The Loudoun Community Cabinet, a fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, has announced granting a total of $98,000 to two local nonprofits to support their work to build capacity.
The Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter was selected to receive a $76,500 grant, and Loudoun Literacy Council received $21,500. The grants will fund the nonprofit’s work to figure out how best to expand their services and improve their fundraising.
Earlier this year, the Loudoun Community Cabinet invited a select number of nonprofit organizations to interviews to determine organizations poised to grow their internal operations. Both grants bolster data collection and analysis to plan for expanding service delivery and strengthening fundraising.
The Cabinet also awarded mini-grants of $2,500 to five organizations for general support totaling an additional $12,500.
The Loudoun Community Cabinet was established with seed funding from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation in late 2019 through the efforts of Executive Director J. Lambert, who helped to connect with local philanthropic investors. Each joining Cabinet member makes a personal gift of $100,000, so far totaling more than $1 million. The Cabinet is chaired by Dr. William Hazel, Deputy Executive Director of Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
The Cabinet awarded its first round of grants to nonprofits in August 2020, granting three nonprofits a total of $160,000 in COVID-19 relief to ensure they kept operating despite the financial challenges caused by the pandemic.
After its COVID emergency grants were made, the Cabinet turned its focus to helping nonprofits build capacity to strengthen internal operations in areas like fundraising, program evaluation, and long-term planning.
“We see great opportunity for Loudoun’s continued progress toward best practices, increased talent pools, and commitment to public-private partnerships,” Hazel stated. “Our members have a keen understanding of the responsibility to channel collaborative philanthropy to catalyze that progress.”
The next phase of the Cabinet’s work will focus on a review of gaps in Loudoun County, and innovative approaches to connect need and solution that engage the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. The goal is get the highest rate of return to the greatest benefit to Loudoun County.
People interested in learning more about joining the Cabinet can contact Community Foundation Executive Director Amy Owen at email@example.com or 703-779-3505, ext. 1.