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BISFA Foundation Seeks Volunteers & Donors for Public-Private Partnership

BISFA Foundation Seeks Volunteers & Donors for Public-Private Partnership

This week, the Washington County Board of Education approved the launch of a separate educational foundation in support of both the construction and operational costs associated with the establishment of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts (BISFA).
"The purpose of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation is to help fund some of the school's capital and operating expenses," said Dale Bannon, Director of System Development. "The goal is to create a highly successful public-private partnership that provides both start-up funds and long-range support for the school in the form of an endorsement."
The foundation is being incorporated as a separate 501(C)3 organization. This enables the foundation to receive grant funds and individual donations not otherwise available directly to a public 4school system. Until the foundation is operational, a specific BISFA fund has been established at the Community Foundation of Washington County for donors who want to provide initial support to the project. Mr. Vincent Groh provided the initial donation of the downtown, Potomac Street building that spurred the project's momentum.
"We very much appreciate Mr. Groh's generous donation," said Dr. Betty Morgan, Superintendent. "The School for the Arts is a very special project, not just for our students, but for the City of Hagerstown and the entire Washington County community. For leading area philanthropists and donors, such as Mr. Groh, the establishment of the school offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in on the ground floor in support of an innovative public-private partnership that provides students with an outstanding academic education, coupled with a focus on the arts."
School system officials are seeking numerous volunteers to serve on the foundation board, especially those with fundraising experience. Interested individuals should contact Bannon at the Office of System Development, 301-766-2937. The foundation will oversee numerous giving opportunities, from small donations such as funds for furnishings, equipment, or instruments, to large donations for 'naming rights' to various, key areas of the new school, such as the dance studio, music rooms, theatre, and the school's art gallery. The next step is to assemble a steering committee of community leaders to plan a capital campaign that will kick off later this fall.

This article was provided by the Washington County Public Schools Board of Education.

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