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Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

Executive Director
Gretchen Heinze Hardman

Board of Directors
Ellen Flowers Fields, Chair
Dominic Powell, Treasurer
Aaron Fenwick, Secretary
Georgeanne Aist
Delanta Brown
George Connelly, Jr.
Denise A. Foster
Kelly Williams

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Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
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2012-2013 Winner Nonprofit of the Year by Charles County Chamber of Commerce
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Upcoming Events

March 17 - Opportunity Fund Grant Program applications due
April 3 - Deb Sheftz Memorial Scholarship application deadline. Find out more
April 7 - Alice W. Bowen Memorial Scholarship application deadline. Find out more


Fun Facts about Community Foundations

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill established an endowment fund at the CF of Middle Tennessee called the Neighbor’s Keeper Fund. This fund emphasizes children’s initiatives.
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The founder of E-bay and his wife recently donated $50 million to the Hawaii Community Foundation.
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Dave Mathews Band does their charitable giving thru the Charlottesville CF.
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Kansas City Royals baseball team is owned by the Kansas City CF.
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Peanuts creator Charles Schultz was very active with the Sonoma County Community Foundation.
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ellen DeGeneres, a native of the New Orleans area, donated $1 million for hurricane relief to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Gulfport, Miss.
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The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jamestown NY administers the Lucille Ball Scholarship Fund.   The scholarship is designated for students in the performing arts.  Jamestown is the home town of Lucille Ball and home to the Lucille Ball  - Desi Arnaz Museum.
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One interesting fact about The Philadelphia Foundation is that Ben Franklin is one of our donors.  In 1790 Ben Franklin left 1,000 pounds sterling to the City of Philadelphia to hold and use for 200 years because he wished “to be useful even after my death, of possible.”  After 200 years, the City reviewed proposals and awarded the fund to The Philadelphia Foundation which it uses to support education in crafts and trades.
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Country music star John Michael Montgomery and his wife Crystal do their charitable giving to support youth through the John Michael Montgomery Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation.
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Baltimore Community Foundation
Pam Shriver, former pro tennis player
Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens safety
Adalius Thomas, Baltimore Ravens defensive end
The Eddie Murray Fund
Kyle Boller, Baltimore Ravens quarterback
Mark Clayton, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver
Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens defensive back
Adalius Thomas, Baltimore Ravens defensive end
Daniel Wilcox, Baltimore Ravens tight end
More funds established by athletes and celebrities

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts, set up by the American Idol 2 winner
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Charlottesville-Albemarle Community Foundation
Dave Matthews Band Bama Works Fund
Katie Couric, NBC-TV commentator, established the Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship in memory of her late sister, a former Virginia state senator
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The Denver Foundation
The Jake Plummer Foundation (Bronco quarterback)
The Dan Graham Fund (former University of Colorado star, currently New England Patriots tight end)
The Romanowski Fund (Bill Romanowski, former Bronco, currently Oakland Raiders linebacker)
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Kalamazoo Community Foundation
New York Yankee Derek Jeter established a scholarship fund through his Turn 2 Foundation
Duane Young, who played for the San Diego Chargers and was a Michigan State U. star, has a scholarship fund.
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California Community Foundation (Los Angeles)
Pianist George Winston established the Dancing Cat Humanitarian Relief Fund using royalties from his “Remembrance” album to help victims of 9/11, plus others in need through donations to food banks, family assistance programs and emergency disaster relief
Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund
Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders
Buck Henry Charitable Fund
Noah S. Wyle Foundation
Tom Green’s Nuts Fund
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What is a Community Foundation?

Endowment Builder | Legacy Creator | Grants & Scholarships Provider | Community Connector

We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, autonomous, public charity created by and for the people of Southern Maryland. We work with you to help you fulfill your charitable interests and goals – easily and effectively.

We build charitable funds that support community needs and opportunities. Folks may establish both non-endowed funds, to support community needs today and endowed funds to ensure there is support for good, forever, for our region.

At the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, we realize that your gifts are more than money. Your gifts are made up of your hopes and dreams for a better community. We want to help you make an impact today and for years to come by creating your own LEGACY.

Creating Legacies is what we do best.

