The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation has granted $25,000 to the Loudoun Literacy Council to help the longstanding nonprofit create a more robust reserve fund, adding to a banner fundraising year.
The Foundation issued the additional funds as a challenge grant, and the Loudoun Literacy Council already has begun raising money to match it. The nonprofit passed its fundraising goal during this year’s GiveChoose event, raising more than $5,300.
“The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation is a long-time supporter of Loudoun Literacy Council, and we are pleased to be able to continue that support with this special funding,” said Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Deputy Executive Director Lynn Tadlock. “We hope to see the Loudoun Literacy Council continue to innovate and grow their adult, children and family programs to help participants improve their English skills and work toward achieving their fullest potential.”
The grant follows a separate $60,000 grant from the Claude Moore Foundation in early 2019, a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and an $8,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in early May.
“Lynn Tadlock’s thoughtful approach to funding in our county is greatly appreciated by so many, and we are honored that she and the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation has such faith in the Loudoun Literacy Council,” said Loudoun Literacy Council Board of Directors Chairwoman Margaret Brown. “With this support, we will continue moving forward with strengthening the organization, its leadership and its programs.”
“The staff and I are grateful to Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for its ongoing support of our literacy programs,” said Loudoun Literacy Council Executive Director Nikki Daruwala. “We take this grant as a challenge to ourselves to continue to create and implement programs that serve our community.”
Founded in 1980, Loudoun Literacy Council works to teach English communication skills and provide literacy resources to help low-income adults and children to become self-sufficient and achieve their personal and professional goals.
About 32,000 Loudouners struggle with the English language, and about 30 percent of Loudoun County households speak a language other than English at home. Loudoun Literacy Council serves those families through programs in the schools, libraries, at job sites, and with classes and tutoring. The council also hosts a number of fundraisers including Martinis Matter, the monthly Buzzed at the Bee adult spelling bee and trivia night, and the annual Not-Your-Kid’s Spelling Bee Thursday, Oct. 17 at the National Conference Center.
Learn more at loudounliteracy.org.