Community Foundation Hosts Workshop

On April 6, Mid-Shore Community Foundation hosted 130 executive directors and board members from the five-county area at Chesapeake College for a CEO/Board workshop.  The workshop was led by Chuck V. Loring of Ft. Lauderdale and Indianapolis-based Loring, Sternberg & Associates, which provides fundraising and governance consulting services to nonprofits. Mr. Loring is also a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource.

Mr. Loring was invited back after receiving rave reviews at a similar event hosted by MSCF last September.  “Part of our mission is to provide education opportunities for the non-profit organizations in the community,” said Robbin Hill, MSCF Chief Program Officer. “A workshop of this type is cost prohibitive for many individual organizations and we are happy to be able to make it available to them.  We offer a variety of programs but what we kept hearing at the end of the September workshop was, please bring him back!”

The first part of the program focused on governance issues such as building an effective board, legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the board, common pitfalls that impact board effectiveness and trends impacting the non-profit sector.  The second half of the program focused on current trends in philanthropic fundraising, the importance of donor cultivation and stewardship, how board members can be great fundraisers without asking for money, and why legacy giving is the future of philanthropy.

Once again, Mr. Loring received rave reviews.  “This was a unique opportunity for directors and board members to evaluate their board against the standards considered best practices for nonprofit boards,” said Moorhead Vermilye, President of the Board of CASA of the Mid-Shore.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation offers at least two training opportunities for nonprofits each year.  The next program will be in the Fall.

George B. Todd Fund Presents $40,000 in Grants

The George B. Todd Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation awarded over $40,000 in grant funding to the following organizations:  Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Dorchester County Health Department, Maryland Food Bank, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Horn Point Laboratory and WHCP – Cambridge Community Radio.

Pictured: Buck Duncan, Mid-Shore Community Foundation President; Susan Klise, WHCP; Summer Trader, Dorchester County Health Department; Mike Starling, WHCP; Dr. Judy O’Neil, Horn Point Laboratory; John McGinnis, George B. Todd Fund Advisor; Barbara Steiner, Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company; Carin Starr, Horn Point Laboratory and Megan Davis, Maryland Food Bank.

The George B. Todd Fund makes numerous charitable distributions each year in Dorchester County.  The Todd Advisors meet quarterly to review proposals, learn about new charitable projects and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in their county.  Grants support a wide range of projects and causes.  Since its founding in 1998, the George B. Todd Fund has provided over $4 million in grants to Dorchester County organizations and causes.  The Mid-Shore Community Foundation carries out all administrative requirements of the Todd Fund including; quarterly reports, oversight of investments, audit, tax filings, site visits, evaluations of prospective grantees and grant distributions per the advisors’ recommendations.  For additional information about the Mid-Shore Community Foundation visit www.mscf.org.

Lynch Estate Establishes $2 Million Scholarship Fund at Community Foundation

The Mid Shore Community Foundation has announced a bequest from the estate of Mary Lynch of approximately $2 million to establish a scholarship fund at the Foundation for the benefit of the Mid-Shore Community.

A native of Wicomico County, Mary Lynch was born on October 21, 1924.  Mary, the youngest of four children, was raised on a farm in Quantico, Maryland and graduated from Wicomico High School.

After the death of her husband, Mary relocated to Caroline County and began working for James H. Lynch in his oil distribution business.  Mary and James married in 1969. Together they traveled extensively and enjoyed traveling to Europe and China via merchant ships.

Mary had one daughter, Sarah Bradbury, who died in 2008.

Mary moved to Londonderry in 2005 and died on April 12, 2017.

Buck Duncan, president of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, noted the significance of this bequest: “Through the establishment of this fund, Mary Lynch has generously expanded the capacity of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to support students pursuing higher education.”

The Mary B. Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund will be awarded annually to students graduating from Caroline County Public High Schools. For more information on the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, visit www.mscf.org.

