100WomenStrong to Accept Letters of Intent for Consideration for 2018 Grant Funding
Local philanthropic group has donated more than $1.3 million to Loudoun County nonprofits focused on shelter, health, hunger and education.
Window for submitting initial letter opens on November 1
Leesburg, Va. – October 25, 2017 – Loudoun County-based 100WomenStrong, a group of concerned area residents and business people who strategically support organizations and programs that enhance the lives of Loudoun County residents will begin accepting Letters of Intent from area nonprofits on November 1 in advance of its 2018 grant cycle. Non-profit organizations that serve Loudoun County and wish to be considered for this grant cycle must submit a Letter of Intent between 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
According to Lynn Rubin, Vice President of 100WomenStrong, Letters of Intent will be accepted from 501(c)(3) organizations serving Loudoun County residents and should include:
- Name and purpose of organization
- Dollar amount of grant request
- Description of the proposed project(s) addressing needs of Loudoun County residents in one of 100WomenStrong’s areas of interest (below)
- Explanation of importance of the proposed project(s) to those served and to Loudoun County and its residents
Letters of Intent must be no more than one page in length, in 11-point font or larger, and 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 its Letter of Intent. Organizations that submit a Letter of Intent will be notified of the status of their applications on or before January 14, 2018 (UPDATED).
Interested organizations can find further information on the 100WomenStrong website at www.onehundredwomenstrong.org.
“Using a Letter of Intent as a first step makes it easier for nonprofits to submit a request, especially those that don’t have staff or support to help them with grant funding requests,” said Rubin. “This process has had the added benefit of making us more aware of the many smaller – and newer – nonprofits across the county, because they can participate in this first step of our process easily. Once we have reviewed the Letters of Intent, we will then ask specific organizations to provide a full application and budget for the project they are proposing.”
100WomenStrong grants funds in support of programs addressing issues in the following areas of interest:
Health – Although ranked among the healthiest counties in Virginia, the components of a healthy life are not readily available to all in Loudoun.
Hunger – Despite living in one of the most affluent areas of the United States, Loudoun County residents of all ages experience food insecurity.
Education – Gaps in educational opportunities continue to exist here, both for those in need of specialized educational programs and those in at-risk situations or in low-income families.
Shelter – Though not always apparent, Loudoun County has a population of residents of all ages and backgrounds who need affordable housing, are seeking safety from abusive relationships or are otherwise housing insecure.
501(c)(3) non-profit organizations serving the Loudoun County community in these areas should visit 100WomenStrong at http://www.onehundredwomenstrong.org/grants/application-process/ to learn more.
Please note: Letters submitted prior to 8 a.m. on November 1, 2017, or after 5 p.m. on November 30, 2017, will not be considered. Only the first page of letters longer than one page will be reviewed.
Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, through strategic grants to nonprofits 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].
100WomenStrong Earmarks $193,700 for 2017 Grant Funding for 20 Loudoun County Nonprofits
The rain held off Wednesday evening, April 19th, long enough for us to honor our 2017 grant recipients at Shoe’s Cup & Cork in Leesburg! We were thrilled to announce that 20 Loudoun County nonprofit organizations will share $193,700 to help support shelter, health, hunger and education programs. These grants take our donations to more than $1.3 million over the past nine years!
Faces of Loudoun Campaign Seeks to Raise Awareness
The Community Foundation’s (CF) “Faces of Loudoun” campaign kicked off recently, and 100WomenStrong, a grantor to and partner of CF, is proud to support it. The idea came from a study that showed that Loudoun residents donate under 2 percent of their discretionary income to charity – less than in neighboring counties and the rest of the United States. This may seem surprising as Loudoun is one of our nation’s wealthiest counties, but often people who don’t regularly encounter those who are struggling may not understand the extent of need within their community or realize that local non-profits need help addressing those needs. Faces of Loudoun hopes to raise awareness of the real people who are experiencing real need while living and working in Loudoun County and to encourage our more fortunate residents to donate funds to, and volunteer with, our local non-profits.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Needs Your Vote
Former 100WomenStrong grant recipient Blue Ridge Area Food Bank could use an assist from Loudoun County residents to win $100,000 (which equals 400,000 meals!). Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has been chosen as a recipient charity in the 2017 Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge by UVA Men’s Basketball Coach, Tony Bennett. If he gets the winning number of votes, our area food bank and residents win too! Vote for Coach Bennett at www.espn.com/Infiniti and help #solvehunger in Loudoun County!
