Community Emergency Relief Fund Established to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Community Emergency Relief Fund Established to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has established a Community Emergency Relief Fund to accept and strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Members of the community who wish to support aid to those affected by COVID-19 may donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund at CommunityFoundationLF.org/EmergencyRelief. The Community Foundation will work closely with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to agencies to meet both immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of COVID-19 in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Grants will be prioritized to organizations: Providing direct financial assistance to individuals who need monetary assistance to meet basic needs such as housing, utilities, and medical expenses due to the impact of COVID-19; Providing services directly addressing impact of COVID-19 such as food distribution, shelter, housing, and health care. The Community Foundation will form a Community Emergency Relief Fund Advisory Committee to advise on the distribution of any funds raised. The Advisory Committee will include local experts on emergency response and local services, and will include diverse representation to ensure equitable distribution of the funds to those in need. In the event that funds raised through the Community Emergency Relief Fund are no longer needed for COVID-19 relief, remaining funds will be reserved for future local disaster relief efforts. For more information, contact Amy Owen, President, at (703) 779-3505, x1 or amy@communityfoundationlf.org. To Donate Online: CommunityFoundationLF.org/EmergencyRelief To Donate by Check: Make checks payable to Community Foundation, “Community Emergency Relief Fund” in memo line Mail to: Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties PO Box...
Nonprofit Academy Workshop – Asking for Money in Person:  The Most Powerful Form of Fundraising

Nonprofit Academy Workshop – Asking for Money in Person: The Most Powerful Form of Fundraising

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; Program: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, 714 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Registration Link ($35 for Loudoun Chamber members, $50 for nonmembers) Contributions from individuals continues to be one of the most significant sources of income for nonprofits. Yet for many nonprofit staff and volunteers, asking for an individual gift can be intimidating without the right tools. In this workshop, participants will lear the six elements of a cultivation plan: who makes the ask, what is a case statement, building your list, how much to ask for, making The Ask, and following up. Presenter Amy Owen, and her husband, Don, live near Unison, Virginia, Loudoun County. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Alabama and received her Master’s Degree in Interpersonal Communications from West Virginia University.The majority of her professional career has been in nonprofit management. For more than 10 years, she managed and directed fundraising programs for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy based in Harpers Ferry, WV. She served as a circuit rider to some 25 West Virginia community foundations providing support for their emerging policy and fundraising efforts with the West Virginia Community Foundations Consortium. Amy currently serves as President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. About the Nonprofit Academy In partnership with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and its Nonprofit Initiative, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties launched an ongoing workshop and training program for area nonprofits called the Nonprofit Academy. Each...
5 Things to Know About the 2020 Census

5 Things to Know About the 2020 Census

Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of everyone in our nation. A fair and accurate counts means more federal funding and political representation for our community. Learn the top five things you need to know about the upcoming census. Here are the Top 5 things to know about the Census: 1. The Census begins in March with a survey that is available online, by phone or by mail. Census workers will follow up in person in May to homes that do not respond. 2. The Census is easy – it is available online in 13 languages and only takes 10 minutes to complete. 3. The Census is safe – federal law prohibits your responses from being shared with outside agency. The Census does not impact your immigration status or government benefits. 4. Everyone Counts – Regardless of age, immigration status, ethnicity, gender or relation, everyone who lives in your home counts on your Census form. 5. The Census does NOT ask for your Social Security Number, financial information, email address, or political party. Watch the mail in March to participate, and visit loudoun.gov/2020census to learn...
Forward Turn Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

Forward Turn Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announces the 2020 grant recipients of the Forward Turn youth grantmaking program. Each year, Forward Turn Youth Advisors request proposals and review grant applications from their peers. This year, Forward Turn received $16,000 in requests from youth-led projects and organizations, with $3,500 available to grant.  Learning how to score and evaluate proposals and interviewing their peers are cornerstones of the Forward Turn program. This year, the Forward Turn Youth Advisors awarded the following grants: $1,500 to Dulles South Food Pantry, to support the Backpack Buddies program, implemented with youth support and volunteers $1,000 to Mobile Hope, to support cooking classes for at-risk youth, led by a youth volunteer $1,000 to Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, supporting youth-led construction of planter boxes for program participants, completed by the Briar Woods High School Habitat Club Forward Turn partners with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services’ Youth Advisory Council and is funded by the S. Murray and Mary H.C. Rust Student Philanthropy Project endowment of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier...
Community Leadership Award Winners Select Nonprofits to Receive Grants

