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FALL 2018


In This Issue New Funds & Scholarships Connecting donors to impact

Out & About

Check out these recent Community Foundation events

Inspiring Impact

A peek into the lives your Community Foundation is changing

Giving Tuesday 2018

Planning is underway for the 24 hour giving event

The Early Childhood Initiative $66,049 Granted to programs on the Lower Shore

The Women’s Fund Recent grants and events

Spotlight On Scholarships A glimpse at recent scholarship recipients

Around the Foundation The latest news from the CFES office

message from the


“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai As I write this message, our staff and board members are in the midst of a back to school supply drive. Soon children will be embarking on their first day of preschool or experiencing their first taste of college and life on campus. That education will provide the foundation for many opportunities and challenges to come. The tools we can provide them, from supplies to scholarships, are imperative to success. We are proud of our continued investment in education and workforce training. We believe that education impacts the community, and our community impacts education. We can work together to create brighter futures. Last year CFES provided more than $570,000 in scholarships as well as dozens of grants for education and training programs. We had an outstanding year of giving overall, with $5.4 million distributed to the community in fiscal year 2018. Our donors repeatedly share with us the personal joy and satisfaction they feel when they are able to connect with their community and focus their philanthropy on the causes that matter most to them. We appreciate the opportunity to help you meet your charitable goals and ask that you consider a gift to the Community Foundation as part of your annual giving. You will see photos in this issue from our Friends of the Foundation reception – an annual gift is an easy way to become a Friend! Lastly, please mark your calendar for our upcoming Annual Meeting on November 2nd and plan to be a part of our yearly celebration of success and impact – all because of you! With warmest regards,

- Erica

Erica Joseph, President, CFES



ANNUAL MEETING & Report to the Community




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Tickets: $35 per person or $350 / table of ten.

new funds & scholarships

June 2018 - August 2018

Carol Williamson Administrative Endowment Fund

Established through a bequest from the estate of Carol Williamson to support the operations of the Foundation

Carol Williamson Community Needs Fund

Established through a bequest from the estate of Carol Williamson to support the CFES Community Needs Grants program

Christian Shelter Designated Endowment Fund For the benefit of the Christian Shelter

Gamma Theta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Endow. Fund For charitable, scientific, or educational purposes

Jackson-Humphreys Fund for Parson's Cemetery

For the beautification and restoration of Parson’s Cemetery

Pocomoke Area Health Care Scholarship

Scholarships for students enrolled in a healthcare program at Wor-Wic Community College

Salisbury High School Association Fund

For charitable and educational purposes for youth in Wicomico County

St. Philip's Cemetery Fund

Memorial Fund established for the care and maintenance of St. Philip‘s Cemetery

THE SUMMER SOIREE - An exclusive event for Friends of the Foundation -

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore hosted its annual Friends of the Foundation event, August 3rd, with a tropical twist! CFES guests included members of the Foundation’s Legacy Society, Annual Appeal donors, and foundation volunteers. Party-goers enjoyed tropical drinks, a Hawaiian menu, and the island sounds of steel drums and ukuleles!

Investment Breakfast 2018

At the annual CFES Investment Breakfast, fund representatives networked with staff and volunteers, received information on investment strategy and performance, and learned about opportunities to maximize charitable giving. Barry Beach of Mason Investment Advisory Services provided an investment update as well as a Q&A session. Sharon Grinestaff, Co-Founder and Director of Financial Planning with Shariden Consulting and Wealth Management, LLC, educated the crowd on charitable giving using Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) —a strategy that has Dennis & Sharon Grinestaff become even more valuable as a result of last year’s tax reform. A QCD is a check paid directly from your IRA custodian to a qualified charity. Donors 70 ½ or older can distribute up to 100% of their annual required minimum distribution (RMD) to a qualified charity, up to $100,000 annually. While a QCD cannot be used for gifting to a Donor Advised Fund, other funds at CFES are eligible for these gifts. For donors, the key benefit of a QCD is the reduction in the donor’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Because there is a reduction in AGI, a QCD also potentially decreases future Medicare premiums. For nonprofits, a QCD may help their donors over 70 1/2 reconsider the source of their donations and give them the ability to continue to support the charity while saving on their taxes. This information is not intended to provide tax advice. Consult with your financial advisor about your specific situation.

AUGUST 9TH 2018 Dove Pointe, Salisbury, MD

Inspiring Impact At CFES we dream of a community where all can live, learn, work, create, and prosper. Check out these snapshots to see how your Community Foundation is creating an impact for so many wonderful programs!

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$164K RAISED IN 2017

The Women’s Fund Grantee Reception

In June, The Women’s Fund awarded a combined $25,000 in grants to area nonprofits at an evening reception held at CFES. The Women’s Fund focuses its grant making on programs addressing the unmet needs of women and/or girls on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Grants recipients for 2018 are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, Horizons Salisbury, Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Women Supporting Women, and Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services.