100WomenStrong Member Receives SCAN’s 2016 Cleary Award
Congratulations to Leana Katz for her recent honor from SCAN, a 100WS grant recipient, at its 14th Annual Toast to Hope fundraiser. Leana received the 2016 Cleary Award for her volunteerism as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and her support of SCAN and its work in the community. Leana has been a CASA Volunteer for almost a decade and has advocated for 13 abused and neglected children in that time. She also serves on SCAN’s Board Development Committee and is a founding member of SCAN’s Council of Young Professionals. Read the article here.
Inova Loudoun Hospital Receives Generous Donation for Heart Center
Inova Loudoun Hospital, a past 100WomenStrong grant recipient, received the largest single gift in the hospital’s history, courtesy of Fred Schaufeld and 100WomenStrong members Karen and Bobbi Schaufeld. The gift is for expansion of the Schaufeld Family Heart Center, a top-tier cardiovascular facility that offers percutaneous coronary intervention, cardiac catheterization, stress testing, peripheral angioplasty, stenting and many other services. The expansion will include expanding their offerings to include vascular surgery, upgrading existing procedure rooms and adding procedure rooms, a new lab and a new nurse’s station. Leesburg family gives $5 million gift to Inova Loudoun Hospital
Loudoun Education Foundation and Backpack Coalition Thank Volunteers
Musical Touring Loudoun County Schools Addresses Suicide Prevention
Former 100WS grant recipient A Place to Be has created a new rock opera, “A WILL to Survive,” to reach teenagers through relatable music and lyrics portraying everyday obstacles and pressures students face, as well as what it’s like to feel depressed and unable to fit in. The new opera is based upon a letter by the parents of Will Robinson, an LCPS student who died from suicide in early 2016. Robinson’s mother, Anne-Charlotte Robinson, is performing in the musical and does so to honor her son. The rock opera will be performed at every LCPS middle school and high school by Spring 2018 as part of A Place to Be’s Same Sky project.
Should the County Level the Playing Field for Grants?
The Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee has recommended changes to the way the County awards grants to nonprofits. Proposed changes include implementing a simplified process that would reward the highest scoring nonprofits in a given category, and eliminating both consideration of grants given in previous year and a cap on grants to first time applicants. The Board of Supervisors will vote on committee recommendations in November. Read the full article here.
YMCA Set to Open First Loudoun Location in Sterling
After two decades in Loudoun County, the YMCA will finally have its own dedicated building. The new Youth Day Center on West Church Road in Sterling will open on August 29. For many years, the YMCA has been operating its programs and services for students at Loudoun County Public Schools’ locations. The new building offers the chance for the YMCA to provide daycare, preschool and Kindergarten enrichment programs, as well as health education and educational opportunities for families. Along with these new programs, the YMCA will continue to offer after school programs in select Loudoun County Schools.
Hunger Gap Filled By LIR And R.O.C.K.
About 13,000 Loudoun County students qualify for free or reduced breakfast/lunch, but miss out on those meals during the summer. To fill that hunger gap while school is not in session, 100WS grant recipient Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) has partnered with the Town of Leesburg’s R.O.C.K. (Recreation Outreach to Community Kids) program to take breakfast and snacks to children 18 and under in their neighborhoods through August 18. Read more here.
100WS Member Receives Leadership Award
July 18, 2016
Congratulations to 100WomenStrong member Sharon Virts, for her SmartCEO 2016 Brava Award for leadership! The Brava Award acknowledges recognizes high-impact female business leaders in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Virts, co-founder and chairman of FCi Federal, is one of 40 local winners that collectively generate more than $1.44 billion in annual revenue and manage more than 21,000 employees. Read more about her award here.
SunTrust Foundation Grants 100WomenStrong for Long Term Initiatives
July 1, 2016
We were very pleased to receive a grant from The SunTrust Foundation for our long-term initiatives to help children (and further a strong educational foundation for those) in need in Loudoun County. Thanks to SunTrust Executive Chris Hartman for his support of area children and families! Read the press release here.
Funds from NBCUniversal for Innovative Nonprofits
June 16, 2016
NBCUniversal Foundation is looking for non-profit organizations that challenge conventional thinking and bring innovative programs to life. Loudoun County 501(c)(3) organizations implementing programs related to Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media, and Technology for Good are encouraged to apply for funding through the Foundation’s 21st Century Solutions program. Deadline for submitting grant applications is August 26. Click here for application information.
