Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Marks Centennial of Community Foundation Movement in America

One hundred years ago, in 1914, the community foundation concept was born in the Midwest, giving rise to a new philanthropy, a new way of participating in community, and a new vision for the future.

Today, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States, collectively managing more than $48 billion in assets and making grants of approximately $4.5 billion a year to improve life in their communities. There are more than 1,700 community foundations worldwide.

“On May 17th, CFES celebrates its own 30th anniversary, commemorating the generations of donors and volunteers whose generosity continues to make life better on the Lower Eastern Shore,” said Doug Wilson, President & CEO, CFES. “We also mark this year as the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement at work in communities around the world.”

Like all community foundations, CFES invites everyday people with a vision and a passion for community to create something together.

About The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore:  Since 1984, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties granting more than $30 million.  Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $5.4 million in fiscal year 2013.  CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarships, grants, advocacy, and leadership development.  By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods and nonprofit capacity building, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development and the environment.  The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore serves Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.  For more information, please visit our website at