The Pillar Newsletter Spring/Summer 2021

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In This Issue New Funds & Scholarships Connecting donors to impact

COVID-19 Grant Funding

The impact of pandemic relief funding

Inspiring Impact

A look into the lives your gifts are changing

Education Awards Grants

Funding for local schools and educators

Moving Forward

An update on our strategic plan

Give Where You Live

Endow Maryland with Charles & Barbara Emery

Needs Assessment Survey

Identifying critical needs on the Lower Shore

message from the


new funds & scholarships September 2020 - March 2021

The signs of spring are upon us. Longer days, singing birds, and the blooms that bring color to our world after winter retreats. We have accomplished a lot together since last spring, and I know that we have also endured a great deal. My hope is that you are looking forward to being able to be more connected, active, and engaged in the days and months ahead. As our communities become safer, due to the dedicated work of our community health workers, and the diligence of our friends and neighbors to get vaccinated, the Lower Eastern Shore will again become alive with the sights and sounds of summer that make this such a wonderful place to be this time of year.

Ann and Lay Phillips Donor Advised Fund

We have a lot to share in this edition of the Pillar. Our team has been busy listening to our partners and assessing community needs. We are planning for the future – this year and beyond – to ensure our Foundation is poised to serve you and to help realize your charitable goals.

Scholarship for a graduate of Crisfield High School

The community has been active, with new funds being created and continued support for our COVID Response Fund. This past year has been memorable, in many different ways. We want to say THANK YOU to all the front line workers across so many industries that have kept our communities going. An extra big THANK YOU to the nonprofit partners that have stepped up in ways we could not have imagined this time last year. We look forward to experiencing the rest of 2021 with you. As Lady Bird Johnson said, “where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

- Erica

Charitable Giving Fund

Avery Hall Benefits Donor Advised Fund Corporate Charitable Giving Fund

Baker & Parker Stephen Decatur Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, Berlin, MD

BBK Donor Advised Fund Charitable Giving Fund

Coastal Life Cares Donor Advised Fund

To support the charitable interests of Coastal Life Realty Group, Ocean City, MD

Courtesy Award in Memory of Howie Evans

To provide a citizenship award for graduates of Crisfield High School

David & Rebecca Kerrigan Donor Advised Fund Charitable Giving Fund

Goldsborough Family Scholarship Fund

Kevin Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for a graduate of Washington HS, Princess Anne

Major General James A. Adkins and Mary Anne Adkins Donor Advised Fund Charitable Giving Fund

RD and LA Goldsborough Family Foundation Donor Advised Fund Charitable Giving Fund

Somerset County Volunteer Fire Chiefs Association Emergency Fund To support the charitable activities of the SCVFC

Donald Tatterson Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for a graduate of Snow Hill High School

John E. Whittington Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for a graduate of Wicomico High School, Salisbury, MD

Wor-Wic William J. and Wilda B. Clarke Endowed Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for students attending Wor-Wic Community College who are graduates of Snow Hill High School

Worcester Co. Commission on Aging Investment Fund To support Worcester County Commission on Aging

Erica Joseph, President, CFES


To start your fund today contact BJ Summers at

The Gift of a Lifetime!

The Courtesy Award


The Courtesy Award was established in memory of Howie Evans, who passed away 54 years ago at an early age. “As a remembrance of Howie, our parents created an award the year of his death which is given to two Crisfield High School Bob & Robin Evans, brother & sister of Howie Evans. students at graduation who have shown characteristics of respect, humility, integrity, and compassion toward their fellow students and teachers, qualities that Howie exemplified,” says Robin Evans. This award is given annually and continued on even after the passing of Robin’s parents. “We are very pleased to partner with the Community Foundation. By establishing a permanent endowment fund, we can ensure that this award will continue on in permanence, just as our love for Howie does. It will serve as a symbol of the legacy left by Howie.”

2020 was an unprecedented year and filled with changes for most people, including Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners impacted by changes to their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Temporary legislation under the CARES Act waived RMD’s for 2020, making now a great time to plan for your 2021 RMD. Contributing from your IRA directly to a fund at the Foundation (an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD) is an easy way to reduce your tax burden and support the causes you care about. 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. To learn more contract Erica Joseph or BJ Summers

COVID-19 RELIEF FOR MARYLAND'S LOWER EASTERN SHORE On March 24, 2020, CFES challenged the community to help prepare to meet needs through our COVID Emergency Response Fund. Since then, we have received $366,055 in contributions to support that effort. This has allowed us to respond to more than 103 projects in the past year. Together we have helped meet the needs of our most vulnerable communities with basic necessities and health care items, and have provided local nonprofits with resources to adapt programs to virtual formats or provide PPE for safer in-person services. Gifts of $25 to $125,000 came together when our community needed it most. While we have accomplished a lot, there is so much more work to be done. To learn more about how you can help visit A special thanks to our corporate partners who stepped up and trusted in CFES to be a resource to others in a time of crisis.

