July 18, 2018
The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) is pleased to announce that it has awarded $500,000 in grants to 20 local charities as part of its new capacity building grants initiative of the Community CARE Fund (CCF). This total represents the greatest amount awarded during any competitive grant cycle of the Foundation to date. The objective of the CCF capacity building grants initiative is to help strengthen the infrastructure, management, and governance of local charities so that they may more effectively fulfill their charitable missions.
Of the total awarded, the majority of the money was provided for either technology and software, or program expansion. The largest grant for technology and software was for $35,000 and was awarded to the Washington Area Humane Society to upgrade computer equipment, to purchase a specialized software package for humane societies, and to purchase other software for marketing and donor development. Other charities receiving technology or software grants include; the Brownson House at $15,000, David Bradford House at $15,000, Donora Public Library at $30,000, Greater Washington County Food Bank at $30,000, Leadership Washington County at $10,000, Main Street Farmers Market at $5,000, Olivia Scott Foundation at $5,000, and Washington Communities Human Services at $15,000.
Two other organizations received program expansion grants; Dress for Success who will use its $35,000 grant to purchase a mobile unit dedicated to Washington County, and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum who will use its $25,000 grant to design and create interactive exhibits.
Five charities received planning grants to develop strategic plans, development plans, marketing plans, etc. The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania / Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Washington County Historical Society and the Washington County Library System each received $25,000. The David Bradford House and Genesis each received $10,000.
The largest staffing grant of $50,000 was awarded to the Literacy Council of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Additionally, the Donora Public Library, Main Street Farmers Market and Resurrection Power each received $5,000 for staffing.
Two organizations received $10,000 grants for auditing and financial reporting, the National Duncan Glass Society and Resurrection Power.
“We are grateful to be in a position to provide $500,000 in capacity building grants through our Community CARE Fund. When reviewing the applications we considered where each charity was in its own development, and selected those charities who made the most compelling cases regarding increased capacity. We are hopeful that these grants will enable the charities to reach the next level in their organization’s operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity,” remarked Betsie Trew, WCCF President & CEO.
Serving as a grant-maker, fundraiser, community leader, and donor service organization, the WCCF promotes and facilitates local philanthropy and is the largest publicly supported grant-making foundation head-quartered in Washington County.