Cedar Ridge Children’s Home & School Wins Community Foundation’s Forward Funding Challenge

Cedar Ridge Children’s Home & School won the Community Foundation of Washington County MD’s third annual Forward Funding Challenge. Cedar Ridge will use their grant of $3,000 to purchase LiveScan Fingerprinting Equipment to use within the organization as well as for other organizations in the local community for a nominal fee to perform digital fingerprinting for state and federal background checks.


The Forward Funding Challenge was a new initiative created to encourage local nonprofit organizations to develop innovative and ongoing fundraising efforts. Three finalists presented their ideas at a live event on February 25 at the Women’s Club before a panel of judges consisting of previous Rising Star Award winners: Sam Buhrman, Dr. Brenna Bacon Ranieli, Heather Guessford and Kelsi Palmer.

Other finalists included Potomac Playmakers and San Mar Family & Community Services. Potomac Playmakers planned to create screen printed t-shirts for each show by purchasing the screen-printing machine and supplies to have in-house. San Mar proposed developing a crowdfunding model that allows their most faithful supporters to garner the power of the internet and social media by sharing their reasons for supporting the nonprofit. Both organizations ended up receiving a $1,500 grant for their projects from the Pauline Anderson Foundation.