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FALL 2019





SINCE ‘84!

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$6.2 million in grants & scholarships to the local community in FY19

Fall is an exciting time both here at the Foundation, and all across the Lower Shore. It is a time of celebration, change, and reflection. Our recently released “Strengthening Communities Report: The Impact of the Nonprofit Sector on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore” highlights much of the impact CFES and other nonprofits are making in our region. You can read more about this report on page 9. The Foundation is excited to announce a record breaking $6.2 million in grants and scholarships made this past fiscal year. 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 continue to take pride in our commitment and support of local education. As students head back to school, many will be participating in new educational opportunities in their schools thanks to our grant programs. Others will be headed off to college, and over 400 scholarships were awarded to local students totaling more than $600,000 in CFES scholarships to support their endeavors. 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 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 of the Foundation! Lastly, please mark your calendar for our upcoming Annual Meeting on November 1st 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 2

SAVETheTHE2019DATE ANNUAL MEETING & Report to the Community

NOV. 1ST ELEVEN THIRTY IN THE MORNING THE FOUNTAINS • SALISBURY, MD Reserve your seat at CFES.org Tickets: $35 per person or $350 / table of ten.

Join Us! Become a Friend of the Foundation

Friends of the Foundation receive special recognition throughout the year and invitations to member-only events and receptions. Your Annual Appeal gift allows the Community Foundation to go beyond grant making by empowering the Foundation to serve as a local resource through a variety of programs, services, and the expertise of our dynamic staff.

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!

orizons ed The H ch as rt o p p su t su tives gran richment programs ore to nit y Initia n A Commu gram by funding e ing , fishing , and m m ro Summer P unit y service, s wim ess. n m ll e m w co l yoga, otiona al an d em ci so r e st fo

care, A grant to support U.S. Kennels provided ongoing dogs e servic for visits vet and ations grooming, vaccin paired with local veterans.

A grant to the Sa Team (S WIF T) lisbury Wicomico Integrated Fi for the progra helps aid transpor tation rst Care as m health assistan which provides mobile sistance comm ce, reducing em ergenc y calls. unity

Willards Elemen ta and fine motor ry students focused on crea tivity skills in the Ar ts using sewing, stitching , embr Integration Parade oidery, and cu through an Educ tting ation Grant.

Field 7 1/2 will prov ide individuals of all or mental disabi lities the opportu ages with physical nity CFES is one of the first donors partn to play baseball. ering with Wicom Recreation & Park ico s to make this fie ld a reality!

The Somerset County Judy Center Partnership hosted “Lunch and Learn” and “Breakfast & Brilliance” events. Parents of 3 & 4 year olds learned about school readiness, early education, and family engagement.

Want to be featured in The Pillar? Email your impact photos to vKent@CFES.ORG



The Summer Soiree - An exclusive event for Friends of the Foundation -

The annual Summer SoirĂŠe was held July 25th at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. The event for Friends of the Foundation (having made an annual appeal gift to CFES) and Legacy Society members (those who declared a gift to the Foundation in their will) celebrated 35 years and $84 million in grant making since 1984.


Thank you for creating a legacy of impact Legacy members in attendance were honored with a fair-trade wooden engraved trivet to commemorate their dedication to philanthropy.



At the annual CFES Investment Breakfast on August 8th, fund representatives networked with staff and volunteers, and received information on the Foundation’s investment strategy and performance. Barry Beach of Mason Investment Advisory Services provided an investment update as well as a Q&A session. Heather Iliff, President & CEO of Maryland Nonprofits presented information on the recent nonprofit impact study “Strengthening Communities.”



The Women’s Fund Grantee Breakfast The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Women’s Fund recently granted $40,000 to area nonprofits during its 8th annual grant breakfast. The Foundation’s Women’s Fund focuses its grant making efforts on addressing the unmet needs of women and girls in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. Organizations that received grants: Art League of Ocean City, Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Child and Family Foundation, City of Salisbury, Epoch Dream Center, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, Maryland Capital Enterprises, Moveable Feast, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Worcester County GOLD. 6

Heather Illif, Maryland Nonprofits

In June CFES, Salisbury University Foundation, and Professional Partners of the Eastern Shore sponsored a professional development day on Charitable Planned Giving. Local professional advisors and non-profits gathered to discuss tips, trends, and strategies to support planned giving to benefit charitable organizations serving the Lower Eastern Shore.

new funds & UPCOMING scholarships June 2019 - August 2019

Billy Wayne Truitt Memorial Scholarship

For CTE graduating seniors in Worcester and Wicomico in the HVACR program who have been accepted into a post-secondary education or related training in the field

Challenger Baseball Fund

To support a baseball program which allows athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities through the creation of field 7.5 at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex.

