Become a Friend of the Community Foundation
Your gift will benefit charities right here at home today and for years to come. Make a secure online donation below or mail a check to: Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, 3055 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. Questions, please call 301.885.0109
Friends of the Community Foundation
Your support has never been more important. As we transition from the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland to the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, “connecting donors who care with causes that matter”, remains to be the wonderful phrase that tells our story in its purest form. As the current and past Chairs of the Board of Directors, we are proud to bring you news of the Community Foundation’s annual Friends of the Community Foundation Campaign. We ask you to contribute $100.00 towards the campaign, and receive a beautiful lapel pin that shows your support.
Your donation allows us to continue to reach out to more donors to build more Funds and to provide more grants to local community nonprofits. Donations may come in forms of cash or stocks and may be mailed or gifted online at our secure website: www.somdgiving.org. We have become a trusted source for philanthropic programs. Please help us lay the brick and mortar needed to build our foundation.
The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland was co-founded by forward thinking executives and philanthropists Francis H. Chaney, II and the Board of the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation, Inc. In August 2007, we received our 501(c)(3) and became an official tax exempt public charity.
Using the community foundation model created in 1914 by banker Frederick H. Goff of Cleveland, our community foundation uses the practice of pooling resources for the betterment of your community. A few of our accomplishments and a list of our funds include:
- Effectively manage 15 funds with a market value of over $1 million;
- Distribute approximately $300,000 since inception through our restricted and unrestricted funds to area nonprofits in fields of interest of arts and culture, education and scholarships, general community improvements, health and wellness, and youth initiatives;
Offer local donors flexible charitable options coupled with in-depth knowledge of the needs and resources in our towns so they might connect their philanthropic instincts with meaningful action;
Offer the general public a way to give back to the community by contributing at any level towards the Community Grant Program, the Foundation’s unrestricted grant program, and giving all nonprofits, governmental agencies, and educational institutions the opportunity to apply for grant funding through that fund;
Offer a Seedling Fund Initiative to encourage philanthropy at every level of giving, while building a Fund for the future;
Unveiled Philanthropy Hall of Fame to recognize individuals and organizations for their lifetime of giving (coincides with our Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon).
Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon to recognize giving in the community. This year’s event will be on Friday, November 2, 11:30 at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center;
Annual Tri-County Kickball Tournament to promote fitness, meet friends and raise funds, held every August at Hallowing Point Park, Prince Frederick, MD
Annual Potomac River Waterfowl Show to promote our beautiful surroundings through the eyes of artists throughout the region – including flat artists and decoy carvers, held Mother’s Day weekend.
First endowed Fund designated to the American Cancer Society, in memory of Babe and Dick Chaney (father and brother of Francis H. Chaney, II) created in 2008;
First non-endowed Fund created by a corporation, Outback Steakhouse, named the DC Area Outback Steakhouse Charity Fund designated to support Children’s National Medical Center and Friederich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) created in 2008;
First endowed Fund to support women, known as Southern Maryland Women’s League Fund created in 2008.
First non-endowed Seedling Fund known as Sisters at Heart Fund Fund, formed by a Breast Cancer survivor group to promote breast cancer awareness created in 2010;
First endowed Seedling Fund known as Zonta Legacy Endowment Fund to support women globally created in 2010.
First Fund created to support all citizens of Southern Maryland, known as Leadership Southern Maryland Legacy Fund created in 2010
First private foundation, Newcomb Hart Library Foundation, to transfer their Foundation under the Community Foundation umbrella . . . Now known as the Newcomb Hart Library Foundation, Inc. Fund . . . the library can concentrate on their mission and no longer have to worry about IRS reporting, accounting and board governance, created in 2011;
First fund created “in lieu of flowers” named in memory of woman who lost her battle against cancer, called the Steel Lillies Fund, created in 2012.
As always, we want to hear from you about your personal philanthropic interests and goals. We can work with you and your estate planner, financial advisor, accountant or insurance broker to ensure your family’s legacy is supporting your favorite nonprofit or the nonprofits in need. We can accept gifts of cash, stocks, real estate, or other assets on behalf of your Funds.
Help us accomplish our vision: To make Southern Maryland the best place to live and give.
PS: If you can’t give $100 at once, consider a pledge of two payments of $50 or four payments of $25. Your gift will go a long way in supporting the mission.
For additional questions, please feel free to call the Foundation office at 301.885.0108 or send an email to .
|Community Bank of Tri-County
Greater Waldorf Jaycees
Elmer S. Biles
Wilson C. Bowling
Becky and Greg Cockerham
Facchina Group of Companies, LLC
Emily and Bert Ferren
Ellen and Ricky Fields - DBA Edible Arrangements
Bradley and Linda Gottfried
Jim and Rosalie Hooper
Delegate Sally Jameson
Joe McClure - McClure Group Business Strategies, LLC
Michael and Sara Middleton
Hillen J. Morgan, Inc. - T/A Morgan Properties
David and Dana Posey
Spalding Consulting, Inc.
Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland