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Nonprofits aim to meet challenge

July 10, 2005

A total of 16 local nonprofit organizations have been selected to participate in the Waltersdorf/Henson Endowment Challenge Campaign through the Community Foundation of Washington County.

Altogether, the agencies have agreed to raise more than $5 million over the next five years. The John M. Waltersdorf Family and the Richard A. Henson Foundation have agreed to provide a one-to-one match, bringing a total of more than $10 million for endowments for these organizations in five years.

The organizations and their fundraising goals, according to the Community Foundation, include:

  • Antietam Healthcare Foundation, $800,000. The endowment will be used for unrestricted funding for new initiatives to improve services at Washington County Hospital.

  • Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, $100,000. The endowment will be used for unrestricted operating expenses.

  • Hagerstown Community College Foundation, $800,000. The endowment will be used for unrestricted scholarships and a Teaching and Learning Excellence Fund.

  • Hagerstown YMCA, $375,000. The endowment will be used to support membership and program opportunities for those who otherwise could not afford to belong.

  • Hood College, $100,000. The endowment will be used for qualified students who want to attend Hood College from the Community Foundation's service area, with an emphasis on Washington County.

  • Magnolia Foundation/University of Maryland, $212,500. The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for students from the Community Foundation's service area attending classes at The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, with preference given to Washington County residents.

  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra, $137,929. The endowment will be unrestricted, but directed to support MSO's artistic programming budget and the youth education program.

  • Mercersburg Academy, $212,500. The endowment will provide need-based financial aid to students who reside in the Community Foundation's service area.

  • REACH Inc., $212,500. The endowment will support REACH's general operating expenses. REACH provides shelter and services to the homeless.

  • Rotary Sunrise Foundation, $100,000. The endowment will be unrestricted and used to benefit the club's charitable interests.

  • St. James School, $800,000. The endowment will be restricted for scholarship support for students from the Community Foundation's service area, with an emphasis on Washington County.

  • St. Maria Goretti Fund, $255,000. The endowment will be restricted for scholarship support for students from the Community Foundation's service area, with an emphasis on Washington County.

  • Star Community, $212,500. The endowment will be used to benefit the charitable interests of Star Community, with primary emphasis on the Ventures and Equestrian Programs.

  • United Way Foundation, $100,000. The endowment will be unrestricted and used for charitable purposes.

  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, $100,000. The endowment will be unrestricted and used for the charitable purposes of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

  • Community Foundation of Washington County, $500,000. The endowment will be used to provide annual unrestricted grants to the community. The foundation hopes to provide $100,000 per year in distributions, a 300 percent increase from current distributions.

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