Community Foundation Flyer

A statement from the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

Should you help someone in need? How much should you donate to that someone, especially when you know your gift can save a life, teach someone to read, help them get a job, take care of their child, share the joy of music and art, or enhance the community fabric that makes ours one of the best to grow up and grow old?

During Loudoun’s GiveChoose.org online giving event, the average gift is $134. GiveChoose.org is our community’s day of charitable giving celebrated on Giving Tuesday, May 5. Early giving started April 21. More than 80 charities have united together to share their stories and invite your choice to give a gift of as little as $10.

Sometimes, our community needs to come forward and support a common goal. This is one of those times. Now more than ever. The Richmond-based Center for Nonprofit Excellence has shared preliminary details of a very recent survey of nonprofit organizations as a result of COVID-19: Thirty-five percent of nonprofits are experiencing a drop in donations and 47 percent anticipate a drop in the coming weeks.

Dozens of local charities canceled or postponed events and galas. Corks for a Cause, traditionally held but canceled in early April, generated $20,000 for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. For many Loudoun charities, special events generate as much as 15 percent or more of the organization’s annual income—now lost.

More than half of nonprofits are experiencing a decrease  in client usage of services or programs, with 62 percent experiencing a decrease in earned revenue/income for their charitable work.

For example, Lansdowne-based Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing provides services to fit folks with hearing aids and personalized speech therapy. For now, their clients are (rightfully) electing to isolate at home and forgo treatment. Their nonprofit business has come to a halt.

Nearly half of nonprofits are experiencing challenges with staff and/or volunteers who have limited availability due to childcare constraints. Fifty percent of nonprofits are experiencing destabilization of long-term financial stability.

Loudoun’s nonprofit sector employs more than 5,000 people (more than twice the insurance and finance sector). In the best of times, our social service sector provides as many as 53,000 individuals with personalized help and aid. In these worst of times, demand for food has turned the operations model upside down for charities like Loudoun Hunger Relief.

Of some 25 critical or essential safety net nonprofit organizations in Loudoun County, 14 have an operating reserve of three months or more.

Loudoun’s nonprofits are under-resourced as illustrated by past studies represented in the FacesofLoudoun.org community service campaign. While our community’s population has grown, grown, grown, over the years, Loudoun’s household giving has remained lackluster, especially in comparison to neighboring counties and Virginia as a whole. That makes it hard for charities to save for a rainy day.

With your help, we can make charitable giving socially contagious. GiveChoose.org is the perfect “socially distanced” event of the year! From arts and culture, to education, to human services—you’ll find them there.

Every gift matters. Please use your care for community and your personal influence to make a gift through GiveChoose.org. Share the opportunity with family, friends, fellow employees, and neighbors. Together, we can buy someone a set of hearing aids, feed a family, keep employed that voice at the other end of a sexual abuse hotline. Together, we can help maintain the powerful economic value of our nonprofit sector and our community. Ready to give? Visit GiveChoose.org.

For more information contact us at (703) 779-3505 or info@communityfoundationlf.org.

Amy Owen

President and CEO

Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties

(8) comments

tolerantleft

I strongly disagree with today's Democratic party who supports income confiscation, post-birth abortion, limiting many of the Bill of Rights (1st, 2nd, 5th amendments). If that's being a bully, man up. Too bad if I hurt your feelings, you've jumped into the comment pool.

The article was a direct attempt to shame the community and I'm calling it out.

Now I'm calling you out, Define "rich"

Since you're so adept with your internet searches, look it up. Southerners donate more than your so-called rich.

And "rich" do not donate simply because it's a tax write off, and if they did, talk to your government represents and ask them to change the tax law.

amerigirl

What income confiscation? Obviously you don't know the abortion laws.How have your rights (1,2,5) been violated? Being a bully is calling names and degrading comments You always want me to show my proof you show yours. Define rich????? seriously???? I disagree, a lot of money is donated as a tax write off. They should be able to write it off. Why do you think there is a line on your tax forms for donations.

jke

Ban charities during pandemic!

amerigirl

There's a lot of people depending on them right now.

tolerantleft

Shame us while asking for money at the same time. Thanks!

Keep in mind, many of us are not earning a paycheck because Northam has shut everything down.

amerigirl

Why are you feeling shame? It's just the figures. To me it says that the rich living here and making this county the wealthiest in the country are not giving their share. I don't think it has anything to do with current circumstances, they had to have collected the data before this started.

tolerantleft

Here we go again, the LTM community on the board here has to educate Miss Liberal Google with her class warfare about the "rich" aren't giving their "share".

The so-called "rich" already pay the vast majority of taxes, but that's another subject. Perhaps it's because Loudoun is Liberal and they don't give their "share."

Donating is a personal choice and none of your or Amy Owen's business. Period.

It's poor religious southerner's who give the most as a percentage.

amerigirl

toler, It wouldn’t have mattered what I said you would still be the name calling bully. You would disagree with anything I say because that is your nature, just to bully anyone that you disagree with. Have I called you names? I think donating is a personal choice and nobody has gotten into anyone’s choice in it. You’re just making things up. The rich give to charities as a tax write-off, and who cares how much they have paid in taxes. You are just being nasty, prove “It's poor religious southerner's who give the most as a percentage” and grow up, get off your little ego kick, and stop calling people names

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