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The Loudoun Impact Fund will grant $125,000 to 16 Loudoun County nonprofits this year — a 17 percent increase from last year’s donations.

The Impact Fund has granted $492,725 in just four years. 

Six of the selected nonprofits are receiving grants for the first time.

“We select based on what our perception is of the need and the value of the gift,” said David Schaeffer, president and CEO of AHT and the giving circle co-chair. Schaeffer and others decide who will receive grants, and for how much.

The Ryan Bartel Foundation, a suicide prevention nonprofit, received a $10,000 grant. According to its founder Suzie Bartel, who lost her son to suicide, the grant will go toward implementing the nonprofit’s Sources of Strength Program in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools.

“It’s upstream prevention,” said Bartel. “It helps to develop resilience and coping mechanisms for kids and it’s all geared on the power of the teen voice, which is what we’re all about.”

The program trains students to use their own social networks to create campaigns about the “protective factors they have in their lives.” Loudoun County Public Schools has been implementing the program for two years. The program is in 21 schools.