24 HOURS ONLY Giving Tuesday is held each year the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and is an online international giving movement. The local campaign, known as The Shore Gives More, is hosted by CFES and assists nonprofits serving the Lower Shore counties with the fundraising effort. By providing an online donation portal, marketing campaigns, and nonprofit support, the campaign is able to make a significant impact through collective philanthropy.

For participation & registration information visit


Member Event

Almost 30 members of The Women’s Fund enjoyed a delicious lunch at DiFebo’s Restaurant in Berlin on Friday, July 20th. Members brought donations to help support the efforts of Diakonia.

Area programs hope to see an increase in kindergarten readiness for Lower Shore Children through collaboration and support from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Early Childhood Initiative grant program. The Foundation recently awarded $66,049 to local schools and child care centers serving children ages birth through five. The Community Foundation saw a need for grant funding which focused on early childhood education for the Lower Eastern Shore. According to the 2017-2018 Maryland Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, only 45% of Maryland Kindergartners demonstrated readiness. Encompassing the areas of social foundations, language and literacy, math, and physical wellbeing and motor development, the testing identifies areas of focus to help children succeed. When we ensure that all children are ready for kindergarten, we help to prepare them for a lifetime of learning. CFES hopes the Lower Shore will start to see an increase in the Kindergarten Readiness numbers through increased grant funding and collaboration with area professionals and community leaders. Applicants to the program included a variety of public and non-public schools, universities, child care centers, and faith based programs in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.

Interested in becoming a Women’s Fund member? Contact BJ Summers or visit 5


Over 350 scholarships totaling more than $570,000 have been awarded to deserving local students throughout the three county region. These scholarships are made possible through permanent endowment funds held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Here are just a few highlights!

Give More for Less!

ENDOW MARYLAND Endow Maryland provides an incentive for Marylanders to give back to their local communities. Your gifts to the CFES Community Needs Funds or Field of Interest Funds may qualify for a 25% tax credit on your Maryland tax return. You can make a difference, and we can help you connect to the causes you care most about.

Qualified Charitable Distributions

Samantha Wiersburg is a 2018 graduate from James M. Bennett High School. Samantha was awarded the Viren & Rekha Sharma Scholarship and will be attending Randolph-Macon to study pre-med in the honors program.

Abigail Roskovich is a 2018 graduate of Parkside High School and was awarded the M. William & Frances J. Tilghman Educational Scholarship. She will attend the University of Louisville and will be a member of the lacrosse team.

Laura Marsh was awarded the Purnell D. White Memorial Scholarship. She will attend Princeton University and is the first Smith Islander to attend an Ivy League university. Marsh is also the first Smith Island resident to graduate as valedictorian of Crisfield High School. This scholarship was established by the White family to support students who are pursuing a college degree in agriculture or a related field.

James Felix is a 2018 graduate from Parkside High School. James was awarded the Elizabeth Brittingham Pusey Scholarship and will be attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Montrel Moore and Michael Mareno of Stephen Decatur High School were the awarded the Hunter Hudson Memorial Scholarship by Hunter’s parents Janice and James Hudson. Moore will be attending the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Mareno will be attending the University of Maryland in the Honors College.

THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME It’s easier than ever to make the gift of a lifetime! CFES can help turn your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) into tax-saving charitable gifts. Your retirement funds can go further than ever before to make a difference in our community. Giving is one of life’s pleasures; we can help you enjoy it today.

Give Year Round With The


Peyton Becker was the recipient of the First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Leonard Brown Service Scholarship. Pictured: Jim Covington (retired VP of Pocomoke HS), Gail Covington (Community Leader and daughter of Leonard Brown), Peyton Becker (recipient) and Jim Jones (Branch Manager of the Pocomoke City Branch).


Maya Batson is a recipient of the Hazel Scholarship and is an early childhood education major at Salisbury University. Upon graduation she plans to return to Worcester County to teach while pursuing her Master’s Degree in Post-Secondary Education. She hopes to one day pursue a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

Two graduates of North Caroline High School were recipients of the William G. Greenly Scholarship. Pictured with Mr. Greenly, left, Paul V. Sutton will be attending American University. Right, Trent C. Nier will be attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The 2019 fiscal year starts July 1st! Please consider a gift to the Community Foundation’s annual appeal. Those making annual appeal gifts before June 30th of each year are included in the annual report and invited to special events. Your support provides for the programs and services that make our community stronger.


FOUNDATION Highlighting news and events from the CFES offices, staff, and board members!


