Community leaders gathered at the Shoe’s Cup & Cork restaurant in Leesburg on Tuesday evening to celebrate the announcement of the 2016 Loudoun Impact Fund’s Giving Circle grants.
The reception included leaders of nonprofits and donors participating in the giving circle for the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Fauquier Counties’ Loudoun Impact Fund.
Foundation Executive Director Amy Owen said the occasion was inspiring, with some attendees making additional financial pledges after hearing the stories relating to different charities and how they could help them.
The grants program is in its fourth year and has grown from $30,000 to just under $100,000 this year.
The Giving Circle includes about 35 donors. The Loudoun Impact Fund grants include those made from the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia.
The 10 nonprofits receiving grants to benefit youth and the elderly were:
INMED – $10,000, to support its Sterling based Opportunity Center for low income kids.
National Center for Children and Families – $7,500, to apply toward coats, glasses, shoes, and other personal needs for kids with unmet needs identified through the Loudoun County Public School system.
A Place To Be – $15,000, to support its program for those with disabilities and participating in theatrical art therapy.
Loudoun Habitat for Humanity – $5,000, to support a low-income eldercare home repair and maintenance program.
Loudoun Youth – $8,500, to support its Loudoun Leadership summer program.
Loudoun Education Foundation – $10,225, to help staff its Backpack Coalition program.
All Ages Read Together – $12,000, to help seed a new preschool reading program in Sterling.
Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers – $12,000, for general support toward its eldercare programs offering transportation, financial management, and food delivery.
Loudoun Hunger Relief – $10,000, to support a partnership with Healthworks to offer onsite food for low-income elders.
LAWS – $6,500, to support its Child Advocacy Center aiding children victimized by sexual or domestic assault.
“Our goal is to promote real hands-on philanthropy, to connect donors with recipients so they can discuss needs,” Owens said.
Since the fund’s inception in 2012, it has provided grants totaling $261,725 to support critical needs in Loudoun. Its purpose is to invest strategically to promote education, the arts and the environment and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth. Each year, Giving Circle members identify specific criteria for the annual grant cycle and serve as a grants review team for all proposals received.
Owen welcomed several new members to the circle this year, including the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, AllTranspack, Inc., Fortessa Tableware/Integrus Holdings, Madison Wealth Management, John Marshall Bank, AHT Insurance, and The Life Centre.
“The Loudoun Impact Fund is an extraordinary collaboration that benefits our community in the most meaningful ways. As we build local philanthropy, we build community,” John Wolff , aGiving Circle charter member, said.
During 2016, the community foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in grants; coordinated Give Choose, an online crowdfunding event for Loudoun charities; partnered with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to offer the Nonprofit Academy, a certificate series program providing workshops in fiscal management, public relations and fundraising; and provided stewardship for approximately 35 personalized funds, including 100 WomenStrong, Smashing Walnuts, Loudoun Chamber Foundation, and endowment funds for Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, Loudoun Hunger Relief, Blue Ridge Hospice and others.
For more information about the Loudoun Impact Fund, go to cfnova.org/Loudoun or contact Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-779-3505.