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1324 Belmont Ave Ste. 401 • Salisbury, Maryland 21804



In This Issue Ignite the Spark

Announcing our Spark Campaign for local education

Happy Birthday CFES!

Highlights from the April 4th Birthday Party

Inspiring Impact

A look at the lives your Community Foundation is changing

Community Needs Grants Funding local nonprofits

The Shore Gives More Giving Tuesday by the numbers

The Women’s Fund Reception Highlights from our Spring reception

Endow Maryland

Do more for Maryland with tax credits

New Funds & Scholarships Connecting donors to impact

$105,000 + $105,000 = $210,000 Combined fundraised by education foundations

Combined match By The Community Foundation

for local education and area students!

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has a long history of philanthropic leadership with an impact that is felt throughout our region. We are continuing this tradition in our 35th anniversary year with $35,000 in SPARK funds for each of the education foundations on the Lower Eastern Shore! By partnering with local education foundations, we are investing in the future of our community – our kids! There is energy and enthusiasm throughout the region for engaging the community in public education. While there are many challenges to overcome, there is recognition that investing in young people and education provides benefits far beyond the classroom and the school year. We want to help ensure that students not only have high quality facilities, teachers, and curricula, but also the resources to lift them up in times of struggle, create a place that nurtures creativity, encourage them to strive to do their best, and allow them to thrive in the classroom and the community.

Somerset County Public Schools

Wicomico County Education Foundation

Worcester County Education Foundation

message from the


1984 was a big year - It was a time of unbelievable technological growth and global development, as well as a year marked by challenging cultural and economic conditions. It was also the year the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (known then as the Salisbury Regional Community Foundation) became more than an idea.


That initial spark of creativity, commitment, and vision from our founders created the groundwork for a level of impact they could not have imagined. Over the past 35 years, CFES has established itself as a local leader in philanthropy thanks to the support of our donors and volunteers. Distributing more than $80M in grants and scholarships, the Foundation is not only a funder, but also a partner in building nonprofit capacity. This year, we are celebrating our birthday by doing what we do best: Bringing people together & investing in the future: Throughout 2019 there will be opportunities to collaborate, socialize and learn. Visit our website for dates and watch for invitations to special events.

We have several wonderful ways you can join the celebration: Invest in the future: Our Endow Maryland match continues where we will match your qualified gift 1:1 and increase our community grantmaking each year because of your support. Leverage our giving: The SPARK Campaign is an opportunity to make your gift do more and to create a brighter future for local students. You can learn more about SPARK in this edition of the Pillar and at www.cfes.org/SPARK. On behalf of the staff and board members at the Community Foundation, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been a spark for this organization. Thank you to our 35th Anniversary sponsors for helping us to celebrate this milestone. While we are proud of the impact CFES has had to date, we are even more inspired by what is to come.

- Erica

Erica Joseph, President, CFES

At an evening reception on April 4th attended by 175 people, The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore celebrated it’s 35th anniversary with a Birthday Party and Business After Hours event held in conjunction with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. The evening featured the unveiling of the Foundation’s anniversary video and the announcement of the Foundation’s Spark Campaign. Live music from Everett Spells, birthday themed desserts, and light fare accompanied the evening.

Thank You 2019 Sponsors

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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.


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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 through grantmaking for so many wonderful programs!

Community Needs Grants: $107,713 Awarded! The Community Foundation recently announced $107,713 in grant funding to 30 Lower Shore nonprofits as part of the Foundation’s Community Needs Grants program. The semi-annual program benefits organizations serving the Lower Shore of Maryland with a $5,000 maximum award per nonprofit. Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs, or eligible programs within government agencies serving citizens on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. The next deadline for CNG grant applications is August 1, 2019.

Recipients of the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle: 4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program Assateague Island Alliance Inc. Believe in Tomorrow Children's Found. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the E.S. Brown Box Theatre Project Child & Family Foundation Inc. Christian Shelter Inc. Delmarva Public Radio Epoch Dream Center Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake Islamic Society of Princess Anne Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore Moveable Feast, Inc. Recovery Resource Center Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District

Salisbury Urban Ministries Salisbury Wico. Integrated Firstcare Team Somerset Committee for the Homeless Somerset Co. Judy Center Partnership Somerset County Library St. James A.M.E. Zion Church TEAM 360 Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art Wicomico County Free Library Wicomico Environmental Trust Worc. Youth & Family Counseling Services Word of Life Center Wor-Wic Community College YMCA of the Chesapeake - Henson

To learn more about each nonprofit’s specific funded programs visit our website at CFES.org/news

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Over 1,500 donations raised a total of more than $171,000 for ninety-nine Lower Shore nonprofits for the fourth annual Shore Gives More Giving Tuesday campaign which was held Tuesday Nov. 27th. The totals symbolize record breaking fundraising for the event. Giving Tuesday, held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is a 24-hour international online giving event. 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.


1,000+ DONORS





Held annually the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and is an online international giving movement.

Led by CFES, 99 nonprofits serving the Lower Shore counties joined the local Shore Gives More campaign.

Donors locally and across the country supported Lower Shore nonprofits, to create a big impact!

Philanthropy doesn’t require a big checkbook, only a passionate heart! Smallest donation: $10.

Nonprofits earned an additional $10,000 in grant prizes by competing amongst each other!

89 nonprofits received a donation from one or more new donors. Giving Tuesday creates awareness.

T H A N K YO U TO O U R 2018 S P O N S O R S : 5

The Gift of a Lifetime!


The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund hosted a Spring Reception at The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art on the evening of March 13th. 80 members and guests were treated to tours of the museum by volunteers who are also members. The evening resulted in 7 new visionary members!