Frances H. Olsen Memorial Fund

Field of Interest Fund for Worcester County

Jim and Jan Perdue Donor Advised Fund

To provide the donors with the flexibility to support a variety of causes over time.

Joseph Family Donor Advised Fund

To provide the donors with the flexibility to support a variety of causes over time. To provide financial assistance to graduates of the Ocean City Police Department Seasonal Police Academy

Matt O’Hare Memorial Fund

Scholarship to benefit graduates of Worcester Preparatory School

Veterans Mental Health Support Fund

Field of Interest Fund for Veterans mental health programs




To support the Honors program and the Arts at Wor-Wic Community College

Wor-Wic Food for Students Endowment Fund

To support the “Food for Students Initiative” food pantry and community garden that will provide free food for students who struggle with food insecurity

Wor-Wic George E. Miles Scholarship Fund Scholarship for credit and non-credit students

Join us to learn about this year’s Giving Tuesday event including incentives, changes, and assistance to maximize your campaign!

Sept. 18th • Creating A Mission & Vision • 11AM - 12:30 PM Every nonprofit needs a well-defined mission and vision statement. What really belongs in a mission statement? This workshop will cover the steps to writing these statements. Participants will brainstorm ideas and leave with peer advice and several strong, simple mission statement possibilities. Presented by Anna Tatro, Grants Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Sept. 25th • Grant Prof. Network Meeting •9 AM - 10:30AM Network and learn alongside other grant professionals on the Lower Shore. This informal networking meeting is great for grant writers, grant consultants, and grant managers. 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.

Oct. 24th •Grant Writing 101 • 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.

Nov. 1st • Annual Meeting • The Fountains • 11:30AM - 1:30PM Nov. 7th • Education Awards • Dove Pointe • Invitation Only Nov. 19th • Logic Model 101 • 9AM - 11AM Visual porgram planning made easy! Learn how to use planning tools to gain consensus with partners, stakeholders, funders and other collaborators. This is a beginner level class that will cover the basics and work through an example of a logic model.

Dec. 3rd • Giving Tuesday 2019 • Save the Date Dec. 16th • Recommended Date to Initiate 2019 Stock Gifts!


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$105,000 + $105,000 = $210,000 Combined match By The Community Foundation

9AM • CFES, Salisbury, MD 1PM • Berlin Public Library, Berlin, MD

Full list of events & details at

Ignite the Combined fundraised by education foundations

Sep. 13th • Giving Tuesday Information Session

Oct. 21st • Grant Seeking 101 •9 AM - 12PM

Josh and Tommy Memorial Scholarship

Wor-Wic Elinor Cubbage Endowment Fund


for local education and area students!

Make Your Gift By October 15, 2019

Grant & Award Deadlines Workforce Development Grant - Oct. 1st Community Needs Grants - Feb. 1st

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


Over 400 scholarships totaling more than $600,000 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!

Grayson Laird – Grayson is a 2019

graduate of Holly Grove Christian School who will be attending Salisbury University in the fall. He was awarded the 2019 Purnell D. White Memorial Scholarship. He plans to major in education and minor in agriculture. Grayson also received the Community Foundation’s 2019 TFC Edward A. Plank, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Jeremiah Copeland - Jeremiah is

a Junior at Salisbury University. He was a 2017 graduate of James M. Bennett High School and was recently awarded the 2019 Community Singers Scholarship at the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council Annual Meeting Lunch.

Mr. William G. Greenly - No, Mr. Greenly

Jessica Greene - Jessica received Erin Smith - Erin is a 2016 Stephen

Decatur graduate who is attending Christopher Newport University. Erin received the William B. Blank DACA Scholarship for those who intend on pursuing a career in agriculture or turf management. 8

the Wicomico High School Class of 1963 scholarship, the Helen C. Wootton Salisbury Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Brittingham Pusey Scholarship, all of which are held at CFES. She will be attending Howard University and majoring in Biology.

isn’t heading back to school, but he sure has helped send many students on to pursue their college degrees! In 1999 Mr. Greenly established the William G. Greenly scholarship for graduating seniors of North Caroline High School in Caroline County. Over the past 20 years, he has steadily grown his fund to an admirable balance of $1.2 million. Each year, Mr. Greenly awards two $5,000 renewable scholarships, which means in any given year he is funding up to eight different students! Over the years Mr. Greenly has assisted 26 students with scholarships through his fund -- now that is truly an investment in our future leaders and a commendable impact!


