Almost a half-century ago, the public institutions of higher learning in Maryland had no real need to seek out private philanthropy. Well supported by Annapolis lawmakers and the goodwill of their local community, those schools could comfortably operate without the need (or expenses) of seeking donations from individuals and family foundations.
But slowly, but quite surely, that blissful era has come to an end over time.
Faced with the growing limits to taxpayer revenue, the state’s colleges and universities began creating or improving their private fundraising programs to close the increasing gap between state support and the actual costs of quality higher education.
This fiscal reality has also been seen in the state’s primary and secondary public schools. Year after year, teachers have reached into their own pockets to buy supplies and tools they need to succeed in teaching young people.
And like their higher education institutions, Maryland public schools have started to formalize their private funding efforts as nonprofit foundations exclusively devoted to providing needed funds for their counties.
Five years ago, Talbot County took this critical step in forming the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation to meet that need.
The Spy visited with board members Mariana Lesher and Dale Rauch last week to learn more about this vitally important organization and its critical new role in our public schools.
This video is approximately 4 minutes in length. For more information about the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, make a donation, or sign up for its Fall gala, please go here.
Mission Possible, the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s annual fundraising event, will be held on November 18, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. A distinguished alumnus from each of the three Talbot County high schools will be recognized at the event. The purpose of the event is to recognize distinguished alumni, celebrate Talbot County Public Education, and raise funds, awareness, and support for the Education Foundation grants program.
The evening will include a cocktail reception catered by Chef Jordan Lloyd, a performance by the Easton High School Marching Band.