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WISH offers funding for Shepherd’s learning projects and area nonprofits

ISSUED: 1 February 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Women Investing in Shepherd offers grant opportunity to local nonprofits and Shepherd University groups addressing critical community needs.

WISH will award four equal grants of $20,625 to two local nonprofits and two Shepherd University learning projects.

Qualifying nonprofit organizations must be designated as 501(c)(3) public charities. Organizations and groups affiliated with Shepherd University must be university sanctioned. Applicants submitting an inquiry by March 1 will be notified about their eligibility to submit a formal grant proposal.

Last year, WISH awarded two grants, each equaling $26,250, to Panhandle Home Health, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, and the Seeding the Future Initiative, a learning project at Shepherd University.

Panhandle Home Health, Inc. received the grant for its Wound Care Initiative program, which provided wound care certification for six nurses, who served the areas of Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties in West Virginia. This grant helped meet the goal of decreasing suffering of all patients with wounds, speeding up recovery time, and decreasing the need for re-hospitalization.

Seeding the Future Initiative, the grant recipient of the Shepherd University learning projects, strives to address the challenge of engaging middle- and high-school-age students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Dr. Jordan Mader, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Sytil Murphy, assistant professor of physics, used the grant to host a one-day conference for middle-school-age girls and monthly seminars open to all high schoolers.

WISH, a women’s giving circle comprised of both alumnae and community members, was established in 2014 by the Shepherd University Foundation and a volunteer steering committee from Women for Shepherd University.  WISH was created to educate, engage, and empower women to achieve their philanthropic goals.

For information about how to submit a letter of inquiry, go to For more information about the organization, visit or contact Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president, at 304-876-5397 or or Meg Peterson, account and project manager, at 304-876-5021 or

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