will be stewarded by the Community Foundation. Newly raised funds must be secured by the organization in order to meet the $10,000 requirement. Raising Reserve Funds: Organizations with less than three months of reserve funds may apply for the Challenge with a plan and commitment to raise $10,000 in reserve funds, or a combination of reserve and endowment Funds in order to bring the organization’s reserve to three months. In return, the Community Foundation will match the $10,000 raised, per selected organization, as a grant to the organizations’ endowment fund for a total endowment of $10,000. For example, a successful organization will raise $10,000 in reserve funds held by the organization and...