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How It Works

Women who join WISH make an annual charitable contribution of $500. All gifts received during the calendar year are placed into a grant fund, which is then divided into two equal pools. One pool will provide an award for Shepherd University campus-centered academic, athletic, cultural or community service learning programs. The other pool will provide an award in support of programs in the areas of education, arts and culture, community and family, health and wellness, and environment for nonprofits in the greater regional community. The greater regional community consists of the following counties: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, and Hampshire counties in West Virginia, Loudoun, Frederick, and Clarke counties in Virginia, and Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland.

A women’s philanthropic society is special because women can participate in something bigger than they could ever do themselves.
Rebecca Powers, founder of Impact Austin

All WISH membership gifts received are tax deductible. Donations are managed by the Shepherd University Foundation with no administrative fees applied. The full amount of each donation directly funds the grant awards.

One Woman-One Vote

Each year, a one woman, one vote process will determine who will receive the grant awards. The selection process is managed by the grants committee, which is comprised of active members who volunteer to serve. An active member is defined as one who has made her membership contribution by December 31st of the previous calendar year.

WISH Member Journey Committee

  • Co-Chair, Member Journey
    Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Oates
  • Co-Chair, Member Journey and Subcommittee Chair
    Mary “Peachy” Staley ’70
  • Subcommittee Chair
    Carolyn Fleenor ’78
  • Subcommittee Chair
    Beverly Hughes ’71
  • Subcommittee Chair
    Sandy A. Sponaugle ’95
  • Subcommittee Co-Chair
    Sherri Janelle
  • Subcommittee Co-Chair
    Teresa McCabe ’79
  • Kathy Bennett
  • Kathy Jo Blue ’80
  • Sherry Brown ’73
  • Donna Burns
  • Wilma Elliott ’72
  • Alice Frazier
  • Barbara Gibson
  • Kristie Hadley
  • Christina Johnson
  • Susan Journell ’82
  • Carol Kamensky ’68
  • Dorothy Lorenz ’74
  • Amy Moore-Luettke
  • Linda Orr ’75
  • Susan Sheehan
  • Anne Stewart Small ’67
  • Susan Snowden ’82
  • Advisor
    Monica W. Lingenfelter
  • Advisor
    Meg Peterson (non-voting membership)
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