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About Us:

We are a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation. William Sherman Winseman, (W.S.W.) Foundation 501(c)(3),  1960-2025,  (65th Anniversary - "Decades of: Contributions, Support & Involvement")  a Non-Profit by which Contributions are deductible to the fullest extent by law.  EIN # 95-3202989.

The expenses and staff salaries of the W.S.W. Foundation are completely paid for by internal funds,  "NOT"  by public donations.

  • The William Sherman Winseman Foundation's "Mission" is dedicated to assist children, elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged for the purpose of awareness, needs and educational opportunities.  The W.S.W. Foundation's purpose also includes: to Educate, to Enlighten and to Inspire.  We each learn in a number of ways through: reading, instruction, tutoring, performing, recognition, practical exposure as well as the technique of applying oneself.  The W.S.W. Foundation works in numerous ways to provide, promote, teach, nurture, as well as develop an appreciation for the Disadvantaged, Disabled, Elderly and Educational Values. 

     W.S.W. Foundation's Trademark:  A Dream is the Seed of Success."                                                                                       DDW - tm  


  • The Winseman Family has provided funds for educational: Scholarships, Honorariums, Grants and Financial Assistance for Nursing Students and Home Care Students who have nursing career goals to help special needs individuals, as well as elderly patients. (UCLA, USC, Los Angeles City College, Preferred College of Nursing Bakersfield, and West Coast University); English lessons, Musical Instruments and Music Lessons for disadvantaged students, (Los Angeles Music & Art School and All City School Band, in Los Angeles.)  All at "no cost", and providing Teaching, Mentoring, Tutoring for young people in English as a second language as well as creating a private home library in-order to loan out books for disadvantaged students.

  • The Winseman Family has been involved for "decades" with charitable programs: Los Angeles City Libraries - (organizing fundraising, and community book sales); March of Dimes - (fundraisers); United Cerebral Palsy - (Events, Walk-a-Thon's, and Telethons); U.S. Veterans Administration - (photography, cinematography, film services and mental health fundraisers); Make-A-Wish Foundation - (photography and videography services); Orange County Pediatric Cancer Hospital - (photography and fundraisers); meals purchased and meals served at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles; meals purchased and meals served at the Fred Jordan Missions in Los Angeles.


  • The Winseman Family has raised:  (3 generations, for 70+ years) American Kennel Club, (A.K.C.) Certified Service Dogs for the Disabled, Therapy Dogs for Autistic, and special needs children through-out the State of California; as well as supplying dog food, treats and toys to "no kill"  shelters in Los Angeles, in Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County, Bakersfield in Kern County, San Clemente in Orange County, and City of Hanford in Kings County California.

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"If you're not progressing, you're regressing; so, keep moving forward."

  • Many of our projects are supported by: corporate or company donations, family, community and public donations which don't always involve money, but rather involve donated: goods, products, redeemable certificates/coupons and manufactured items.  The public and community participate with donations of products as well as monetary gifts, grants, honorariums, or donations through the W.S.W. Foundation directly or through our:


                                        "Donor Fund Page". [ You can make a donation right now ! ]

                                                       Veterans             Animals             Children

"Giving back to those less fortunate is not a duty, - it is a moral responsibility to assist and help the less fortunate."  W.S.W.

CPR Trained

  All Employee's of the W.S.W. Foundation are Certified in CPR, and we have an EMT/BSN on Staff. 


"There's a lot of new data WHICH shows if you're generous, charitable, and altruistic, you'll live longer; you'll feel more fulfilled; you'll feel more expressive of who you are as a person; you probably will feel more control and freedom in your life."


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"Giving back to those less fortunate is not a duty, - it is a moral responsibility to assist and help the less fortunate."  ~W.S.W.~

"The Legacy - Early Years:"

William Sherman Winseman
, (1908-1980) the Founder and first President of the W. Sherman Winseman Foundation (W.S.W. Foundation) was founded on December 8, 1960.  Sherman was named after his historic, (3rd generation) Uncle William "Billy" Tecumseh Sherman.  William Sherman Winseman's father Frank William Winseman, and mother Mary Jane Winseman traveled west from Flatrock Township of Henry, Ohio, then Missouri and finally in the early 1910-11 settled their  family in the small California coastal township community of Long Beach, working as a Carpenter & Surveyor.  Frank built many of the large luxurious and historic craftsman wooden homes within the community, (Craftsman Village Historic District - Hellman Street Craftsman.)

W.  "Sherman"  Winseman, as he was affectionately known was born in Ohio on July 18th of 1908 his father Frank was (26) twenty-six.  Sherman traveled west with his family, including his two brothers (Frances Wilbur & Richard Frank both were born in Missouri.)  In Long Beach eventually the young family would welcome a fourth brother, (Walter Fredrick and a sister Rosella Irene) who was named after Mary Jane's mother and Sherman's Grandmother Rosalla Sherman.

