Now Accepting Applications:  100WomenStrong Addiction and Recovery Initiatives Grants

Now Accepting Applications: 100WomenStrong Addiction and Recovery Initiatives Grants

100WomenStrong announces a pilot Addiction and Recovery Initiative in Loudoun County. 100WomenStrong invites nonprofit organizations, government agencies or school systems who directly and specifically impact Loudoun County to apply for funds for new or existing programs and/or community awareness and outreach in the areas of: prevention and / or treatment of substance misuse and addiction; aftercare services, housing and / or therapies for those who have been in a substance misuse or addiction treatment program; and programs above that apply evidence-based practices. Grants will range between $2,500 and $10,000 per organization. Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity; A unit of government or public school; and, Applicants must have programs that directly and specifically impact Loudoun County Applications are due 11:59 pm August 1st, 2019. Submit Your application to ar.grants@onehundredwomenstrong.org. Learn more at:  https://www.onehundredwomenstrong.org/grants-2 Questions?  Email Pam Ray at pam@onehundredwomenstrong.org. Media Coverage: Community Foundation study finds need for addiction programs in Loudoun...
Community Foundation Celebrates 20 Years; Nonprofits Receive Platinum Achievement Awards

Community Foundation Celebrates 20 Years; Nonprofits Receive Platinum Achievement Awards

The Community Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary with a spring garden party and awards ceremony on Sunday, June 2.  Current and past Board members, fund holders, and community partners gathered at the home of Community Foundation Board member, Connie Moore, in celebration of the milestone. Board Chair Tracey White emceed the event, highlighting the Community Foundation’s growth in the past twenty years.  “As we reach our 20th anniversary, it’s only fitting that we’ve also surpassed several important organizational milestones recently,” White remarked.  “We now have almost 70 funds and more than six million dollars in community-based assets.  And, for the first time, we granted out more than one million dollars last year.” Also recognized during the event were the winners of the Community Foundation’s inaugural Platinum Achievement Awards.  Through a competitive application process, three nonprofits demonstrating significant internal achievements were selected by a review committee to be named winners of the Platinum Achievement Awards and to receive a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation.  Funding for the grants was provided by donations made to the Community Foundation’s Faces of Loudoun Grantmaking Fund, established when the Faces of Loudoun community service campaign was launched in 2017. “Most grants are awarded to help seed or start new programs, or increase client services—and we applaud that critical funding,” said White. “Today, however, we applaud what’s ‘under the hood’ of a nonprofit. From strategic planning, to software upgrades, to staffing expansion, our grants review team was looking for local charities that have invested in their internal systems, and advanced their operations in ways that made their business model better, stronger, and with greater...
Now Accepting Applications – Social Impact Institute: Strategic Planning Consortium

Now Accepting Applications – Social Impact Institute: Strategic Planning Consortium

A well-developed strategic plan is an essential tool for nonprofit organizations to advance their missions. Strategic planning consultants provide professional guidance and facilitation to help nonprofit Boards develop their long-range goals, objectives, and strategies. However, smaller organization often lack the financial resources to acquire quality strategic planning services. The Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its first Strategic Planning Consortium. Four organizations with an annual organizational budget of $500,000 or less will be selected to receive professional strategic planning services from Sandi Marra, Consultant, Capacity Partners, Inc. Selected organizations will be required to contribute $1,000 of the consulting fees for these professional services valued between $10,000 and $15,000 per organization. About the Donors Funding for the Strategic Planning Consortium is made possible by 100WomenStrong and the County of Loudoun as part of the Community Foundation’s Social Impact Institute, offering “deeper dive” training and capacity building programing for local nonprofit organizations. Program Design Selected organizations will be required to participate in an orientation conference call, in which Sandi Marra will review the Consortium’s timeline and provide list of tasks for the Board to complete. Completed tasks will help each selectee to prepare for a one-day workshop attended by all selectee organizations. Executive staff and at least one Board member from each organization are required to attend. After the strategic planning workshop, Sandi Marra will work directly with each organization to facilitate the development of a personalized strategic plan. Selected organizations must understand and demonstrate in their application that strategic planning is a Board-driven process in partnership with the Executive Director. The strategic planning consultant provides valuable facilitation and strategic...
Google Confirms $1.2B Investment in Northern VA, Gives $200K to Local Organizations

Google Confirms $1.2B Investment in Northern VA, Gives $200K to Local Organizations

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Contact: smithcd@google.com   Google Confirms $1.2B Investment in Northern VA, Gives $200K to Local Organizations Google and state officials confirm growing economic opportunity in Loudoun County area Loudoun County, VA – Today, Google awarded two grants to the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and the Loudoun Education Foundation as a capstone to a $1.2 billion investment in Loudoun County. The grants will support STEM programs in the area and will help local nonprofits gain much-needed access to resources and funding. ”Our focus in Loudoun is accelerating community giving,” explained Community Foundation Board Chair Tracey White. “Google’s gift will be used to help strengthen the long-term resources within the local nonprofit community as well as fuel our direct services and the programming that supports their leadership.” The Loudoun Education Foundation has long been a partner to Loudoun County Public Schools, identifying programs and school initiatives that are most in need of funding. Google’s grant will support STEM programs, teacher training and grants for classroom materials, and special programs like the LEF-LCPS Backpack Coalition, which feeds 850 students and their families each week during the school year. “We are incredibly grateful for Google’s generosity and commitment to the success of the students and teachers in Loudoun County Public Schools. Their recent grant will allow the Loudoun Education Foundation to support both innovative and critical programs across the County,” said Samantha Courtney, the Loudoun Education Foundation’s Director of Development. “We are looking forward to welcoming Google to our community and building our partnership in the years to come.” “Google is making historic...
Loudoun Impact Fund Now Seeking 2019 Members