Community Leadership Award Winners Select Nonprofits to Receive Grants

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties granted $5,000 to five organizations at the recommendation of the recent winners of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Awards. The Loudoun Chamber announced the 2020 winners on January 24, 2020, at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Community Leadership Awards.  Each year, winners of the Community Leadership Awards have the opportunity to select a nonprofit organization to receive a $1,000 grant, provided by the Community Foundation. “Loudoun County is a strong and prosperous community because so many businesses and community leaders have given so generously of their energy, expertise and resources to serve the needs of our neighbors, friends and coworkers,” said Loudoun Chamber President & CEO Tony Howard. “The Loudoun Chamber is proud to be in a position to honor these great community leaders for the hard work and valuable contributions they have made to everyone who calls Loudoun County home.” This year’s winners selected the following organizations to receive a grant in their honor: $1,000 to Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, selected by Jimmy Olevson, winner of the Executive Leader category $1,000 to Loudoun Hunger Relief, selected by Jennifer Montgomery, winner of the Nonprofit Executive category $1,000 to Ryan Bartel Foundation, selected by Katie Barchas Wilson, winner of the Young Professional category $1,000 to Touching Heart, selected by the Zone, winner of the Small Organization category $1,000 to Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, selected by Falcon Heating and Air Conditioning, winner of the Large Organization category “We are so lucky to live in a county where we celebrate community leadership and the good work being done...
O’Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Foundation, Inc. Furthers Its Philanthropy

O’Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Foundation, Inc. Furthers Its Philanthropy

The O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Memorial Foundation, Inc. has announced a newly established a fund at the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. The O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Memorial Foundation, Inc., a private foundation located in Leesburg, launched the fund with a $170,000 donation to the Community Foundation.  The donation established the OHMF Fund, a donor-advised fund within the Community Foundation. “The O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Foundation, Inc. is proud of its ability to become a part of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, in furtherance of its mission and goals,” said Debbie Piland, a trustee of the O’Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Foundation, Inc.  “The Community Foundation is an integral part of educating the community on the sustainability of philanthropy by making it a better place to live.” The OHMF Fund will make grants to nonprofits based on the recommendation of the O’Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Foundation, Inc. representatives.  “We are especially excited about our new partnership with the Community Foundation,” said Piland.  “Their boots-on-the-ground knowledge of our local nonprofits will a great benefit to our grant making.” Private foundations and community foundations commonly work together to address charitable needs in the communities they serve, according to Community Foundation President, Amy Owen. “We’re all on the same team,” said Owen, “The O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Foundation, Inc. trustees amplify their charitable connections through this formal relationship.  It’s a super-charged way of recognizing the work of the Community Foundation and the value we offer to our donors and the charitable...
Now Accepting Applications:  Social Impact Institute – Leadership Institute

Now Accepting Applications: Social Impact Institute – Leadership Institute

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announces a new Social Impact Institute program in 2020: The Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a six-session series designed to help nonprofit leaders and managers at all levels of experience to increase supervisory effectiveness and professional accountability. The Leadership Institute will be led by Terrie Glass of Zelos, LLC. Program Design 6 full-day sessions 1 session per month Participants receive individual communication style assessment Participation will be limited to 20 individuals Participant fee: $350 (or $300 for past Social Impact Institute participants) Session Dates and Topics Session One (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – Leading from the Inside Out: The Importance of Self Awareness Session Two (Tuesday, June 9, 2020) – Communicating Effectively: Understanding Communication Style Session Three (Tuesday, July 14, 2020) – Developing Others Session Four (Tuesday, August 11, 2020) – Managing Conflict Session Five (Tuesday, September 8, 2020) – Leading Teams Session Six (Tuesday, October 13, 2020) – Leading Change, Ensuring Results All sessions take place 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Community Foundation’s Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, 714 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176. Eligibility and Commitments Participants must be a leader or supervisor for a human services nonprofit organization serving or located in Loudoun (exceptions may be considered, please talk with us before submitting if needed); Participants must commit to attending all six sessions (exceptions may be considered, please talk with us before submitting if needed); Leaders/supervisors from the same organization may participate; however, if more applications are received than slots available, only one participant from an organization may be selected; Applicants must submit...
Give Choose 2020 Registration Now Open – Training February 11

Give Choose 2020 Registration Now Open – Training February 11

In 2019, Give Choose raised more than $327,000 for local nonprofits in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Join us in 2020 to make this year’s Give Choose the most successful event yet. What is Give Choose? Give Choose is an online day of giving to support organizations serving Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, hosted by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun and Northern Fauquier are invited to register or renew their participation at GiveChoose.org, where they will create an online profile and encourage the community to give to their mission on the day of Give Choose – May 5, 2020. How can my organization participate? Review the renewal and registration processes below, and join us for our upcoming training session on February 11, 2020. Renewal and Registration Join our 6th annual Give Choose event on Tuesday, May 5, 2020! Nonprofits serving Loudoun and Fauquier Counties are invited to register for this monumental day of online giving at GiveChoose.org. The 2020 renewal and registration process opens January 8, 2020. Returning Organizations – Renew Your Participation (Read Instructions Carefully): Organizations that have previously participated in Give Choose will receive an automated email on January 8, 2020, to Sign In to your organization’s account at GiveChoose.org, and requesting an updated Give Choose 2020 Agreement document to be uploaded. The automated renewal email will be sent to your Give Choose site administrator. Be sure to use the “Sign In” button ONLY to access renewal documents at GiveChoose.org (do not use the “Register” button if your organization has participated in the past). Once you Sign In, you...