In Fifth Round Since March, Group Donates $58,500 to Seven Nonprofit Organizations
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Leesburg, Va. (August 2020) – 100WomenStrong is nearing the half-million mark in giving in 2020. After pivoting their annual grant funding to Emergency Covid-19 grants, the philanthropic group has announced its 5th round of COVID-19 relief funding of $58,500 to seven organizations. Since the pandemic hit in March, 100WomenStrong has reviewed applications monthly for Loudoun County nonprofits in tremendous need and has disbursed $360,900 in grants to 29 nonprofit organizations. It also donated $50,000 to create the “Pay it Forward” Direct Assistance loan program (which has generated more than $90,000 in additional donations from the community), and $25,000 worth of PPE to first responders.
The group will continue to assess area needs and make distributions, as necessary. They currently plan to continue with relief funding through the end of 2020 when they will reassess needs of area organizations. The group’s strategic approach of monitoring COVID-19 relief efforts to determine funding allows the group to continue to meet critical needs that may change month-to-month as the pandemic unfolds.
“We felt it was urgent and appropriate to change our grant-giving process, especially when we realized how quickly the number of people in dire need was growing, while nonprofits that support those people were suddenly losing funding sources,” said Pam Ray, managing director for 100WomenStrong. “When we send out our invitations to apply, we ask that those who are stable for the next 30-60 days kindly defer, so we can help those with immediate need and stretch our funds throughout the future of this crisis. Despite the setbacks they have experienced, we have been so heartened to see the generosity and caring that our nonprofits have for one another. They are grateful for our new approach and we easily see that that their mission to serve Loudoun County residents collectively runs deep.”
The fifth round of grants from 100WomenStrong is going to the following nonprofit organizations:
- American Legion Post 2001 – $5,000
- The Arc of Loudoun – $10,000
- Loudoun Cares – $15,000
- Northern Virginia Family Service – $10,000
- The Piedmont Environmental Council – $1,000
- Ryan Bartel Foundation – $9,000
- Volunteers of America Chesapeake & The Carolinas – Loudoun Homeless Services Center – $8,500
Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is a group of concerned philanthropists seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County residents. They are 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 for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.
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