The Caroline Foundation Awards Grants

The Board of Directors for the Caroline Foundation: Terry Mead, Bob Jarrell, Berl Lovelace, JoAnn Staples, Becky Loukides, Harry Cole, Richard Wheatley, Charlie Davis, Wayne Cole, Glen Plutschak, Michele Wayman, Miki Phillips, Jerry Garey and Tony Gianninoto and Mid-Shore Community Foundation President, Buck Duncan presented $564,570 in grant funding to the following organizations.

Caroline County Emergency Services – Response Services and Automated External Defibrillators, Caroline County Family YMCA – Open Doors Program,Caroline County Health Department – Addiction Treatment, Caroline County Public Schools – LifeSkills Training Program, Caroline County Public Schools – Weekend Food Program, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office – Drug Dog, Caroline Hospice Foundation – Patient Services, Caroline Medical Adult Day Care – Financial Aid, Channel Marker – Transportation Improvements, For All Seasons – Patient Services, His Hope Haven – Homeless Shelter, Partners in Care – Outreach Coordinator, Rebuilding Together Caroline County – Home Repair Services, St. Martin’s Ministries – Healthy Seniors Program, Upper Shore Aging – Patient Services.

The Caroline Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County.  The Mid-Shore Community Foundation provides administrative services and manages the grantmaking process on behalf of the Caroline Foundation.  Grant applications are available online at mscf.org/caroline-foundation and the deadline for submission is July 1, 2018.  Contributions to the Caroline Foundations are tax-deductible and should be directed to the Caroline Foundation, P.O. Box 607, Denton, MD.  Planned giving options are available.  For additional information, visit https://www.mscf.org/.

MSCF Honors Award Recipients and Celebrates 25 Successful Years

More than 200 guests attended the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s November 17th celebration – the annual event that honors award recipients and celebrates the good work of the community.

This year’s Annual Report to the Community and Awards Luncheon was held at the Milestone in Easton, Maryland.  The Awards Luncheon was attended by not-for-profit representatives, community leaders, volunteers and elected officials.

Award recipients

The luncheon opened with remarks from Moorhead Vermilye, one of the founders of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and the current Chair of the Board of Directors.  Vermilye noted, “Twenty-five years ago I had the good fortune to be involved in the founding of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.  Thanks to a generous bequest of $236,000 from Colonel Edgar Linthicum and his wife Catherine in 1992, a regional community foundation was created to serve the five Mid-Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.  From that initial investment, the Foundation now has more than $70 million in assets.”  In FY 2017, the Foundation awarded over $3.4 million in grants and related charitable expenses, of which over $550,000 was awarded to Mid-Shore students for scholarships.

This year’s guest speaker was Dr. James Wilson, a corporate and nonprofit consultant who works with clients on strategic planning and leadership.  Wilson spoke about the importance of nonprofit support services and nonprofit governance.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards.  The awards recognize individuals and organizations that help enhance the quality of life in the Mid-Shore Region.  This year’s awards were presented as follows.

The Town Watch Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service in the Mid-Shore Community, was presented to Molly Judge, one of the visionaries and founders of Radcliffe Creek School in Chestertown, a k-8 school for bright children who learn differently. Today’s students travel from seven different counties in Maryland and Delaware to attend Radcliffe.  Molly Judge and Radcliffe Creek School have changed the educational landscape in the mid shore and beyond.

Duncan, Jarmon & Guests

The J. McKenny Willis, Jr. Award was given to Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA) for outstanding community service and was presented to Ginny Cornwell.  As the founder of TAYA, Ginny provided the personal resources of time, talent and monetary support for the Tilghman Area Youth Programs.  Ginny has built a fiscally sound, exciting and educational organization that has very positive effects on the Bay Hundred Youth, their families and the community at large.

