The Loudoun Community Cabinet, a component fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, announced granting a total of $98,000 to two local nonprofits to support their capacity building efforts.

Earlier this year, the Loudoun Community Cabinet invited a select number of nonprofit organizations to partake in an interview process to determine organizations poised to engage in capacity-building efforts to grow and expand their internal operations. Ultimately, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter was selected to receive a $76,500 grant and Loudoun Literacy Council received $21,500. Both grants bolstered data collection and analysis to plan for service delivery expansion and strengthened fundraising approaches. The Cabinet also awarded mini-grants of $2,500 to five organizations for general support totaling an additional $12,500.

The Loudoun Community Cabinet was established with seed funding from Claude Moore Charitable Foundation in late 2019 through efforts of Executive Director J. Lambert who helped to connect with local philanthropic investors to join the Cabinet. Each Cabinet member makes a personal gift of $100,000, that to date, exceeds $1 million collectively.

Chaired by Dr. William Hazel, Deputy Executive Director of Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Cabinet awarded its first round of grants to nonprofits in August 2020. Three human service organizations serving Loudoun County received a total of $160,000 in COVID-relief grants to ensure their operations continued despite financial challenges caused by the pandemic.

After its COVID emergency grants were made, the Cabinet turned its focus to helping nonprofits build capacity to strengthen internal operations in areas like fundraising, program evaluation, and long-term planning.

“We see great opportunity for Loudoun’s continued progress toward best practices, increased talent pools, and commitment to public-private partnerships,” said Dr. Hazel. “Our members have a keen understanding of the responsibility to channel collaborative philanthropy to catalyze that progress.”

The next phase of the Cabinet’s work will focus on a review of gaps in Loudoun County, and innovative approaches to connect need and solution that engages the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. The goal is impact with the highest rate of return to the greatest benefit to Loudoun County.

Individuals interested in learning more about joining the Cabinet can reach out to Amy Owen, amy@communityfoundationlf.org or by calling (703) 779-3505 x1.

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 Covid19. 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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