Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.
Type Non-Profit Community Foundation
Tax ID No. 52-1326014
Location Salisbury, Maryland
Key people James Almand
Chairman of the Board

Donald Taylor
Vice Chair

Susan Purnell

Karen Lischick

Dr. J. Spicer Bell

Area served Somerset County, Maryland, Wicomico County, Maryland, Worcester County, Maryland
Method Donations and Grants
Endowment US$81.2 million (Fiscal 2011)[1]
Member of Council on Foundations & Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore was established in 1984, and is located in Salisbury, Maryland. Its mission is to "strengthen the community by building charitable funds, maximizing benefits to donors, making effective grants, and provide leadership to address community needs."[2] It serves the three lower counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland: Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester.[3]

Annually CFES awards more than $4.1 million in grants and scholarships.[4] in June 2010 the Council on Foundations released a report titled Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size which ranked the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore 23 in the nation,[5] out of over 700 community foundations,[6] for receiving the most gifts per capita for fiscal year 2009.

CFES is a 501(c)(3) public charity organization.


Philanthropic funds

CFES works with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit partners to establish funds suited to their philanthropic needs. Available funds are donor-advised, designated, field of interest, scholarship, unrestricted, and agency.[7] Each donor's funds are pooled for investment management purposes to minimize costs and achieve a greater return, therefore making it possible for a smaller individual fund to enjoy the same benefits as a large foundation.

One fund the Foundation holds is their Help Your Neighbor Fund. This fund provides pharmaceutical, food, and utility assistance to over 150 local charities.[8][9]

Another example of funds that benefit the community are two funds established in July 2011 to benefit the Salisbury Police Department: Salisbury Police Department K-9 and Mounted Unit Fund, which will establish a K-9 unit and reestablish the mounted unit, and the Salisbury Police Department Future Officer Recruits College Education Scholarship Fund, which will allow the Salisbury Police Department to offer college scholarships to the 2-year Criminal Justice program at Wor-Wic Community College.[10][11]

Grant opportunities

CFES offers grants to local nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations. Grant programs are Community Needs, Education Awards, and a Small Grants Program. The Small Grants program encompasses many programs such as the Technical Mini-Grant Program, Help Your Neighbor Program, ShoreCAN Mini-Grant Program, Chairman's Fund, and various Field of Interest and Designated Funds.[12]

ShoreCAN volunteer center

In 2009 CFES established the ShoreCAN Volunteer Center. The purpose of the Volunteer Center is to "connect local nonprofit organizations that need volunteers with individuals on the Lower Shore who are looking for volunteer opportunities."[13] ShoreCAN serves the same tri-county area as CFES.[14] The ShoreCAN Volunteer Center collaborates with the Salisbury University Volunteer Center on volunteers and opportunities.[15] The Volunteer Center operates through the website run by the Points of Light Institute.

The ShoreCAN Volunteer Center is partially funded through the Community Experience Partnership [1] of the Atlantic Philanthropies. CFES is one of 30 community foundations selected to participate in The Community Experience Partnership.[16] The second phase of the Community Experience Partnership is focused on volunteerism for the 50+ population.

In 2011, the ShoreCAN Volunteer Center received a three year grant through the Maryland Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism from the Corporation for National and Community Service's Volunteer Generation Fund.[17] The Volunteer Generation Fund was established as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.



CFES publishes quarterly newsletters titled The Pillar and the ShoreCAN Volunteer Center publishes monthly newsletters containing volunteer and nonprofit spotlights.


The local public-access television cable TV station, PAC 14, produces a monthly television show titled Community Foundation Spotlight.[18] On this show CFES President Spicer Bell interviews Executive Directors from various local nonprofits. The ShoreCAN Volunteer Center produces their own show monthly, titled The ShoreCAN Show. It is also shown on PAC 14. All videos are available on the Foundation's website for viewing.[19]

Annual awards

The Community Foundation awards three awards at their Annual Meeting each November. The Henson Award for Nonprofit Excellence was established in 1989 to recognize Richard A. Henson's contributions to the community.[20] The Morris Humanitarian Award was established to recognize Frank H. Morris' dedication to humanitarian ideals.[21] In 2011 the Volunteer of the Year Award was established to recognize an individual who made outstanding contributions to community service and volunteerism. [22]

