Archive for Year: 2018

November 8, 2018


100WomenStrong has been working closely with Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun Education Fund, SunTrust Foundation, local nonprofits, educators, businesses and many others to change the face of education in Sterling, VA, through a pilot Community School Initiative (CSI) at Sterling Elementary School. Due to the rapid suburbanization of poverty, Title 1 schools like Sterling Elementary School need a wrap-around service approach that supports disadvantaged students and their families, helps improve educational outcomes, and increases parental engagement. Since 2015, 100WomenStrong has funded the salary of a Community School Coordinator who works with community partners to bring enrichment programs into the school.

The philanthropic group has created a $100,000 challenge grant to expand the program to the six other Title 1 elementary schools in Loudoun County. SunTrust Foundation immediately stepped up to the challenge with a $100,000 donation. Together, they are asking others in the community to match their contributions to help raise at least $400,000 to expand this vital initiative that is reaping benefits for children, families and the community.

“The resources and goodwill are already out there, and this model taps into it and directs it in a way that is very effective and creates an incredible benefit for both the school and the community,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, founder and president of 100WomenStrong. “With SunTrust Foundation’s support, we are halfway to the $400,000 in funding needed to cover these seven salaries and other initiatives for the next three years, and we hope many others will join us in our investment in students and families in underserved areas of Loudoun County.”

What does a Community School Coordinator do?

The CSI Community School Coordinator focuses on supporting the educational success, health, and well-being of the students and families at Sterling Elementary School. Programs for students are designed to support:

  • academic achievement in English, Math, Science and other subjects
  • positive youth development
  • motivation to learn
  • relationships that support learning and a sense of belonging
  • personal, social, service and leadership skills and positive behavior.

With the funding currently being raised, the CSI program will expand to include new Community School Coordinators at Forest Grove, Sugarland, Guilford, Sterling, Sully and Rolling Ridge elementary schools; and 100WomenStrong will fund a social worker whose job it will be to support those coordinators and their programs.

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SunTrust Foundation Grants $100,00 to Loudoun Education Foundation to Expand Its Community School Initiative

For Immediate Release


 Press contacts:   

Margaret Brown              Audria Belton–SunTrust Foundation

703.898.9443                    404.813.3664

[email protected]     [email protected] 


(Leesburg, Va.) Nov. 8, 2018 – SunTrust Foundation has granted $100,000 to Loudoun Education Foundation to expand its Community School Initiative (CSI) to Forest Grove, Sugarland, Guilford, Sterling, Sully and Rolling Ridge elementary schools in Loudoun County as 100WomenStrong celebrates 10 years of investing in children at Title 1 Schools. 100WomenStrong has issued a challenge grant of $100,000 for the expansion and encourages other businesses and community members to match the $200,000 raised so far.


“The Loudoun Education Foundation is incredibly grateful for the generosity of the SunTrust Foundation,” said Dawn Meyer, executive director of the Loudoun Education Foundation. “This funding will help our most vulnerable students achieve academic success in the classroom while providing needed resources for their families at school.”


CSI is a pilot program currently at Sterling Elementary School that supports academic achievement in English, math, science and other subjects. It also focuses on positive youth development, including personal and social skills, as well as leadership development. 100WomenStrong’s challenge to other businesses and organizations in the community to match the SunTrust Foundation’s grant would create a fund of at least $400,000 to ensure this vital, educational initiative continues to benefit children, families and the community.


“The SunTrust Foundation is committed to academic achievement, interpersonal and leadership skill development for youth,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “Programs like CSI provide critical tools for future socioeconomic advancement and financial confidence.”


“The pilot CSI was modeled after a very successful program in Pennsylvania, which we knew we could replicate in Loudoun County with the right funding and support,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, founder and president of 100WomenStrong. “Last year alone, the CSI coordinator, Sandra Amaya, helped create and support 26 programs that served hundreds of students and families of Sterling Elementary and organized more than 100 volunteers to support everything from tutoring to sports camps.”


