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.

New Career and Technology Scholarships Available

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Mr. Haines Holt and some of the 2016 Roberta B. Holt and Roberta B. Holt Trades Scholarship Recipients (Joniya Copper, Madison Bee, Hunter Joseph, Priya Patel, JamieHetrick).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation has announced new scholarship opportunities for the 2017/18 Academic Year.  Thanks to generous donors, Career and Technology Scholarships are now available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Area students planning for career and technology fields are invited to apply.  Applications must be completed online at www.mscf.org and the submission deadline is March 31, 2017.  For additional information contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175.

MSCF Announces 2017 Scholarship Program

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Scholarship Program.  Scholarships are available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need, academic achievement and community service.  Students must plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college/university or vocational/technical program, as a full-time student.

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2016 Austin & Martha Steele Scholarship Recipients (Grace Kulp, Mackenzie Poust, Patrick Geleta, Emma Murray and Zachary Kirby).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is proud to have one of the largest scholarships programs in the region.  In 2016, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation awarded over $528,000 in scholarships and this year, increased funding is available to Mid-Shore Students.

Applications are available online at http://www.mscf.org/scholarships/ and are due February 1, 2017 for students wishing to apply.

Caroline Foundation Signs Management Agreement with Mid-Shore Community Foundation

In July of 2016, the boards of the Caroline Foundation and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) entered into a management agreement that will significantly expand support for the charitable organizations providing medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County.

Under the direction of the Caroline Foundation Board, the Caroline Nursing Home and the Gables were sold to a privately owned company specializing in health management.  All proceeds from the sale are owned and invested by the Caroline Foundation, to be distributed as grants to charitable organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County, Maryland.

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Caroline Foundation Directors and Caroline Hospice Representatives.

Terry Mead, President of the Caroline Foundation Board of Directors, noted that the Board wanted to minimize overhead costs for the Caroline Foundation while taking advantage of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s not-for-profit expertise.  MSCF will provide accounting services, marketing support and will manage the grantmaking process on behalf of the Caroline Foundation.

Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, expressed excitement about the new collaboration – the first of its kind for MSCF.  “A new and substantial capacity for charitable support has been created for Caroline County and we are very pleased that the Caroline Foundation has partnered with MSCF. Through this collaboration, we are able to minimize administrative expenses, making every possible dollar of this resource available for grants to charities.”

In October, the Caroline Foundation made its first grants, $100,000 to Caroline Hospice Foundation for patient services and $9,000 to Caroline County Family YMCA for a Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Caroline Foundation will seek out opportunities for matching grants to further leverage these resources and invite donors to consider additional gifts to the Foundation.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grants from the Caroline Foundation can find the application online at mscf.org/caroline-foundation. The deadline for the Caroline Foundation’s next grants cycle is July 1, 2017.  For additional information, contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation at (410) 820-8175.

Spectacular Train Exhibit Opens in St. Michaels

A spectacular train exhibit opens in St. Michaels today, November 25 at 933 S. Talbot Street, Unit 11. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is provided by the David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity under the umbrella of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The exhibit is free, but donations to the David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

train-exhibit-featured-imageThe train exhibit is provided by James and Susan Vail of Easton. Seven years ago, their son, David Adam, age 27, was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. After a long and courageous struggle with the disease, supported by his parents and two sisters, Courtney and Heather, he passed away on July 1 of this year. The family has established the David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation to raise money to fund research into the management of pain and palliative care in cancer patients, with an emphasis on pediatric diagnoses—and to honor their beloved son and brother.

The train exhibit is the first major project of the Foundation. James Vail has collected model trains since he received his first Lionel train set on Christmas Day in 1952. This exhibit displays his extensive collection. After the three-day opening, November 25 – 27, the exhibit will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, December 1 – 4, 8 – 11 and 15 – 18. The final two days will be December 22 and 23. Families are encouraged to visit the free exhibit and to make a donation to the Foundation.