Free Summer Meals Available in Seven Schools
June 14, 2016
With the end of the school year upon us, many families who rely on free or reduced lunch begin to worry about how to keep their families fed. Loudoun County Public Schools is partnering with Arby’s and No Kid Hungry to alleviate that worry by offering free breakfast and lunch to kids under 18 at seven schools throughout the summer. Click here for the full list.
Loudoun Impact Fund Offering Grants In Loudoun County
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have partnered to offer a funding opportunity to qualifying organizations serving Loudoun County through the Loudoun Impact Fund. An estimated $75,000 will be available for distribution.Applications must be submitted electronically to Amy Owen at [email protected] on or before September 1, 2016 at midnight. To learn more click here.
Karen Schaufeld Receives Community Champion Award
May 24, 2016
100WS Founder and President, Karen G. Schaufeld was recently honored as the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) 2016 Community Champion for her many charitable and community outreach efforts and her dedication to enriching the quality of life for others. Karen attended the May 13 gala with her family and gave a moving speech to the 600 attendees about her commitment to helping others in Northern Virginia, especially families and children in need. She is pictured here with J. Hamilton Lambert, who was honored as the 2016 Legend of Northern Virginia by the NVFS that evening.
Teens to Share Experiences with Mental Health
May 7, 2016
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Loudoun County Public Libraries (a 100WS grant recipient) is hosting events designed to encourage young people to share personal experiences and learn from one another. Read more about the programs here.
Celebrate and Give Back
Women Giving Back (WGB) is holding its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration to raise funds to help clothe thousands of women and children in need each year. Women, who visit this 100WomenStrong grantee’s store, have access to clothes suitable for work and allow them to better move toward self-sufficiency. Join WGB on Thursday, May 5, to support this great cause!
Corks for a Cause
April 19, 2016
Interested in supporting a great cause while enjoying some beautiful scenery and award winning wines? 100WomenStrong Grant Recipient, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), is hosting its 2nd annual Corks for a Cause on May 20 at Breaux Vineyards. All proceeds help to support LAWS’ Loudoun Child Advocacy Center. Hope to see you there! Buy tickets here.
100WS Congratulates Amy Owen
100WS congratulates Amy Owen, Executive Director of Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, who was named as one of “16 to Watch in 2016” in the Loudoun Business Journal. Amy states: “We are stepping into a role of leadership through partnerships. Guided by a steering committee with representative from the business sector, charitable agencies, philanthropists, government voices, public education and faith-based leaders, we’ve set a new objective to increase local aware of community needs.”
Karen Schaufeld to Receive Champions Award
We are so proud of 100WS Founder and President, Karen G. Schaufeld, who has been named as the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) 2016 Community Champion for her many charitable and community outreach efforts. According to NVFS, which is a 100WS grant recipient, Community Champions enrich the quality of life for others, especially families and children in need as they journey on their personal road to independence in Northern Virginia. Karen will receive the award at the NVFS Annual Gala on Friday, May 13. Congratulations, Karen! Visit the website here.
Loudoun Literacy Council Upcoming Fundraiser
With Spring upon us, many of our grant recipients are planning their annual fundraisers. We will be sharing information about them as we get it – here’s information on a fun event scheduled by the Loudoun Literacy Council:
The 4th annual Reading Between the Wines event will combine wine tasting and lite fare at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm on April 12, 2016. To enjoy the event and support literacy programming in Loudoun County, buy tickets here.
United Way Gives to Loudoun Nonprofits
March 16, 2018
The United Way National Capital Area’s new Community Commitment project is a five year, $10-million investment to address education, financial stability and health of residents throughout the D.C. Metropolitan community. Nine Loudoun County nonprofits, including past100WS grantees, recently received portions of $100,000 earmarked for our county from Community Commitment. Read more here.
Sheila C. Johnson Honored At Gala
100WS member, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hospitality and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television was recently honored at the annual Wall Street Project gala. Other honorees included Microsoft Chair and CEO of Virtual Instruments, John W. Thompson and Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. Read more about the Wall Street Project here.
