Savannah Community Foundation Pledges $5,000 to Help Stabilize W.W. Law House in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), a leading preservation organization committed to protecting Savannah’s heritage, recently received a matching pledge of $5,000 from the Savannah Community Foundation to help stabilize the W.W. Law House at 710 W. Victory Drive in Savannah.

The pledge from the Savannah Community Foundation’s Immediate Needs Fund will match $5,000 pledged by HSF and another $5,000 currently being raised by the W.W. Law Foundation to restore the former home of Savannah’s late Civil Rights leader.

“We’re delighted to support such an important local cause,” said K. Russell Simpson, president of The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc. “W.W. Law made Savannah a better place for everyone.  We want to help preserve his legacy for future generations.”

In July, HSF offered a $5,000 challenge grant to the W.W. Law Foundation in an effort to raise money to restore the historic W.W. Law House.  If the W.W. Law Foundation raises $5,000 before September 1, 2011, Historic Savannah Foundation will donate $5,000 in matching funds to help with structural repairs to the building’s foundation.

The W.W. Law Foundation accepted HSF’s grant challenge last month and is actively soliciting donations from supporters for the remaining $5,000 now needed.

“The W.W. Law House is a cultural treasure in the  Cuyler-Brownville Historic District, but it is in urgent need of emergency repairs,” said Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation.  “We’re joining forces to ensure this building’s future.”

To make a donation to support the stabilization of the W.W. Law House, please call (912) 234-1250 or visit www.wwlawfoundation.org.

ABOUT HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION:

Historic Savannah Foundation is a non-profit historic preservation organization supported by a strong and dedicated membership.
HSF was established in 1955 in order to save the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House from demolition. From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a Revolving Fund which has since saved 350 buildings and counting. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.myHSF.org or www.DavenportHouseMuseum.orgonline.

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:

The Savannah Community Foundation is a public charity that, through the generosity of its patrons, holds in excess of $17,000,000 in 225 separate donor funds that on average generate $2,500,000 in annual distributions to charities suggested by its patrons.  The Immediate Needs Fund is one of those funds, the source of which is an anonymous donor who enables The Savannah Community Foundation to assist area charities with funding unexpected expenses or opportunities.  Since March of 2004, the Immediate Needs Fund has distributed $435,000 in furtherance of that purpose. The mission of  The Savannah Community Foundation is to benefit donors, donees and the community by
providing a safe, simple, inexpensive and tax efficient vehicle for philanthropic capital formation, investment and disbursements to operating
charities.  For more information, please visit SavFoundation.orgonline.