Activities to increase parent engagement include programs such as coffee with parents, Loudoun Nurturing Parents, pizza nights, family science nights and family movie nights. All of these programs help parents feel welcomed and confident to come into the school and be comfortable enough to ask questions of teachers and administrators and participate more fully in their child’s education.


“The SunTrust Foundation commends Loudoun Education Foundation and 100WomenStrong for engaging schools in our community, offering services for youth and their parents to help ensure they’re prepared for the future,” said Dan O’Neill, SunTrust Bank Mid-Atlantic division president, speaking on behalf of the SunTrust Foundation.


For more information on the challenge grant or how to contribute, contact Pam Ray at [email protected].


About Loudoun Education Foundation

The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation that engages businesses and community partners to fund critical and exceptional programs that foster the academic success and well-being of students and teachers in Loudoun County Public Schools. The LEF formed in 1991 and has given more than $4,500,000 to support Loudoun’s teachers and students. For more information about LEF, contact Dawn Meyer at [email protected]


About 100WomenStrong

Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, through strategic grants to non-profits working in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education. Members of 100WomenStrong connect and collaborate to leverage their philanthropic resources as a component fund of the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. For more information about 100WomenStrong, contact Pam Ray at [email protected].


About the SunTrust Foundation

The SunTrust Foundation is dedicated to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial empowerment, but also include education, health and human services, civic improvement and cultural growth. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $140 million throughout the United States.



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October 1, 2018

100WomenStrong’s 10th Anniversary Grant Application Process Opens October 1st


Margaret Brown

[email protected]



Philanthropic group is celebrating 10th Anniversary of giving to Loudoun County nonprofits in areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.

Window for submitting initial letter opens on October 1

Leesburg, Va. – September 28, 2018 – Loudoun County-based 100WomenStrong, a group of concerned philanthropists seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County residents, will begin accepting Letters of Intent from area nonprofits on October 1 for 2019 grants. Organizations that are headquartered or operate in Loudoun County and wish to receive 2019 grant funds from 100WomenStrong for programs in the areas of health, hunger, education and shelter, must file a preliminary Letter of Intent between 7 a.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, and 5 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018.

According to 100WomenStrong member Stephanie Place, Letters of Intent should be no more than one page long, should be in 11-point font or larger and should include:

  • Name and purpose of nonprofit organization – must be based in or have programs in Loudoun County
  • Dollar amount of grant request
  • What the money will fund – outline how you would utilize the grant money
  • Why this project(s) is important to those you serve and to Loudoun County andits residents


Letters should be emailed to [email protected] as a .pdf attachment with the name of the organization in the subject line of the email. Every applicant will receive an email confirming receipt of the Letter of Intent. If an email confirmation is not received, double check to ensure that your email was addressed correctly.

Nonprofits who submit a Letter of Intent will be notified of the status of their applications on or before December 14, 2018. Only those nonprofits invited to apply will be requested to submit a full grant proposal by January 18, 2019.

Visit to learn more. Questions about the grant process can be directed to:

• Pam Ray, 100WomenStrong Programs Coordinator: [email protected], or

• Stephanie Place, 100WomenStrong Grant Committee Chair: [email protected]

Please note: Letters submitted prior to 7 am on October 1, 2018, or after 5 pm on November 2, 2018, will not be considered. Only the first page of letters longer than one page will be reviewed.


About 100WomenStrong

Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, through strategic grants to non-profits working in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education. Members of 100WomenStrong connect and collaborate to leverage their philanthropic resources as a component fund of the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. For more information about 100WomenStrong, contact Pam Ray at [email protected]

September 21, 2018

100WomenStrong Member Kristina Bouweiri Reaches New Heights

Congratulations to Kristina Bouweiri, a 100WomenStrong charter member, whose company – Reston Limousine – is the 8th largest fleet in the United States! Kristina founded the company in 1990 with just five vehicles. She makes a difference to Loudoun County every day through Reston Limousine and her many other endeavors, including 100WomenStrong, Sterling Women, the Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation, Northern Virginia Community CollegeLoudoun Education Foundation,  and more. Read about it here.