$1M in Gifts Provided to Local Charitable Organizations
Claude Moore Charitable Foundation has announced that it is granting more than $1 million to Loudoun-based charitable organizations for 2016. Congratulations to all recipients…. read more.
After School Program Offered for Children
December 9, 2015
100WomenStrong grant recipient INMED has been getting great publicity for its new Family and Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling that offers a safe place for children of low-income families to go after school to work on homework, get tutoring and learn from mentors. Working with schools and social services to identify families in need, INMED engages the entire family in programs like job skills training, parenting classes, cooking classes, summer school, after-school care and computer classes.
Healthy Challenge Against Diabetes
November 11, 2015
Former 100WS grant recipient Healthworks for Northern Virginia is holding a Challenge Grant to provide diabetic testing supplies to patients with limited financial resources. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of American Diabetes Month, the Healthworks challenge is designed to raise awareness about the disease, which affects millions of Americans.
100WomenStrong Member a Power Achiever
October 12, 2015
Congratulations to 100WS member Kristina Bouweiri for being a Washington-area “Power 100”! This group of connectors are executives who seem to know everyone in the region and make things happen, according to the Washington Business Journal. Bouweiri, who owns Reston Limousine and started Sterling Women definitely fits the bill!
Boots, Beer, and BBQ Fundraiser
Get ready to do some “boot scootin’” at the Loudoun Free Clinic’s 4th Annual Boots, Beer & BBQ Fundraiser on November 20. The event will be held at the Stables at Bluemont Vineyard and include great food, beer, a silent auction, live music and a Best Boots contest! Come join in the festivities and help the Loudoun Free Clinic continue to provides high-quality medical care to low-income, uninsured adults in Loudoun County!
Service Challenge Begins
Northern Virginia Family Service, a past 100WS grant recipient, could use your help! Watch this very short video and then vote to help NVFS earn a chance to win $1,000,000 from the Super Service Challenge, a national movement that encourages teams of coworkers to serve a nonprofit of their choice and then enter a video clip of their service into the Challenge. Turn up the volume on your computer to hear how NVFS and SRA International support those in need in our communities. (Don’t forget to vote after you watch the video.)
Early Head Start Program Ready to Expand in Loudoun
Past 100WS grant recipient, Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is expanding its reach in Loudoun County with the addition of a new Early Head Start program in Sterling. A grant from the US Department of Health & Human Services for Children and Families will provide slots for children ages 0 -3 years old prepare for kindergarten. The new Early Head Start classrooms will be housed at Galilee United Methodist Church and will offer multiple classrooms and an infant room. For enrollment information, please contact [email protected].
Fifth Annual Horseshoe Hoedown on September 26th!
Come join All Ages Read Together (AART) for its 5th Annual Horseshoe Hoedown! Proceeds will go toward AART’s free kindergarten readiness program for at-risk children. The program prepares children for school and also provides them with free books to start an in-home library. AART is a 100WomenStrong grant recipient, and we hope to see you at the Hoedown on Saturday, Sept. 26 starting at 5 pm! Sponsorships available. Buy tickets at www.allagesreadtogether.com
LAWS Fundraiser Held on September 26
Put on your “stable chic” and join the Leesburg Abused Women’s Shelter at its Stars and Stables 2015 fundraiser this Saturday! The event – which will include a Hunt Country barbecue, carriage rides and live music by the Ken Wenzel Trio – will be held at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg and proceeds will help LAWS provide help to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Loudoun County.
Mobile Hope Provides School Supplies to 200+ Loudoun Students
August 28, 2015
The nonprofit’s recent “Be Cool for School” event provided clothing, personal hygiene products, backpacks, notebooks and crayons to children who are homeless, precariously housed or whose family cannot afford to purchase back-to-school basics. In addition, 50 students received vision screenings, and Mobile Hope volunteers distributed coupons for free haircuts.
Helping Loudoun County Schools Solve Problems
August 19, 2015
Have you heard about the Loudoun County Public Schools Challenge Event? Submit your solutions for LCPS’s most difficult-to-solve challenges by August 21. Those with the top 20 submissions will present to an audience and panel of judges in October.
100WS Member Is New Community Foundation President: Seeks Gifts That Keep On Giving
The Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier recently named long-time 100WS member, Kirsten Langhorne, as their new president. As part of her strategic plan, Kirsten plans to spread the word about the importance of a community foundation, in particular “…what philanthropy can look like and why it’s so necessary”. Read more.