Dream Catchers Receives June Surprise Grant


For Immediate Release 

Williamsburg Community Foundation awards surprise grant to Dream Catchers as part of 25th Anniversary celebration 

June 26, 2024, Williamsburg, VA:   In celebration of its 25th Anniversary celebration, Williamsburg Community Foundation continues to spread joy across the community with monthly surprise grants to local nonprofits. The June grant was awarded to Dream Catchers therapeutic riding center. 

At its 25th Anniversary Celebration & Campaign Kickoff, the Foundation held a drawing for its supporters to select individuals who would have the honor of choosing grant recipients. The June grant was presented by Debbie Maddocks, who presented the check today to Nancy Williams, Executive Director of Dream Catchers, and Hondo, who represented the nonprofit’s 18 therapy horses. 

“Dream Catchers has been near and dear to our hearts for as long as I can remember, particularly because of my late husband Mike’s lifelong love of horses,” said Maddocks. “From his childhood riding days to sharing the joy of fox hunting with our daughter, horses have been a source of happiness and connection for our family. Winston Churchill once said, ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,’ and I couldn’t agree more. Horses have a magical way of touching our lives and supporting Dream Catchers with this grant felt like a natural choice.” 

Dream Catchers enriches the lives of children, adults, and families through equine assisted services offering education, empowerment, healing, and hope. Their programs utilize the unique qualities of horses to serve a diverse community of people living with disabilities, at-risk youth, and veterans. 

Williams thanked Maddocks and the Foundation for the unexpected grant, commemorating the Foundation’s milestone anniversary.   

“We are grateful for the philanthropic mission of Williamsburg Community Foundation,” said Williams. “We congratulate the Foundation on its 25th anniversary and are delighted to receive a surprise grant commemorating this milestone. For many years, the Foundation’s support has fueled our work, most recently one of their Community Grants has allowed us to purchase essential equipment to launch a new therapeutic driving program and this surprise grant will bolster these efforts. This program will have a profound impact on the individuals we serve, further empowering them through the power of equine therapy.” 

For more information about Dream Catchers, please visit dreamcatchers.org 

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Foundation has launched a 25th Anniversary Campaign that seeks to expand the Community Endowment, enabling the Foundation to increase its grant-making capacity for years to come. With an ambitious goal of $750,000, this campaign will boost annual grants by $25,000 in perpetuity. To maximize the impact of every contribution, several generous donors have offered a 1:2 matching challenge, effectively tripling the impact of individual donations.  

“The campaign invites the community to join together in creating lasting positive change,” said Nancy Sullivan, President and CEO of the Williamsburg Community Foundation. “Donations to the campaign ensure that we can continue supporting vital projects, initiatives, and organizations that are addressing pressing needs and promising opportunities in our community.” 

About Williamsburg Community Foundation 

The Williamsburg Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1999 as the Greater Williamsburg Community Trust to connect people who care with causes that matter. With assets of $29.6 million, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $1.2 million last year in the areas of education, arts and culture, children and young adults, environment and conservation, health & community wellness and economic mobility, and senior services. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $12 million to nonprofit organizations in our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit www.williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org or call (757) 259-1660.  


Jennifer S. Daley (she/her)
Development & Communications Officer
Williamsburg Community Foundation
1323 Jamestown Rd., Suite 103
Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-259-1660 (office)