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WISH offers funding for area nonprofits, Shepherd University

ISSUED: 23 January 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Nonprofits and Shepherd University groups that address critical community needs are invited to submit letters of inquiry to Women Investing in Shepherd (WISH) for the group’s 2018 awards.

WISH will award up to four equal grants of $28,750—two for local nonprofits and two for Shepherd University learning projects. 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 2017, WISH awarded four grants totaling $102,500 collectively to community nonprofits Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle and Community Alternatives to Violence and Shepherd learning projects Model United Nations and the Student Veterans Transition and Support Initiative. In 2015 and 2016 collectively, WISH awarded a total of $135,000 to three community nonprofits and three 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 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, visit

For more information about WISH, contact Monica Lingenfelter, Foundation executive vice president, at 304-876-5397 or; or Meg Peterson, director of donor relations, at 304-876-5021 or

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