Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Awarded $1,900 by 100+ Women Who Care


from l-r: Joanne Hart, Executive Director of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding; Traci Richards of 100 Women Who Care; Elizabeth Coppersmith of 100 Women Who Care; and Kathy Blaine, Program Director of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

FAIRFAX, Va., (January 30, 2013) — Northern Virginia women are encouraged to join the effort in making a larger local impact with charitable donations to local nonprofits through participating in a new women’s giving circle.

The newly-founded group, 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia is set to meet on February 7 at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street in Fairfax, Va. at 7:30 p.m. to make a collective donation to a nonprofit organization serving the local region.

Its optimal goal is to get 100 women to each write $100 checks, thereby providing $10,000 to the selected charity. During its first meeting on November 1, 2012, members voted and donated $1,900 to Loudon Therapeutic Riding based in Leesburg, Va. The local nonprofit’s mission is to empower the lives of people with physical, cognitive or psychological challenges through the benefits of horseback riding, carriage driving or other equine assisted activities and therapies.

“Our initial meeting demonstrated that a small group of women could make a substantial impact for a local nonprofit charity that runs on a tight budget,” says 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia co-founder Traci Richards. “With 100+ Women Who Care, women can come together to give back to our local community, but in a way that requires very little in terms of time and dollar commitment from each individual.”

“Simple and efficient” are essential components of the 100+ Women Who Care concept, explains Richards. The group meets quarterly for one hour and learns about local nonprofit agencies. Voted on by the group, one agency is selected to receive individual checks of $100 from the members. The checks are written directly to the local agency, not a foundation or 100+ Women Who Care, so there are no administrative fees.

The group is open to all women interested in participating. Members who attend and contribute at meetings are all eligible to nominate local charities to be considered for the quarterly donation.

The next 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia meeting will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library at 10360 North Street in Fairfax, Va.