The Impact of the nonprofit sector on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore

The Lower Shore Nonprofit Economic and Social Impact Study was convened in 2018 to explore and highlight the significant role nonprofits play in the region’s economy and quality of life. This first-ever study provides a detailed look at the nonprofit sector in four counties on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland: Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester. The nonprofit sector is a vital part of the Lower Shore’s economic and social environment. It provides myriad services to the community in health care, human services, education, arts and culture, and more. The sector provides thousands of jobs, rallies countless volunteers, and generates millions of dollars for the local economy. Each charitable dollar donated directly and indirectly reaches more than 84,000 individuals and families in the region. The integral role of local nonprofits has an astounding ripple effect on the quality-of-life of Lower Shore families and their future generations.

Economic Impact


Nonprofits on the Lower Eastern Shore have a total economic impact of over $695 million annually.


The nonprofit sector supports over 9,200 jobs on the Lower Eastern Shore.

yy Lower Shore nonprofits contributed over $379 million to the region’s economy through wages paid in 2017, equivalent to 14% of the region’s total wages. yy

Nonprofit employment on the Lower Shore grew by 29% between 2006 and 2017. As a result, the nonprofit share of total private employment in the region grew at an impressive 38.6% rate—well in excess of the state’s overall rate of 17.5%.

14% of the region's total wages

yy During the 2008 economic recession, nonprofit sector employment increased by 11%, while employment in the for-profit sector decreased by 1.7%.

Community Impact yy Approximately 1 in 3 Lower Shore neighbors are served directly and indirectly by local nonprofits (United Way, 2017). yy Nonprofits save taxpayers money. The per-person costs of nonprofit programs are nearly half those of comparable state-run public assistance programs (“Nonprofit Community Services”, 2018). yy Nonprofits improve quality of life. Services address a vast array of community needs, from critical services in healthcare and education to programs that increase access to the arts and environmental conservation. yy Nonprofits partner with the government and private sector businesses to ensure our region is meeting local needs and challenges, while creating a strong and vibrant community. yy Nonprofit events bring people together and generate revenue for local businesses. Nonprofit survey respondents reported a 232% ROI from fundraising events held in public venues in 2017. In 2018, the National Folk Festival drew 60,000+ attendees to downtown Salisbury, leveraged 1,500+ volunteer hours from 800+ volunteers, and generated a total transactional impact of $18 million (https://salisbury.md/). The collaborative study used data collected from participating nonprofits and existing data from the IRS and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The report was led by The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Tri-County Council, Worcester County Economic Development, Greater Salisbury Committee, in partnership with Maryland Nonprofits, Johns Hopkins, and BEACON at Salisbury University.

To view the complete report visit LowerShoreNPimpact.org


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

Staff members Pam Heying and Lauren Zarin volunteered at the A+ Garden Centre May Day event and took home the “Best Overall garden Plot” award! The A+ Garden Centre is a community supported and student operated Career Technology Program at Parkside High School.

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.

Give Year Round With The


The 2020 fiscal year started 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.

Qualified Charitable Distributions


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. Board members John Allen, Jim Almand (past), Greg Tawes, Jim Thomas, and Dr. Zant participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic where a special nod to John Allen’s years of service was a suprise!

SAVE THE DATE: DEC. 3RD 2019 Staff members Erica Joseph, Heather Mahler, Lauren Zarin, Heather Trader, and Board Chair Jim Thomas volunteered at the Camden Community Garden to serve lunch to 30 kids involved in the summer program!

NONPROFITS: REGISTER BY NOV. 1ST Giving Tuesday is held each year on 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 In April CFES hosted the first ever Delmarva Grant Conference which brought together nonprofits with area grant funders.



The 35th Anniversary

Mrs. Frank Perdue


BOARD OF DIRECTORS James R. Thomas, Jr., Chairman Michael P. Truitt, Vice Chairman Dr. Julius D. Zant, Secretary David A. Vorhis, Treasurer John J. Allen, Jr. Allen C. Brown, Jr. Thomas K. Coates 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 Daniel M. O’Connell Janice M. Perdue Ernest R. Satchell Gregory D. Tawes Lauren C. Taylor Dr. Annette E. Wallace Dr. George I. Whitehead, III Gayle H. Widdowson Stephanie T. Willey

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 BJ Summers Director of Development & Donor Relations Heather Trader Donor Relations Officer Lauren Zarin Program 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 $84 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.


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