Our 2019 Report to the Community

Our 2019 Report to the Community

We invite you to review our newly released 2019 Report to the Community: Learn more about our grantmaking…more than $1 million into our community; Take a look at our fiscal year-end financials; See the varied funds your neighbors and fellow philanthropists have set up; Read more about setting up a donor advised fund or personalized fund that reflects your charitable vision, forever. Download the full...
Launching New Leadership Institute

Launching New Leadership Institute

Today the Community Foundation launched its first session of the Leadership Institute, a new initiative of our Social Impact Institute program.  Fifteen nonprofit leaders were selected to participate in a six-session leadership development course that will strengthen and hone each participant’s management and supervisory skills. Led by Terrie Glass of Zelos LLC, participants will explore topics essential to all leaders, including communicating effectively, conflict resolution, developing others, change management, and leading teams. The 2020 Leadership Institute participants include: Nicole Acosta, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties Lorna Campbell Clarke, Loudoun Commission for Women and Girls Therese Cashen, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity Katrina Cole, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health Susan Mandel Giblin, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers Priscilla Martinez, Loudoun Literacy Council Monti Mercer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Zanelle Nichols, ECHO Amy Owen, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties Valerie Pisierra, Loudoun Cares Rose Rogers, Middleburg Humane Foundation Daphne Sanders, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter Clark Seipt, Community Coalition for Haiti Jennifer Smith, INMED Partnerships for Children Erwin Stierle, American Red Cross of Loudoun and Prince William Counties To learn more about the various programs of the Social Impact Institute, visit: ...
Congratulating Our 2020 “Leading for Success” Graduates

Congratulating Our 2020 “Leading for Success” Graduates

This week we congratulate the newest graduates of our Social Impact Institute’s Leading for Success leadership program for nonprofit leaders: Megan Belden, Deputy Director of Program Services, Legal Services of Northern Virginia Charlotte Fosque, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Samantha Kuhn, Executive Director, JK Community Farm Nicole Morris, Executive Director, Women Giving Back Olivia Rogers, Executive Director, Middleburg Community Center Kim Thornburg, Director of Development, Girls on the Run of NOVA Leading for Success participants completed this year-long program that builds leadership skills of nonprofit executives through executive coaching. Participants engaged in both individual and group coaching sessions with Leigh Shields of Leigh Shields and Associates.  As an experienced consultant in executive coaching and leadership development, Leigh has now completed four years of coaching cohorts with Loudoun’s nonprofit leaders. “In the corporate world, executives frequently benefit from leadership coaching.  However, nonprofits often lack the financial resources required to engage in quality executive coaching for their leaders,” said Nicole Acosta, Director of Grants and Nonprofit Programs for the Community Foundation.  “The Community Foundation is grateful to be able to offer Leigh’s phenomenal coaching skills to our nonprofit leaders who might not otherwise have access to a program like this.  We commend the organizations that participated for investing in their leadership through this program.” About the Social Impact Institute The Social Impact Institute offers deep-dive professional development programs for nonprofit leaders.  2020 programs of the Social Impact Institute include the Board Chair Roundtable, Leading for Success, the Learning Lab series, and Racial Equity Framework....
Board Perspective | Community Care and Investment: Thanking Those Serving on the Front Lines

Board Perspective | Community Care and Investment: Thanking Those Serving on the Front Lines

The following was written by Tracey White, who serves as Chair of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, as part of our Board Perspective blog series. By now everyone has seen the wonderful gestures of appreciation and thanks that communities around the globe have shown to the front line health care workers that have been caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a proud employee of a health care organization, it has been wonderful to see this outpouring of support for my colleagues who go above and beyond every day to care for the people in our hospitals and clinics. But, we have also seen countless other people serving on the front lines during the pandemic – restaurant and grocery workers that kept us fed, construction and service professionals that kept our vehicles and homes operational, teachers that continued to connect with students online and nonprofit workers who assisted those most vulnerable in our communities just to name a few. They kept working to fulfill our day-to-day needs despite the risks and challenges. Many of these members of our community have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic through the loss of work or reduced hours and benefits (if they had any), increased expenses and other challenges. Do you ever wonder how you might be able to help and thank them for their service and sacrifice during this unprecedented time? The Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has an answer for you! The Community Emergency Relief Fund was established to accept and strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency relief needs in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier...
Launching New Racial Equity Framework Program; Now Accepting Registration to The Onion Dialogues

Launching New Racial Equity Framework Program; Now Accepting Registration to The Onion Dialogues

Now Launching: Racial Equity Framework The Community Foundation’s Social Impact Institute launches the Racial Equity Framework, a three-part program providing nonprofit professionals and government partners tools for addressing race and racism, allyship, and organizational equity: Part 1: The Onion Dialogues: an introductory workshop for nonprofit executives and board members to discuss and learn about race and racism (July-August 2020; registration now open, information below) Part 2: Allyship: a workshop for nonprofit and local government professionals, providing participants with tools to become an ally for racial justice (September – October 2020; registration information coming soon). Part 3: 360 Equity Review: two nonprofit organizations will be selected receive feedback and technical assistance related to equitable policies, practices, and decision-making (fall/winter 2020; applications will be released August 2020). It is expected that organizations interested in the 360 Equity Review will have participated in both The Onion Dialogues and Allyship programs. Now Accepting Registration: The Onion Dialogues The Onion Dialogues, presented by Tamara Copeland and Amy Owen, provides nonprofit executives and Board members the opportunity to explore and normalize conversation about race. Just as an onion has many layers, The Onion Dialogues engages participants in a multi-faceted discussion about race. Exploring topics such as language, systemic racism throughout US history, microaggressions, white fragility, and more, Amy Owen and Tamara will lead participants through an interactive dialogue in this two-day introductory workshop The Onion Dialogues will be delivered via Zoom. Eligibility Due to limited availability, The Onion Dialogues is only available to teams of two: nonprofit executive directors/CEO’s and Board members of nonprofits serving Loudoun County. It is strongly encouraged that executive directors and...