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Fall 2012 ; Volume 16 ; Number 1

Community Foundation Hosts President’s Open House Event attendees honor and say farewell to one president as they welcome a new one

Alexis Dashield, Executive Director, Fruitland Community Center; Art Cooley, CFES former board chair; and Mary Gladys Jones, Director, Fruitland Community Center enjoy the President’s Open House

Debi Rus and Stacey Weisner

Over 200 people gathered at the Community Foundation in July to honor and say farewell to Dr. Spicer Bell for his outstanding leadership and commitment during the past eight years and to warmly welcome Dr. Doug Wilson as the new president of the Foundation. Attendees included representatives from area nonprofits, donors, Friends of the Foundation, volunteers, and business and community leaders.

CFES Board Members Melody Nelson and Ernie Satchell with Kat Harding

Karen and Spicer Bell with Doug and Patty Wilson

BJ Summers, CFES Donor Relations Officer with Curt and Jane Massey, Friends of the Foundation

CFES Board Members Stephanie Willey and Jim Thomas

From left to right are: Ray Davis, Luis and Bonnie Luna, and Juliette Bell

Message from the President Since joining the Community Foundation in August, my days have been Doug Wilson both busy and rewarding. One of my goals within these first 100 days has been to get to know a variety of community organizations, our board members, and of course you, our donors and Friends of the Foundation. My journey has taken me from receptions and board meetings to individual meetings with program staff and board members. I have come to quickly understand and appreciate how fortunate we are to have so many generous people and organizations on the Lower Eastern Shore who truly care about our community and its citizens. Join us on November 2nd for the Annual Meeting of the Community Foundation. In addition to reporting to the community on another exciting year for the Foundation, we will be presenting the Henson Award for Nonprofit Excellence to an area nonprofit and the Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award to an area citizen who has given above and beyond to the community. In addition, we will present our Volunteer of the Year Award to a deserving volunteer who directly impacts individuals here in our community. Finally, as we approach the traditional “giving season” it’s a good time to consider adopting a simple and easy giving approach to assure that your philanthropy has the maximum long-term impact. I invite you to contact me or any staff member to learn about the variety of opportunities for charitable giving available through the Community Foundation. Over this past year, we have continued to make our donors and their charitable giving wishes a priority. Over $4 million was distributed through 1,048 grants to area nonprofits and faith based organizations. And nearly $300,000 was awarded in scholarships to over 200 students! All of this was made possible through the generosity of our donors. The Community Foundation plays a key role in our community and the lives of the citizens of the Lower Eastern Shore. I invite you to continue this journey of charitable giving with us. An Annual Appeal envelope is enclosed in this issue for your convenience. 2

IN MEMORIAM Shirley Elaine Ward Reeves The Community Foundation joins Shirley’s family and all those whose lives she touched in remembering her generosity. In 1998, Shirley established the John Patrick Reeves Scholarship Fund in memory of her son. She will be missed, but her memory will live on through the legacy that she created.

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Community Foundation Achieves $4.4 Million in Grant Making for FY 2012

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation recently celebrated the distribution of $4.4 million in grants to the community for fiscal 2012. During the past 12 months, the Foundation distributed 1,048 grants to nonprofit and faith-based organizations to help improve the quality of life for citizens in our region. Pictured above (l to r forefront) are CFES board members: Dr. Carolyn Johnston, Susan Purnell, Melody Nelson, Jacqueline Cassidy, Duke Marshall and David Vorhis. Left to right background are: John Stern, John Barrett, Todd Burbage, Ernie Satchell, Don Taylor, CFES Board Chair; Dr. Julius Zant, Lauren Taylor, Lou Taylor, Jane Corcoran, Charles Goslee, Jim Morris, and Jay Bergey.

Community Foundation Recognized by Fruitland Community Center Area businesses and individuals who support FCC were acknowledged C

ommunity Foundation was one of several organizations and individuals recognized by the Fruitland Community Center during their “A Century of Learning, Celebrating A 100 Year Legacy of Education and Service ” reception and dinner held at the Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland. Over 100 people attended the event to congratulate Fruitland Community Center members and staff for a century of education and service for the youth of Fruitland and surrounding areas. The Community Foundation received Exceptional Commitment to the Education and Service of Children and Families honors for their support of the FCC. (Right): For his generous support, Richard Polin receives a Century Plaque from a student who attends Fruitland Community Center. (Below): Fruitland Community Center Ivy AKAdemy After School Program students helped recognize area businesses and individuals with plaques..

