Donor Profile: Wells & Karen Ridenour

Children in Need serves 3,000 adolescents a year with clothes, underwear, socks and toiletries. Mary’s Center helps 41 mothers each month with free counseling services, diapers, baby clothes and other supplies. Lasting Change assists 150 women a year with a full-range of chemical dependency services.

Wells-Ann-Ann-Karen RidenourWhen you create a donor-advised, field of interest, designated, community or scholarship fund at the Community Foundation, you have the ability to help many individuals through a local nonprofit organization. Each type of fund has different parameters to meet your intentions as the donor. For example, a donor-advised fund gives you the opportunity to remain actively involved in recommending grants to meet your charitable needs.

Wells and Karen Ridenour established the Wells & Karen Ridenour Family Fund as a donor-advised fund in 2006 after meeting with their accountant, John Itell, a current Community Foundation board member and past chairman. They wanted to give back to the community and stay actively involved in recommending grants every year to fulfill their charitable goals. They have given away more than $10,000 since inception of their fund through their yearly disbursements to recipients like Children in Need, Mary’s Center and Lasting Change.

Seeing the power of their endowment, the Ridenours created the Karen C. and A. Wells Ridenour Nursing Scholarship in 2014 to assist a Washington County resident of any age, race or gender who’s accepted into an accredited four-year nursing program with the intention of completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Karen has a Master of Science in Nursing and helped start the program at Shepherd University where she taught for many years. “I am a big believer in students receiving their bachelor’s degrees in nursing,” said Karen. The scholarship has helped three students so far, giving away $6,000 in the past three years.

Because of Wells and Karen Ridenour’s generosity, students can pursue their dream of becoming a nurse, school-aged children can go to school in clean clothes and women can find the help they need to fight addiction.