Community Foundation Awarded $10,500 from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for Philanthropy Summit

Community Foundation Awarded $10,500 from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for Philanthropy Summit

Today the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announced that it is the recipient of a $10,500 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The Community Foundation is among five organizations receiving a total of $565,500 in new grant funding from the Foundation, designed to close excellence gaps and support college access for high-achieving students with financial need in the Northern Virginia region. The grants will enable over 1,400 students to access programs focused on providing high-quality academic experiences and college success initiatives. Funding from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will support the Community Foundation’s annual Philanthropy Summit program. This year’s Philanthropy Summit, titled “The Equity Continuum,” will explore the topic of equity in the context of the social determinants of health, education, and the criminal justice system. Nonprofit, government, and philanthropic leaders will gather for the Philanthropy Summit on October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public Schools administration building.  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is among one of the Summit’s presenters, providing participants with a presentation on equity and education. “We’re proud to support the meaningful work of these organizations which are dedicated to closing excellence gaps,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Cooke Foundation. “These grants build on our nearly two decades of working alongside organizations focused on helping talented students without financial resources pursue postsecondary education.” Foundation research demonstrates that high-achieving students with financial need are less likely than their higher-income peers to continue performing in the top academic quartile. These excellence gaps persist and, in many cases, widen as students continue through their K-12 years. This year’s...
Nonprofit Academy:  Simple Steps to Revamp Your Board’s Priorities: Marketing, Fundraising, and Board Development

Nonprofit Academy: Simple Steps to Revamp Your Board’s Priorities: Marketing, Fundraising, and Board Development

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 Time: Registration: 9:00-9:30 a.m.; Program: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, 714 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Registration Link In this fast-paced workshop, Kurt Aschermann will use his “Got It, Need It, Can’t Do It” tool, focusing on just five questions in marketing, five questions in fundraising and five questions in board development. Your answers—and the information you need to make sure your answers are, or become, the correct answers—will lay the groundwork for an effective and efficient donor program leading to larger gifts from more people. This workshop also includes Aschermann’s “Ten Steps to a Successful Ask” exercise. Presenter Kurt Aschermann has almost 40 years of experience as a marketing and resource development professional. Before retirement he served as Chief Marketing and Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he supervised a staff that managed BGCA’s fund raising and marketing operations nation-wide. There he created and implemented a fundraising strategy for the organization that saw combined Clubs and national headquarters revenue go from $350 million to $1.2 billion in a little over ten years. About the Nonprofit Academy In partnership with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and its Nonprofit Initiative, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties launched an ongoing workshop and training program for area nonprofits called the Nonprofit Academy. Each year, more than 200 attendees join workshops on fundraising, administration and HR, and publicity and outreach to teach such topics as Fundamentals of Fundraising, Board Speed Dating, Quickbooks training, Grantwriting and Grantor Research, Leadership Development, Meet the Media, and...
Celebrating 20 Years and New Location:  Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Celebrating 20 Years and New Location: Ribbon Cutting and Open House

On September 5, 2019 the Community Foundation celebrated the opening of its new location with a ribbon cutting, open house, and art show.  Joined by local elected officials, along with government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and business leaders, the Community Foundation honored the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, for their generous support of the Community Foundation that made the move to the new location possible.  The move marks an important milestone for the Community Foundation, which also celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. “Today’s grand opening of this facility is a milestone for Loudoun County’s nonprofit community, because it will be a place for the nonprofit community to call their own, to notify every passerby on this road that Loudoun has a heart for the disadvantaged,” said Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Executive Director J. Hamilton Lambert.  “The elected officials here today, I believe every one of them recognizes that there are needs in Loudoun County, unmet needs, and I hope that there’s more focus on that from the elected officials than there has been in the past,” Lambert said. The new office includes the new Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, which will host the Community Foundation’s programs, including the Social Impact Institute, a program providing training for nonprofit executives and board members, and the Nonprofit Academy, a partnership between the Community Foundation and Loudoun Chamber with providing quarterly workshops on nonprofit best practices for fundraising, communications, finance and operations. The center also displays work by local artists, starting with an exhibit by Keith Patterson at the ribbon cutting.  The Community Foundation plans to also make the the Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center...
Introducing the 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Consortium

Introducing the 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Consortium

In this pilot program of the Community Foundation, four Loudoun-based, human-service nonprofits were recently selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Consortium.  Organizations applying to participate in the program had to demonstrate that their executive staff and Boards of Directors were ready to undergo a strategic planning process and that their annual operating budgets were under $500,000.  The selected organizations will work with expert strategic planning consultants from Capacity Partners.  The four selected nonprofits participating are: A Farm Less Ordinary Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation Loudoun Youth Inc. Project Horse Empowerment Center Over the next several months, these four nonprofits will work closely with their consultants from Capacity Partners who will guide their Boards through the process of setting the future strategic direction for the organization and developing strong strategic plans. The Consortium kicked off with a half-day planning retreat held August 24, at the Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, facilitated by Stephanie Hanson and Kathy Stevens of Capacity Partners. Executive Directors, Board Strategic Planning Chairs, and additional Board members participated.  Participants learned about the overall process of strategic planning and began to start asking the “Big Questions” their organizations must tackle in order to set their future strategic directions.  By the program completion in spring 2020, the participating organizations will have a fully completed strategic plan document, and a plan for its implementation. We thank 100WomenStrong and Loudoun County Government for providing funding for this program....
Celebrating Our 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Celebrating Our 2019 Scholarship Recipients

As the summer winds down and school begins, the Community Foundation announces our 2019 scholarship recipients. Catherine Johnson, recipient of a Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship Patrick Beck, recipient of a Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” scholarship Danning Bisaga, first recipient of Henry Stower’s Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund Kayla Ballve, 2019 Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund Recipient Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship Fund Gavin’s scholarship fund supports students pursuing a career in the health sciences medical field, with a concentration in oncology, from Loudoun County as a memorial to Gavin and to honor all those in the medical field who helped him and his family. Catherine Johnson, a graduate from Loudoun Valley High School, received a $2,000 Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a career in nursing. As a childhood cancer survivor and an ambulance aide with the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad, her career goal is to become a pediatric nurse in an emergency medicine setting. “I hope to bring personal experience, hope, quality care, and a smile to pediatric patients in this career,” said Johnson. Patrick Beck received a $2,000 Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship to attend the University of Virginia as he pursues his career goal to become a pediatric oncologist. Over the summer, he  interned with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its pediatric neuroblastoma research program under one of the research physicians. “I have always been driven by a tremendous passion to learn and use what I’ve learned help others,” said Beck. Henry Stowers Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund Created by the...