Local Dollars Meet Local Needs


noun \fə-ˈlan(t)-thrə-pist\
1: One who practices goodwill to fellow members of the human race, especially in their active effort to promote human welfare

When you think of the word philanthropist,
do you think of people like Bill and Melinda Gates? They do, indeed, qualify as modern philanthropists, but you don’t have to be wealthy to do good works with your hard-earned money.

    Become a philanthropist now by contributing to The Shenandoah Community Foundation - a non-profit public foundation that provides for the administration and investment of gifts and bequests primarily for the benefit of Shenandoah County. Needs served by the Foundation may be broad in scope or they may be targeted to something very specific.

   Determining where your charitable assets might have the most direct and lasting impact can often be a frustrating and time-consuming process. One huge advantage offered by the Shenandoah Community Foundation is our ability to pool donated funds for maximum investment leverage, minimal administrative costs and tax savings for the donors.

    We keep local dollars working in our own community to meet local needs.

Record Breaking !

Shenandoah Community Foundation Gives out a Record Breaking $190,000 in 2013

Woodstock, 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.

Last 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 area.

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."
The 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 Scholarship

Central High School Graduates Join Together to Create New Scholarship

Woodstock, 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 help.

“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.

 “As 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 Hensley.

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.

 The 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.

“It’s 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.

No Worthier Cause...

Foundation Awards $45,000 to Shenandoah County Free Clinic

The Shenandoah Community Foundation recently awarded a total of $45,000 to the Capital Building Campaign of the Shenandoah County Free Clinic.  The grant monies came from three donor-advised funds maintained by the Foundation:  the Dr. Jacob and Diane Haun Fund, the William C. "Ches" and Evelyn E. Lambert Memorial Fund, and the Donald H. Albright Fund.

The recent grants were in addition to an earlier $5,000 grant awarded to the Clinic this past spring through the Woodstock Anonymous Fund.

"We are honored to be able to support the tremendous work of the Shenandoah County Free Clinic and are grateful to our donors for their generosity," said Foundation President, Jeff Dalke.

Dalke continued, "The great thing about these grants is that they came from 'donor-advised funds' that were established years ago.  When the donors started their Funds they didn't know what worthy causes might arise in the future.  But this year, when the Free Clinic was raising money for its Building Campaign, the donors were able to recommend that money from their Funds be used for this cause."

"There's no worthier cause than the Free Clinic, and I am very happy to be able to support the Clinic in this way," said Dr. Jacob Haun, Vice President of the Foundation and donor of the Dr. Jacob and Diane Haun Fund.

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