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In This Issue New Funds & Scholarships Connecting donors to impact

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Pandemic relief funding for local nonprofits

Inspiring Impact

A look into the lives your gifts are changing

Community Needs Grants Funding local nonprofits

The Shore Gives More Giving Tuesday by the numbers

Give Where You Live

Endow Maryland with Alexis & Keith Dashield

Thank You Patt Strausburg A much deserved retirement

Spring and Summer are some of the most celebrated times on the Lower Eastern Shore. They are a time of growth, new beginnings, and excitement. While current world events may have changed what these months may look like, there is still good to celebrate, growth to rejoice in, and journeys our community will triumph through together.

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Amid tumultuous times, the Community Foundation continues to faithfully serve nonprofits in capacity building and financial resources. CFES has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support local organizations through the immediate and long-term implications facing our communities. Additional gifts are encouraged, and we are thankful for the generosity of those who have already given. You can learn more about the fund, ways to give, and ways to receive aid on page 3.

Through uncertain times in the past, the Community Foundation has benefitted from the guidance of Mason Investment Advisory Services and the leadership of our Investment Committee. Our financial and operating policies are designed to endure market turbulence with long term success. Experts continue to recommend that long-term investors such as the Community Foundation hold true to their investment strategy. Our portfolio is well diversified in many different asset classes, funds, managers, advisors, and companies worldwide. As you look through this issue, I encourage you to take note of the positive impact created by both your contributions and the work of these organizations. It is important to remember that the needs of the community and the work of our local nonprofits, do not stop during periods of change – we simply adapt, grow, and overcome life’s challenges. Please continue to celebrate these victories and smile at the good in the world. For over 35 years, the Community Foundation has withstood the test of many community and national challenges, and we remain confident in our ability to continue to serve our donors, nonprofits, and the local community both now and in perpetuity. Now, more than ever we know our strength lies in the relationships we have, the commitment and expertise of our staff and volunteers, and the generous support of our community. As always, our staff is available to provide the personalized service you have come to expect from CFES and we encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns – we are just a phone call or an email away!

- Erica

Erica Joseph, President, CFES


new funds & scholarships September 2019 - March 2020 Alexis & Keith Dashield Endowment Fund Bikers Without Borders Foundation Fund Bruce and Ellen Smith Donor Advised Fund Carolyn Elmore Donor Advised Fund Chris and Kennan Eccleston Donor Advised Fund Crisfield High School Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund Edward and Diana Barber Donor Advised Fund Eunice Helen Crabtree Nursing Scholarship Frank L. Brittingham Designated Endowment Fund Friends of Parsons Cemetery Fund Ginnie Malone Fund for Women Julia Jaquet Memorial Scholarship Fund Keith and Holly Foster Donor Advised Fund Kennard & Elsie MacMullin Endowment Fund Kip & Judy Johnson Fund for Worcester Co. Youth Education Larry and Patty Campbell Donor Advised Fund Lower Shore Medical Transport Fund Mardela High School Class of 68 Scholarship Margaret A. Toadvine St. John's Methodist Church Fund R & R Slacum Scholarship Fund Renzilo and Naomi Foxwell Endowment Fund Robert S. & Carolyn W. Fitzgerald Donor Advised Fund Spirit of Esther Fund Thomas E. Snee Memorial Fund Victor H. Laws Cemetery Preservation Fund Victor H. Laws Fund for the Salisbury Fire Depart. Wicomico County Education Foundation Fund Wicomico Senior High School Class of 1962 Scholarship Fund

To start your fund today contact BJ Summers at BJsummers@cfes.org


The newly established COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund at The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore creates grant funding for Lower Shore nonprofits to aid in pandemic relief. The fund was created as a joint effort by area community partners, and additional donations from community members are encouraged to aid in the crisis relief efforts. The recent COVID-19 outbreak and rippling economic effects have put a strain on area nonprofits. Local organizations have seen an increased demand on the critical services they provide to the community, while facing additional operating challenges due to new regulations and business closures. Organizations dependent on volunteer activities also find themselves in difficult situations under recent stay at home orders.