Westside Historical Society, Inc. Establishes Endowment Fund at the Foundation With the support of an anonymous donor, the Westside Historical Society, Inc. has established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation to support the organization’s work. The Westside Historical Society seeks to preserve the history and traditions of the Lower Eastern Shore for future generations, and to promote an awareness and appreciation of the area’s heritage. Left to right: Erica Joseph, Director of Program and Development, CFES; Sylvia Bradley, Executive Director, Westside Historical Society; Dora Bailey, Treasurer, Westside Historical Society; and Claudia Hudson, Board Member, Westside Historical Society.

William and Carolyn Johnston Fund Supports Fruitland Community Center Summer Program T

he William and Carolyn Johnston Fund at the Community Foundation contributed over $9,000 to the Fruitland Community Center Summer Program. This funding provided transportation for summer field trips, staffing assistance, and snacks for the kids. Since 1985, the Fruitland Community Center has been providing free after school tutoring for local youth. The program was started by Mary B. Pinkett and Mary Gladys Jones both of whom retired from long careers in teaching on the Lower Shore.

Left to right: Dr. Carolyn Johnston and William Johnston, Donor Representatives; Mary Gladys Jones, Founder, Fruitland Community Center; and Alexis Dashield, Executive Director, Fruitland Community Center. 3


GRANT OPPORTUNITIES The Community Foundation invites qualified nonprofit organizations to apply for these three grant programs: • Community Needs Grants: Support charitable programs benefiting Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. Deadline is February 1. • Education Awards Grants: Support for classroom-based programs in public/private schools in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. The deadline is August 2013. • Small Grants: Support to address a wide range of needs including pilot projects, emergencies, organizational improvement, capacity building and equipment purchases. Copies of grant guidelines and application forms are available from the Foundation office or from our website at

Changing Lives this Summer T

he Make a Difference Leadership Academy (MDLA) is an exciting opportunity for aspiring volunteer leaders on the Lower Eastern Shore to develop a community project to be completed on or before Make a Difference Day – The National Day to Help Others – October 27, 2012. Already this summer, the MDLA has generated several service projects and engaged over 100 volunteers through the ShoreCAN Volunteer Center. For more information about this program, please contact Heather Towers at 410-742-9911.

Leave a Legacy

(Above) From (l to r) are: Frances McBride and Geraldine Hayward of Abundant Life, WOTM, Inc., and Heather Towers, Assistant Program Officer, CFES, helped coordinate the distribution of school supplies and backpacks to area children.

Declare in writing your intent to make a deferred gift to the Community Foundation by will, trust, life insurance, or other financial instrument that creates a lasting legacy, which benefits the community beyond your lifetime. We invite you to become part of our Legacy Society.

(Top left) A partnership between the Deal Island Community Youth Group and Deal Island Chance Lion’s Club educated Deal Island citizens on the importance of recycling. From (l to r) are: Lois Colaprete, Facilitator, ShoreCAN’s Make A Difference Leadership Academy; and Nancy Goldsmith, Volunteer Academy participant with a young volunteer.

MISSION OF THE ShoreCAN Volunteer Center To engage citizens to help meet community needs through service and volunteerism. ShoreCAN by the Numbers Number of Nonprofit Partners


Number of Active Volunteer Opportunities 119 Number of Active Volunteers


Number of Volunteer Referrals


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(Above) Abundant Life, WOTM, Inc., a nonprofit organization that partnered with the ShoreCAN Volunteer Center provided local children with new backpacks and school supplies at the Indian Village Playground in August.

(Right) Local children received backpacks at the Woodrow Wilson Community Center in Crisfield. This 2012 ShoreCAN Volunteer Project provided over 100 students with school supplies for the coming year.

New Charitable Funds Established


Several new charitable endowment funds have been created at the Community Foundation since our last newsletter. The new funds are:

We did not want our son to be forgotten.

• Dr. Spicer Bell Fund for Community Needs

On April 21, 2011, 39 year old Wil Engle of Ocean City, Maryland suffered a fatal motorcycle accident. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of 16 years and was the owner of Veteran’s Graphics. He was also a member of the Sinepuxent American Legion Post 166, the American Legion Riders, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, and Assateague Mobile Sports Fisherman’s Association. After a year of grieving, his father Ron Engle, and stepmother Mina, felt the need to permanently memorialize the son they lost. They did that by establishing the Wil Engle Scholarship Fund to provide college scholarships for students graduating from Stephen Decatur High School. Wil’s memory will live on in perpetuity through the lives of the young people who benefit from his legacy.

