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Join us in welcoming our new Board of Directors members & staff!

We thank you for your continued support of the Community Foundation. We enjoyed celebrating with so many of you at our recent Annual Meeting and appreciate those who joined us virtually.

You can view our Annual Report online at Our success is your success. We hope and trust that you are uplifted by the local impact that we have together. As we start the new year, we are encouraged that 2022 will build on the progress made as we work with hundreds of local charitable organizations throughout the Lower Shore. We recognize that the needs of our community are great and we encourage you to find causes that mean the most to you and commit to making a difference however you can. Your time, talents, and generosity are invaluable to making our community strong. The Community Foundation is willing and able 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 can maximize your gift and may provide you with additional tax benefits.

Melody Nelson is a past board member and chair of the Community Foundation. She is retired from a career in the insurance industry. She has remained active on various committees and volunteer efforts since her retirement in 2019.

Tyrone Mills lives in Hebron and is a retired principal from Pocomoke High School and served as the Dir. of Athletics for Worc. Co. Public Schools. He is a board member for Hudson Health Services and currently works part time at Dove Pointe.

Robin Evans is originally from Crisfield, Md. She worked on Capitol Hill for 23 years before returning to the Eastern Shore. She has worked for Morgan Stanley and at Salisbury University in Student Affairs.

Sonya Whited moved to Salisbury 16 years ago and is the Senior Director of Retail Product Development at Perdue Foods. She is involved in many community efforts and is a CFES Legacy Society member.

Cathy Diekmann joins the CFES Programs Department as Program Officer. She will lead the administrative aspects of scholarships and provide additionL support in nonprofit capacity building.

Sincerest thanks to our retiring Board Members!

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. We look forward to working together in 2022 and creating another transformative year for the place we call home. We wish you and yours a joyful holiday season and hope to hear from you soon. Warmest wishes,

- Erica

Erica Joseph, President, CFES

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. Learn more at 2

Kathleen McLain, Ernie Satchell & Lauren Taylor

UPGRADES ARE COMING! We are excited to announce a major upgrade to the software platform used at the Community Foundation. Beginning in July 2022 we will transition to Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge, along with additional tools from NPact software. This upgrade will create enhanced services for fund holders and greater efficiency for CFES operations. In order to transition, we will have a two-week period without access to donor software. This means that we will not be able to issue grant checks, record donor gifts, or provide online access to funds via DonorCentral. Currently this period is scheduled for July 15 through July 30. Fund holders should plan to make any requests for funds prior to July 1, 2022. Requests after July 1 will be delayed until August 2022. Dates are subject to change. For the most current updates please visit

Annual Meeting The CFES Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon took place November 5, 2021, at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. More than 250 people attended in-person with many more viewing the event virtually. The Foundation celebrated yearly accomplishments, including $5.1 million in annual grant making and $542,000 in scholarships.

The Mary Gladys Jones

Volunteer of the Year Award

Martin Hutchison For selfless dedication to the community’s homeless, youth, and nonprofit organizations.

The Community Foundation

Chairman’s Award

Jim Thomas


For his dedication to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and his many community efforts.

The Frank H. Morris

Humanitarian Award

Peggy Bradford For her massive community impact, compassion, and generosity that knows no bounds.

The Richard A. Henson

Nonprofit Award of Excellence

The Ward Museum For outstanding leadership and advocacy of the region’s arts, culture, and heritage.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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. Robin L. Evans Velda E. Henry Andy Kim M. Dean Lewis Ginnie H. Malone Dwight W. Marshall, Jr. Tyrone E. Mills Melody S. Nelson Daniel M. O’Connell Janice M. Perdue Gregory D. Tawes James R. Thomas, Jr. David A. Vorhis Dr. Annette E. Wallace Sonya A. Whited Dr. George I. Whitehead, III Gayle H. Widdowson Stephanie T. Willey Dr. Julius D. Zant

FOUNDATION STAFF Lauren Ansted Program Officer Sharon Dickson, CPA Finance Director Cathy Diekmann Program Officer Veronique Diriker Ph.D., CFRE Chief Strategy Officer Pam Heying Accounting Officer Erica Joseph President Victoria Kent Marketing Officer Heather Mahler Program Director Katerra Marshall Office Coordinator David Plotts Controller BJ Summers Director of Development & Donor Relations Shelbie Thompson Donor Relations Officer


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 $94 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.

OFFICE HOURS Our Offices Will Be Closed: Dec. 23rd & 24th - Christmas Jan. 3rd - New Years Observed Jan. 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

410.742.9911 | 1324 Belmont Ave Ste 401 Salisbury, MD 21804


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