Loudoun Impact Fund Now Seeking 2019 Members

The Loudoun Impact Fund is now accepting gifts for the upcoming 2019 Grant Cycle.  Consider joining this engage group of local philanthropists who pool their gifts together, and make grants together, for maximum impact. What is the Loudoun Impact Fund? The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of engaged Loudoun County donors managed in partnership by the Community foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  As a giving circle, donors pool their gifts together to make bigger and more meaningful impact. What is its Purpose? The Loudoun Impact Found Invests strategically in Loudoun County to address critical needs facing the community each year, as determined by the Loudoun Impact Fund donors. How Can I Become a Member? Members make an annual, tax deductible contribution to the Loudoun Impact Fund through either the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties or the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  Minimum membership contribution levels are $1,000 for individuals, and $5,000 for companies.  If you wish to contribute but not at the membership level, donations of any amount are welcome. What are the Benefits of Membership? A seat on the Loudoun Impact Fund Grants committee, a volunteer community-based group that makes all final grant recommendations to the Loudoun Impact Fund; Invitations to all Loudoun Impact Fund special events; Special recognition in annual reports produced by the Community Foundation to which you contribute. How Can I Contribute? Contributions to the Loudoun Impact Fund can be accepted by either the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties or the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  Once you...
100WomenStrong Announces $296,935 in Grants to 32 Loudoun Nonprofits

100WomenStrong Announces $296,935 in Grants to 32 Loudoun Nonprofits

100WomenStrong granted $296,935 to 32 area nonprofit organizations to help them initiate, complete or supplement programs in 2019. With this year’s funding, the philanthropic group has now given more than $2 million to Loudoun County nonprofits to support transformational change in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education. “It is an honor to be a part of an effort that has donated more than $2 million over the last decade to so many organizations that do the hard work every day of helping fill gaps for those who are hungry, need shelter, need educational support or who need mental health services, among other things,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, 100WomenStrong founder and president. “We started out with 12 members and have grown to more than 50. Our goal is to reach 100 members to increase the amount we can donate so that all Loudoun County residents can achieve their full potential as active, contributing members of our community.” 100WomenStrong also provides ongoing support of long-term impact grants, including a Community School Initiative at Sterling Elementary. 100WomenStrong 2019 grant recipients are as follows: A Place to Be – $14,000 Produce a new “The Same Sky Project” production to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and to promote inclusion. All Ages Read Together – $10,000 Fund a free school-readiness class at the Sterling Library to serve at-risk preschool age children and their families by filling the gap that is left by publicly funded preschool programs. American Legion Post 2001 – $6,000* Help veterans prevent eviction by providing rent subsidies with the intent to increase the number of families supported...
Give Choose Raises More than $327,000!

Give Choose Raises More than $327,000!

On Tuesday, May 7, 92 local nonprofit organizations raised more than $327,000 during Loudoun and Northern Fauquier’s annual day of giving, Give Choose.  Throughout the day, donors visited givechoose.org and chose among charities meeting community needs ranging from human services to education, culture and nature.  Several participating organizations also set fundraising goals accompanied by matching donations or challenge gifts from their donors.  In addition, the Community Foundation provided a prize pool of $35,000, sponsored by local businesses.  Prizes were awarded to organizations throughout the day for raising the most dollars, having the most donors, or through random drawings.  Grand Prizes of $1,000 were awarded to the following: Most Donors (Organizations with budgets smaller than $400,000) Birthright of Loudoun County Most Donors (Organizations with budgets larger than $400,000) Loudoun Hunger Relief Most Dollars Raised (Organizations with budgets smaller than $400,000) A Farm Less Ordinary Most Dollars Raised (Organizations with budgets larger than $400,000) A Place To Be Since it’s inception in 2014, Give Choose has raised more than $1.1 million for nonprofits serving Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Give Choose was supported by the following sponsors: Media Coverage Give Choose Campaign Tops $320K for Loudoun Nonprofits (Loudoun Now) It’s Give Choose Day: Residents Urged to Support Community Nonprofits (Loudoun Now) Give Choose Day in Loudoun is Next Tuesday (Loudoun Times-Mirror) Give Choose Charity Fundraiser Campaign Set for May 7 (Loudoun Now) Give Choose Campaign Opens For Early Contributions (Loudoun...
Newly Released – Profiles of Loudoun:  The Numbers Behind the Faces of Loudoun

Newly Released – Profiles of Loudoun: The Numbers Behind the Faces of Loudoun

Prompted by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties’ Faces of Loudoun community service campaign (FacesofLoudoun.org) and its portrait of real individuals and their unexpected stories of need, we unveil our newest publication – Profiles of Loudoun: The Numbers Behind the Faces of Loudoun. This meta-analysis is a compilation of both social science research that prioritizes human services issues and local and regional data published by a number of sources to demonstrate relevance to Loudoun County. Below you’ll find two freshly released documents: The Profiles of Loudoun Full Report, and a Summary Report of infographics highlighting needs in our community. To learn more or download the report, visit: https://communityfoundationlf.org/profiles                     We thank the following who made this this publication possible: Amaarah DeCuir, Ed.D., Paragon Education Consulting AlphaGraphics Loudoun 100WomenStrong and all of our annual sponsors   Media Coverage: Community Foundation study finds need for addiction programs in Loudoun County Community Foundation Harnesses Data to Boost Charitable Giving in...