Loudoun Impact Fund:  Tips for Grant Seekers

Loudoun Impact Fund: Tips for Grant Seekers

Calling grant seekers!  Does your organization serve low income, at-risk, or special needs youth, older adults, or people with disabilities?  The Loudoun Impact Fund, a partnership between the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, is currently accepting proposals for programs that advance youth and elderly welfare, and services for people with disabilities. The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of annual philanthropic investors who review and recommend grants into our Loudoun community. Each year, members of the giving circle  select their top priorities for grantmaking in Loudoun. We request proposals for funding that will positively impact the priorities they selected; you submit a carefully prepared application, requesting funding for your good work. So, you wonder, what might nudge your application to be selected as one of the top-ranked proposals?   Here are our tips to help your proposal stand out: The details matter. Carefully reviewing your narrative and budget to ensure you completely answer each question in the application requirements is an important step to make sure the reviewers have all the information they need. But, keep it simple.  The art of crafting detailed yet concise messaging related to your organization’s work comes with practice and careful editing.  It’s tempting to wax poetic about your proposed project or program; after all, your organization is doing great things, and probably a lot of them!  But keep in mind the reviewers are reading many proposals.  You want yours to be easily digested and understood. Avoid assuming. Remember, our reviewers may not be familiar with your organization, even if your organization is a previous...
Coalitions, Networks, and Initiatives—Oh My!

Coalitions, Networks, and Initiatives—Oh My!

There are many ways to get involved in your local community—sometimes it just takes knowing the right people.   Or, the local coalitions, networks and initiatives! Our local community has a number of meeting systems and groups that welcome visitors, volunteers, and offer a wonderful ways to build connections and learn more about what’s what here at home. Interested in volunteering? How about learning more about local charities dedicated to health and human service? Want to find local workshops and training on fundraising or nonprofit administration? Here’s a list we’d like to offer up that might help guide your local thinking—and action! As put so beautifully, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” Mahatma Gandhi...
The Short Game Lesson

The Short Game Lesson

May 1st was a golfing event for the Community Foundation.  Local folks from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties generously donated to our grant making, leadership, and partnership building work and, in exchange, spent a half-day with two PROs.  I mean, real golf PROs. So good, they tutor the guys who make the cut.  E.J. Pfister and Chris Tidland flew in at the behest of our event coordinator, John Mascatello’s Wasserman Media Group.  Folks were learning some really good stuff. During lunch, we got an insiders’ behind-the-scenes view into the game of golf, its players, its politics, led by Mascatello and Len Shapiro of the Middleburg Life (and Washington Post).  E.J. and Chris talked about their work, and how they do it, and the people they work with. You could tell.  Pfister and Tidland love the game, and they love teaching it.  I realized that, if I had a family member who had talent, and was on the way up into the realm of professional golf, these were the teachers I’d want for my kid or spouse or cousin.  They had this powerful combination of challenge and reinforcement, knowledge with fantastic examples, that a good teacher possesses.    Good people, good at their jobs. Thanks, guys! And, thanks to everyone from our community who joined in.  I hope you’re out putting and chipping on this lovely day with that extra bit of skill.  I know Elaine Burden, Tom Northrup, Jon Moynihan, and Bob Wipfler must be! They won the day’s skills challenge. Our program was generously sponsored by Langhorne Custom Homes, RevSite.com, and AHT Insurance....