During the week of November 12-18, 2018, The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties will join more than 795 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 29 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
Last week, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution, proclaiming November 12-18 as Community Foundation Week in Loudoun County. Throughout the week, we will highlight the impact of Loudoun’s local community foundation with facts and information about the impact of community foundations.
“We have seen the impact that community foundations across the country can have on the lives of those in their regions,” said Amy Owen, President of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems and advance the most promising of opportunities to benefit our residents.”
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. Locally, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has demonstrated this leadership with initiatives such as the raising awareness of community needs through the Faces of Loudoun campaign, nonprofit training through the Nonprofit Academy, in partnership with the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit leadership development through the Social Impact Institute, and increased philanthropic giving through the annual Give Choose day of giving in Loudoun County.
Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. This year, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is approaching a record breaking $1 million in grants made to nonprofit organizations.
Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
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