ANNOUNCEMENTS

2019

100WOMENSTRONG ANNOUNCES $296,935 IN FUNDING FOR 32 LOUDOUN COUNTY NONPROFITS

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 Margaret Brown

[email protected]

703-898-9443

 Tenth round of grant funding takes philanthropic group’s funding to area organizations to more than $2 million

 

Leesburg, VA – May 14, 2019 – 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, is donating $296,935 to 32 area nonprofit organizations to help them initiate, complete or supplement programs in 2019. With this year’s funding, the philanthropic group has now given more than $2 million to Loudoun County nonprofits to support transformational change in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.

“It is an honor to be a part of an effort that has donated more than $2 million over the last decade to so many organizations that do the hard work every day of helping fill gaps for those who are hungry, need shelter, need educational support or who need mental health services, among other things,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, 100WomenStrong founder and president. “We started out with 12 members and have grown to more than 50. Our goal is to reach 100 members to increase the amount we can donate so that all Loudoun County residents can achieve their full potential as active, contributing members of our community.”

100WomenStrong also provides ongoing support of long-term impact grants, including a Community School Initiative at Sterling Elementary.100WomenStrong 2019 grant recipients are as follows:

 

A Place to Be – $14,000         

  • Produce a new “The Same Sky Project” production to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and to promote inclusion. 

All Ages Read Together – $10,000                

  • Fund a free school-readiness class at the Sterling Library to serve at-risk preschool age children and their families by filling the gap that is left by publicly funded preschool programs.

American Legion Post 2001 – $6,000*

  • Help veterans prevent eviction by providing rent subsidies with the intent to increase the number of families supported from 18 in 2018, to 25 in 2019.

Backpacks for Success (PTSA Loudoun County HS) – $1,635*

  • Provide backpacks and basic school supplies to new freshmen, many of whom are attending an American school for the first time

BRAWS –Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters – $9,700*

  • Provide disadvantaged female students with feminine care products, bras and underwear with the goal to serve 250 students and double volunteer network.

Children’s Science Center – $4,000              

  • Support Family Science Night, Discovery Days and Science on Stage STEM program operational costs to the six Title 1 schools in Loudoun County.

Community Foundation – $15,000

  • Finance a Human Services Strategic Plan for Loudoun County, as well as support strategic planning for specific smaller nonprofit agencies and their operations.

Crossroads Jobs – $5,000*

  • Aid in job search and placement by funding job counselors who provide placement and training services, offer local employers of prescreened applicants and follow-up support for applicants.

Dulles South Food Pantry – $7,500              

  • Expand hours for part-time operations staff to support a 40% increase in guests of the pantry. Hire an Operational Staff member to improve consistency between shifts and extend hours of business.

ECHO – $17,000                     

  • Increase fleet of transportation vehicles to 42 to support expanded services. Install safety equipment (cameras with 24-hr. monitoring) and navigational systems to existing vehicles.

EveryMind – $8,000

  • 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 – $4,000                      

  • Support mindfulness training for children in partnership with INMED to include an after-school program, summer camp sessions and training for program staff.

Friends of Loudoun Mental Health – $8,400

  • Provide 24 months of housing subsidies for A Place to Call Home program to prevent homelessness.

Good Shepherd Alliance – $5,000

  • Support for the Six Steps to Self-Sufficiency Housing Program that provides healthy and safe housing and teaches personalized self-sufficiency planning to help end homelessness in Loudoun County

INMED Partnerships for Children – $15,000            

  • Support summer day camp and after-school program for low-income elementary school children in Sterling, including transportation so it does not act as a barrier to participation.

JK Community Farm – $7,500*

  • Development of 12 additional bio-intensive raised beds for increased organic crop production.

Just Neighbors – $8,000

  • Provide immigration legal services to immigrant and refugee families in Loudoun County.

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

  • Implement a new “Ensuring Safe and Reliable Victim Transportation,” which provides victims of domestic violence and sexual assault transportation to all legal, medical, and other appointments.

Loudoun Hunger Relief – $20,000

  • Purchase a mobile food pantry vehicle.

Loudoun Library Foundation – $2,000*

  • Fund programs designed to improve life skills for adults and children in the Sterling community.

Loudoun Serenity House – $20,000*

  • Fund capital campaign and support a strategy to create a sustainable sober living home for women in Loudoun County.

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers – $20,000

  • Purchase a wheelchair accessible bus to transport adults and elderly to all appointments.

Makersmiths – $4,000*

  • Support programs toidentify and mentor underserved Loudoun County Public School students to learn technology and manufacturing skills in Makersmiths’ locations.

Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children – $2,500*

  • Provide free professional development in Loudoun County for early childhood educators.

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

  • Expand the Violence Prevention and Intervention Program

Postpartum Support of Virginia – $10,000*

  • Establish the Loudoun County Maternal Mental Health Coalition to provide universal education, screening, referrals and treatment

Project Horse – $8,400*

  • Launch an equine wellness initiative and implement three new programs.

Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church – $5,700*

  • Fund a “ParentVUE Tech Literacy” Program training English language learners’ parents to bolster interaction with schools, as well as use email and other electronic tools to monitor a student’s progress.

The Fenwick Foundation – $10,000

  • Provide dental care and treatment for lower-income adults, with a focus on alleviating financial impediments the elderly may face.

The Ryan Bartel Foundation – $7,500

  • Expand the reach of the FORT, the organization’s safe community space for teens, as well as provide free workshops and therapies.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake – $7,600

  • Alleviate the increased cost of transportation of the homeless from different service branches

Windy Hill – $3,500                

  • Purchase and install four enclosed bulletin boards to provide a central location for important upcoming educational and enrichment messages to residents of Windy Hill.

 

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].

 

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*First-time recipient

PACTOLUS SUPPORTS EDUCATION IN LOUDOUN COUNTY WITH A $67,000 DONATION TO 100WOMENSTRONG COMMUNITY SCHOOL INITIATIVE AT TITLE 1 SCHOOLS

 

 

Leesburg, VA, January 28, 2019 – Pactolus, LLC has donated $67,000 to 100WomenStrong to match the challenge issued by 100WomenStrong at their 10thAnniversary celebration. The funds will help expand the successful and vital Community School Initiative (CSI) to include Forest Grove, Sugarland, Guilford, Sully, Sterling, and Rolling Ridge elementary schools and to help fund a social worker at Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), whose job it will be to support the program. The CSI began as a pilot program at Sterling Elementary School in 2015. It was spearheaded by 100WomenStrong, is overseen by LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation, and is designed to bring together nonprofits, private companies, and government agencies for the benefit of school children, their parents and the surrounding community.

“I have watched this program flourish over the years and have been very impressed with 100WomenStrong’s innovative approach to supporting education in Loudoun County,” said Alan Harter, CEO and founder of Pactolus, LLC. “I am proud to invest in this initiative and offer the group and the school system the opportunity to help level the playing field for these children and their families.” 

With a Community School approach, vulnerable children and their families have better access to a range of wraparound services addressing health issues, language barriers, food insecurity, school readiness, and more. When these programs are made available at the school, working parents do not have to worry about how to ensure their children can participate in activities and enrichment programs. The CSI also includes programs that are designed to increase parental involvement and help children improve both attendance and grades. Most of the CSI activities are offered free of charge or at reduced cost, thanks to the generous donations of time and services from numerous community organizations.

“We are thrilled to have Pactolus supporting our efforts to continue to change the face of education in Loudoun County,” Karen G. Schaufeld, founder and president of 100WomenStrong. “It will take close to $400,000 to support the expansion of the CSI for the next three years, and we are hoping others will take Pactolus’s lead. Frankly, an investment in children and families in underserved areas of Loudoun County is an investment in the overall health and well-being of the entire county.”

 

Organizations and individuals are invited to learn more about the CSI and its programs at:

 

To learn more about the challenge grant go to:

  • https://www.onehundredwomenstrong.org/news-cat/spotlight/

 

To donate here, please visit:

 

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 Pactolus, LLC

Pactolus is a private, U.S.-based wealth management firm that helps individual investors to ensure broad success as they manage their financial assets and navigate the ever-changing complexities of the global financial markets. For more information, please visit: www.Pactolus.com

 

 

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2018

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Margaret Brown

[email protected]

703-898-9443

100WOMENSTRONG ACCEPTING LETTERS OF INTENT FROM LOUDOUN COUNTY NONPROFITS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR 2019 GRANT FUNDING

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

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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 http://www.onehundredwomenstrong.org/grants/application-process/ 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.

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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]

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Margaret Brown

[email protected]

703-898-9443

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].

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*First-time recipient

Photo Gallery Credit:  Alex Erkelitian/Loudoun Times-Mirror

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.
http://business.loudounchamber.org/news/details/2018-loudoun-community-leadership-award-finalists-announced?utm_campaign=1.2.18%20eNews&utm_content=65351554&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

2017

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 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. 

About 100WomenStrong

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!

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!

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