In 2004 a study conducted by the Maryland Community Foundation Initiative was completed to research the three counties, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. The study indicated the need to organize a vehicle for all types of giving and to set up Community Foundation serving all three counties. Francis H. Chaney II, Chairman of the Board of Chaney Enterprises and Chaney Foundation; and Dick Gregory and Frank Hollewa of the Greater Waldorf Jaycees were among the several business leaders interviewed for this study. The concept sparked an interest with Mr. Chaney and the Greater Waldorf Jaycees and from there they became the co-founders of the Community Foundation of Charles County.
In December of 2005 the Community Foundation of Charles County became incorporated; in September of 2006, the Executive Director hired; and in August 2007 the Community Foundation of Charles County received its 501 c 3. On November 2, 2012, the Community Foundation of Charles County announced its new name, Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, Inc., at its 7th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Chaney Enterprises and the Chaney Foundation for their ongoing support of the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland.
About Chaney Enterprises
At a very young age, Eugene “Babe” Chaney was driven by an entrepreneurial spirit —- whether it was delivering vegetables in Baltimore as a young teenager, or as a high school student hauling gravel in a one truck operation well into the night and early morning.
Eugene Chaney started in the 50’s by taking a chance on bidding a contract in Prince Georges County. It was a chance because he did not have any equipment and was not fully educated on this industry. Well, he got the contract and therefore had to perform. So, he borrowed enough money to buy 5 pieces of equipment. His goal was to fulfill this contract and then become the best in the sand and gravel business in Southern Maryland. This contract was successfully completed, so he went on to develop a vision of what his new company would look like in the future. He created the vision of a full service construction materials supplier in Southern Maryland. Through the work of himself and his family, they created what you see now as Southern Maryland’s full service construction materials supplier. Charles County Concrete and Charles County Sand & Gravel, later changed to Chaney Enterprises, started with a dream from a man named Eugene “Babe” Chaney in 1962, almost 50 years ago.
While Mr. Chaney is no longer with us, his entrepreneurial spirit and hard work ethic are still part of the company’s culture and driving the company forward. He set the tone which has made Chaney Enterprises an industry leader on the local, state and national level. The Chaney family is still actively involved in the operations and direction of the company.
To learn more about Chaney Enterprises and their involvement in the community, visit www.chaneyenterpises.com and view their News archives