The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announces a newly launched service for nonprofits: virtual access to Foundation Directory Online, a comprehensive database of local, national, and international funders and grant opportunities.  Foundation Directory Online is a product of Candid, a nationally-recognized organization that serves as a clearinghouse for nonprofit information through its services such as GuideStar and the Foundation Center.

The Community Foundation has been recognized by Candid as one of their Funding Information Network partners enabling nonprofit organizations with access to Foundation Directory Online (FDO).  The FDO database allows users to research more than 235,000 foundations across the country and the world, helping grant seekers explore potential funding opportunities.  There is no cost to use the service through the Community Foundation; however, users benefit from a 30-minute training offered virtually.

The Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Support Specialist, Sapna Hencinski, will provide one-to-one, customized training to nonprofits accessing FDO, helping nonprofits maximize their research.  Hencinski was recently certified by Candid as an FDO Expert. In addition, the Community Foundation will continue to offer grant writing and grantor research training using FDO through its Learning Lab workshop series for nonprofits offered annually.

“FDO gives nonprofits tools to find more grant opportunities for their good work.  One goal of the Community Foundation offering this service is to help bring more funding into our community” said Hencinski.  “I’m looking forward to helping our nonprofits find the resources they need.”

The Community Foundation is able to bring FDO to our nonprofit community thanks to sponsorship from Sandy Spring Bank.

“Nonprofit organizations are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Monica Tressler, senior vice president of commercial banking at Sandy Spring Bank. “We’re excited to partner with The Community Foundation to provide this resource that we hope will streamline and simplify the all-too-important funding and grant process these organizations need.”

Nonprofits interested in scheduling a training session to access FDO can visit www.communityfoundationlf.org/fdo for more information.

About the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties
Founded in 1999 by local volunteers, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to grow community giving in Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties, surrounding areas and across the nation. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has granted $10 million back into the community including through its Community Emergency Relief Fund in response to COCVID-19. Donors who include the Community Foundation in their philanthropic vision benefit from low fees, knowledgeable staff, and personal assurance that legal and accounting issues are managed under one cost-effective banner: the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. CommunityFoundationLF.org, GiveChoose.org, and FacesofLoudoun.org (703) 779-3505.

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