"The Career:"

Sherman, an exceptionally bright young man developed a strong education, interest, as well as a keen intuitive sense: in business, the stock market, land and oil investments.  Eventually, at a very young age, (fast tracked as a result of his keen abilities and knowledge) Sherman became a Vice President in Los Angeles of  "The Little Bank of Italy,"  what we know today as "Bank of America."  During his early years, Sherman became a highly respected investment advisor, fiduciary to many of his trusted and loyal clients.  (For years, Sherman was rewarded by his clients for saving their wealth in the devastating Stock Market Crash of 1929.) 

In addition to his years with Bank of America, Sherman worked as a broker and for a time was a silent partner in "Kerr & Bell" in Los Angeles, later to be purchased by "Wedbush, Cooke & Knoble" and later to become "Wedbush Securities."

"The Foundation:"

In 1960, after several decades of helping the community in  food kitchens and in multiple charitable respects, Sherman established and funded the W. Sherman Winseman Foundation (12-8-1960) to continue the Winseman's family charitable involvement within the community, thus creating a lasting legacy.

Sherman recognized the need was so great for the elderly, children who were homeless or disabled as well as their animals.  He was extremely concerned that education as well as awareness to these needs were not being addressed and he wanted to make a difference in the community. (Multiple family members have been educators.)  Sherman introduced the need to his family by encouragement their participation with a hands on approach to helping.  Setting an example, and participating with his nephew and grand nephew in food kitchens during special events and holiday's. This was Sherman's  major influence, as well as his dedication to the less fortunate within the community.

The aspects of living with disabilities was very close to his heart, (having several family members who were afflicted or struggled with PTSD
, Autism, Bi-Poler, Cerebral Palsy, a Club Foot, Dyslexia and Cancer.)  He experienced the need to love them, allow them the same opportunities to grow at their own pace, to protect their dreams, and to defend their "equal" rights.  He did such with his passion, his efforts, and his financial resources.

Sherman's financial services were in high demand.  He lived in Los Angeles and worked as a Stock Broker, Financial Advisor-Planner for his clients up
until April 17th, 1980.

William Sherman Winseman - 1960 to 1979 (Founder & President)
Frances Wilbur Winseman - 1971 to 1978 (Vice-President)
David Edward Winseman - 2007 to 2020 (Vice-President)
   - 1979 to 2007 (President & CFO)
                                           - 1978 to 1979 (Vice-President)
Dana David Winseman - 2007 to Present (President & CFO)
    - 1979 to 2007 (Vice-President & CEO)


General Sherman is a giant sequoia, (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California.  By volume, it is the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth.  While the General Sherman is the largest currently living tree, it is not the largest historically recorded tree.


There is "complete" disability access to the General Sherman Tree.


California Fires in the  Sierra's Threatened Our Historic Tree!

According to Cal Fire, there have been 6,913 fire incidents in the state. Those fires consumed 1,761,821 acres of land in 2021.

Three Rivers, Calif. — California firefighters battled fast-growing forest fires threatening giant sequoias and small communities in the Sierra Nevada on Monday and worked to fully surround a suspected arson wildfire that destroyed homes last week.


More than 2,000 firefighters were on the lines of the Windy Fire burning on the Tule River Indian Reservation and in Sequoia National Forest, including Giant Sequoia National Monument.
The fire had scorched more than 133 square miles after growing by nearly 11 square miles in 24 hours, according to a Sequoia National Forest statement. Just 2% of the fire was contained. 


William Tecumseh Sherman, (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American Soldier (A 4 Star General), Businessman, Educator, and Author. 
Quote: "I’ve been where you are now and I know just how you feel. It’s entirely natural that there should beat in the breast of every one of you a hope and desire that some day you can use the skill you have acquired here. Suppress it! You don’t know the horrible aspects of war. I’ve been through two wars and I know. I’ve seen cities and homes in ashes. I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, War is Hell!" 
(Quoted from accounts by Dr. Charles O. Brown in "Battle Creek Enquirer and News" (November 18, 1933.)


General Sherman commanded the largest Army in US History 110,000 soldiers and 50,000 horses - "War is Hell."  Sherman had more Black Volunteers in his Army in US History, estimated to be 2,000+.  He was affectionately called "Uncle Billy" Sherman was the General that delivered the defeat of Savanna, Georgia to President Lincoln the Christmas of 1884.


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"Roger Sherman (1721-1793), M.A. (Hon.) 1768"

The Sherman family has played an intricate part of the development of the United States of America. W.T. Sherman's (5th generation) great uncle "Roger Sherman" (April 19, 1721 – July 23, 1793) was an early American statesman and lawyer, as well as a Founding Father of the United States. He is the only person to have signed all four great state papers of the United States: the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the American Constitution.


On June 28, 1776, the committee presented this copy to the "Committee of the Whole" Congress, which was commemorated by Trumbull’s famed painting.  The title of the document was "A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled."  This image is also on the two dollar bill.


The Committee of Five, including Sherman, is depicted on the pediment of the Jefferson Memorial in a sculpture by Adolph Alexander Weinman

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