What do we mean by Legacy?
According to Webster, a legacy is property or money that is received from someone who has died; a gift by will especially of money or other personal property or a bequest, the property or money that you promise in your will to give to another person, or in our case, the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, or your named Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland.

We want to help you leave your own unique mark or legacy on our community while building a charitable fund that will grow over the years and last in perpetuity. Whether your interests are in the arts, music, the environment, historical landmarks, youth, education, health and wellness, recreation, transportation, etc., the opportunities’ to build your own named legacy are endless.

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for the community of Southern Maryland by aligning philanthropic interests with community needs through stewardship, collaboration and charitable giving.

Our Vision

To Make Southern Maryland the best place to live and give.

At the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland:

  • We provide a home for custom-built funds created by you, your family, friends, Corporation or nonprofit to support and help sustain charitable organizations. Funds may be endowed (permanent) or non-endowed.
  • We accept cash, stocks/appreciated securities, real estate, life insurance, retirement plan assets and most other assets to help build your Fund. You can also include your Fund in your Will or Living Trust or Transfer your Private Foundation to a Fund. We also handle Corporate giving and Memorial/Honorary Gifts.
  • We provide Grants to nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies from the created Funds.
  • Donors may create a Fund and/or Give Anonymously.

We offer uniquely personal service, local knowledge, and professional investment and grantmaking expertise to help you make a lasting difference through your giving.

Latest News

Grants for Organizations that Address Social Needs in Charles County Available from Community Foundation of Southern Maryland New Opportunity Grant Provides Resources to Address Health and Wellness Needs of Charles County Residents View press release, Grant criteria and application

Scholarship Honors Patuxent High School Teacher's Commitment to Social Justice Fund in Memory of History Teacher Deb Sheftz Covers Tuition, Room and Board, and Related Expenses for a pHS Student's First Year in College. View press release, Scholarship details and application

The Alice W. Bowen Memorial Scholarship, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, is now accepting scholarship applications. View full announcement, Scholarship and application details

Year-End Charitable Giving Advice from Your Community Foundation The End of the Calendar and Tax Years Is an Ideal Time to Think About the Impact of Your Giving in the Coming Year. View Press Release, Make a Donation

Sing "Hail to the Redskins" while Supporting Your Community Foundation Winner of Drawing Will Receive Two Premium Club Tickets, Complimentary Food and Beverages, and Platinum-Level Parking View press release, More information

2016 Philanthropy Hall of Hame Inductees Announced The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is thrilled to announce the 2016 Philanthropy Hall of Fame inductees to be honored at our 11th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon, “Celebrating Business Philanthropy In Southern Maryland” on Friday, November 4, 11:30 – 1:30 to be held at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. “At the Community Foundation, we believe that giving back is good for business”, stated Gretchen Hardman, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, “and this is why we felt important to highlight local businesses at this year’s annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon.” View press release, Philanthropy Day Luncheon details

SaMercy Fund Created to Provide Safety Classes for UTV's The SaMercy Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland was created in memory of Sam and Mercy McCawley, who were tragically killed in an UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) accident while visiting relatives in Texas. The family and friends who have pulled their resources to put this Fund together strongly believe “no other family should have to suffer the loss of a loved one because they were not aware of the dangers present in owning or driving an ATV/UTV.” View press release, SaMercy Fund information, 1st Annual SaMercy Baseball Clinic details

Gretchen receives thanks from Leonardtown Rotary President Stu Garlington for presenting to the club. Thanks for the information and your great work promoting charitable giving, Gretchen!

Gretchen Hardman, executive director of Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, presents to Leonardtown Rotary about how the Foundation works, interfacing between people who wish to give and organizations that want to receive but have no foundation of their own or cannot easily receive stocks, real estate, or other types of philanthropy.

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Community Foundations in Maryland Recognized at National Philanthropy Day Celebration As part of the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Maryland Chapter’s annual National Philanthropy Day event held at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland’s community foundations received a Special Recognition Award to celebrate the centennial of community foundations and the vital work they do across the state.  View Press Release

Maryland Community Foundations Receive Pioneer Award On behalf of the 14 community foundations across Maryland, the Maryland Community Foundation Association (MCFA) accepted the Pioneer Award today from the Grant Professionals Association during a national conference held in Baltimore. View Press Release