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The Sterling Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the Sterling community by fostering diverse environmental, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities for enhanced quality of life.
We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Sterling Community Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome. Scroll to our footer for a map and directions.
What is the Sterling Foundation, Inc.?
Located in Sterling, Virginia, on the eastern edge of Loudoun County, the Sterling Foundation is an outgrowth of two groups: (1) the SterlingFest Committee and (2) the Sterling Grasshoppers – who maintained Sterling Boulevard in earlier days. The Sterling Foundation was launched in June of 1989 and was incorporated as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in April of 1990. It is managed by a Board of Directors elected by dues-paying Foundation members.
The Sterling Foundation is an all-volunteer enterprise with very few administrative costs. Our community projects are funded entirely through membership fees, contributions, and grants.
The majority of the Foundation’s efforts during the year are focused on environmental cleanup (litter along the Boulevard, mowings). Funds raised by memberships and SterlingFest – organized by a Committee of the Foundation – are split between ourselves, the Sterling Playmakers, and the Sterling Community Center Advisory Board as respective annual budgets. In this way, your support for the Foundation contributes to enhanced community arts and recreation opportunities.
1991 incorpative by-laws excerpt: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE STERLING FOUNDATION
In June of 1989 a group of Sterling’s civic and business leaders
coalesced with the goal of “building a better community.”
This new organizion as an outgrowth of two earlier groups – the
Sterlingfest committee and the Grasshoppers.
In 1988 a group of Sterling Park citizens organized a celebration
of the 25th anniversary of their community. Following this
successful ‘Silverfest,’ a committee was created to establish an annual
festival promoting unity among the various developments
which ma k e up Sterling. A sense of community had not developed in the
past because (1) Sterling was never incorporated as a
political entity; and (2) sterling Park, the hub of our
community, did not establish its own homeowners association.
Each Columbus day weekend since 1989, sterlingfest has brought
together thousands of people from all parts of Sterling and
A second community project which laid the groundwork for the
Foundation originated on Sterling Boulevard. The Grasshoppers, a
group headed by the late John Lambert, had for several years
mowed along the Boulevard and solicited donations to cover costs.
When ill health prevented Mr. Lambert from continuing, the
Foundation adopted the mowing project, hiring private contractors
to do the work. This continues to be the major budget item of
the Sterling Foundation. In addition to mowing, Foundation
volunteers refurbished the sterling Park entry sign at the
intersection of Route 7 and Sterling Boulevard.
In the Spring of 1991, the Foundation began a new phase of its
Boulevard plan–a major beautification project. With generous
help from Chapel Valley Landscape Company, members developed a
plan to replace the maintenance-intensive grass on Sterling
Boulevard with mixed plantings of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and
perennials which would require little maintenance.
The Sterling Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt
501(c)3 prganization in April of 1990. Activities over the years included an award-winning voluntary drop-off newspaper recycling program which accounted for approximately one-third of
Loudoun county’s recycling statistics. Foundation members have
also worked with other groups to sponsor political forums and to
bring elderly/handicapped bus service and a concert series to
The Sterling Foundation is an all-volunteer enterprise with very
few administrative costs. Our community projects are funded
etirely through membership contributions and income from local partner
grants and sponsorships. We urge every
resident and business to join we continue our effort to
improve the quality of life in Sterling.
Every October, on the Saturday preceding the Columbus Day holiday, this annual event provides food, local music and entertainment, fun, community outreach opportunities, and a multicultural celebration, while raising funds for our community organizations. Check out Sterlingfest.org to find out more!
The 2018 Board of Directors
Cheryl Villalobos Chairwoman
Rony Coker Membership
Todd Gallant History & Heritage
Nicholas Wilt (ex officio) Director of the Sterling Community Center
Cristina Murray Ortiz