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Claude Moore Foundation pledges more than $1 million in grants to Loudoun groups

Officials with the prestigious Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, founded by the late Loudoun resident, Dr. Claude Moore, have announced more than $1 million in charitable grants to Loudoun-based organizations for 2016, including $282,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Additional pledges include: $25,000 for Loudoun Youth Inc.; $95,000 for Inova Nursing Scholarships; $50,000 to the Arc of Loudoun; $50,000 to Loudoun Cares; $60,000 to the Loudoun Literacy Council; $10,000 to Connect Northern Virginia-Connect Loudoun; $20,000 to the Five Stones Institute; $5,500 to the Loudoun Symphony; $15,000 to the National Center for Children and Families; $19,000 to the Virginia Council on Economic Education; $5,000 to the Bluemont Concert Series; $80,000 to the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties; and $15,000 for Computer C.O.R.E.

The grants were approved by the Claude Moore Foundation's board of trustees, which also bookmarked an additional $300,000 for general distributions in Loudoun County, essentially a placeholder for future grants throughout the year.

The foundation's deputy executive director, K. Lynn Tadlock, said her organization likes to keep funds on hand to divvy out through the course of the year.

The Claude Moore Foundation was founded in 1987 with an aim of enhancing educational opportunities, including higher education, for young people across Virginia and the nation. To date, it has pledged more than $57 million to an array of charities.

Foundation Executive Director J. Hamilton Lambert noted, “Those gifts together with the more than the $1.5 million in real estate taxes we pay annually, demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to Loudoun County.”

Tadlock noted, “Dr. Moore spent most of his adult life in Loudoun County and was defined by his belief that education is the key, and that everyone deserved the opportunity to get a quality education. The trustees strive to fulfill his wishes by concentrating a large portion of the grant budget on educational organizations in and around the place he called his home.”

A doctor, Army veteran and philanthropist, Moore died in 1991 at the age of 98.


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