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a message from the PRESIDENT Let me start by saying, we miss you! We hope this season brings you peace, joy, and comfort as we continue to live through this interesting time together. We thank you for your continued support of CFES, and hope you had an opportunity to join us in celebration at our recent Annual Meeting in November. Our event was virtual, and was shared online via Facebook and YouTube. Our Annual Report has been mailed and is online at Please let me know if you would like to receive a copy and haven’t already. As we start the new year, we know that 2021 will not bring an immediate change to our current reality, but hope is on the horizon. Your support this past year for our COVID Emergency Response Fund, for the Foundation, and for the many nonprofits doing valuable work in the community has been imperative to bringing resiliency to our community. You have helped us live this year’s mantra of ADAPT, RESPOND, INSPIRE. CFES works with hundreds of local charitable organizations throughout the Lower Shore, and we recognize that the needs of our community are great. We encourage you to find those causes that mean the most to you and commit to


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.

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making a difference in 2021 -- not just during the holidays, but year round. Your time, talents, and generosity are invaluable to making our community strong. The Community Foundation is a willing and able partner to assist you in maximizing your charitable giving throughout the year. Donor Advised Funds, IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions and the Endow Maryland Tax Credit are just a few giving opportunities through CFES that make the most of your gift and may provide additional tax benefits for you. Your gifts create an opportunity for us to fulfill our mission of inspiring community philanthropy and connecting people who care with causes that matter. We appreciate those who have become Friends of the Foundation by contributing to our Annual Appeal. Your support enables us to impact this community in so many ways that would not be possible without you. As this year comes to a close, we hope that you will enjoy the holiday season and dream big for 2021. I can’t wait to talk with each of you about your exciting charitable plans for 2021, and how together we will make a difference in the new year. Cheers!

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- Erica

Erica Joseph, President, CFES


Annual Meeting

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore honored four award recipients and celebrated annual grant-making efforts at its virtual Annual Meeting and Report to the Community on November 12th. The Foundation celebrated a total of $5.5 million in grants made in fiscal year 2020, including more than $539,000 in scholarships to local students.

Behind the scenes at the virtual Annual Meeting:

While 2020 has been unique to say the least, for every challenge that demanded we be creative, nimble, and resilient we were joined by others who were willing to adapt and respond to needs in our community, and for that we are so thankful. The continued generosity of time, talent, and financial resources within our small, rural region demonstrates that philanthropy is an intrinsic value in our community.

The Mary Gladys Jones

Volunteer of the Year Award

Shawna Kearsley

For her many years of dedicated service to others and passionate volunteerism.

The Frank H. Morris

Chairman’s Award

Dr. George Whitehead III For his dedication to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and his many community efforts.

The Richard A. Henson

Humanitarian Award

Nonprofit Award of Excellence

For her exemplary leadership, vision, integrity, compassion, and dedication to community.

For its outstanding contributions in the tri-county region, service to others, and nonprofit excellence.

Grace Murdock


The Community Foundation

Operation We Care


Michael P. Truitt, Chairman James P. Jones, Vice Chairman Dr. Carolyn S. Johnston, Secretary W. Todd Hershey, Treasurer

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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


Heather Mahler Program Director

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.

Jenn Owens Office Coordinator


Veronique Diriker Ph.D., CFRE Chief Strategy Officer Pam Heying Gifts & Grants Administrator Erica Joseph President Victoria Kent Marketing Officer

David Plotts Controller BJ Summers Director of Development & Donor Relations Heather Trader Donor Relations Officer Lauren Zarin Program Administrator 4


Due to COVID-19 our offices are currently closed to the public and our staff is working in a hybrid format, however we are still here to serve you and our community now, more than ever. We are available by phone or email from 8AM - 4PM.

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