PPE 16%

Hunger 13%

Safety & Compliance 18% Shelter 10%

$294,461 How one year of CFES COVID-19 Relief Grants made an impact

Technology 10% Other 4%

Youth & Family Support 20%

Workforce 4% Mental Health/ Addiction 2%

Animal Care 2%




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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Education Awards Grants: $20,016 Awarded! Schools in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties received $20,016 in grant funding through the Foundation’s 2021 Education Award Grants Program. With schools fluctuating between in-person, virtual, and hybrid schedules, students and teachers have been faced with many unique hurdles. These efforts come at a cost, and CFES hopes to ease the burden. For 2021, a mid-year grant round was added. The following programs received grants: Berlin Intermediate School: Paint supply kits to send home to students for virtual arts programs. Faith Baptist School: New Summer STEM classroom to comply with CDC guidelines. Salisbury Christian School: Create a sensory walkway for students to help with behavioral problems. Salisbury School: Purchase games and tools for the school counselors. Purchase additional supplies for the Maker Space Carts to create COVID-19 safe sharing practices. Washington Academy High School: Start a virtual Project Lit group for students and community members to read and discuss books focusing on social and cultural issues. St. Francis de Sales Catholic School: Expand outdoor classroom space by adding a sensory education sandbox and supplies needed to keep it safe and sanitized. Wicomico County Board of Education: Supplies for the new English Language Learning Center serving ELL students in a hybrid format. Parkside High School: Purchase Go-Pros for students to borrow and virtually demonstrate culinary knowledge from their home kitchens.

Berlin Intermediate School

Glen Avenue Elementary School: Enhance outdoor learning space to include painting a US Map on the blacktop, a number grid game, and a sensory pathway. Prince Street Elementary School: Additional technology for the World Music Program to make compatible with virtual learning. Wicomico County Public Schools: TAD Program will create a podcast program for students to plan, write and deliver their own podcasts.

Prince Street Elementary

Salisbury Middle School: Turn school courtyards into “Sensoryscapes” to help with mental health, mindfulness, and education. Pocomoke Middle School: Launch the Hide and Go Read initiative with goodie bags for a scavenger hunt style program that incentivizes reading. Snow Hill High School

Worcester County Public Schools: Provide voice amplifiers so choral groups can sing while using voice masks. Pocomoke Middle School: Books for a culturally responsive, social, and emotional needs project. Snow Hill High School: Purchase supplies including costume materials to be hand-crafted, and set props for the theatre program to put on a virtually streamed production.

Worcester County Public Schools

moving forward:

STRATEGIC PLANNING The Community Foundation embarked on its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan just weeks before COVID19 forced the world and the Shore to re-think its service delivery. The pandemic, while challenging and heartbreaking, showed us how incredibly resilient we are as an organization. The Foundation proved to be nimble and creative while continuing our philanthropic work and spreading resources to those in need. We continued our strategic planning work which included a COVID-19 response in the community, along with an internal response. We conducted a large stakeholder survey, sought input from our board and community members, created a Strategic Planning Workgroup, involved our staff at all levels of the process, incorporated feedback, and prioritized our short, medium, and long-term strategies. The Strategic Plan has a detailed set of action steps for all of our goals including performance indicators, timelines, and other measures to help guide the implementation and accountability of the action steps.

You can view our complete strategic plan on our website, but a few highlights are included below. Our overarching goal is to serve our community of donors and partners in the most efficient, effective, and impactful way possible, while considering external forces. This past year has shown us that CFES is a solid organization that can pivot and adapt at a moment’s notice. We also know that thanks to our donors, we will continue to be a leader in philanthropy and an example of absolute accountability. Medium-Term Priorities (FY 22-23): • CFES operational optimization post-Covid, enhancing technology and operations. • Growing the capacity and strengths of nonprofits • Engaging the next generation of donors • Growing our Legacy Society To read more, including expanded details, visit accountability and select Strategic Plan. 5

As you plan your charitable giving in 2021, 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.

