[News 7/2] Loudoun nonprofits need a home


[Va.] Loudoun Cares“Faced with soaring rents, scant office space and a rising demand for services,” Loudoun nonprofits are banding together to reduce overhead and streamline services. Problem is, they can’t find an affordable space. “This county’s grown so fast that there is no old building stock available.” (WaPo, 7/1) 

Loudoun Interfaith Relief operates the food bank out of an old building in downtown Leesburg, but the property has been sold to a developer who plans to tear down the building, said Bonnie Inman, the group’s executive director.

Also, Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s clientele has grown steadily, and the charity needs a larger space. The group estimates that it served about 10,000 families last year, far more than in previous years, Inman said.

“For any nonprofit to exist, particularly in such an expensive area as this one, is difficult,” Inman said. “But we are providing a basic human necessity. We are hoping someone will step forward and help make this happen.” 

HIV/AIDS
“PreventionWorks! could begin tapping into local tax money as early as October…” (WaPo, 7/1) The Post celebrates the needle-exchange victory. (7/2)

PHILANTHROPY
“The Haas Legacy” – a giving profile: the descendents of Levi Strauss (SFGate.com, 7/1)

EDUCATION
Most Washington area school systems have better graduation rates than the national average. (WaPo, 7/2)