Special Recognition was awarded to Rebuilding Together Caroline County and was presented to Patrice Morrison and Homan Hallock.  Rebuilding Together volunteers provide free home repair services to low-income Caroline County homeowners who are facing necessary but unaffordable home repairs.  The organization has completed 204 projects for Caroline County residents since its founding 10 years ago.

Special Recognition was awarded to Dorchester County native Bill Jarmon for his notable achievements in the Mid-Shore Community.  Mr. Jarmon is a retired educator and was one of the most influential volunteers in the years-long effort to make the Harriett Tubman Underground Railroad National Park a reality.  Bill has touched many organizations in positive ways and is active with the Dorchester Historical Society, Dorchester NAACP, the Mace’s Lane Alumni Association, among others.

The final award was given in memory of Herbert Andrew and was presented to his wife, Della.  The Mid-Shore Community lost an extraordinary community leader this past year with the tragic death of Herb Andrew.  Herb was a quintessential Eastern-Shore-Man, a lifelong farmer and he was constantly giving back to the community through service on numerous boards, commissions, and organizations.  Herb Andrew will be sorely missed in the community.

In addition to honoring the award recipients, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation presented nearly $380,000.00 in grant funding to not-for-profit organizations serving the residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

Duncan & Andrew Family

The event was generously sponsored by: The Peoples Bank; CBIZ MHM, LLC; Nagel Farm Service, Inc.; Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency; Shore United Bank; Wye Financial & Trust; The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley; James M. Vermilye, CFP; Robert W. Baird & Co.; 1880 Bank; TGM Group, LLC; Valliant & Associates, LLC; Preston Automotive Group and The Wilford Nagel Group at Morgan Stanley.

“This annual event ratifies the work of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and is evidence to the generosity and good will that exist throughout the Community,” says Buck Duncan, Mid-Shore Community Foundation President.  “We see continued expansion of permanent funds, new partnerships with area nonprofits and a host of new community initiatives under the sponsorship of the Foundation.  The work of the Foundation is truly a collaborative effort.  Together with the exceptional work of our staff, our donors and the volunteers who help ensure the success of the Foundation, your Community Foundation will continue to expand its charitable support throughout the Mid-Shore.”

Established in 1992, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that connects private resources with public needs in order to enhance the quality of life throughout the Mid-Shore Region – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Inc., The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601, 410.820.8175, MSCF.ORG.

George B. Todd Fund Presents $10,000 Grant

The George B. Todd Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation presents $10,000 in grant funding to the Dorchester County Commission on the Aging, Inc. (d/b/a Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center) The grant will allow Pleasant Day to provide additional Medical Adult Day Care Services to Veterans.

Pictured: Hubert Trego, President of the Dorchester County Commission on the Aging, Inc.; Jackie Vickers, Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center Executive Director; David Tolley, George B. Todd Fund Advisor; Buck Duncan, Mid-Shore Community Foundation President; Veteran Participants: Thomas Meredith, Thurman Chester and Larry Ricketts.

The George B. Todd Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation makes charitable distributions that support a wide range of projects and causes in Dorchester County.  The Todd Fund Advisors meet quarterly to review proposals, learn about new charitable projects and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in Dorchester County.  Since its founding in 1998, the George B. Todd Fund has provided nearly $4 million in grants to Dorchester County organizations and causes.  The Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s grant application can be found at www.mscf.org.

For additional information about Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center, visit www.pleasantday.com or call (410) 228-0190.

Mid-Shore Foundation Sets Up Fund for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

In response to the catastrophic damage caused by the Hurricanes, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation has expanded its disaster relief efforts.

The Directors of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation have established a Hurricane Relief Fund to provide disaster relief to the victims of the recent Hurricanes.  The first $5,000 in contributions will be matched by the Founder’s Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

All donations to the Fund will support relief and recovery efforts in the devastated areas.  The funds will be directed to Community Foundations, serving the areas of devastation, to provide immediate and long-term assistance.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible.  To donate, make checks payable/mail to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MEMO: Hurricane Relief Fund), 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601 or donate online at www.mscf.org/hurricane-relief-fund.  For instructions on how to transfer assets (cash or stock), please contact the Foundation at (410)820-8175.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible. Donations may be made online at https://www.mscf.org/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/. Checks should be made payable/mailed to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MEMO: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund), 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601. You may also transfer assets or make a grant from a Donor Advised Fund.

