Children's Home Society of Washington completed a successful pilot program in partnership with Sherwood Trust, Walla Walla's largest private foundation, said Kelly Bray, CHSW marketing communications manager. The gifts of the late Donald and Virginia Sherwood have generously supported CHSW, administering more than $500,000 from the Trust throughout the years.
In 2008, Sherwood Trust provided CHSW with a $240,000 grant that funded a development officer position to lead fundraising efforts to build capacity and serve even more children and families in the Walla Walla region. Three years later, all of the fundraising targets associated with the Walla Walla pilot have been exceeded by $140,000. CHSW seeks to expand the project and leverage the knowledge and success gained in Walla Walla to support expansion of other statewide communities served by CHSW.
"The Children's Home Society of Washington is a model example of the importance of planning for the future in a strategic and thoughtful manner. Its success is no accident," said Jock Edwards with Sherwood Trust. "The patience, perseverance, and focus of the organization on developing and implementing a strategic planning process is exemplary."
Representatives from Sherwood Trust, CHSW and local families and community partners gathered at a small reception at CHSW's Walla Walla location on July 12.
"Sherwood Trust's generosity has empowered Children's Home Society of Washington to significantly increase sustainable philanthropic support to meet the increasing needs of local children and families," said Jim Laugen, CHSW's vice president of Resource Development. "We are so proud to celebrate this successful partnership and prouder still of what this success has allowed us to accomplish with those we serve."
Blue Mountain Heart to Heart's Aug. 28 Dinner for Friends with Friends is open to including more hosts on its roster for what organizers think will be a wonderful night of community and celebration.
A raffle is being added to the events of the Gala. One of the items offered is a tour of the former territorial governor's mansion conducted personally on another date by owner and hostess Stephanie Dorgan.
Other raffle items will be offered to make the evening that much more fun. The Dave Glenn Trio will provide music under the stars for your listening and dancing pleasure. For more details, call 529 4744, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ; or online see www.bluemountainheart.org.
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