EVENTS Workshop Registration Changes

For many years, CFES has provided free and low-cost trainings and workshops to the Lower Shore region. As of July 2018, minimal fees will be charged for all nonprofit training workshops. These fees will allow us to offset our costs while allowing us to continue offering a wide variety of courses. Please help keep our costs low by registering or cancelling your attendance online through our events page.

Sep. 13th • Executive Director Brown Bag Lunch •11:30 AM Join us for an open discussion about interacting and working alongside your Board. Please bring a brown bag lunch to this event! CFES Board of Directors announces $5.4 million in grants and scholarships to the local community in FY 2018. Congratulations to CFES Program Director Heather Mahler and CFES Board Member John Allen. Heather was recognized as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore’s Big of the Year and John received the Big Impact Award. Thank you to both for their commitment to mentoring and making a difference for kids! CFES welcomes Pam Heying as the Gifts and Grants Administrator. Pam brings a wealth of experience in finance and accounting to further our commitment to serving as effective stewards of the assets entrusted to us by this community. Her background includes over 25 years of experience in accounting/ bookkeeping and 15 years of business management. She enjoys escaping to OBX, volunteering with Women Supporting Women, volunteering in the community, rainy days and reading, motorcycles, rock music, day trips on the shore, and cooking for friends and family.

Sep. 25th •Grant Writing Workshop • 9AM - 12 PM This program will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from a grant writer and grant maker willing to share what they know about what works and how to increase your chances of success.

Oct. 16th • Financial Accounting Standards • 11:30AM - 1:30PM Nonprofits need to be aware of recent changes to accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). These requirements detail how a nonprofit prepares its financial statements, documentation of donations, and how board members and donors understand a nonprofit’s cash flow.

Oct. 23rd • Getting Heard: Media for Nonprofits • 9AM - 12PM Featuring 47 ABC Evening News Anchor Julian Sadur. Learn the do’s and don’t’s of attracting media coverage for your organization, tips for great interviews, and how to think like a reporter. Work on crafting your organization’s messaging, the keys to a great press release, and building your media kit.

Nov. 2nd • Annual Meeting • The Fountains • 11:30AM - 1:30PM Nov. 27th • Giving Tuesday 2018 • Save the Date Nov. 15th • Seeking Grants? Intro. to Resources •9 AM - 12PM Learn the best web-based resources for finding grants. CFES offers free access to the Foundation Directory Online - your tool for searching over 140,000 grantmakers. Learn how to use this resource and identify new funding prospects.

Dec 6th • First Year Nonprofit Brown Bag Lunch •11:30 AM An open discussion about the most important steps to strengthening a new nonprofit. Focused on nonprofit leaders that have recently received tax exempt 501(c)(3) status. Please bring a brown bag lunch to this event.

Full list of events & details at Grant & Award Deadlines Workforce Development Grant - Oct. 1st Community Needs Grants - Feb. 1st CFES staff enjoy volunteering at Salisbury’s National Nightout which builds community relationships with local police departments.

All funding requests that are outside of our current open grant programs require a Letter of Inquiry submission. Eligible organizations may submit a Letter of Inquiry on a rolling application deadline. 7

BOARD OF DIRECTORS James R. Thomas, Jr., Chairman Michael P. Truitt, Vice Chairman Gayle H. Widdowson, Secretary David A. Vorhis, Treasurer John J. Allen, Jr. Allen C. Brown, Sr. Thomas K. Coates Morgan P. Hazel Velda E. Henry W. Todd Hershey Dr. Carolyn S. Johnston James P. Jones Andy Kim Ginnie Malone Dwight W. Marshall, Jr. Kathleen G. McLain Melody S. Nelson Janice M. Perdue Ernest R. Satchell Gregory D. Tawes Lauren C. Taylor Dr. Annette E. Wallace Dr. George I. Whitehead, III Stephanie T. Willey Dr. Julius D. Zant

FOUNDATION STAFF Sharon Dickson, CPA Finance Director Pam Heying Gifts & Grants Administrator Erica Joseph President Victoria Kent Marketing Officer Heather Mahler Program Director David Plotts Controller Patt Strausburg Office Administrator

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As leaders, grant makers, and stewards of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore connects people who care to causes that matter for the common good of the Lower Eastern Shore. We are a 501c3 nonprofit with an inspiring history of fostering charitable endeavors, and have provided more than $77 million in grants and scholarships to the local community since 1984. We collaborate with individuals, families, and businesses to match their charitable interests with community needs and strengthen local nonprofits through grants and resources. We are devoted to improving our regional community and believe in the power of philanthropy.


Fri. Nov. 2nd - Annual Meeting Nov. 22nd & 23rd – Thanksgiving Dec. 24th & 25th – Christmas Jan. 1st – New Year’s Day

BJ Summers Director of Development & Donor Relations Heather Trader Donor Relations Officer Lauren Zarin Program Administrator

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