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Final 2020 round of donations will help vulnerable veterans and others with rental assistance
Leesburg, Va. (January 12, 2021) – 100WomenStrong capped off its 2020 funding with donations designed to help keep Loudoun’s most vulnerable community members housed through donations of $10,000 to American Legion Post 2001, $12,000 to Loudoun Cares and $20,000 to St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church. In total, the philanthropic group donated $570,455 in 2020, including the purchase and distribution of $25,000 worth of PPE for first responders early in the pandemic and creating the “Pay it Forward” Direct Assistance loan program with $50,000, which has ballooned due to significant additional community participation, to Northern Virginia Family Service to help area residents cover basic expenses.
“When it became clear that Loudoun nonprofits were going to have to cancel fundraising events and that other traditional fundraising efforts were being affected by the COVID pandemic, we pivoted our funding approach to help keep them open and operating,” said Stephanie Place, 100WomenStrong grants chairperson. “We worked diligently to keep a pulse on the urgent needs of our county’s nonprofit needs and carefully vetted requests, starting monthly rounds of funding in late spring of 2020.
“As we have shared, we were very impressed with how our nonprofits all looked out for each other and only asked for what was really needed in order to be sure that other organizations also had access to funding,” she continued. “Given how hard it was for everyone last year, this was very admirable and reinforced how so many Loudoun County nonprofit organizations put the needs of their clients and the community first.”
100WomenStrong disbursed 55 grants in 2020 to nonprofit organizations that serve Loudoun County. They plan to continue with COVID funding through the first half of 2021 and will reassess its approach as the COVID vaccine becomes more widely available.
For more information about eligibility requirements and an application for the Pay it Forward Loan Program, visit the Northern Virginia Family Service website here.
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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