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...