Loudoun's 100WomenStrong tops the $1 million in giving mark

Karen Schaufeld is the founder and president of 100WomenStrong.

100WomenStrong, a group of concerned residents seeking to invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County citizens, has topped $1 million in giving to provide food, shelter, health care and education to thousands in just seven years. With its 2016 announcement of $221,165 in funding for 15 organizations, 100WomenStrong will have donated $1,127,502 since its inception.

Founded by Karen G. Schaufeld in late 2008, the group started with 13 members and granted $28,600 in 2009. Schaufeld says she created 100WomenStrong to appeal to those seeking to be both fiscally and emotionally connected with each other.

100WomenStrong is made up of residents who make an annual $10,000 tax-deductible donation to support nonprofit organizations in Loudoun County. The group is a component fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties (CF) and contributions to the fund are tax-deductible.

The group now has 35 members, including two men, and continues to support nonprofit organizations with programs in Loudoun County that address the areas of health, hunger, education and shelter.

"We are so proud to have been able to support so many nonprofits in Loudoun County," said Schaufeld. "One of my main goals for 100WomenStrong was to create lasting change, and I knew that could be accomplished with a group rather than a lone voice. I focused on gathering like-minded individuals who wanted to pool resources with the hope of making a greater impact.

The 2016 grants, announced on Wednesday, are as follows:

All Ages Read Together (AART), $11,700

Services in Sterling, including the expansion of an existing site and the addition of a site at Sterling Library.

Community Foundation, $20,000

Support for the Face of Need/Face of Service campaign to promote organizations, highlight needs in our area and boost giving. Funds also will support CF's Social Profit Initiative.

Community School Initiative, $50,000

Create school/community partnership for Sterling Elementary School to bring together private companies, government entities and nonprofits to offer a range of support and opportunities for children, youth, families and the overall community.

Dulles South Food Pantry, $1,500

Sustaining and expanding the "Friday Food Pack" for students in the Freedom and John Champe high school clusters, as well as expanding food storage.

Friends of Loudoun Mental Health , $8,400

For last-resort rental subsidies for patients who are in treatment programs.

HealthWorks, $33,750

Comprehensive dental care for low-income children and the elderly.

Legacy Farms, $5,565

Construction of a greenhouse for based vocational training for adults with autism and developmental and social challenges.

Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS), $20,000

Training in danger assessment of risk of impending homicide in domestic violence cases, as well as installing security cameras at its facility.

Loudoun County Public Library, $5,000

For the Mi Familia program at the Sterling Library location.

Loudoun Families for Children, $2,000

To support LFC's work with Child Protective Services to care for children affected by family issues.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIF), $25,000

For the purchase of a new refrigerated van to replace the oldest in the nonprofit's current fleet of three vehicles.

Loudoun Literacy Council, $15,000

Training in the Orton-Gillingham

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, $11,250

Support for ongoing operations in delivery of food and services to frail, elderly and ill individuals throughout the county.

NAMI Northern Virginia, $5,000

For "peer-to-peer" public education programs about mental health for youth and high-school aged children.

SCAN of Northern Virginia, $7,000

Education and safe cribs for low-income families with infants.

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