Google Grants $100K for COVID-19 Relief in Loudoun; Community Foundation Issues Matching Challenge

Google Grants $100K for COVID-19 Relief in Loudoun; Community Foundation Issues Matching Challenge

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is pleased to announce that we have received a $100,000 grant from Google to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Loudoun County. Funds from Google will be added equally to the Community Foundation’s Community Emergency Relief Fund and Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund. The Community Foundation challenges our neighbors, places of worship, HOAs, businesses and community members everywhere to match Google’s generosity. “Help us leverage Google’s extraordinarily generous gift to Loudoun County by matching it dollar for dollar,” said Community Foundation President Amy Owen. “A matching gift to the Community Emergency Relief Fund or Tourism & Hospitality Fund doubles the impact. Those of us who are still employed and safe in our homes share that security with our neighbors who have so much less. The needs are right here in front of us, and they are huge.” “Google is pleased to be working with the Community Foundation on such a worthwhile and important program in this time of need,” said Liz Schwab, Head of External Affairs for Google in Virginia. “With families and safety net providers struggling with the effects of COVID-19, this is a vital time for us to look out for those in need.” The Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) was to established accept and strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts to households in need as well as to shore up human-service nonprofit organizations experiencing financial loss. Subsequently, Visit Loudoun Foundation established a Tourism &Hospitality Relief Fund to provide financial relief to tourism and hospitality workers experiencing income losses. “The impact to Loudoun’s tourism...
You Made It Happen | Give Choose Raises $600K

You Made It Happen | Give Choose Raises $600K

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Yesterday, we asked for your help. Our community and our nonprofits needed you. You rose to the occasion. You showed up for our community in the best way possible. A record-breaking $604,232 for 87 nonprofits who will use those dollars to help our community stay healthy, safe, and beautiful—all thanks to your generosity. Today, we express our gratitude for your generosity; our appreciation for the hard work of our local nonprofits; and our amazement at what’s possible when we all work together to lift our community. Thank you for making this community a great place to grow up and grow old. P.S. Want to see our final Give Choose results? Check out the Leaderboard...
Board Perspective | Preparing to Give Back

Board Perspective | Preparing to Give Back

The following was written by Kirsten Langhorne, who serves on the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, as part of our Board Perspective blog series. I became a bit of a prepper the day I became a mother. I stockpiled diapers, baby food, and onesies. Y2K brought jugged water and cases of Mac and Cheese. But this spring has brought me to a whole new level of anxiety about being prepared. If I were courageous enough to screenshot my Amazon Orders history and its middle-of-the-night orders delivered far and wide, I would reveal a window into my COVID-crisis soul. For weeks, awakening after a few hours, I’d pull up the news on my phone and responded to some new scare. A report suggests Ibuprofen worsens some COVID symptoms? Tylenol is on the way. There might be food shortages? 10 lb. lentil bags will carry us over. We are buried in Amazon boxes that have brought us necessities and excessive precautions alike. My family is as prepared as we can be. Now it is time for me to focus my concern and spending on our many neighbors who have not had the luxury to soothe their COVID anxieties through the efficiencies of online shopping. The community members who are watching every dollar to keep their families fed and sheltered need attention. The organizations critical to the welfare of our elderly or are sheltering abused women and children of caring for abandoned animals are facing harder times than they ever contemplated. Thankfully, Give Choose is up and running and is a wonderful way to get out of our own heads and help...
Give Choose | Early Giving Begins!

Give Choose | Early Giving Begins!

Schedule your donations in advance! Visit givechoose.org during our early giving period to schedule your donations in advance of the big day on May 5th. Donations may be pre-scheduled April 21st-March 4th. Our nonprofits need your support now more than ever. What is Give Choose? Give Choose is a 24-hour day of giving organized by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties to benefit local charities serving our community. The goal: inspire our community to come together to give generously to charities that make our community the best place to grow up and grow old. During Loudoun’s GiveChoose.org online giving event, the average gift is $134. But, with as little as $10, you will make a difference for your chosen charity. With more than 80 local nonprofit organizations participating, anyone can find a cause to support. Give Choose takes place on May 5, 2020, beginning midnight and ending 11:59 p.m. And, thanks to our generous sponsors, we will award prizes to charities hitting special benchmarks throughout the 24-hour period of giving. Donating to your local nonprofits through givechoose.org is a great way to be part of Giving Tuesday on May 5th. We’re all in this together as we overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Help make our community one of the most generous in...
A Principle of Community Care

A Principle of Community Care

Should you help someone in need?  How much should you donate to that someone, especially when you know your gift can save a life, teach someone to read, help them get a job, take care of their child, share the joy of music and art, or enhance the community fabric that makes ours one of the best to grow up and grow old? During Loudoun’s GiveChoose.org online giving event, the average gift is $134. GiveChoose.org is our community’s day of charitable giving celebrated on Giving Tuesday, May 5th.  Early giving starts April 21st.  More than 80 charities have united together to share their stories and invite your choice to give a gift of as little as $10. Sometimes, our community needs to come forward and support a common goal.  This is one of those times. Now more than ever. The Richmond-based Center for Nonprofit Excellence has shared preliminary details of a very recent survey of nonprofit organizations as a result of COVID-19: Thirty-five percent of nonprofits are experiencing a drop in donations and 47 percent anticipate a drop in the coming weeks. Dozens of local charities canceled or postponed events and galas.  Corks for a Cause, traditionally held but canceled in early April, generated $20,000 for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. For many Loudoun charities, special events generate as much as 15% or more of the organization’s annual income—now lost. More than half nonprofits are experiencing a decrease in client usage of services or programs, with 62 percent experiencing a decrease in earned revenue/income for their charitable work. For example, Lansdowne-based Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing provides services to fit folks...