The Shenandoah Community Foundation Celebrates National Community Foundation Week
Shenandoah Community Foundation is joining more than 700 community
foundations across the United States in celebrating National Community
Foundation Week--November 12-18, 2014.
Foundation Week was created by former president George H.W. Bush to
celebrate the work of community foundations throughout the United
The first community foundation was started 100 years
ago in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, community foundations have
been organized in every state and in every type of community--small,
large, urban, and rural. Community Foundations are independent,
non-sectarian, and locally-run. They offer their communities the power
and long-term benefit of endowed philanthropic giving by investing the
gifts that are made to the foundations and then using the annual income
to address community needs in future years.
to recent surveys, the nation’s 100 largest community organizations had
combined total assets in excess of $50 billion and made grants of
approximately $4 billion.
“The Shenandoah Community
Foundation works to help the residents of Shenandoah County make their
dreams for our community come true,” said Foundation President Jeff
Dalke. “We do this by working together to find innovative and effective
solutions that address the diverse needs of this community.”
Foundation runs three major programs: 1) its annual unrestricted
grants program that provides support to area non-profit organizations,
2) its scholarship program that awards educational scholarships to
County high school graduates, and 3) its restricted grants program that
makes philanthropic gifts from Funds that have been separately
established by individual and institutional donors.
in 2014 the Shenandoah Community Foundation has awarded approximately
$120,000 in scholarships and grants; and during the past 7 years, the
Foundation has given out approximately $870,000. The Foundation
currently maintains more than 50 active Funds, including scholarship,
memorial, donor-advised, field of interest, unrestricted and agency
If you have a philanthropic goal which you would like to turn into a reality, let us help you.
Foundation Awards $47,250 to Area Non-ProfitsShenandoah Community Foundation Awards $47,250 to Area Non-Profits
Woodstock, VA (April 22, 2014) – The Shenandoah Community Foundation announced the recipients of its 2013/14 grants cycle today.
year the Foundation is able to support local charities as part of our
unrestricted grants program. The fact that we were able to award over
$47,000 this year is due to the generosity of Woodstock Anonymous whose
support has been invaluable to us during our formative years,“ said
Foundation President, Jeff Dalke.
A reception will be held on May 21st at the Edinburg Mill for grant recipients, fund sponsors, and local community leaders.
are fortunate to have so many worthy organizations that serve our
community.” said Program Coordinator, Jeanne Ellen Russell. “When our
need is greatest, they are there. They help us enrich the lives of our
children, take care of us when we are sick, and provide shelter
when we need a place to lay our heads. We are happy to host an event to
celebrate that and say ‘thank you’ as well.”
The following organizations received funding in amounts ranging from $500 to $7,500:
|American Red Cross Top of Virginia Chapter|
|Apple Valley Mediation|
|Blue & Gray Search & Rescue Dogs|
|Healthy Families Shenandoah County|
|Help with Housing|
|Humane Society of Shenandoah County|
|Mt. Olive and Shiloh UMC Enrich Program|
|Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter|
|Shenandoah County Dental Clinic|
|Shenandoah County Tourism|
|Shenandoah County Historical Society|
|Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries Luke’s Backpack Program|
|Shenandoah Valley Music Festival|
|Skyline Community Action Partnership|
Record Breaking ! Shenandoah Community Foundation Gives out a Record Breaking $190,000 in 2013
VA -- 2013 was a good year for the Shenandoah Community
Foundation. Its assets grew to almost $2.5 million, a record of
the Foundation. And it did this while giving $190,000 in
scholarships and grants, another Foundation record.
year the Foundation awarded $65,000 to 53 county high school graduates
and another $50,000 to the Shenandoah County Free Clinic for its
building program. In addition, the Foundation awarded $71,000 to
33 other local charities and $4,000 to 4 charities located outside the
The Foundation's Program Coordinator, Jeanne Russell,
said, "We are especially excited that we were able to increase the
amount of scholarships for our students. A number of new
scholarship funds were started in 2013 and more are already in the
works for 2014."
Foundation President, Jeff Dalke, added,
"Our theme in 2013 was a simple question, "What Is Your Dream For Our
Valley? And this remains our theme. We are here to help county
residents reach their charitable goals."
Foundation is headed by 12 local residents who live in different parts
of the county. Its most recent board additions, Patsy Morehead
and Adele Skolits, live in the Strasburg area. Foundation statistics for 2013 are:
• 24.69% net asset growth
• $2.492 million in assets at year-end
• 4 new funds started bringing the active fund total to 50
• Grants and scholarships awarded--$190,000
• Contributions received--$312,000
• Operating expenses--$33,900
Graduates Join Together : Create New ScholarshipCentral High School Graduates Join Together to Create New Scholarship
VA – Central High School alumnus, Steve Shipp and his friends thought
current graduates could use some help. So they started talking to their
classmates from the Class of ’78 and they soon had teamed up with the
Shenandoah Community Foundation to create the CHS Class of 1978
Memorial Fund, established by alumni of the class of ’78 and friends in
memory of departed classmates.
The group’s motivation for
creating the scholarship is summed up beautifully in a quote by Forest
Whitcraft which they referenced in a letter to classmates requesting
“One hundred years from now it will not matter what
kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in
my bank nor what my clothes looked like. … but the world may be… a
little better because… I was important in the life of a child.”
Central High School’s Principal, Melissa Hensley is delighted and grateful.
the cost of higher education continues to rise our students are now,
more than ever, in need of financial assistance to provide them the
opportunity to pursue their educational and career goals,” according
Mark Getz who graduated from Central in 1978 and
coordinated with the Foundation on creating the scholarship, is hoping
that this won’t be the only new scholarship created for Central.
“We’d love to encourage other classes to follow suit,” said Getz.
Central High School Class of ’78 intends to work to grow this
scholarship quickly. Fund raising efforts are in early stages but the
first scholarship award will be made this this year and every year
thereafter. As more money is donated, the award amount will grow.
wonderful to think that these generous contributions will still be
having a positive effect on students long after the donors are gone.
That is the power of this kind of giving,” said SCF Program
Coordinator, Jeanne Russell.
Contact the Foundation with questions.
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