September 14, 2018

How Donor Advised Funds Create Opportunities to Give

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties (Community Foundation) has deep expertise and knowledge not only of our community’s needs, but also of our nonprofit landscape. They also can help people who don’t have millions create donor advised funds or help them find an existing fund to which to contribute. If you want to give back, but don’t know where to start, take a moment to read a letter from Amy Owen, Community Foundation president and CEO, about how they can help you set up a nimble and flexible donor advised fund:

June 19, 2018

100WomenStrong Member Cate Magennnis Wyatt Named New Board Chair for Great Meadow Foundation

Congratulations to 100WomenStrong member Cate Magennis Wyatt on becoming the new Chair for the Great Meadow Foundation!

May 17, 2018

100WomenStrong Announces $279,550 in Funding For 27 Loudoun County Nonprofits


Margaret Brown

[email protected]


Leesburg, VA – May 2, 2018– Loudoun County-based 100WomenStrong, a group of concerned local residents seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programsthat enrich their county, is donating $279,550 to 27 area nonprofit organizations to help them initiate, complete or supplement programs in 2018. With this year’s funding, the philanthropic group has now given more than $1.5 million to Loudoun County nonprofits to support transformational change in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.

“In December 2008, 12 people passionate about finding ways to improve the quality of life for Loudoun County residents came together to learn the best ways to help make that happen. Almost 10 years later, 40 passionate people continue that mission,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, 100WomenStrong founder and president. “We strive to grant the right amount to the right non-profit at the right time. We will not rest until all residents of our county achieve their full potential as active, contributing members of our community. We encourage all those who are inspired by this mission to join us.”

100WomenStrong also provides ongoing support of long-term impact grants, including a Community School Initiative at Sterling Elementary and the LCPS Backpack Coalition.100WomenStrong 2018 grant recipients are as follows:

A Farm Less Ordinary – $5,000*     

  • Provide training and employment to adults with special needs, so they can develop a skillset in a food/farm industry

A Place to Be – $35,000       

  • Expand offerings to include additional music therapist
  • Initiate homebound music therapy program

Ability Fitness Center – $8,000*                  

  • Purchase a NuStep recumbent cross-trainer

All Ages Read Together – $20,000             

  • $10,000 to support existing class at Sterling Library
  • $10,000 to create inclusive classroom with LCPS Early Childhood Special Education 

Catholic Charities – $10,000

  • Purchase double door for efficient, safe delivery of food and increase commercial donor base

Children’s Science Center – $2,000*                      

  • Expand Family Science Night STEM program to more Title 1 schools in Loudoun County

Dulles South Food Pantry – $10,000                      

  • Construction of a missing sidewalk link and expand hours for part-time operations staff

ECHO – $20,000*                   

  • Launch new ECHO Training Academy to teach social skills, money management, etc., in simulation Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) Lab

EveryMind – $5,000              

  • Support Loudoun’s Serving Together program, which coordinates resources and improves service navigation to optimize outcomes for veterans, service members and their families

Five Stones Institute – $5,000                     

  • Support partnership program with INMED – mindfulness training for children

Friends of Loudoun Mental Health – $8,400

  • Provide 24 months of housing subsidies for A Place to Call Home program to prevent homelessness by allowing people to stay in their homes

HealthWorks – $15,000                     

  • Support second year of Maternity Care Coordinator program

INMED – $13,350                   

  • Support summer day camp for low-income elementary school children in Sterling

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) – $25,000                

  • Enhance LAWS’ Legal Services by updating equipment, expanding security systems and engaging expert witnesses

