Foundation to boost charities
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
Washington County charities have a new source to turn to for funding, even when the economy is bad and contributions dry up, local leaders were told Tuesday.
The Community Foundation of Washington County, unveiled at a meeting at Frostburg State University's Hagerstown Center, will support local nonprofit organizations while building a reserve for the community's future needs, said Merle S. Elliott, chairman of the foundation's board of trustees.
Modeled after similar community foundations around the country - such as the Community Foundation of Frederick County, Md. - the foundation will use earnings from contributions to make grants to local educational, arts, environmental, health and social service organizations, Elliott said.