Board of Directors
Welcome to the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland.
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.
mean by Legacy?
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 MissionTo 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 VisionTo Make Southern Maryland the best place to live and give.
At the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland:
We offer uniquely personal service, local knowledge, and professional investment and grantmaking expertise to help you make a lasting difference through your giving.
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 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.
A local organization that can make a difference View Letter to the Editor on SoMdNews.com
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