• Wil Engle Memorial Scholarship • Kathryn Washburn Donor Advised Fund

Annual Nonprofit Partners Meeting:

Supporting Your Mission in the Community

Be sure to pick up the latest edition of Coastal Style magazine. The September/October issue features your Community Foundation!

Taylor Bank and Insurance Management Group Donate $5,000 to Art League of Ocean City

Pictured (l to r) are: Pete Gibson, Treasurer and Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Art League of Ocean City; Reese Cropper III, President,Insurance Management Group; Doug Wilson, President, Community Foundation; Ray Thompson, President, Taylor Bank; and Rina Thaler, Past President and Capital Co-Chair, Art League of Ocean City.

Over 45 leaders representing local nonprofit organizations attended the

Taylor Bank and Insurance Management Group donated $5,000 to the Art League of

Foundation’s 2012 Nonprofit Partners Meeting September 6 at the Community Foundation's Nonprofit Support Center. Nonprofit partners received a report on the Foundation’s 2012 investment performance from Barry Beach, Senior Portfolio Manager from the Foundation’s investment advisors: Mason Investment Advisory Services. Nonprofits also received information from Matt Repass with PKS & Company, P.A. regarding Planned Giving 101: An Overview of Charitable Giving Tools. For information on upcoming workshops and trainings, visit our website at

Ocean City’s Building the Arts Fund established at the Community Foundation. Taylor Bank and Insurance Management Group have partnered to name a studio in the new Ocean City Center for the Arts building to replace its current facility. Completion of the new building is expected by December 2012. The Art League of Ocean City’s mission is to promote the visual arts in the Ocean City area through education, exhibits, scholarship programs and community arts projects. Operating out of a small former pool house since 1984, the Art League is the sole resource for art education and fine arts exhibits in Ocean City. It serves the entire spectrum of the community from children to senior citizens. 5




Donald K. Taylor, Chair Melody S. Nelson, Vice Chair James R. Thomas, Jr., Secretary Susan K. Purnell, Treasurer John J. Allen James W. Almand John P. Barrett James R. Bergey, Jr. Todd Burbage Jacqueline R. Cassidy Jane R. Corcoran Annemarie Dickerson Charles G. Goslee Carolyn Johnston Dwight W. Marshall, Jr.

Kathleen G. McLain James F. Morris Ernest R. Satchell John M. Stern, Jr. Lauren C. Taylor Louis H. Taylor Michael P. Truitt David A. Vorhis Stephanie T. Willey Julius D. Zant

1324 Belmont Avenue Suite 401 Salisbury, MD 21804


Dr. Douglas Wilson, President

C OMMuNItY F OuNdAtION S tAFF Dr. Douglas Wilson, President Erica N. Joseph, Director of Programs and Development David A. Plotts, Controller

Carol Steffy Spirit of Esther FundSupports PAC 14 Public Access Channel

Community Foundation Recognized for Compliance with National Standards

Elizabeth “BJ” Summers, Donor Relations Officer Anne M. Schoolcraft, Marketing and Public Relations Officer Sharon L. Dickson, CPA, Finance Officer Heather R. Towers, Assistant Program Officer & ShoreCAN Volunteer Center Coordinator Patt J. Strausburg, Office Administrator

A b O u t O u R F O u N d At I O N The Community Foundation is the only tax-exempt public foundation dedicated for all time to improving the quality of life in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. By accepting, managing and investing gifts wisely, we act as a funding resource for both present and future generations. 410-742-9911 Join, Fan, or Follow us to get the latest on what your Community Foundation is doing for you!

Pictured (l to r) are: Carol Steffy, Donor Representative; Erica Joseph, Director of Program and Development, Community Foundation; and Creig Twilley, Director, PAC 14. This Fund was established by Carol Steffy in memory of her mother, Esther Sinnott Moore.

The Carol Steffy Spirit of Esther Fund at the Community Foundation contributed $500 to PAC 14 Public Access Channel. Serving Wicomico County since 1998, PAC 14 is a nonprofit organization that provides people, organizations, and institutions the capability to use Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Television to define themselves, their work, and ideas. The donation will help to maintain PAC 14’s mission of providing a voice to the local community.

The Community Foundation has been recognized once again by the Council On Foundations for meeting the highest national philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. In order to achieve confirmation of compliance with the National Standards, community foundations must undergo an extensive review of their organizational and financial policies and procedures. The review is performed by trained, experienced community foundation practitioners. “Adopting and adhering to high standards is the best way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment to maintaining the trust of our donors and the entire community,” said Doug Wilson, President, Community Foundation. “We are honored to have our efforts recognized by the Council on Foundations.”

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