WASHINGTON — A quiet, low-profile Washington philanthropist has left a surprise bequest of $28 million to one of the oldest social service charities in the nation’s capital.
Family Matters of Greater Washington announced the gift from Richard A. Herman on Wednesday. The charity was previously known as Family and Child Services of Washington. It was founded in 1882 and provides a range of services in the area, including mental health counseling and child welfare...
Family Matters said Herman began donating $25 a year in 1967, increasing his giving over time. During his
The charity plans to establish a charitable trust named for Herman to fund its ongoing work and will launch a new series of arts programs for youth and senior citizens.
Herman also has left $7.5 million bequests to both the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera after being a regular donor to both organizations for years, said Kennedy Center spokesman John Dow. Together, the $15 million bequest is the largest in the center’s history.