 

 

Fryling Estate Establishes $3 Million Fund at Community Foundation

The Mid Shore Community Foundation has announced a bequest from the estate of John and Charlotte Fryling of approximately $3.4 million to establish a donor-advised fund at the Foundation for the benefit of the Mid-Shore community.  The Frylings moved to Easton in 1993 from Arlington, Virginia to continue their shared passion for sailing the Chesapeake Bay.  They continued to sail until John’s 12 year battle with multiple myeloma made that impossible.  John Fryling passed away in 2011 and his wife of 33 years, Charlotte, died of complications from Multiple Sclerosis in 2016.

John Fryling, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, grew up in Upstate New York.  He was active in scouting and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After two years of service in the U.S. Army at the White Sands Missile Range, he eventually established his own firm in Arlington, Virginia, Fryling Technical Services, Inc., focusing on underwater acoustic equipment.

Charlotte Fryling was a native of Richmond, Virginia.   After graduating from Western Maryland College in 1966 with a degree in biology, she pursued a career as a biologist and worked for many years in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

After their marriage in 1978, The Frylings enjoyed skiing together throughout the West and sailing in the summers. Together they sailed the entire length of the Atlantic Coast, the Caribbean, and the Chesapeake Bay.

Buck Duncan, president of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, noted the significance of this bequest: “Through the establishment of this very generous endowment at MSCF, John and Charlotte Fryling have significantly expanded the grant-making capacity of the Foundation to support this community in perpetuity.  We are very fortunate that their love of sailing brought them to this community and that they left a legacy that will forever enrich the Mid-Shore.”

For more information on the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, visit www.mscf.org

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation

Jeffrey Parker, MSO Vice President; Buck Duncan, MSCF President; Valerie Mazur, MSO Easton Area Vice President and Julien Benichou, MSO Music Director

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund, a designated endowment fund at the Foundation.

The Fund will be administered as an endowment to support and ensure the long-term growth of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  Distributions from the Fund will help support music enrichment programs for youth and other needs of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  Charitable contributions to the Fund are encouraged and may be directed to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation in support of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund.

Established in 1997 and now celebrating its 20th year, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the Mid-Atlantic Region through the performance and educational outreach of classical music.

Under the artistic direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra performs an annual season of concerts throughout the Delmarva area, as well as, two holiday events – The Holiday Joy Concert at the Avalon Theatre and the New Year’s Eve Concert at the Christ Church in Easton.  Performances include a vast repertoire of classical and modern compositions and feature world-class guest soloists, making the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra an integral part of the cultural life in communities where it performs.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to perform on April 27, 29 and 30, in Easton, Ocean View and Ocean Pines.  Additional information regarding the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and its performance schedule is available on its website, www.MidAtlanticSymphony.org.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves both donors and nonprofits in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the quality of life on the Mid-Shore.  For additional  information, visit www.Mscf.org.

The Caroline Foundation Accepting Grant Requests

The Caroline Foundation, in partnership with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, invites organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County, Maryland to apply for FY2018 grant funding.

Applicants must be nonprofit corporations with IRS tax-exempt status or government-related entities. Applications are online at www.mscf.org/caroline-foundation. The deadline for submission of FY2018 grant applications is midnight, July 1, 2017.

Grant decisions and distributions will be made in October, 2017. The Caroline Foundation retains the right to accept or reject applications, suggest changes, and support grant requests in full, in part, or not at all.

Organizations that would like additional information should contact Buck Duncan at the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175, www.Mscf.org.