Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

Executive Director
Gretchen Heinze Hardman

Administrative Assistant
Carolee Battaglia

Board of Directors
Shawn R. Salta, Chair
Gene Townsend, Treasurer
Daniel Michael, Secretary
JoAnne Williams-Barnes, CPA, MBA
Ellen Flowers Fields
Rose Haft
Michael Jean
Daniel Michael
Karrie Wood
Kate Zabriskie
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Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
The National Standards Seal indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. Read more.

2012-2013 Winner Nonprofit of the Year by Charles County Chamber of Commerce
2012-2013 Winner
Nonprofit of the Year


Special thanks to Chaney Enterprises for support of this website.

Join the Friends of the Community Foundation annual campaign to support charities in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties

Charitable IRA Rollover provision expires December 31, 2014

Donate to a Fund at CFSOMD and support non-profits in Charles County, Calvert County and St. Mary's County

Community Foundation of Southern Maryland 2012 Annual Report

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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Funds Established by Athletes and Celebrities

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
More funds established by athletes and celebrities

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
More funds established by athletes and celebrities

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)
More funds established by athletes and celebrities

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
More funds established by athletes and celebrities

Welcome to the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland. We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, autonomous, public charity created by and for the people of Southern Maryland. We are made up of endowed or non-endowed charitable funds from many donors which are used to address local needs.

Donors create charitable funds with us in lieu of creating a private foundation; to memorialize a loved one; as their corporation's philanthropic arm; to support the entire community; to establish a scholarship; to support their church; to create a giving circle; to receive a tax deduction; or to make sure their earned money is going to local needs. Grants and scholarships from a donor's fund are awarded in the name of their fund and will always be remembered and linked to good works in our community.

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

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

2014 Philanthropy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced At the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland’s 9th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 7, 2014, the following individuals and organizations will be inducted into the Philanthropy Hall of Fame for demonstrating the qualities that define excellence in philanthropy. Philanthropy Day Luncheon details, View Press Release

Accepting Nominations for Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, (CFSOMD) a non-profit, 501 c 3 is now accepting nominations for their 9th Annual Philanthropy Day luncheon ~ Women With Impact ~ to take place on Friday, November 7, 11:30 at Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. This year’s event focus’ on Women who have made an exceptional impact in the lives of others locally, regionally or globally.

The Community Foundation is accepting nominations for inductees into its Philanthropy Hall of Fame. Inductees could be individuals, families or organizations who have spent their lifetime giving. Philanthropy Day Luncheon, Hall of Fame Nomination Form, View Press Release

Using Your IRA to Make a Year-End Charitable Gift If by Dec. 31, 2013 you will be 70 1/2 and older, you may want to consider making a gift to a charitable fund with a gift directly from your traditional or Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) without incurring income taxes today or estate taxes in the future. Called the IRA Charitable Rollover, the provision allows eligible individuals to “roll over” up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a charitable fund. The provision is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2013. View Press Release, Learn more about Charitable IRA Rollover

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

BECA Receives 501(c)(3) Status and Announces 2014 Scholarship Schedule On November 8, 2013 the Internal Revenue Service notified St. Mary’s County Business, Education and Community Alliance, Inc. (BECA) that the non-profit organization is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Furthermore, BECA is considered a public charity under section 509(a)(2). The effective date of the exemption is retroactive to January 22, 2013 so all contributions made to BECA at the March 15, 2013 Annual Scholarship Benefit at Bowles Farms are tax-deductible. View Press Release

Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's County Commissioners Announce Proclamations to Recognized National Philanthropy Day, November 15 At the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland’s 8th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon, Jack Russell, President of St. Mary’s County Commissioners read to the guests at the luncheon a Proclamation recognizing November 15 as National Philanthropy Day® (NPD). Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties all have dedicated this day to National Philanthropy Day®. View Press Release, View Proclamation

New Fund at the Community Foundation ~ 2nd District Kids and Community Fund The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, a 501 c 3 public charity, would like to announce the establishment of a new component Fund called the 2nd District Kids and Community Fund. More information View Press Release

Community Foundation of Southern Maryland to Host 8th Annual Philanthropy Day Celebration November 1, 2013 The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland will host its 8th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon—Celebrate Philanthropy in Southern Maryland—on Friday, November 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. More information View Press Release

Community Foundation of Southern Maryland Receives National Recognition Local Organization Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards CFSOMD recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. View Press Release

Faces of Philanthropy

Children's Hospital Check Presentation
D.C. Area Outback Charity
Fund presenting a check to
Children's National Medical
Center Bloodmobile
December 2009
Southern Maryland Women's League Check Presentation
Announcement of the
creation of the Southern
Maryland Women's
League Fund to
support women
American Cancer Society Check Presentation
Announcement of the
creation of the Babe and
Dick Chaney Memorial
Fund to benefit the
American Cancer Society
Chaney Foundation Bull Roast
Chaney Enterprises Bull
Roast October 3, 2009
Zonta Fund RAVE Walk
Zonta Club's 6th
Annual RAVE Walk
October 16th, 2010