Donate Online at CFES.org/donate by selecting “COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.� (Preferred)

Eligibility: 501c3 organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs or eligible programs within government agencies serving Somerset, Wicomico and/or Worcester County. Available to previous CFES grant recipients. Individuals are not eligible.

Stock transfer information can be found at CFES.org/donors in our Donor Document Library. Donor Advised Fund recommendations can be made via Donor Central. Mail donations to 1324 Belmont Ave. Ste. 401, Salisbury MD 21804 and indicate COVID-19 Fund in the memo.

Program Eligibility: Addresses needs related to immediate relief for vulnerable populations and other needs as they become identified. Grant Maximum: $2,000

Thank You to Our Donors



GIFTS OF $10,000+ AS OF 04/07/20




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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Community Needs Grants: $109,209 Awarded! The Community Foundation recently announced $109,209 in grant funding to 30 Lower Shore nonprofits as part of the Community Needs Grants program. The semiannual program benefits organizations serving the Lower Shore of Maryland with a $5,000 maximum award per nonprofit. The next deadline is August 1, 2020.

Spring 2020 Recipients: Art League of Ocean City: Youth art initiatives at Buckingham Elementary and community. Assateague Coastal Trust: Support for the Coast Kids program, including a newly developed science and career development summer camp for teens. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore: Rebranding effort intended to increase volunteer numbers and diversity. 1 Year to Empowerment: “Boutique Nights” program for middle and high school Empowerees. Includes educational workshops, art projects, and college tours. Children’s Choice: Week-long respite program for children with special needs residing in foster care or recently reunited with family. Christian Shelter: Storage unit installation in shelter rooms for resident belongings. Crisfield Arts Syndicate: Inaugural Crisfield Youth Summer of Art 2020 program. Delmarva Discovery Museum: Facility enhancements in the second floor of the Steamship

Exhibit and new Children’s Room. Delmarva Public Radio: Merger and rebranding of DPR and WESM to improve organizational capacity and increase listenership. Destination Imagination: Participation of Wicomico Co. DI teams in global competition. Epoch Dream Center: Expand program to accommodate doubling participants. Garland Hayward Youth Center: Summer field trips and tutoring for underprivileged children in Somerset County. Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico Co.: Aging in Place program - maintenance and services to keep low-income seniors in their homes. Help and Outreach Point of Entry: Provide free and low-cost dental services in the tricounty region. Hope4Recovery: Addictions recovery services in Worcester County. Horizons Salisbury: Transportation costs for Summer Learning Program swimming lessons and local field trips. Improving Education: “Bedtime Boxes” to Somerset County families. Includes books and materials for a healthy nightly routine. Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: Training for green teams to develop work plans to address local water quality issues. Mar Va Theatre Performing Arts Center: Facility enhancements for the theatre’s kitchen. Mizzle House Foundation: MizzleKids Young

Artist Program to inspire artistic interest and expression in youth through urban arts education and experience. Pocomoke River Church: Classes that teach about breaking the cycle of poverty. Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District: Support the Downtown Salisbury Festival 2020. Salisbury Urban Ministries: Support the Lazarus Food Pantry which assists low-income residents of Wicomico County. Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center: Self-Help sessions for women and children with traumatic home living conditions. Somerset County Historical Trust: Restoration of Fairmount Academy with goal of opening as a historical museum. Wicomico Child Advocacy Center Foundation: Expand assistance to child abuse survivors where criminal cases are being pursued against the maltreaters. Wicomico County Free Library: Support Job Search Center which provides free services to underserved citizens in need of work. Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism: 2020 back to school event: backpack/ school supply giveaways and haircuts. Wicomico Environmental Trust: Marketing efforts to increase public awareness, engagement, volunteerism and fundraising. YMCA of the Chesapeake: Support for pilot program addressing local youth obesity.

Join Us Next Time!


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.


1,366+ 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.