The David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation supports the work and research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, where specialists are pioneering research in enhancing cancer treatment for children. More information about the Foundation is available on the Mid-Shore Community Foundation website, www.mscf.org, or by calling 410-820-8175.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Appoints Six new Directors

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation announces the appointment of six new directors: Ed Allen, Joe Anthony, David DeLuca, Sandy McAllister, Barbara Viniar and Arraminta Ware. The new members have diverse backgrounds and their collective experience and knowledge will be invaluable assets to the Foundation.

Ed Allen is the Chief Financial Officer of Shore United Bank and Shore Bancshares, Inc. Ed resides in Queen Anne’s County and serves as the Vice Chair of Compass Regional Hospice.

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Joe Anthony is an experienced CPA in Easton, Maryland. Joe is a returning Board Member and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committees.

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David DeLuca is a longtime Dorchester County resident and is the owner of Delco Packaging Products, Inc. in Hurlock, Maryland. David is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity Choptank and the Dorchester County YMCA.

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Sandy McAllister, a returning Board Member and Dorchester County native, is an attorney with McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker. Sandy is an avid lacrosse player and is actively involved in the community.

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Barbara Viniar is the President of Chesapeake College and represents the five counties served by the Foundation. Barbara is a returning Board Member and is very active on the Grants Committee.

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Arraminta Ware, a Queen Anne’s County Native, is a CPA with Anthony, Judge & Ware in Chestertown, Maryland. Arraminta is a welcome addition to the Board and the Nominating Committee.

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The Foundation is honored to have the leadership and guidance of these individuals who will assist the Foundation in its’ mission to improve the quality of life for citizens on the Mid-Shore. For information about the Mid-Shore Community Foundation visit www.mscf.org.

Community Foundation Awards Grants

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Grants Breakfast

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation has announced the results of its recent grant cycle, in which the Foundation awarded $435,098 to local nonprofit organizations.

On Friday, June 10, 2016, representatives from the 42 recipient organizations, along with the Foundation’s Directors, gathered for breakfast at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland.

Moorhead Vermilye, Chairman of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, welcomed guests and presented the grant awards to the following organizations.

Bridges at Worthmore, Brown Box Theatre Project,  Cambridge South Dorchester High School, Caroline County Public Library, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Chesapeake College Foundation, Chesapeake Music, Chestertown RiverArts, Church Hill Theatre, Compass Regional Hospice, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Easton Choral Arts Society, Echo Hill Outdoor School, Freedom Rowers, Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, IRONClub of Maryland, Kent Association of Riding Therapy, Kent Massive, Mid-Shore Early Learning Center, Midshore Riverkeepers, National Music Festival, Pickering Creek, Really Great Cats Rescue, Saint Martin’s Ministries, Shore Leadership, St. Michaels Community Center, STOP Bullying Talbot, Talbot Historical Society, Talbot Mentors, Talisman Therapeutic Riding, Aspen Institute, Gilbert Byron Society, Gunston School, Humane Society of Kent County, UM Shore Regional Health, United Charitable Programs, Upper Shore Aging, Washington College, Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, Wye River Upper School and YMCA of the Chesapeake.

Following the grants presentation, Dick Van Gelder, organizational consultant and motivational speaker, addressed the group with an interesting and entertaining presentation about awareness and change.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation makes numerous charitable distributions each year.  Grants are recommended by fund advisors and are awarded through the Foundation’s committee structure.  Grants are made for a wide range of worthy projects and causes.  In FY 2016, the Foundation provided, $3 million in grants to organizations in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is now seeking grant applications from eligible non-profit organizations for its Fall 2016 grant cycle with the deadline for submission is October 1, 2016.  Grant applications can be downloaded and submitted online at www.mscf.org.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation & Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels benefit from Concours d ‘Elegance

The St. Michaels Concours d ‘Elegance raised $20,000 for the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels during its 9th annual event that took took place on September 27, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, Maryland.

 Pictured:  George Walish, Chairman and Founder of the St. Michaels Concours d ’Elegance,  Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and David North, Co-Chair  of the St. Michaels Concours d ’Elegance.


Pictured:  George Walish, Chairman and Founder of the St. Michaels Concours d ’Elegance,
Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and David North, Co-Chair of the St. Michaels Concours d ’Elegance.

