Community Foundation Nears $1 Million In Grants For 2017

Community Foundation Nears $1 Million In Grants For 2017

Reading programs, abused women’s shelters and hunger relief were among the community programs receiving grants in 2017 from the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

According to Amy Owen, president and CEO of the foundation, a record amount was given out in grants for the year, falling just short of $1 million distributed.

“Our 2017 distributions reflect the pooled grantmaking resources of almost 50 personalized funds that we steward,” Owen said. “Each fund within the Community Foundation reflects the charitable values of the donor who created it.”

Some of the top performing awardees included All Ages Read Together ($173,000), A Place To Be ($115,000), Loudoun Education Foundation ($105,000), Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter ($46,600), Healthworks of Northern Virginia ($44,400), Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers ($25,400), George C. Marshall International Center ($25,000) and Loudoun Hunger Relief ($24,300). A total of 116 organizations benefited from the collective grantmaking power channeled through the Community Foundation in 2017.

Some of the Community Foundation’s notable grantmaking funds include 100WomenStrong, Smashing Walnuts, the Loudoun Chamber Foundation, and May Family Foundation.

Funding also reflects the Community Foundation’s community-wide day of giving —  Give Choose — an online charitable “crowdfunding” event at GiveChoose.Org that benefitted about 75 local charities.  Donors during the 24-hour period gave their chosen charities a chance to receive grant “prizes” during program. Participants included the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Toth Financial, Middleburg Bank, 100WomenStrong, Backflow Technology, Inova, Stone Springs Hospital, and others.  The Give Choose event for 2018 is set for Tuesday, May 1.

“Our board of directors is very proud of the increased grantmaking of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and all of the benefits that it brought to our community and we hope the ‘power givers’ in our community are, too,” Board Chair Tracey White said.  “We stand ready to do even more for our community in 2018.”

Joseph Dill