98 nonprofits received a donation from one or more first time donors. Giving Tuesday creates awareness.

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! 5

Give WHERE YOU Live For Alexis & Keith Dashield giving is both a privilege and an opportunity. For the Dashield family, helping others has long been a steadfast family value. Actively involved in many community organizations and causes, the family has always sought to give back. Creating a fund at the Community Foundation was a natural step in their philanthropic journey. The Alexis & Keith Dashield Endowment Fund was established in November 2019 as part of the Endow Maryland Program. “If we’re able, it is a privilege and an opportunity to help someone,” says Keith Dashield. While still in the early stages of building their fund, the couple plans on creating much needed aid for local education. Preparing youth for the future workplace and creating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities are two important areas of focus for the Dashields. “Allowing local youth these advantages, which they might not otherwise have, will not only benefit them individually, but will create a better community for all,” says Alexis Dashield. Through their involvement in the Fruitland Community Center and their community, the Dashield family sees firsthand the demand for critical assistance in local educational resources. “The needs are great. While our fund alone won’t solve every educational issue, if we can help even a few students at a time, it is a well worthwhile investment in our community,” says Keith. “What a wonderful world it would be if everyone gave something to help someone else.”

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. For more information contact BJ Summers at BJSummers@ cfes.org or 410-742-9911.

How to Make a $1,000 Donation Cost Only $750!* (even without itemizing!)


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

The family chose to have the Community Foundation steward their gift due to their strong and continued confidence in the Foundation.

- $250

State taxes are reduced by a $250 tax credit.

“CFES is a wonderful vehicle for philanthropic endeavors. They are an experienced and professionally staffed nonprofit with a strong reputation of integrity. CFES will guide and assist you with exploring the best means for accomplishing your charitable wishes,” says Keith.


Net cost to you.

Through programs like Endow Maryland, the family was also able to discover the most advantageous tax benefits for their situation while maximizing the impact of their gift. “When you’re ready to make your own gift with CFES you will find a friendly face and many charitable opportunities await you.” Alexis says. 6

As you plan your charitable giving in 2020, 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.

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.

Join Us!


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.

Upcoming events and trainings are being adjusted to accomodate changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check our website regurlarly for a list of scheduled events and trainings.

Become a Friend of the Foundation


The Gift of a Lifetime!

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.

Full list of events & details at

CFES.org/Events Grant & Award Deadlines COVID-19 Grants - Evaluated Weekly Mini Grant Deadline - 15th of Every Month Education Grants - Aug. 21st Community Needs Grants - Aug. 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.

Thank You Patt! For nearly half of the Foundation’s 35 year history, Patt Strausburg has been the voice on the phone and the face you see when you enter our offices. This April, we say thank you to Patt for her 17 years of service with the Community Foundation and wish her the best in the next chapter. Our team won’t be the same without her baking, her knack for remembering the small details, and her contributions day to day, large and small. Teamwork depends on everyone embracing their role knowing that “excellence is doing ordinary things, extraordinarily well.” (John W. Gardner). Thank you for your dedication to the Foundation and its mission.


The CFES Staff & Board

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michael P. Truitt, Chairman James P. Jones, Vice Chairman Dr. Carolyn S. Johnston, Secretary W. Todd Hershey, Treasurer Edward Barber Allen C. Brown, Sr. Velda E. Henry Andy Kim M. Dean Lewis Ginnie Malone Dwight W. Marshall, Jr. Kathleen G. McLain David B. Mitchell Daniel M. O’Connell Janice M. Perdue Ernest R. Satchell Gregory D. Tawes Lauren C. Taylor James R. Thomas, Jr. David A. Vorhis Dr. Annette E. Wallace Dr. George I. Whitehead, III Gayle H. Widdowson Stephanie T. Willey Dr. Julius D. Zant

FOUNDATION STAFF Sharon Dickson, CPA Finance Director Veronique Diriker Ph.D., CFRE Chief Strategy Officer Pam Heying Gifts & Grants Administrator Erica Joseph President

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 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 $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.

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 8

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