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...
Nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence recognizes CFLNFC

Nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence recognizes CFLNFC

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With more than 500 community foundations accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. “This is fundamentally important to our donors,” said Amy Owen, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. “When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely and honor their charitable wishes for generations to come. The National Standards accreditation says our house is in order.” The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties works to meet critical community needs and support local causes. Since founded in 1999, the organization has established more than 70 charitable funds, exceeding $6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing community needs such as human services, health, education, nature and environmental conservation, historic preservation, and more.  In addition, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has been a leading voice for philanthropy in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier, spearheading the Faces of Loudoun awareness campaign, creating Give Choose, an annual day of online giving that has raised almost $900,000 for local nonprofits, and convening local stakeholders and philanthropists with its annual Philanthropy Summit. The...
Seeking Public Input for Human Services Strategic Plan

Seeking Public Input for 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, a series of meetings are being held Friday, February 8, 2019, to seek public comment on the county’s human services needs and recommendations on how to meet those needs. Local human services professionals will be attending the day-long series of meetings. In addition, members of the public, particularly those who have received assistance from the county’s human services departments or nonprofit groups—such as food, healthcare, therapy, childcare, housing assistance or other services—are invited to attend a 90-minute public forum in Leesburg: Patients and Clients of Nonprofit or Loudoun County Human Services: Friday, February 8, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Healthworks, 163 Fort Evans Road NE in Leesburg Anyone with questions about the meetings may call 703-779-3505, ext. 2 or email info@CommunityFoundationLF.org. Anyone who requires a reasonable accommodation, including language interpretation, is asked to provide notice at least four days in advance. The...
Loudoun Chamber Foundation Grants $24,000 to Six Loudoun Nonprofits

Loudoun Chamber Foundation Grants $24,000 to Six Loudoun Nonprofits

The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce announced this month that its Loudoun Chamber Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, has selected six local nonprofit organizations to each receive $4,000 grants to support their work in our community. Founded in 2014, the Loudoun Chamber Foundation invests in local nonprofits that are focused on the economy, workforce development, public safety and wellness in Loudoun. In that short period, the Foundation has invested a total of $82,000 into the Loudoun community. “As the 2018 Chair of the Loudoun Chamber’s Board of Directors, I am proud to see our business community stepping up to support the needs of Loudoun’s citizens. As business leaders, we recognize that quality of life issues are business issues, and that by supporting Loudoun’s outstanding nonprofits we are serving the economic interests of our entire community,” said Mitch Sproul, of Toth Financial Advisory Corp. The organizations receiving 2019 Loudoun Chamber Foundation grants are: A Farm Less Ordinary – A nonprofit farm that provides employment and training to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by sustainably growing organic vegetables. Crossroads Jobs – Helping Loudoun area residents move away from poverty by providing individualized job search and placement services to the unemployed and underemployed. Dulles South Food Pantry – Founded in 2014, DSFP provides nutritious food, personal supplies and services to those in need in the Dulles South area. Good Shepherd Alliance – A Christian nonprofit that provides help for the homeless and others in need, through emergency and transitional housing and outreach services. Loudoun Free Clinic – An organization dedicated to providing quality medical care for adult in Loudoun...