Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

Executive Director
Gretchen Heinze Hardman

Board of Directors
Shawn R. Salta, Chair
Gene Townsend, Treasurer
Daniel Michael, Secretary
JoAnne Williams-Barnes, CPA, MBA
Ellen Flowers Fields
Rose Haft
Brian Ritter, Esq.
Karrie Wood

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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


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Welcome to the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland.

Fun Facts about Community Foundations

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
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.
More funds established by athletes and celebrities

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

Be Smart About Your Giving ~ End Of Year Giving Tips Year-end is an ideal time to think about the kind of impact you’d like to make in the coming year. On top of parties, gift exchanging and resolution making, it is also the end of the tax year – the deadline for charitable giving in order to receive a tax deduction. Tax deductions are important for the donor and nonprofit alike: the nonprofit receives more of the donation since it’s not taxed, and the donor reduces his or her taxable income. View Press Release

Calling All Nonprofits ~ Send Us your Wish Lists One of our jobs at the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is to keep our eyes and ears open to the needs of the community. We try our best to get to know all the nonprofits, however, there are far too many nonprofits in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County. This giving season, we are asking all nonprofits to send us, the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, your wish lists. We are not making any promises, but as a vehicle for philanthropy we want to be better informed when a donor asks: “what are some of the needs in a certain area of focus?” Please send your wish lists to: View Press Release

Coffee and The Community Foundation Learn about the Community Foundation The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland invites local residents with a vision and a passion for community to join them on Friday, June 6, 8-9 a.m. for coffee and to learn more about the Community Foundation. View Press Release for details

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New "Endow Maryland" Tax Credit Promotes Charitable Giving for Local Communities A new Maryland tax credit dubbed “Endow Maryland” will reward donors who help build permanent charitable funds for local communities across the state, including Southern Maryland. Endow Maryland is modeled after successful initiatives established by community foundations across the nation. Press Release, More Information

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