Year Henson Award for Nonprofit Excellence Recipient Morris Humanitarian Award Recipient Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient
1989 American Red Cross
1990 Dove Pointe, Inc.
1991 Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care
1992 Joseph House Village Anne W. Taylor
1993 Christian Shelter, Inc. J. Arthur DeHoff, Jr.
1994 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lower Eastern Shore Anna Emond
1995 Life Crisis Center, Inc. George I. Whitehead, III
1996 Habitat on Maryland's Lower Shore Charles B. "Benny" Riddick
1997 Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. Jack R. Nichols
1998 Maple Shade Youth and Family Services, Inc. Virginia B. Layfield
1999 Fruitland Community Center Paul Rendine
2000 Diakonia, Inc. Kaye S. Thomas
2001 Salisbury Urban Ministries Edward T. Taylor
2002 Seton Center Lewis Casey Parsons
2003 United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Inc. James G. Barrett
2004 MAC, Inc. Richard F. Hazel
2005 Worcester County G.O.L.D., Inc. Dr. Clara Small
2006 Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, Inc. Hattie Miller
2007 Lower Shore Enterprises, Inc. Jack Lewis
2008 Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, Inc.
Village of Hope, Inc.
Jay Tawes
2009 Kids of Honor, Inc. William Gordy
2010 Women Supporting Women, Inc. Donna Clark
Celeste Savage
2011[23] Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc. Martin T. Neat Mary Gladys Jones


1984 - The Salisbury Regional Community Foundation was formed by the Greater Salisbury Committee [2]. First Executive Director - Bob Cook.[24]

1985 - Richard A. Henson announces USD 1 million gift to the Foundation. First endowed funds established. First grants to Life Crisis Center and Coastal Hospice for USD 1,000 each.

1987 - Foundation formally changes its name to Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

1988 - Foundation's assets reach USD 1 million.

1994 - Foundation's 10th anniversary. Assets are USD 6.9 million.

1995 - Grants to the community exceed USD 1.5 million.

1996 - Foundation's assets reach USD 10 million.

1999 - Selected by the Kresge Foundation for a campaign to raise community capital. Foundation's assets reach USD 20 million.

2000 - Foundation completes the Kresge Challenge phase 1, receiving USD 1 million from the community and a match of USD 1 million from the Kresge Foundation.

2000 - Frank and Mitzi Perdue announce a gift of USD 4 million to the Foundation.

2001 - Foundation's assets reach USD 30 million.

2002 - Foundation grants USD 50 thousand to Wor-Wic Community College to expand their nursing program.

2003 - Foundation is the first to receive the Seal of Excellence from the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

2004 - Foundation's 20th anniversary. Assets reach USD 42 million.

2006 - Foundation purchases permanent facility, sets up regional Nonprofit Support Center.[25]

2006 - Foundation selected as one of 10 foundations nationwide to participate in Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation .[26]

2009 - Foundation's 25th anniversary. Assets reach USD 68.2 million. 25th Anniversary Partnership Prize awarded to The Family Connections Community Service Center.[27] Over USD 3 million in grants was awarded, and USD 185,000 in scholarships from over 100 scholarship funds.[28]

2009 - Foundation opens ShoreCAN Volunteer Center.[29]

2010 - Foundation offers office space to nonprofits in their Nonprofit Office Center. Nonprofits occupying space include: Women Supporting Women, Del-Mar-Va Council Boy Scouts of America, Delmarva Education Foundation, Delmarva Water Transport Committee, and Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences.[30]

See also


  1. ^ TGM Group, LLC. "2011 Audited Financial Statements". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  2. ^ TGM Group, LLC. "2009 Audited Financial Statement". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  3. ^ "About CFES". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Record $4.1 Million in Grantmaking". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  5. ^ Council on Foundations. "Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size". Community Foundation Insights. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  6. ^ "CFES Ranked In Top 100 For Most Gifts Per Capita". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Types of Funds". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Help Your Neighbor". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  9. ^ Alyana Gomez (2011-04-01). "Help Your Neighbor By Giving Back". WMDT-TV. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  10. ^ Ryan Hughes (11-07-26). "Salisbury City Council Approves K-9 And Mounted Units". WMDT-TV. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  11. ^ "SPD Fundraisers". City of Salisbury, Maryland. 11-07-26. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  12. ^ "Grants". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Foundation Sponsors ShoreCAN Volunteer Center". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  14. ^ WBOC-TV. "Volunteerism on the Rise on Delmarva". WBOC-TV. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  15. ^ "SU Opens Student Volunteer Center". Salisbury University. 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  16. ^ "CEP Participants". Community Experience Partnership. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  17. ^ "Volunteer Generation Fund". Community Experience Partnership. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  18. ^ "PAC 14 Programming". Pac 14. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  19. ^ "CFES Videos". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  20. ^ Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Henson Award for Nonprofit Excellence
  21. ^ Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Morris Humanitarian Award
  22. ^ Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Volunteer of the Year Award
  23. ^ Julia Heller (2011-11-04). "Community Foundation Looks Back At 2011". WMDT-TV. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  24. ^ "1984 - 2004: 20 Years, a History of the Community Foundation". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  25. ^ "Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of CFES Nonprofit Support Center". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  26. ^ "PIN Partners". Partners Investing in Nursing's Future. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  27. ^ "Family Connections Awarded $25,000 Partnership Prize". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  28. ^ WMDT. "Community Foundation 25 Years". WMDT. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  29. ^ "Foundation Opens ShoreCAN Volunteer Center". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  30. ^ "Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Nonprofit Office Center Opening". Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 

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