Warren County Community Foundation announces landmark $250,000 local gift

The board of advisors of the Warren County Community Foundation was honored to receive a landmark $250,000 gift in 2020 to support local community grantmaking.

The gift was made by local donors in honor of Dr. Theodore and Birgitta Dill.

Born in 1890 and raised in Warren County, Dr. Theodore Dill (known as “Ted” by his friends and family), graduated from Warren Academy and the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He enjoyed an 18-year career in the Navy as a physician. After retiring from his military career, Dill became a physician for several international cruise ship lines. During his European travels, he met Birgitta, from Orebro, Sweden, who was a translator of four languages for a communications company.

They married and moved back to his family home in Warren County, spending their retirement in Manson and often traveling across the United States and Europe. After Ted’s death in 1984, Birgitta remained in Manson until her death in 2017.

The $250,000 gift in their honor was made to the Warren County Community Foundation’s unrestricted community grantmaking fund and as part of the local endowment will go on to support local nonprofits with annual grants for generations to come.

Richard Hunter, advisory board president of the Warren County Community Foundation, said the Foundation is most grateful for the generosity of the family behind the gift. “This gift ensures that there will be funds available to meet some of the needs of the nonprofit organizations that serve the county,” he said. “During past yearly grant cycles, we have been limited in the amount of money that has been available to grant to nonprofit organizations and this gift gives us greater ability to meet community needs.”

The Warren County Community Foundation board of advisors will accept grant applications from local nonprofit organizations this summer. For more information, contact NCCF Community Leadership Officer Dawn Neighbors at dneighbors@nccommunityfoundation.org or (910) 292-4437.