Sally Rudney Receives Honorary Degree From Montgomery College
By Mary Pat Alcus – Board Chair, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County & Trustee, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
On May 24th, I had the pleasure of attending Montgomery College’s commencement ceremony when over 3,000 students received their associates degrees. In addition to the inspiring speeches, I was thrilled that Montgomery College presented an honorary degree to our very own Sally Rudney. Sally is the former Executive Director of our local affiliate, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County (CFMC), which she helped found in 1996.
Under Sally’s leadership, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County grew from one family fund in 1996 to 267 family, memorial, scholarship, corporate, and leadership funds. Sally established Sharing Montgomery, a donor-led discretionary fund that annually grants over $500,000 annually to nonprofit organizations providing critical education, workforce development, and safety-net services. Sally also was instrumental in launching the Neighbors in Need Montgomery campaign, an initiative started after the economic downturn of 2008 to help Montgomery County’s most vulnerable families. Since 2008, the fund has raised $1 million and continues to support critical safety net service providers throughout the County.
Like so many of you, I have been touched by Sally’s spirit and passion for giving. On behalf of the CFMC Board and donors, we all are so pleased that Montgomery College presented Sally with this much deserved honor for her tireless effort to make philanthropy in the county both strategic and meaningful.