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.


Growing Your Foundation

The Berlin Library Community Garden has been funded through CFES grants. The garden is used in library programming and the produce is donated to Diakonia and Stevenson United Methodist Church.

The 2019 fiscal year started July 1st! Please consider a gift to the Community Foundation’s annual appeal. Those making annual appeal gifts before June 30th 2019 will be included in our 2019 annual report and be invited to our Friends of the Foundation Reception. Your support enables the Foundation to continue to provide programs and services that make our community stronger.

how to make a $1,000 DONATION COST ONLY $750!* (even without itemizing!)

As you plan your charitable giving in 2019, the Endow Maryland Tax Credit continues to provide a unique opportunity for you to invest in our community and maximize your tax benefit. Endow Maryland offers a 25% state tax credit for gifts of at least $500 to certain endowed funds at qualified community foundations in Maryland. Your gift can benefit a variety of needs including women and girls, youth, arts, education, environment, a specific county or the many other impact areas met through our Community Needs and Field of Interest Funds. The Endow Maryland credits are limited—CFES has credits secured until June 30th. In honor of our 35th anniversary, CFES will be making a $1:$1 match for every eligible gift received for a qualified Field of Interest or Community Needs Fund, up to $35,000! Through this matching program your gift is not only eligible for a state-level tax credit, but also increases in value, providing an even bigger impact to local charitable causes! For more information about the Endow Maryland Tax Credit contact BJ Summers at BJSummers@cfes.org or 410-7429911. 6


You donate $1,000 to your community foundation ($500 min. donation required for the Endow Maryland tax credit).

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If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, your gift will also be eligible for the federal charitable tax deduction – reducing the cost to you even more!

*This example is not intended to provide accounting advice. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.

new funds & UPCOMING scholarships September 2018 - March 2019 Anna Downing Memorial Fund

Endowment fund to support the Women’s Fund

Boyd and Barbara Whitney Jr. Endowment Fund

To support the care, maintenance, and restoration, of the Asbury United Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon Cemetery

Boyd and Barbara Whitney Jr. Veterans Fund

To honor and support the care of and special events for veterans buried in the Asbury United Methodist Church Mt. Vernon Cemetery

Dyer Donor Advised Fund

To support the charitable interests of the donor advisors

Jackson-Humphreys Fund for Parson’s Cemetery For the beautification and restoration of Parson’s Cemetery in Salisbury, MD

Jacqueline Gordon Donor Advised Fund

To support the charitable interests of the donor advisor

Richard Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund

A scholarship to honor the life of Richard Allen

Roland E. “Fish” Powell Memorial Fund

Memorial fund to honor the life of Roland E. Fish Powell

Salisbury Medical Foundation Endowment Fund To support the charitable interests of the Salisbury Medical Foundation

Salisbury Medical Foundation Field of Interest Fund To support regional health and wellness programs, with emphasis on underserved populations

Somerset SPARK Fund

To support Somerset County Public Schools

Sprankle Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for graduates of Mardela High School pursuing a degree in Education

Theresa Kapusinski Scholarship Fund

A bequest from the estate of Theresa Kapusinski

Wicomico Goes Purple Designated Fund

To support programs that address addiction, recovery and prevention

Wicomico High School Class of 1967

A Scholarship for graduating seniors from Wicomico HS

Wicomico High School Class of 1958

A Scholarship for graduating seniors from Wicomico HS

Wicomico SPARK Fund

EVENTS May 7th • Delmarva Grants Conference •9AM - SOLD OUT

May 21st • 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.

Education Grant Program Info. Session May 2nd • 4:00 PM, CFES Offices, Salisbury, MD June 6th • 4:00 PM CFES Offices, Salisbury, MD

Pre-K -12 educators are invited to learn about the 2019 Education Grant program to support Tri-County public and MSDE non-public schools on an annual basis.

Sip & Serve: Coffee with your Community Foundation June 7th • 9AM - 10:30AM • Washington Inn, Princess Anne June 14th • 9AM - 10:30AM • Acorn Market, Salisbury June 21st • 9AM - 10:30AM • Panera Bread, West Ocean City

Have coffee on us! Join us for a conversation and learn about the latest happenings in the nonprofit community. We want to hear from you too! Kick back, relax, and let’s serve the community (and coffee) together!

July 25th • Friends of the Foundation Reception An evening soirée for our Annual Appeal donors and Legacy Society members. Invitations to follow.

August 8th • Investment Breakfast • Save the Date Details to Follow. A breakfast event for fund holders to stay informed on matters such as spending policy, asset allocation, investment performance, and charitable gift management.

Giving Tuesday Nonprofit Info Sessions September 13th • 9AM – CFES, Salisbury, MD September 13th • 1PM – Berlin, MD

Nov. 1st • Annual Meeting • Save the Date Dec. 3rd • Giving Tuesday 2019 • Save the Date

Full list of events & details at

CFES.org/Events Grant & Award Deadlines Mini Grant Deadline - 15th of Every Month Education Grants - Aug. 23rd Community Needs Grants - Aug. 1st

To support Wicomico County Education Foundation

Worcester SPARK Fund

To support Worcester County Education Foundation

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 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

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June 3rd - September 1st Mon. - Thur. 8AM - 4:30PM AM Fri. 8 - Noon • Sat & Sun Closed

Erica Joseph President

Our Offices Will Be Closed:

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Mon. May 25th - Memorial Day Thurs. July 4th - Independence Day Mon. September 2nd - Labor Day

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



The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Inc., connects people who care with 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 $80 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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