Now Accepting Applications – Board Chair Roundtable 2020

Now Accepting Applications – Board Chair Roundtable 2020

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is now accepting applications for the Social Impact Institute’s 2020 Board Chair Roundtable. Board Chairs play a critical role in a nonprofit organization’s success, and the role often comes with many challenges. Joining the BCR will give you the opportunity to network and connect with other Board Chairs; learn effective strategies for honing your Board leadership; explore topics related to nonprofit Board management, governance, and best practices; and provide and receive support from your peers in a confidential and trusted setting. Program Design: The BCR will be comprised of a small group of 6-10 nonprofit board chairs who will meet monthly for 90-minute sessions, over six months. The BCR will be organized and facilitated by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties’ Nicole Acosta, Director of Grants and Nonprofit Programs. Session topics will be designed with input from the BCR participants and may include guest speakers or presenters. BCR participants must complete the attached Registration Application, due by Friday, February 14, 2020. BCR sessions will begin in March 2020, and will be held at the Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center (714 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176). BCR session schedule will be provided to participants in late February, based on the availability provided in the application form. Program fee is $60. What did our past Board Chair participants have to say about the program? -“Meeting other Chairs gave me perspectives I had not thought of.” -“The group discussions and practical feedback was valuable.” -“It was great to get feedback from other Board Chairs and ask for advice.” Eligibility and Commitments: Participants...
Upcoming Nonprofit Academy Workshop:  The Five Voices of Leadership

Upcoming Nonprofit Academy Workshop: The Five Voices of Leadership

The Five Voices of Leadership: Take Your Communication to the Next Level Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; Program: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, 714 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Registration Link Every effective nonprofit requires effective team communication, from Board, to staff, to volunteers. Through this dynamic workshop, participants will complete 3 modules of Transforming Team Communication: Discover Your Leadership Voice — Learn the behaviors and value of each of the 5 Voices and identify the foundational Voice you use The Power of Your Voice — Celebrate the contribution your Voice brings and learn the negative impact your Voice can have on others The Art of Collaboration — Get the best from each person in your team by learning to leverage and trust the strengths of their Voices Workshop Objectives: Increased self-awareness and confidence as each participant discovers their Leadership Voice Deeper relational trust Greater collaboration Honest conversations being the norm with fewer tensions and challenges Increased team performance against your metrics Presenter Courtney Jordan is a Senior Consultant with GiANT Worldwide specializing in developing people, increasing team performance and building better leaders. Courtney draws from her 14+ years experience in northern Virginia real estate where she has not only served hundreds of clients by referral, but she’s also trained many top producing agents on taking their business to the next level. She understands from the front lines how people make decisions, react in stress, and navigate change. In her work with GiANT, she helps companies grow into thriving organizations where everyone can bring their...
Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Grants $34,700 to Animal Welfare Nonprofits

Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Grants $34,700 to Animal Welfare Nonprofits

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announced today $34,700 in grant awards to 12 nonprofit animal rescue organizations across Virginia, including those located in Loudoun County. The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund was established within the Community Foundation earlier this year by the friends of Ursula Landsrath and her husband, Ken Rietz as a memorial after when she died January 3, 2019. Ursula Landsrath founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia as an independent organization ten years ago, distributing more than $1 million during that time to Virginia-based animal rescue organizations before shutting down grantmaking operations in 2017. Dedicated to building a permanent legacy in her honor, the newly founded Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund will to continue to provide needed funds to grassroots animal rescue organizations while benefitting from staffing and investment support unique within the Community Foundation. “This is a great start for this new effort,” said Sandal Larose, member of the Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund grant committee. “We hope to be able to expand the number and amount of the grants in coming years.” The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund selected 12 organizations to receive funding, after conducting a competitive grant process: Animal Care Assistance Program received a $2,500 grant to support a fence repair at their sanctuary facility. Blue Ridge Wildlife Center received a $2,500 grant to support the purchase of new surgical instrument packs and specialty instruments for animal surgeries. Community Cat Advocats received a $2,500 grant to support the County Cats program, focused on diversion for community cats who would otherwise euthanized....
Loudoun Impact Fund Grants $102,000 to Local Nonprofit Organizations

Loudoun Impact Fund Grants $102,000 to Local Nonprofit Organizations

Local donors and nonprofit leaders gathered this week at Integrus Holdings as the Loudoun Impact Fund awarded $102,000 in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County. The awards were made possible through the generosity of approximately 50 individuals and businesses that pooled charitable gifts. The Loudoun Impact Fund brings together individuals and businesses interested in grantmaking administered through a joint effort of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Participants make a gift of $1,000 per individual or $5,000 per business to join the giving circle. Members review proposals submitted from local nonprofits and decide together which charities to grant. More than $457,000 in grant requests were received, almost double in requests than received last year. “We once again were overwhelmed by the quality of the grant requests and the level of need in our community,” said Robert Fiolek, donor and co-leader of the Loudoun Impact Fund. “I fully recommend participation in some form of community giving. Sure, it may be easier to just write a check. But if you are investing your time in learning the true needs of your neighbors and standing shoulder to shoulder with others in helping others, I promise you, you will want to do more.” Amy Owen, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, noted the long-term impact of the giving circle’s grantmaking. “Since 2014, the Loudoun Impact Fund has contributed almost $600,000 in grants,” she said. “This is a high impact contribution in our community, especially when you recognize the lackluster household giving in Loudoun County....
Loudoun Kicks Off Human Services Strategic Plan Advisory Committee

Loudoun Kicks Off Human Services Strategic Plan Advisory Committee

Loudoun County’s newly-established Human Services Strategic Plan Advisory Committee kicked off its efforts to create a healthy, thriving, safe and inclusive community during an inaugural meeting November 14, 2019. The committee will implement Loudoun County’s first community-wide human services strategic plan. The Human Services Strategic Plan Advisory Committee will implement the strategies outlined in the Human Services Strategic Plan, which aims to meet the county’s human service needs, such as affordable health care, child care and housing. The Human Services Strategic Plan was developed in partnership between Loudoun County Government, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, and the Loudoun Human Services Network. Some of the plan strategies are already underway in the county, including the establishment of a coalition of Loudoun County’s behavioral health providers and the creation of a youth engagement forum. Committee members are expected to create and implement an annual work plan, convene or support subcommittees, conduct or collect research and identify resource needs. The first task of the committee is the development of a one-year action plan that will be presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The committee is comprised of 16 members from human services agencies, organizations, and interest areas from across the county: Standing Members Assistant County Administrator Valmarie Turner Loudoun County Department of Family Services Director Glenda Blake Loudoun County Health Department Director Dr. David Goodfriend Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services Director Margaret Graham Loudoun County Grants Coordinator Shalom Black Loudoun Human Services Network Chair Jennifer Montgomery, Executive Director, Loudoun Hunger Relief Loudoun Human Services Network Vice Chair Nikki Daruwala, Executive Director,...