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WISH accepting letters of inquiry for grant awards

ISSUED: 21 January 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Local nonprofits and Shepherd University groups addressing critical community needs are invited to submit letters of inquiry to Women Investing in Shepherd (WISH) for the group’s 2020 awards. WISH will award three nonprofit grants in the amount of $29,835 each and two Shepherd University learning project grants in the amount of $35,375 each for the 2020 grant cycle. Qualifying nonprofit organizations must be designated as 501 (c) (3) public charities. Organizations and groups affiliated with Shepherd must be university sanctioned. Applicants submitting an inquiry by March 1 will be notified about eligibility to submit a formal grant proposal.

In 2019, WISH awarded four grants totaling $123,000 collectively to community nonprofits Community Networks/Bethany House and the Semper Li “Ashley House,” and Shepherd learning projects Speech and Forensics Debate Team and the Health Promotion Expansion Initiative. From 2015-2018, WISH has awarded a total of $352,500 to seven community nonprofits and seven Shepherd learning projects.

WISH, a women’s giving circle made up of alumnae and community members, was established in 2014 by the Shepherd University Foundation. 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, contact Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president, Shepherd University Foundation, at 304-876-5397,, or Meg Peterson, director of donor relations, 304-876-5021,

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