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National Community Foundation Week

The Shenandoah Community Foundation Celebrates National Community Foundation Week 

The Shenandoah Community Foundation is joining more than 700 community foundations across the United States in celebrating National Community Foundation Week--November 12-18, 2014.

National Community Foundation Week was created by former president George H.W. Bush to celebrate the work of community foundations throughout the United States.

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. 

According 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.”

The 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.

So far 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 funds.

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-Profits

Shenandoah 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.

“Each 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.

“We 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
Response
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter
Shenandoah County Dental Clinic
Shenandoah County Tourism
Shenandoah Forum
Shenandoah County Historical Society
Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries Luke’s Backpack Program
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
Skyline Community Action Partnership
Theatre Shenandoah
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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.

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