Loudoun’s nonprofits could see another $100 million in annual funding, according to the Community Foundation for Loudoun County and Northern Fauquier Counties—if the rate of giving grows to match Virginia’s average rate of giving.
In its new report, Profiles of Loudoun: The Numbers Behind the Faces of Loudoun, the Community Foundation compiles eye-opening local and regional data with social science research to underscore the need for increased charitable giving so that the county can provide robust systems that “ensure that all Loudoun residents’ needs are met.” The report, released in April, demonstrates the impact Loudoun’s continued population growth is having on the nonprofit organizations’ ability to meet the burgeoning need for human services.
The Profiles of Loudoun offers a deep dive into a variety of local statistics—from the cost of housing and the number of uninsured residents to the rate of homelessness and the growing number of senior citizens in the county.
Profiles is a companion to the Community Foundation’s successful Faces of Loudoun awareness campaign, which has been putting a face on the need in the county one individual and one family at a time. Some people are moved to give when they hear and see the specific stories; others are motivated more by seeing the big-picture data. That’s what prompted the Community Foundation to issue a report on the numbers, according to Amy Owen, the organization’s president.
“The Faces of Loudoun campaign speaks to the heart,” Owen said, “and the Profiles of Loudoun report speaks to the mind. We want to make sure we want to provide residents all the tools they need as they continue their learning journey when it comes to philanthropy.”
Together, the goals of the Faces of Loudoun campaign and the Profiles of Loudoun reportare to increase awareness of the needs in the county and, ultimately, increase charitable giving and volunteerism. Even a small boost in Loudouners’ generosity can make a real difference. If the county’s rate of giving equaled that of Virginia’s average, it would equate to $155.9 million more in annual giving—$100 million of which would likely stay in the county to meet local needs. “That amount could can do a tremendous amount of good,” Owen said.
To read the full Profiles of Loudoun report, go to CommunityFoundationLF.org/Profiles.