Have you read Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s Annual Report for 2016? If not, you can download it now! Click here to enjoy NPCF’s Annual Report. In it, you’ll find lots of great information about the funds we currently have, how you can establish your own fund, and what’s happened at NPCF this year.
Northern Piedmont Community Foundation was thrilled to award over $70,000 to Fauquier nonprofits on September 22nd! A wide variety of projects ranging from the arts to animals to education were funded. To read more about this exciting award ceremony, please read the article published by Fauquier Now!
For 15 years, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation has been dedicated to its mission of raising funds for nonprofits across Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties. Established in 2000 to facilitate a connection between donors and those who need assistance, the Community Foundation provides critical support to a variety of nonprofits, groups and local individuals.
“Back then, there wasn’t anything like this here,” explains Cole Johnson, former Community Foundation Executive Director. “A group native to this area decided to get together to guarantee the ongoing funding of local charitable organizations. We believe the Piedmont community is best served by those who have first-hand knowledge of its unique needs.”
Through the Community Foundation, expert guidance is available to donors who wish to make productive, long-lasting contributions. Over the years, grants have been awarded to many local nonprofits that focus on a variety of causes, from the arts, health and the environment to youth, education and the alleviation of poverty. And though the Community Foundation remains firmly committed to its original mission, new ideas are welcomed and encouraged.
“The most significant benefit of a Community Foundation is the ability to fund a variety of dreams. We’re not tied down to a specific focus [like a private foundation],” explains Jane Bowling-Wilson, who joined the Community Foundation in August as its new Executive Director. “As the community grows and different needs are presented, we can be right there.”
One such need arose in 2012, when the Community Foundation worked with Banco resident Laura Fields to establish a fund called Josh’s Class. Fields created the fund in honor of her son, Joshua Alan Fields, who passed away at the age of three. The Community Foundation helps connect donors to Josh’s Class each year, which directly supports the enrichment and education of the students who would have been Josh’s Madison County classmates. They are now in second grade and will be members of the graduating class of 2026.
“The programs provided through Josh’s Class have been a gift,” said Fields. “I’ve been able to stay involved in the lives of Josh’s peers and support his school system, which is what I had always planned to do.”
“Josh’s Class is the perfect example of why we do what we do,” says Bowling-Wilson. “The Community Foundation is here to empower the next generation so they can grow up with ambitions and ideas that will change our community and the world.”
Donations for Josh’s Class can be made through the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. Visit www.npcf.org to learn more about being a part of positive change.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2015
Phone: (540) 905-4457
Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Celebrates 15 Fabulous Philanthropic Years
Warrenton, Virginia — Still deeply rooted in its original mission of raising funds for nonprofits across Fauquier Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is thrilled to be in the midst of its 15th anniversary of service.
The Community Foundation was spearheaded in 2000 by a group of nine individuals native to these counties. Their goals? To establish a link between community members who needed assistance and those who were willing and able to provide it, as well as to simplify the donation process through various types of funds. As a result, nonprofits such as The Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, the Childcare & Learning Center, the Fauquier SPCA and many others, have been awarded grants that drastically improved their livelihoods. Through the Community Foundation, donors offer contributions of all sizes, receiving expert guidance on how to make the most of their charitable donation. These funds make it possible to serve a wide range of needs for local individuals, groups and nonprofits.
Community causes run the gamut—from the arts, health and the environment, to youth, education and the alleviation of poverty. The Mental Health Association of Fauquier County (MHAFC) is a local grassroots organization that works regularly with the Community Foundation to connect with grants and donors.
“Thanks to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s Kortlandt Fund, we were able to help fund a mental health specialist position in our public schools to work with at-risk students,” shared Sallie Morgan, MHAFC’s executive director. “The creation of that position ultimately had a ripple effect that led to the development of more services for at-risk youth. Having resources for early intervention is huge and can reduce or eliminate a lifetime of pain.”
Most recently, the Community Foundation challenged area residents to participate in the second annual Give Local Piedmont, a 24-hour online fundraising initiative that raised over $730,000 in donations distributed to more than 130 participating nonprofits throughout the region.
The Fauquier Free Clinic is one of the nonprofits that benefited from the event. “Our mission is to provide medical care to local families who are uninsured,” said Rob Marino, the clinic’s director. “The Give Local Piedmont campaign has been very successful for our program. We’ve been blown away by the support.”
“We simply could not have achieved this level of success without our gracious donors,” said Community Foundation board chairman Sharon Genebach Luke. “We’re deeply moved by the strong spirit of philanthropy and expect awareness to continue to grow as more people learn about the nonprofits that help our communities thrive.”
With one and a half decades of significant milestones behind it, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation shows no signs of slowing down. “We remain dedicated to our original mission,” said Interim Executive Director Andrea Flynn. The already impressive number of charitable funds, competitive grants and scholarships continues to grow, and to date, the Community Foundation’s assets are in excess of $8 million. In preparation of welcoming Jane Bowling-Wilson, the new Executive Director who joins the team this summer, Flynn noted that they are pursuing efforts to enhance the capacity of local nonprofits through site visits, a more streamlined grant-making process, workshops and training.
The Community Foundation continues to provide personalized service to help donors invest in local causes that inspire them. Visit www.npcf.org to learn more about the nonprofits that have benefited from their services, and consider becoming part of this force for positive community change.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andrea Flynn
June 16, 2015 Phone: 540-349-0639
Jane Bowling-Wilson named Executive Director At Northern Piedmont Community Foundation
Warrenton, VA — Jane Bowling-Wilson, an experienced education and nonprofit leader, has been chosen to serve as executive director of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.
After a national search, the community foundation serving Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties found its new leader in its own back yard.
The long-time Rappahannock County resident, currently executive director of the Headwaters Foundation, will begin her new duties in August.
“We’re fortunate to find in Jane everything the community foundation will need to succeed in the future – deep experience in the nonprofit realm, a gift for fundraising, empathy and infectious energy,” said John McCarthy, chair of the community foundation’s board. “She’s exactly the right person to build on the community foundation’s first 15 years and take us forward.”
Bowling-Wilson spent the past four years running Headwaters, a nonprofit providing independent support and increased community involvement for the Rappahannock County Public Schools. During her tenure, Bowling-Wilson expanded the organization’s four programs – Next Step, Starfish Mentoring, After School Enhancement and Teacher Mini-Grants – and increased scholarship awards. She also cultivated new donors and organized the popular and successful Taste of Rappahannock fundraiser. Since the organization’s founding in 1997, Headwaters’ students have gained success in higher education, professional life and have learned the value of being responsible citizens.
“I’ve long appreciated the important leadership role the community foundation fills in the life of our region,” said Bowling-Wilson. “I’m grateful to the community foundation’s board and eager to work with donors and nonprofits to address both issues and opportunities in our four counties.”
Prior to Headwaters, Bowling-Wilson was an art director and designer for print, web and retail businesses. She spent 14 years as a public school teacher and chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Warren County High School. She cofounded PAVAN (Performing and Visual Arts Northwest), a five-county partnership with Shenandoah College and Conservatory providing public school children with fine arts enrichment.
Bowling-Wilson succeeds Cole Johnson, another former Headwaters Foundation executive who left the community foundation this past March to join the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation builds philanthropic capital locally to enhance the quality of life in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties. The community foundation entered 2015 with $8.4 million in assets and some 70 active funds. It made 434 local grants for more than $1.1 million in 2014 and has provided nearly $4 million in grants since its founding. Its second annual Give Local Piedmont online event this past May raised more than $730,000 for 137 local nonprofits.