Two New Members Join Our Board

Two New Members Join Our Board

It’s our pleasure to announce two new members joining our Board of Directors! Janelle Brevard and Tara Trout recently joined our board of now fourteen members. Janelle has worked previously for The Associated Press and as senior advisor and speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.  After leaving the State Department, Jenelle led executive and leadership communications at Delphi Automotive and Hilton Worldwide, and served as director of communications and government relations for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Janelle also worked for two years as Vice President of Communications for the Council on Foundations, a leadership association of grantmaking foundations. There she led a portfolio that included media relations, public affairs, strategic communications, social media engagement and executive communications.  Currently, Janelle serves as a communications consultant to foundations, nonprofits, and private companies.  Janelle is a resident of Aldie.       Tara is an Assistant Vice President in AHT Insurance’s farm and equine practice with extensive experience in the insurance industry.  In addition to her Board service to the Community Foundation, Tara serves on the Board of Directors for the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Mosby Area Heritage Association.  Tara is the Chair of the farm and ranch insurance coverage committee for RiskProNet International, a global network of over 250 agencies, and also serves on the agency council of Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company.  Tara is a resident of The Plains. Media Coverage: Community Foundation taps two new board members (Loudoun...
Now Accepting Applications:  Leading for Success 2019

Now Accepting Applications: Leading for Success 2019

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is now accepting applications for the Social Impact Institute’s 2019 Leading for Success program. A nonprofit’s chief executive is often the difference between growth and stagnation, between thriving and surviving organization. By participating in the year-long Leading For Success program with fellow top nonprofit executives, you will have the opportunity to join other nonprofit leaders in strengthening your leadership skills and knowledge in the context of capitalizing on a compelling opportunity for your organization. Program Design Combining individual coaching and group learning sessions every other month for one year, this unique learning experience offers an array of best practices and related tools with shared experiences from other leaders facing similar challenges. Experienced executive coach Leigh Shields will provide individual coaching and facilitate group learning sessions. Up to six nonprofit executives will be selected to participate, with the year-long program anticipated to begin in late spring 2019. Pre-application Interest Meeting – April 11, 2019 Interested in learning more about the program before completing your application? Join the Community Foundation and Leigh Shields in this pre-application interest meeting, held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, 10:00-11:00 a.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room at HealthWorks for Northern Virginia (163 Fort Evans Road, NE, Leesburg, 20176). Attendance is optional, but encouraged. Email Nicole Acosta at nicole@communityfoundationlf.org if you plan to attend. Eligibility and Commitments: Participants must serve as current CEO/Executive Director, or in a senior leadership position of a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization serving Loudoun and/or Northern Fauquier Counties (priority will be given to CEOs/Executive Directors; however, nonprofit staff in senior leadership positions may also apply); Commit to preparing for,...
New Fund: Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund

New Fund: Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund

We are honored to announce the newly created Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund (ULARF).  Ursula Landsrath founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia almost ten years ago, raising and distributing more than $1 million to Virginia-based animal rescue organizations. Ursula passed away in January 2019;  Ursula’s husband, Ken Rietz, created ULARF in memory of Ursula’s outstanding work. Sandal LaRose, a member of the newly created ULARF Grants Committee, said, “ULARF will operate the same way the Animal Rescue Fund did under Ursula’s leadership. We will receive grant applications from Virginia based 501(c)(3) animal rescue organizations and distribute funds in the fall of each year. Initially we will have a small amount of money to distribute in grants but hope that it will grow in the future.” Additional contributions can made to ULARF by sending checks to the Community Foundation at PO Box 402, Middleburg, VA 20118 or at https://communityfoundationlf.org/landsrath. Information about ULARF and grant applications are available at https://communityfoundationlf.org/grant-seekers/. For more information contact Nicole Acosta, Director of Grants and Nonprofit Programs at the Community Foundation at (703) 779-3505, X3. Media Coverage: Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Created – Middleburg...
Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers In Action

Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers In Action

Each year, our Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers work diligently to review grant applications from their peers.  Receiving over $13,000 in requests from youth-led projects and organizations, with only $3,500 to grant, our Youth Grantmakers had to make some difficult decisions this year.  Learning how to score and evaluate proposals and interviewing their peers are cornerstones of the of the Forward Turn program.   This year, our Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers awarded the following grants: $1,250 to Princess Packages, a newly created, student-led nonprofit organization providing care packages to hospitalized children; $1,250 to the Academies of Loudoun RESET Club, funding supples for STEM program; $1,000 to Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, supporting youth-led construction of playhouses for low-income families and community shelters. 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...
Your Voice is Needed: Upcoming Community Meetings for Human Services Strategic Plan

Your Voice is Needed: Upcoming Community Meetings for Human Services Strategic Plan

