Gene Wiles Memorial Fund

Bradley and Cathy Sue Wiles created the Gene Wiles Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation to memorialize their son who passed away. Born in Hagerstown, Gene attended Clear Spring Middle School, where he was an honor student. He participated in many different organizations including the Washington County 4-H Dairy and Swine Clubs as well as the youth group and archery club at his church, Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church.

The Gene Wiles Memorial Fund will provide financial support in the form of an annual grant through a qualifying organization to support a young adult from Washington County, Maryland, or the surrounding area, pursuing an agricultural endeavor. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and have an affiliation with 4-H programs, the FFA or the Washington County Agriculture Board. Projects must relate directly to agricultural interests. Recipients will have to provide appropriate documentation of expenditures. Click here to apply:

Washington County Gives is Tuesday, May 5, 2015!

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD will host its third Washington County Gives on May 5, 2015. This 24-hour online, social-media fundraiser gives local nonprofits an opportunity to raise operating dollars for their organization. In addition to the online donations, participating nonprofits will have the opportunity to receive pro-rated matching dollars and prize money.

This year we have 68 nonprofts participating and $75,000 in matching funds and prizes. 

Washington County Gives 2014 brought in $260,000 in online donations, matching funds and prizes. The event saw 1,876 unique donors give money to one or more of the 55 participating nonprofit organizations. Fifteen percent of donors made their first ever online gift, and 18.5% gave for the first time to their specific nonprofit organization.     

For more information on Washington County Gives, please visit


  • Mother's Day is May 10th!

    April 14, 2015

    Honor a special woman in your life with a gift to the Women’s Giving Circle to improve the quality of life for women and their families here in Washington County. The Women’s Giving Circle makes annual grants in the areas of life skills, healthy development, self-sufficiency, emotional and physical well-being and education. Make your gift of $25 or more by May 4th and we’ll send your honoree an acknowledgement in time for Mother’s Day!

  • Free Wills & Estate Planning Seminar: April 14

    April 13, 2015

    The Community Foundation of Washington County MD will hold a free wills and estate planning seminar at its office on Tuesday, April 14 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Attorney Chester H. Hobbs, IV of Bodie, Dolina, Hobbs, Friddell & Grenzer, P.C. will discuss the basic components of a will and what it means to have a living trust.

    For more information on this seminar or to make a reservation to attend, please call the Foundation at 301-745-5210.  

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