The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is marking its 20th year funding and helping the nonprofit community, and it will start its next decade in a new office in Leesburg.
The Community Foundation’s new office, near Fort Evans Road and Market Street, is visible right alongside the main entrance to downtown Leesburg from the east. It was packed Thursday afternoon with people from Loudoun’s charitable nonprofit community for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The move is underwritten by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.
“Today’s grand opening of this facility is a milestone for Loudoun County’s nonprofit community, because it will be a place for the nonprofit community to call their own, to notify every passerby on this road that Loudoun has a heart for the disadvantaged,” said Claude Moore Foundation Executive Director J. Hamilton Lambert.
During the past two decades, the organization has made more than $6 million in grants.
The new office includes the new Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, with room for about 50 people and which has already hosted programs. Those include the Social Impact Institute, which hosts training for nonprofit executives and board members, and the Nonprofit Academy, a partnership between the Community Foundation and Loudoun Chamber with providing quarterly workshops on nonprofit best practices for fundraising, communications, finance and operations.
The center also displays work by local artists, starting with an exhibit by Keith Patterson at the ribbon cutting.
The event was also attended by several town and county elected officials, for whom Lambert had a message.
“The elected officials here today, I believe every one of them recognizes that there are needs in Loudoun County, unmet needs, and I hope that there’s more focus on that from the elected officials than there has been in the past,” Lambert said.
“I can’t think of a better way for an organization to celebrate its 20th Anniversary than with the ribbon cutting for a fabulous new office and community asset—including a new resource in the Claude Moore Nonprofit Training Center, stated Community Foundation Board of Directors Chairwoman Tracey White.