Frequently Asked Questions
The Loudoun Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting students and educators in Loudoun County Public Schools.
We understand that you may have questions about our mission, programs, and how you can get involved. This page is designed to provide you with clear and concise answers to the most commonly asked questions, so you can better understand our work and the impact we make for LCPS.
If you need further information, feel free to reach out to our team using the contact form at the bottom of any page on our website. We're always here to help and guide you on your journey to supporting a brighter future!
How can I support LEF?
We are always looking for community members and business partners who are interested in supporting the success and well-being of our students, teachers, and families. Support comes in many forms, including:
Donating to support our work, or specific earmarks for specific programs and schools;
Volunteer or host food and supply drives for the LEF Backpack Coalition;
Become an LCPS Community Partner for roles such as guest speaking, presenting at career and internship fairs, and mentoring students.
Additionally, the LEF is governed by a Board of Trustees, which meets bimonthly to grow and support the LEF. The Board has many committees that are open to both Trustees and community members: Communications, Events, Governance, Grants, Investment, Scholarship, and STEM. For more information about these committees and other volunteer opportunities, please contact Danielle Nadler.
Can LEF fund a need at my school or in my classroom?
Absolutely! We are always interested in hearing about unique, innovative, and inspiring projects that you have planned for your classroom. To ask for funding support for these programs, please visit our Innovation In Education grant page. Grant applications are released via e-mail and on our website in August and January each year. If you have questions about the application process, please contact LEF Operations Coordinator Letty Kayser.
What is the difference between LEA and LEF?
The LEA stands for Loudoun Education Association. LEA is an advocacy organization for public school employees. This organization supports teachers with representation, advocacy, legal assistance, community relations, networking, and access to professional development and publications. To learn more: visit the LEA at www.LoudounEA.org. To contact the LEA, you may email them or call 703-858-7700.
Why should I donate to the LEF when the school system receives funding from other sources?
Your donation goes to support critical programs that are not funded by taxpayer dollars. The LEF provides Teacher Grants to fund innovative classroom projects designed by educators to help their students learn. We provide meals to food-insecure students and families over the weekend through our Backpack Coalition program and create and support new learning initiatives that have the potential to become division-wide programs in the future, like our STEM afterschool programs, PROPEL and Level Up. When you support the LEF, you make an immediate and lasting impact in our schools and the Loudoun community. Your donation drives teacher innovation, inspires students, helps vulnerable families, and seeds new education programs. You contribute to the excellence of Loudoun County Public Schools and invest in our future leaders.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes, your donation of money, supplies and in-kind services can be claimed as a deduction on your business or personal taxes.
How are my funds and supplies being used?
The Loudoun Education Foundation enjoys a strong reputation as a transparent steward of your generosity. We provide regular updates, success stories and impact reports on our social media and through our newsletter.
For more than 30 years, the Loudoun Education Foundation has demonstrated how community support can make meaningful educational impacts in the classroom and beyond. As an independent nonprofit, we engage our community to invest in critical and innovative programs that foster academic success and the well-being of students and educators. We fund programs that stimulate students’ curiosity, create exceptional learning opportunities, and provide needed resources to educators, students and families.