New Fund: Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund

New Fund: Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund

We are honored to announce the newly created Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund (ULARF).  Ursula Landsrath founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia almost ten years ago, raising and distributing more than $1 million to Virginia-based animal rescue organizations. Ursula passed away in January 2019;  Ursula’s husband, Ken Rietz, created ULARF in memory of Ursula’s outstanding work. Sandal LaRose, a member of the newly created ULARF Grants Committee, said, “ULARF will operate the same way the Animal Rescue Fund did under Ursula’s leadership. We will receive grant applications from Virginia based 501(c)(3) animal rescue organizations and distribute funds in the fall of each year. Initially we will have a small amount of money to distribute in grants but hope that it will grow in the future.” Additional contributions can made to ULARF by sending checks to the Community Foundation at PO Box 402, Middleburg, VA 20118 or at https://communityfoundationlf.org/landsrath. Information about ULARF and grant applications are available at https://communityfoundationlf.org/grant-seekers/. For more information contact Nicole Acosta, Director of Grants and Nonprofit Programs at the Community Foundation at (703) 779-3505, X3. Media Coverage: Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Created – Middleburg...
Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers In Action

Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers In Action

Each year, our Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers work diligently to review grant applications from their peers.  Receiving over $13,000 in requests from youth-led projects and organizations, with only $3,500 to grant, our Youth Grantmakers had to make some difficult decisions this year.  Learning how to score and evaluate proposals and interviewing their peers are cornerstones of the of the Forward Turn program.   This year, our Forward Turn Youth Grantmakers awarded the following grants: $1,250 to Princess Packages, a newly created, student-led nonprofit organization providing care packages to hospitalized children; $1,250 to the Academies of Loudoun RESET Club, funding supples for STEM program; $1,000 to Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, supporting youth-led construction of playhouses for low-income families and community shelters. 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...
Your Voice is Needed: Upcoming Community Meetings for Human Services Strategic Plan

Your Voice is Needed: Upcoming Community Meetings for Human Services Strategic Plan

Members of the public are encouraged to attend one of several upcoming meetings aimed at developing a human services strategic plan for Loudoun County, which will provide a roadmap for implementing improved, coordinated systems of care that meet the county’s human service needs. The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is partnering with Loudoun County government and local nonprofit organizations in the effort and together are sponsoring community meetings to hear from members of the public about the county’s human services needs and recommendations on how to meet those needs. 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. The upcoming community meetings are scheduled over a two-day period, Friday and Saturday, March 29, and March 30, 2019. To encourage participation and make the meetings as convenient as possible, sessions are being held throughout the county both in the daytime and evening. Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.,  Office of Elections and Voter Registration, 750 Miller Drive, SE, Suite C, Leesburg Friday, March 29, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,...
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...