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New Legacy Endowment Funds Created

November 3, 2022


Two new endowment funds, in memory of two special Washington residents have recently been established with the Community Foundation of Washington County.  “These funds will continue the legacies of these individuals and will grow and will provide a steady source of income for the causes they cared about far into the future,” says CFWC Executive Director, Millie Youngquist. “Also, anyone may make a tax-exempt donation to these funds and be eligible to receive an Endow Iowa tax credit for their donation.”

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“The John Kessell Legacy Music Education Fund” was established this year by his widow, family and friends. John grew up in Washington, Iowa. He was very grateful for the music education her received here and making music with others was important to him. He loved working with students and wanted people to find joy in making music throughout their lives. Distributions from John’s fund will be channeled through the Washington Music Boosters and will provide support for the K-12 music programs and students in the Washington Community School District.


"Mrs. Driscoll's Pick and Keep Book Fund" was established in her memory by her husband. Judy Marshall Driscoll grew up in Washington, Iowa and taught in several communities in eastern Iowa, most recently at Washington’s St. James Catholic School.  Throughout her life she was devoted to education and youth in her community. Although she retired from classroom teaching, Judy continued to teach those who knew her lessons of faith, strength, perseverance, humor, and generosity. Judy passed away in 2021 and this fund, established in her name will be used to support the distribution of books to students at the St. James School in Washington, Iowa.

Individuals interested in making donations to these funds and others can visit the Community Foundation of Washington County’s website: Click on “Local Funds” and scroll down.

The CFWC was formed in 2006 and seeks to strengthen the communities of Washington County by promoting philanthropy, supporting non-profits and helping donors fulfill their charitable goals.   The foundation is overseen by a volunteer board of local citizens and permanently endows most of its assets, insuring that gifts given will last forever.  For more information about the CFWC and how to set up a fund, contact Millie Youngquist, Executive Director at       

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