Community Foundation

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a group of individuals and businesses based in Northern Virginia who cooperate in collective grantmaking, issued $105,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County in December, according to a statement issued by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

The Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), Loudoun Hunger Relief, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, All Ages Read Together, A Farm Less Ordinary, Women Giving Back, ECHO, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, the Ryan Bartel Foundation, Insight Memory Care and Crossroads Jobs all received a portion of the $105,000, the Community Foundation said.

LAWS received the largest single grant, with $13,000. The nonprofits range in focus from senior care to children’s literacy, support for individuals with physical or mental disabilities, hunger relief, etc.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Fauquier Counties.

The funds were raised by a group of 50 individuals and businesses who each contributed gifts of $1,000 per individual, or $5,000 per business, according to the Community Foundation’s announcement.

The Community Foundation’s chair, Lucky Wadehra, said in the statement that the Impact Fund has distributed nearly $800,000 in grants in the Loudoun community since 2014.

“The power of local giving and donor involvement is both rewarding and highly impactful, as the name of the fund indicates,” Wadehra said.

Raymond James financial advisor Tony Nerantzis, who also contributed to this year’s Impact Foundation grant, said in the announcement that his gift was motivated by a desire to “collaborate with the other members, to learn and help address some of the needs in our community.”

“We also like seeing how our collective funds can make a difference in the Loudoun County community in a way we may not achieve as a single donor,” he added.

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