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Community Foundation awards record amount

July 22, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

The Community Foundation of Washington County distributed a record $245,981 in grants for the fiscal year that ended June 30, executive director Brad Sell said.

That is an increase of more than 80 percent over the $136,333 that was distributed last fiscal year through its donor-advised, agency and provisional funds.

The foundation serves as a partner and resource for community philanthropy, providing a variety of flexible and cost-effective ways for donors to improve the quality of life in their community, now and in the future.

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"The phenomenal rise is due to the generosity of our donors," said Richard Phoebus, chairman of the foundation's board of trustees.

Next spring, the foundation is planning to have its first distribution of undirected funds, Phoebus said. Those are funds that donors have not designated to a specific organization and can be directed where the foundation board sees fit.

Receiving funds this year were American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Washington County, Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Cedar Crest College, Clear Spring Historical Society, Children in Need, Community Foundation of Washington County, Community Free Clinic, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Food Resources Inc., Food Resources Fund at Community Foundation and the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary.

Also getting funds were Girls Inc., Hagerstown Community College Foundation, HCC Robinwood Players, Homewood Benevolent Fund, Humane Society of Washington County, Johns Hopkins scholarship, Lehigh University, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Theatre, Mason-Dixon Council of Boy Scouts of America, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mercersburg Academy, Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, REACH Inc., St. John's Episcopal Church, Salvation Army, San Mar Children's Home, St. James School, St. Mary's College, and Shriners Hospital for Children.

Others receiving funds were Tri-Town Ambulance, Trinity Lutheran Church, United Way of Washington County, University of Findlay, W House of Hagerstown Foundation, Washington County Free Library, Washington County Historical Society, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Western Maryland Heritage Foundation and the Richard A. Henson Family YMCA.

The Community Foundation was started in 1996 with $9,000, and currently has assets of nearly $6 million in 78 different funds.

For information on how to leave a gift that will benefit the community, call 301-745-5210.

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