Community Emergency Relief Fund Established to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Community Emergency Relief Fund Established to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has established a Community Emergency Relief Fund to accept and strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Members of the community who wish to support aid to those affected by COVID-19 may donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund at CommunityFoundationLF.org/EmergencyRelief. The Community Foundation will work closely with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to agencies to meet both immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of COVID-19 in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Grants will be prioritized to organizations: Providing direct financial assistance to individuals who need monetary assistance to meet basic needs such as housing, utilities, and medical expenses due to the impact of COVID-19; Providing services directly addressing impact of COVID-19 such as food distribution, shelter, housing, and health care. The Community Foundation will form a Community Emergency Relief Fund Advisory Committee to advise on the distribution of any funds raised. The Advisory Committee will include local experts on emergency response and local services, and will include diverse representation to ensure equitable distribution of the funds to those in need. In the event that funds raised through the Community Emergency Relief Fund are no longer needed for COVID-19 relief, remaining funds will be reserved for future local disaster relief efforts. For more information, contact Amy Owen, President, at (703) 779-3505, x1 or amy@communityfoundationlf.org. To Donate Online: CommunityFoundationLF.org/EmergencyRelief To Donate by Check: Make checks payable to Community Foundation, “Community Emergency Relief Fund” in memo line Mail to: Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties PO Box...
Nonprofit Academy Workshop – Asking for Money in Person:  The Most Powerful Form of Fundraising

Nonprofit Academy Workshop – Asking for Money in Person: The Most Powerful Form of Fundraising

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; Program: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, 714 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Registration Link ($35 for Loudoun Chamber members, $50 for nonmembers) Contributions from individuals continues to be one of the most significant sources of income for nonprofits. Yet for many nonprofit staff and volunteers, asking for an individual gift can be intimidating without the right tools. In this workshop, participants will lear the six elements of a cultivation plan: who makes the ask, what is a case statement, building your list, how much to ask for, making The Ask, and following up. Presenter Amy Owen, and her husband, Don, live near Unison, Virginia, Loudoun County. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Alabama and received her Master’s Degree in Interpersonal Communications from West Virginia University.The majority of her professional career has been in nonprofit management. For more than 10 years, she managed and directed fundraising programs for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy based in Harpers Ferry, WV. She served as a circuit rider to some 25 West Virginia community foundations providing support for their emerging policy and fundraising efforts with the West Virginia Community Foundations Consortium. Amy currently serves as President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. 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...
5 Things to Know About the 2020 Census

5 Things to Know About the 2020 Census

Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of everyone in our nation. A fair and accurate counts means more federal funding and political representation for our community. Learn the top five things you need to know about the upcoming census. Here are the Top 5 things to know about the Census: 1. The Census begins in March with a survey that is available online, by phone or by mail. Census workers will follow up in person in May to homes that do not respond. 2. The Census is easy – it is available online in 13 languages and only takes 10 minutes to complete. 3. The Census is safe – federal law prohibits your responses from being shared with outside agency. The Census does not impact your immigration status or government benefits. 4. Everyone Counts – Regardless of age, immigration status, ethnicity, gender or relation, everyone who lives in your home counts on your Census form. 5. The Census does NOT ask for your Social Security Number, financial information, email address, or political party. Watch the mail in March to participate, and visit loudoun.gov/2020census to learn...
Forward Turn Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

Forward Turn Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announces the 2020 grant recipients of the Forward Turn youth grantmaking program. Each year, Forward Turn Youth Advisors request proposals and review grant applications from their peers. This year, Forward Turn received $16,000 in requests from youth-led projects and organizations, with $3,500 available to grant.  Learning how to score and evaluate proposals and interviewing their peers are cornerstones of the Forward Turn program. This year, the Forward Turn Youth Advisors awarded the following grants: $1,500 to Dulles South Food Pantry, to support the Backpack Buddies program, implemented with youth support and volunteers $1,000 to Mobile Hope, to support cooking classes for at-risk youth, led by a youth volunteer $1,000 to Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, supporting youth-led construction of planter boxes for program participants, completed by the Briar Woods High School Habitat Club 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...