Community Foundation Celebrates Record Grant Making Year and National Recognition

Group of women accepting oversized check

August 13, 2019 – Salisbury, Md. – The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has announced a recording breaking total of $6.2 million in charitable grants for the 2019 fiscal year. As the region’s single largest annual grant maker, the funds were awarded through more than 1,700 grants supporting various community needs across the Lower Eastern Shore as well as more than 400 scholarships totaling $600,000. This most recent milestone brings the Community Foundation to $84 million in grants to the community since 1984.

The Foundation also recently earned its 3rd consecutive accreditation from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations — the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors: Top Row left to right: George Whitehead, David Vorhis, Gayle Widdowson, Ernie Satchell, Ginnie Malone, Jim Jones, Duke Marshall, Lauren Taylor, Dr. Allen Brown, Dan O’Connell, Kathleen McLain, Dr. Annette Wallace, Melody Nelson. Bottom row: Dr. Carolyn Johnston, Dr. Julius Zant, Mike Truitt, Todd Hershey, Velda Henry.

“Receiving the National Standards accreditation is a rigorous and comprehensive process designed to establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations,” says Community Foundation president Erica Joseph. “However, our donors are putting their trust in us, and accolades such as this attest to the strength and health of our foundation.”

The Community Foundation will celebrate annual grant making achievements at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on November 1st at the Fountains Wedding and Conference Center in Salisbury, Maryland. The Foundation will report on its philanthropic activities during the past year, and announce winners of the 2019 Community Foundation awards, as well as highlight philanthropic initiatives that serve the Lower Shore.

The public is welcome to attend the Annual Meeting, however tickets are required due to limited seating. For ticket information visit CFES.org or call 410-742-9911.

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