100womenstrong grants $639,000 to 51 loudoun nonprofits in support of shelter, health, mental health, hunger, and education. Read more.



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


Margaret Brown




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 LettersofIntent@onehundredwomenstrong.org 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.

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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.


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!

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.

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.

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 Member Wins the Golden Helix Award

Congratulations to 100WomenStrong member, Teresa Wheeler, who was recently awarded the Golden Helix award for her dedication and Service to Inova Loudoun Hospital.  She is Vice Chair of the Foundation, a member of the Ladies Board, and a generous supporter of the hospital.

See more about her work here.  Congratulations, Teresa!

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!

Read More:  Loudoun Times-Mirror, Loudoun Now, Loudoun Tribune



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

This Thanksgiving, the LEF/LCPS Backpack Coalition, funded by 100WS, thanks the volunteers who help pack meals for 1094 food-insecure LCPS students every week. Volunteers include many retired teachers who unload the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank delivery truck every Tuesday and then pack family-style meals for students at 23 LCPS schools.  The volunteers celebrated with Barb Mendoza, who leads the Backpack Coalition program, on Tuesday with lunch at Shoe’s Cup and Cork in Leesburg.

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 amy@communityfoundationlf.org 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

February 2016

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.

​Community Foundation Adds 100WS Member To Board

100WomenStrong member Terri Minchew is a new board member of the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, which is a vehicle for charitable giving and community investment. . . .read more.

$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 lparker@nvfs.org.

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.


Congratulations Wendy Thompson Marquez!

Wendy will receive the prestigious Bridge Builder Impacto Award, for her “Harvest of Empire” documentary on Friday, October 17th at the 11th annual Hispanic Gala.

Wendy Thompson Marquez, of the Greater Washington D.C. area, is the President and CEO of the Onyx Media Group and EVS Communications, Inc. Previously, she was Vice President and General Manager of ZGS Broadcast Holdings.  Her latest film, “Harvest of Empire,” opened to great reviews in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post and was the winner of the prestigious International Documentary Association award, Golden Eagle Cine Awards and the IMAGEN Awards.  She is a board member of the Middleburg Film Festival, The Community Foundation for the Capital Region and 100 Women Strong.

Past Bridge Builder award recipients include John Quiñones, sitting President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Secretary of the Treasury Ana Cabral, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, among many others.

The Hispanic Gala is the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month in Virginia, this year at Dover Hall Estate near Richmond, Virginia, on Friday, October 17, 2014. The event hosts leaders from throughout Virginia’s Hispanic community. For more information and tickets, visit https://vahcc.com/page/TheHispanicGala.


Beamer Learns About Cancer

September 12, 2013
100WomenStrong member, Cindy Chambers, has published another children’s book in her Beamer Book Series! Cindy’s latest publication, Beamer Learns About Cancer, is a great resource for children and their families who are confronted with a cancer diagnosis. Ten year old, Gabriella Miller, who is fighting cancer, writes the introduction to this book.  Gabriella provides practical advice about what it’s like to be in a hospital and imparts hope for the future. The book is written in an encouraging and supportive style, using straightforward  language to help kids better understand cancer and its treatments. Gabriella’s mother says, “It is difficult enough for us as adults to understand cancer, but, for a child, it is near impossible. Thank you, Cindy, for writing this book that explains cancer in simple terms that empower us with knowledge and understanding.” For more information on the Beamer Book Series, please visit http://www.tellmetown.com/beamer-and-friends


100WomenStrong named as a Leadership Award Finalist

December 13, 2012
Loudoun’s Chamber of Commerce has named sixteen finalists for its 2013 Community Leadership Awards. The initiative honors those who “have demonstrated true leadership and commitment to support the needs of the Loudoun County community and its citizens,” the chamber said in a release. Winners will be announced Jan. 31 at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Community Leadership Awards banquet.Read more.


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