Established in 2007, the St. Michaels Concours d ‘Elegance continues the French tradition of pairing grand classic automobiles with fashion.  The funds raised at the event go to area charities.  This is the third year that the funds raised have benefited the Mid-Shore Community Foundation – a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves the Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  

“We are honored to be selected as a beneficiary of this event,” said Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.  “The Foundation is grateful to George Walish (Chairman and Founder of the St. Michaels Concours d ’Elegance) for his generosity and the opportunity to be involved with such an excellent event.”

The tenth annual St. Michaels Concours d ‘Elegance will take place on September 25, 2016.  For information, visit the St. Michaels Concours d ‘Elegance website at www.smcde.org.  For information about the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels visit www.classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org and for information about the Mid-Shore Community Foundation visit www.mscf.org

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Interfaith Library and Graduate Center Partner with MSCF

The Oaks’ fund advisors include: Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson, President of The Oaks of Mamre; Fred Israel; Rabbi Peter Hyman, Temple B’nai Israel; Dr. Joseph Prud’homme, Washington College; Robert Greenlee, President of the Greenlee Group; and Harlan Schottenstein, professor at Ohio State University and Franklin University, currently on academic tour in China.

The Oaks of Mamre Interfaith Library and Graduate Center has partnered with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to establish The Oaks of Mamre Fund. This announcement is made by Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson, President of The Oaks of Mamre.

As its fiscal sponsor, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation will provide fiduciary oversight and administrative services to the charitable project. The Oaks of Mamre project, now in the strategic planning phase, will be America’s premier interfaith higher education seminar institute. It will attract participants from the American and international graduate community, including theological and secular educators and students, clergy both ecumenical and interfaith, scripture specialists, scientists, historians, philosophers, musicians and artists. The institute will enable Easton and Talbot County to become as much an academic destination as it is for tourism.

A signing ceremony was recently held at the historic Bullitt House in Easton. After the ceremony, the Foundation’s marketing director, Heather Pickens, took several shots, inside and out; the photograph above was taken in the garden of Bullitt House.

To learn more about The Oaks of Mamre Project, please contact Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson at 410.819-0731.

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Mid-Shore Community Foundation Releases FY 2015 Performance Results

W. Moorhead Vermilye, Chairman of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) announces the FY 2015 performance results. “Transparency is important, especially in community philanthropy where we need to be accountable to the community,” said Mr. Vermilye. 2015 was an extraordinary year.

Thanks to the support of the community, MSCF received $6.6 million in donor contributions. This represented a $4.3 million increase over a very good year in 2014.

As is typical of a community foundation, most of these contributions came from estates in settlement. These assets, together with an additional $1.1 million from investment earnings, brought our total assets to $56.8 million, an 8% increase in spite of an uneven investment market.

In FY 2015, the MSCF awarded over $2.99 million in grants and related charitable expenses to 302 charities and 99 individuals. The individuals were recipients of $469,194 in scholarships with an average award of $4,739. Over the past 5 years, MSCF has awarded $10,745,000 in grants and scholarships. There are now 330 funds managed by the Foundation. Importantly, even with continued growth, we kept our operating expenses at a remarkable 1.1% of total assets. Overall, our operating expenses totaled $642,801.
Vermilye credits the board, volunteers and staff for the success of the MSCF and invites members of the community to visit the Bullitt House. He also invites members of the community to attend the Foundation’s Annual Event – Report to the Community and Awards Luncheon, to be held on November 19, 2015 at Chesapeake College. Individuals interested in attending should contact Heather Pickens at hpickens@mscf.org.

A copy of the Foundation’s 2015 Report to the Community is available online at mscf.org. To request a copy by mail, call 410.820.8175.

L-R: Buck Duncan, Robbin Hill, Heather Pickens and Michael Morris, MSCF Staff; Moorhead Vermilye, Board Chairman.

L-R: Buck Duncan, Robbin Hill, Heather Pickens and Michael Morris, MSCF Staff; Moorhead Vermilye, Board Chairman.

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