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity – $2,000*               

  • Create reference manuals for classes at the new Homebuyer Education Center

Loudoun Hunger Relief – $12,000

  • Purchase a pallet lift for warehouse operations

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers – $5,000

  • Support for food-delivery program

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) – $5,000                       

  • Resiliency-based parenting intervention with Early Head Start families

Northern VA Human Trafficking – $5,000*             

  • Create materials for human trafficking awareness and prevention

Piedmont Environmental Council – $5,000*                      

  • Start volunteer programs at Roundabout Meadows Community Farm to engage residents to grow vegetables and fruits for donation to food-insecure families

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) – $5,000                

  • Expand parent education initiatives to provide a series of Immigrant Parent Reunification workshops and add a Parenting Wisely Program

Stroke Comeback Center – $7,500*

  • Conduct small-group communication classes led by speech-language pathologists

The New Ag School – $9,600                       

  • Engage paid administrator for “school without walls” program

The Arc of Loudoun Paxton Campus – $10,000

  • Fund A Life Like Yours (ALLY) educational serieson disability rights, guidance and support to the estimated 48,300 people in Loudoun County with disabilities, their families, caretakers and the community at large

The Fenwick Foundation – $10,000*          

  • Fund the Adult Dental Access, Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program, which is focused on addressing the financial and logistical impediments that keep older adults from getting needed dental care

Windy Hill Foundation- $6,700               

  • Provide 10 laptop computers to underserved youth participating in NetWorks after school program at Blue Ridge Middle School

Women Giving Back – $15,000                   

  • Purchase a LiftNStore Overhead Lift
  • Investment in volunteer management software
  • Purchase software and office equipment 

About 100 Women Strong

Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, through strategic grants to non-profits working in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education. Members of 100WomenStrong connect and collaborate to leverage their philanthropic resources as a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. For more information about 100WomenStrong, contact Pam Ray at [email protected].



*First-time recipient

Photo Gallery Credit:  Alex Erkelitian/Loudoun Times-Mirror

March 6, 2018

100WomenStrong member, Sheila Johnson, Named a Virginia Influencer

Congratulations to 100WomenStrong member, Sheila Johnson, on being named one of Virginia Business’ 50 Most Influential Virginians!  Read more here.

February 8, 2018

Decent, Stable Housing Can Act as a ‘Vaccine’ Against Underdevelopment in Children

Housing subsidies can actually act like a vaccine for children in food-insecure households, because stable housing protects them from biologically being affected by their food insecurity. Stable, decent housing gives children some immunity and resilience against future threats to their health. In fact, children whose parents receive housing subsidies that free up available money for food are two times less likely to be underweight than similar kids who were food insecure and eligible for a food housing voucher but not receiving it. The researcher who made the connection, Dr. Megan T. Sandel is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and is a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health and development. She said that her “eureka” moment was when her 2-year-old patient, who had fallen way behind on the growth chart suddenly started sprouting after the child’s family moved from an overcrowded, unsuitable apartment to a better one. “The prescription that this child needed was a stable, decent, affordable home. They don’t stock those at the pharmacy.” Read the entire article here.

January 29, 2018

The Ryan Bartel Foundation Launches New Community Space

100WomenStrong grantee, The Ryan Bartel Foundation, has a new program, THE FORT, a community space where young people can connect with each other, share, have fun and grow strong together.  Read more here.

January 18, 2018

Loudoun Chamber Celebrates Nonprofits and Business Leaders for It’s 50th Anniversary

The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 50th year! At its upcoming gala, the Chamber will announce the winners of the 2018 Loudoun Community Leadership Awards. We are proud of 100WomenStrong member Sharon D. Virts for her nomination for the Executive Leader Award. We also are thrilled that leaders of several 100WomenStrong grant recipients – Inova Loudoun Hospital, Loudoun Voluntee rCaregivers and The Arc of Loudoun – are nominated for awards. The winner in each of the awards categories will have the opportunity to select one nonprofit organization to receive a $1,000 grant, courtesy of the esteemed Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.


100WomenStrong is a proud fund of Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties