Giving Tuesday Matching Challenge Launched for Four Nonprofits

Giving Tuesday Matching Challenge Launched for Four Nonprofits

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has selected four nonprofits to participate in a fundraising challenge on Giving Tuesday, a world-wide day of giving held each year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Earlier in the fall, the Community Foundation announced the opportunity for Loudoun-based human services nonprofit organizations to apply to participate in the Giving Tuesday Matching Challenge, a new grant opportunity offered by the Foundation in response to COVID-19 relief efforts. The four selected organizations will conduct fundraising campaigns with the goal of raising at least $5,000 on Giving Tuesday, held on December 1, 2020. The Community Foundation will match up to $5,000 of donations made to the participating organizations on Giving Tuesday, as well as the week before and the week after December 1. The four nonprofits selected to participate in the challenge are ECHO, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, StoryBook Treasures and Women Giving Back. Matching grants will be provided by the Community Emergency Relief Fund, which was established by the Community Foundation in March 2020 to collect and disburse donations to address the impacts of COVID-19 in the Loudoun community. Since March, the Community Relief Fund has disbursed more than $210,000 to nonprofits in Loudoun providing rental assistance and supportive services to Loudoun residents in need due to the health and financial impacts of the pandemic. Now the Community Foundation and the four nonprofits participating in the Giving Tuesday Matching Challenge hope to double the impact of the donations raised on Giving Tuesday by matching with grants provided from the Community Emergency Relief Fund. “We know our community and the nonprofits chosen to participate...
PAW Fund Grants $11,200 to Animal Welfare Nonprofits Serving Loudoun County

PAW Fund Grants $11,200 to Animal Welfare Nonprofits Serving Loudoun County

The Pay-it-Forward Animal Welfare (PAW) Fund recently announces providing $11,200 in grants to five animal welfare organizations serving Loudoun County. The PAW Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, was established to provide grants nonprofit organizations focusing on animal safety, education, adoption, health, and overall animal welfare, as well as animal-based human therapy organizations. The PAW Fund is structured as a giving circle, a model that pools donations together from local donors who participate in the grant decision-making process. To become members of the PAW Fund, veterinary practices and individuals were required to donate a monetary gift at various levels depending on the size of the veterinary practice. The PAW Fund was created in 2018 by a group of local veterinarians of the Loudoun County Veterinary Medical Association, led by local veterinarian, Dr. Bill Tyrrell. Tyrrell and the PAW Fund founders saw needs in the community that also impacted the pets and animals in their care. Tyrrell previously participated another local giving circle within the Community Foundation, and experienced firsthand how giving circles provide an opportunity to make high-impact grants to local organizations. Those who joined the PAW Fund at the required giving levels include representatives from The Life Centre Emergency & Specialty Veterinary Hospital, CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets, Old Mill Veterinary Hospital, Animal Medical Center of Cascades, Towne Animal Clinic, and Dawn and Brian Kennealy. “Despite residing and working in one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, there is a tremendous amount of need in our local community especially since COVID-19. This need can sadly trickle down to our pets,” said Tyrrell....
Now Accepting Applications from Organizations: Racial Equity Audit

Now Accepting Applications from Organizations: Racial Equity Audit

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties now offers 2-3 nonprofit organizations the opportunity to undertake a Racial Equity Audit, as the final phase of this year’s Racial Equity Framework program. Selected organizations will work with consultant Tamara Copeland to review and assess organizational norms, systems, policies, and practices, that will culminate in a report with observations and recommendations as they pertain to organizational goals of racial equity. This audit is intended to reveal the invisibility of disparate treatment of people of color, the potential role of the participating organizations in maintaining that reality, and to shape a course toward more equitable treatment and, hopefully, more equitable outcomes for the individuals served by our nonprofit community. Selected organizations will be required to contribute $250 of the consulting fees for these professional services valued at approximately $4,500 per organization. Application Deadline Application and supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to Nicole Acosta at nicole@CommunityFoundationLF.org on or before January 8, 2021 5:00 p.m. (subject line: Racial Equity Audit Application). The Community Foundation will accept applications on a rolling basis until the deadline; earlier submissions are encouraged. Download Application and Guidelines Download the document below to access the full program description, eligibility guidelines, and application form: Click Here to Download Racial Equity Audit Application and Guidelines About the Consultant Tamara Lucas Copeland has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience. She knows how to lead a nonprofit organization to effectively address its mission. She has also worked in government, at the local, state, regional and national levels. She recognizes that leadership is not a solo undertaking but...
Loudoun Chamber Foundation Now Accepting Applications

Loudoun Chamber Foundation Now Accepting Applications

  The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for grants from its charitable fund, the Loudoun Chamber Foundation. Loudoun Chamber nonprofit members are invited to review the eligibility requirements to submit an application for a Loudoun Chamber Foundation grant. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 23, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Since it was launched in December of 2014, the Loudoun Chamber Foundation has awarded $116,000 in grants to 32 local nonprofit groups focused on issues as diverse as education, health care, hunger and mental health. The Loudoun Chamber Foundation was created to provide financial support to area nonprofits focused on economic development, education and workforce development, public safety and healthy communities. The Loudoun Chamber Foundation’s online grant application and grant guidelines can be found here: https://funding.communityfoundationlf.org/ and at www.loudounchamber.org/nonprofits. Questions regarding the online application may be directed to Nicole Acosta...