Donors to the Loudoun Impact Fund on Monday celebrated the award of grants totaling $102,000 to support 15 nonprofit organizations.
The Loudoun Impact Fund brings together individuals and businesses interested in grantmaking, administered through a joint effort of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Participants make a gift of $1,000 per individual or $5,000 per business to join the giving circle.Members then review proposals submitted from local nonprofits and decide together which charities to grant.
Since its inception in 2014, the Impact Fund has distributed almost $600,000.
This year, more than $457,000 in grant requests were received, almost double the total requests received last year. Grant awards were focused on serving at-risk children, older adults, and people with disabilities.
“We once again were overwhelmed by the quality of the grant requests and the level of need in our community,” said Robert Fiolek, a donor and co-leader of the Loudoun Impact Fund.“I fully recommend participation in some form of community giving.Sure, it may be easier to just write a check.But if you are investing your time in learning the true needs of your neighbors and standing shoulder to shoulder with others in helping others, I promise you, you will want to do more.”
Foundation leaders say the program is especially important in Loudoun, where studies have shown charitable giving levels are below those of surrounding jurisdictions.
“This is a high-impact contribution in our community, especially when you recognize the lackluster household giving in Loudoun County,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Amy Owen. “The members of the giving circle understand that these large grants seed programs, advance existing initiatives, and do good here at home.”
The Impact Fund has approximately 50 individual and corporate donors.
AHT Insurance contributed the $25,000 proceeds from its annual charity golf tournament to the fund. Other corporate donors are Integrus Holdings, Backflow Technology, Madison Wealth Management, and Tony Nerantzis and Associates.
The 2019 grants are:
•A Farm Less Ordinary, $8,000 to support the purchase of equipment for a new farm location in Leesburg that will employ people with disabilities.
•A Place To Be, $5,000 to support the expansion of new services in eastern Loudoun County, with the purchase of music equipment for music therapists serving youth and young adults with disabilities.
•Arc of Loudoun, $5,000 to support renovations to expand Early Intervention Services offered through Aurora Behavior Clinic, Aurora School, and Open Door Learning Center to children with disabilities.
•BRAWS, $3,000 to provide undergarments and menstrual products to girls in Loudoun County, with the goal of reducing school absences.
•Crossroads Jobs, $5,000 tosupport job placement and post placement services for disabled adults, and to launch a Mentoring Program in support of newly-hired clients who have disabilities and their employers, to improve job retention.
•Fenwick Foundation, $6,000 to provide dental care and treatment to low-income, older adults.
•HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, $7,500 to support a satellite food pantry program, in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief, providing HealthWorks patients with healthy food and nutrition education.
•Hopecam, Inc., $2,500 to support children undergoing cancer treatment, connecting them to their schools and support systems using webcams and internet technology.
•INMED Partnerships for Children, $5,000 to support academically-focused after-school program and STEAM summer day camp for disadvantaged children.
•Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, $10,000 to providing counseling and support group services to child victims of domestic and sexual violence, as well as activities provided to children residing in the LAWS Emergency Shelter.
•Loudoun Hunger Relief, $10,000 to support the Senior Adult Food Security Program, providing food to at-risk older adults, in partnership with HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, Madison House Apartments, and the William Watters House.
• Loudoun Literacy Council, $7,500 to support the Family Literacy STEP Project, providing literacy enrichment to at-risk preschool children and their families in 10 classrooms across Loudoun County.
•Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, $10,000 to support services for disabled and older adults through assisted transportation, money management services, shopping assistance, visiting, home repairs, and quality-of-life programs.
•Mobile Hope, $7,500 to support the Crisis Care program serving homeless young adults, ages 18-24, including shelter and intensive case management services.
•Ryan Bartel Foundation, $10,00to support the continuation of the Sources of Strength program, provided in partnership with LCPS, including a program expansion to additional schools.
Learn more at cfnova.org/our-programs/loudoun-impact-fund.