Give Where You Live

Giving through CFES had unexpected benefits for Charles & Barbara Emery

For Charles and Barbara Emery giving is a passion and the perks of the Endow Maryland Tax Credit Program were a pleasant surprise of establishing a fund at the Community Foundation. The Emery’s saw a need in the local community and set out on a mission to fill a void through the Lower Shore Medical Transport Fund. Their fund helps to provide transportation to veterans and others who may not be able to access the medical resources available in the larger metropolitan regions due to lack of transportation. “This seems really weird, but my inspiration came from a dream in which I became aware of problems that might be faced by a veteran or indigent person seeking medical care,” says Charles. “Over a long period of time members of my family have needed very high level medical care at specialized urban centers. I have often wondered how we would have handled the crisises if we didn’t have the time, flexibility, and financial resources that we had.” The Emery’s began to research. Before moving forward with the idea, they spoke with various veteran and public health agencies. “I wanted to verify that my perception of a need was in fact real and that there wasn’t already a program to address that need,” said Charles. “We chose to partner with the Community Foundation due to their track record, flexibility, knowledge, and reputation. I felt that CFES offered all we needed to most effectively achieve our goal.” The fund was established in 2020 as part of the Endow Maryland Program. By working with the Community Foundation, the Emery’s are able to give back even more due to the Foundation’s guidance on charitable tax credits. “I was not aware of the tax credit when we decided to start our

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@ 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).

- $250

State taxes reduced by a $250 tax credit.


Net cost to you.

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.

fund,” said Charles Emery. “It was just an added benefit of working with the experts at the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation staff are sensitive and responsive -their guidance makes creating a fund an easy process.” “We humans are not meant to be isolated self-centered beings. We strongly believe that we are called to look after the least and the vulnerable. From a community financial viewpoint, we think it makes sense and saves the larger community costs if smaller, isolated problems are treated early and aggressively rather than waiting for a community wide disaster to develop.”

THE NEEDS ASSESMENT SURVEY The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, together with the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, and The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment recently conducted the 2021 Organizational and Community Needs Assessment Survey. 300 organizations received the 33 question survey in February 2021. 45% completed the survey by March 12. The organizational and community needs assessment survey was designed to help us determine the Lower Shore’s greatest community needs and the highest priorities 6

for funding, as well as identify possible gaps in services. Additionally, the survey included questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our local nonprofit and community organizations, and the level of organizational readiness for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming. We are grateful to the Campbell Foundation for funding the survey. The results will be shared with our nonprofit partners later this spring. To view the full survey summary and data visit

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.



Tues., May 4 • 11AM • Starting a Nonprofit/Best Practices

This session will focus on nonprofit leaders that are interested in filing for or have recently received tax exempt 501(c)(3) status. We will have an open discussion about the most important steps to strengthening a new nonprofit.

Tues. May 25 • 11AM • Nonprofit Fundraising 101


Participants will learn where nonprofits get their funding and how to implement fundraising practices that will help your nonprofit engage and retain donors.

Thurs. May 27 • 11AM • Nonprofit Board 101 This free workshop will cover the basic best practices for building, retaining and engaging your nonprofit board of Directors.

Thurs. June 10 • 11AM • Nonprofit Finance 101 Sound financial management is critical to nonprofit success. Learn about the basics of nonprofit budgeting, accounting, reporting, and internal controls from a layman’s perspective.

a spotlight on

Weds. June 16 • 9AM • Grant Professionals Network This informal networking meeting is great for grant writers, grant consultants, and grant managers.

Thurs. June 24 • 11AM • Grantwriting 101 Grant writing is a skill that must be developed. There is no magic bullet, but there are tips and tools that can help you to find the right potential sources and effectively approach them.

Tues. June 29 • 11AM • Nonprofit Board 101 Nov. 30th • Giving Tuesday 2021 • Save the Date

COASTAL LIFE CARES FOUNDATION FUND Coastal Life Realty Group, LLC of Ocean City, Md recently established the Coastal Life Cares Foundation Fund. This fund will simplify and streamline their corporate giving as well as provide an opportunity for Coastal Life Realtors to both contribute to the fund and participate in identifying local charitable organizations who may be eligible for funding. Donor Advised Funds are a great way for businesses to exercise their local philanthropy. If you would like to learn more about how we can make it easy to support causes you care about visit our website at or call 410742-9911.

Full list of events & details at Grant & Award Deadlines COVID-19 Grants - Evaluated Bi-Weekly Mini Grant Deadline - 15th of Every Month Education Grants - August 27th Community Needs Grants LOI - June 22nd Workforce Development Grants - December 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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michael P. Truitt, Chairman

James P. Jones, Vice Chairman Dr. Carolyn S. Johnston, Secretary

1324 Belmont Ave Ste 401 Salisbury, Maryland 21804

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 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


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 $89 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.

Erica Joseph President Victoria Kent Marketing Officer Heather Mahler Program Director David Plotts Controller BJ Summers Director of Development & Donor Relations Lauren Zarin Program Administrator

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