Members of the public are encouraged to attend one of several upcoming meetings aimed at developing a human services strategic plan for Loudoun County, which will provide a roadmap for implementing improved, coordinated systems of care that meet the county’s human service needs. The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is partnering with Loudoun County government and local nonprofit organizations in the effort and together are sponsoring community meetings to hear from members of the public about the county’s human services needs and recommendations on how to meet those needs. The strategic plan will focus on services such as affordable health care, child care and housing as well as funding and advocacy. The plan is being developed through a collaborative effort by the Loudoun County government, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and the Loudoun Human Services Network. Representatives of these groups are serving on the Human Services Strategic Plan Steering Committee, which is developing the strategic plan. The upcoming community meetings are scheduled over a two-day period, Friday and Saturday, March 29, and March 30, 2019. To encourage participation and make the meetings as convenient as possible, sessions are being held throughout the county both in the daytime and evening. Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.,  Office of Elections and Voter Registration, 750 Miller Drive, SE, Suite C, Leesburg Friday, March 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,...
Four Local Organizations Receive Grants in Honor of Loudoun Chamber Community Leadership Award Winners

Four Local Organizations Receive Grants in Honor of Loudoun Chamber Community Leadership Award Winners

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties granted $5,000 to four organizations at the recommendation of the recent winners of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Awards. The Loudoun Chamber announced the 2019 winners on January 25, 2019, at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Community Leadership Awards.  Each year, the 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. “The Loudoun Chamber is proud to partner with the Community Foundation to leverage our 2019 Community Leadership Awards to support the great work of the nonprofit organizations that our award honorees have selected,” said Loudoun Chamber President, Tony Howard. “These outstanding Loudoun community leaders have clearly chosen to support organizations that represent their values and their commitment to our Loudoun community that made them worthy of the Chamber’s Community Leadership Award.” The following grants were awarded, as recommended by the 2019 Community Leadership Award winners: $1,000 to the Loudoun Commission for Women and Girls, selected by Megan Imbert, winner of the Young Professional category; $1,000 to HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, selected by Carol Jameson, winner of the Nonprofit Executive category; $1,000 to Loudoun Literacy Council, selected by Loudoun Now, winner of the Small Organization category; $2,000 to JK Community Farm, selected by Chuck Kuhn, winner of the Executive Leader category, and JK Moving Services, winner of the Large Organization category. “This recognition is incredibly special to me because I grew up in Loudoun County and have been personally inspired and empowered by many people and organizations in this community.  I feel passionately...
Connect Loudoun Online Survey – Human Services Strategic Plan

Connect Loudoun Online Survey – Human Services Strategic Plan

Connect Loudoun Online Survey – Seeking Input for Loudoun County’s Human Services Strategic Plan The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is partnering with Loudoun County and local nonprofit organizations to develop a five-year human services strategic plan for the county, which will provide a roadmap for implementing improved, coordinated systems of care that meet the human service needs of Loudoun County. The strategic plan will focus on services such as affordable health care, child care and housing as well as funding and advocacy. The plan is being developed through a collaborative effort by the Loudoun County government, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and the Loudoun Human Services Network. Representatives of these groups are serving on the Human Services Strategic Plan Steering Committee, which is developing the strategic plan. As part of this effort, members of the Loudoun community are invited to complete an online survey to provide input on how to improve human services.  This survey is available at: https://www.connectloudoun.org  In addition, members of the public are invited to participate in a series of community meetings to give their feedback on how to improve Loudoun’s human services.  The first series of community meetings was held on February 8, 2019.  One hundred community members participated in facilitated discussions addressing human services needs across the County.  Another series of community meetings will be held on March 29, 2019.  Details for the upcoming series of community meetings will be finalized soon. If you are interested in receiving notifications about the upcoming community meetings, please email...
Nonprofit Academy – Fundamentals of Strategic Planning

Nonprofit Academy – Fundamentals of Strategic Planning

Join us for our first Nonprofit Academy workshop of 2019 – Fundamentals of Strategic Planning. Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Registration 8:30-9:00) Location: Leesburg Junction Registration Link About the Workshop Through interactive exercises, presenter Sandi Marra will help participants learn basic steps of strategic planning and receive takeaway templates they can use to kick-start their organizational strategic process. In addition, we’ll discuss the best way to bring in outside expertise to facilitate strategy development as well as average costs and time needed to complete the effort. About the Presenter Sandi Marra is a Partner Consultant with Capacity Partners, Inc. Her areas of expertise include facilitating strategic planning and implementation as well as board development and creating positive board-staff interactions. She was the Chief Operating Officer of St. Coletta of Greater Washington, a nonprofit organization supporting educational and service programs for developmentally disabled children and adults. In that role she guided the strategic growth of the organization from $5 million to $20 million in operating budget. In a volunteer role, she is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a $10 million national member, volunteer-based, organization. Having lead organizations in both executive staff and board chair roles, Sandi understands the importance of respecting cultural norms and traditions while creating the impetus for bringing about needed organizational change. Sandi holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Rowan University and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from The American University, the School of Public Affairs and the Kogod School of Business. About the Nonprofit Academy In partnership with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and its Nonprofit Initiative, the...