Creating Legacy Community Fund
The Foundation established a fund for operational expenses and grants to charitable organizations throughout the region. A donation to this fund allows the Foundation to target grants to specific areas in the community that need the most help. Proceeds from this fund also support current charitable programs and build capacity to do more good. To make a donation to the Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund, click the button below.
To support an individual fund within the Foundation, find the fund below and click on the “Make a Donation” button directly below the fund’s name and description. Your charitable gift will be placed in that fund. To go directly to a fund, click on the first letter of the fund.
Adopt-A-Bear: Provides wrapped gifts to needy children from Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot Counties during the Christmas holidays. Adopt-A-Bear volunteers serve as an invisible pipeline for individuals, groups and businesses to reach out to children and families in need. The program was founded in 1991 when it served 30 children and has grown over the past 15 years, serving 2,600 area children in 2006. "Bear trees" adorned with colored tags imprinted with a child's name, age, and size are placed in businesses from Ann Arundel to Dorchester counties. Individuals adopt the bears and give anonymous gifts from the heart. Many others provide financial support so that food and clothing can be purchased for these children and their families. Website: www.Adopt-A-Bear.org
Bayshore Soccer Club: Donations to this fund will support the development and promotion of a youth soccer league on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Bayshore Soccer Club strives to improve and expand its efforts by recruiting independent, professional coaches/assistants so that youth can develop to their highest potential. Website: www.BayshoreSC.org
Bobbi Smith Cancer Foundation: Supports the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and not for profit performing arts and fine arts programs. Bobbi Smith was a gifted teacher, mentor and choreographer who's energy was contagious and who touched the lives of many families. Through performing arts, Bobbi Smith helped children discover their own special talents, and to appreciate their uniqueness, fostering a sense of self and self esteem. Pancreatic cancer took her life in 2001 and is a devastating disease that has no cure and is often misdiagnosed. This year 42,470 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 35,240 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Contributing to this fund will support research for early detection and awareness of pancreatic cancer, improving the odds of survival for this often fatal disease as well as giving back to the creative community for which Bobbi Smith lived.
Buck Family Foundation: A donor-advised fund established by the Buck Family Foundation for charitable giving in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Calvert Community Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit resource that
provides community groups a simple, accountable method to fulfill their philanthropic
missions. Tax-deductible donations to CCF will assist community based programs
that support the needs of Calvert County families and may assist charitable
efforts with matching funds.
Cancer Comfort Angels: This
faith-based program provides a simple act of kindness in the form of a Comfort
kit for those dealing with cancer and the effects of treatment. Comfort
kits include a handmade blanket, cross, and words of prayer to inspire and
encourage the recipient in both body and spirit beyond the clinical prognosis.
Coping with cancer is difficult enough and Cancer Comfort Angels are there
to offer love, hope and the knowledge that we are never alone on this journey. You can reach us through facebook and CancerComfortAngels@gmail.com or go to our website: CancerComfortAngels.org.
Caring and Sharing: A volunteer initiative that provides funding for utilities, rent or shelter, medical care and prescription medicine for families in emergency situations. Volunteers first connect families in need to other resources. Grants from this fund are awarded when no other resources are available.
Caroline County Veterans
Memorial Tribute Fund: To honor the service of Caroline County
veterans and their families, a permanent tribute shall be installed on the
grounds of the historic National Guard Armory, now renovated and rededicated
as the General James F. Fretterd Community Center. Located at 107 South Fourth
Street in Denton, the marble monument's inscription acknowledges the historic
military service ties of the 29th Infantry and features the insignias of
the five military service branches. This fund is established for the construction
and maintenance costs associated with the Monument's projected installation
by the summer of 2011.
CASA of Queen Anne's and Kent Counties: Advocates for the best interests of children who are under the protection of the court system because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. As empowered by the Circuit Courts of Queen Anne's and Kent Counties, CASA provides trained volunteer advocates to make assessments and recommendations to the court, with the goal of securing a safe permanent home for every child. Website: www.CASAqackent.org
CCFN Reinvestment Fund (CRF): This fund was established to leverage additional funding from government and foundation grants that are available to nonprofit organizations for CCFN's community-based programs that support the needs of families.
Centreville High School Alumni Scholarship—Endowment:
These scholarship funds are awarded annually to descendants and legally adopted
children of Centreville High School alumni. This fund represents the endowed
scholarship fund, and the Dr. Elizabeth Hagen scholarship fund.
Centreville High School Alumni Scholarship—General: These scholarship funds are awarded annually to descendants and legally adopted
children of Centreville High School alumni. This fund represents the general
Character Counts: A county-wide initiative that began in 2000 as a response to the rising school and community violence experienced across the Nation during the year of the Columbine School shootings. Character Counts provides tangible character development techniques for parents and youth. It focuses on the “Six Pillars of Character” – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Character Counts! has volunteer coaches in all of Queen Anne’s County public schools including the alternative school, the Judy Center and Family Support. Character Counts! also provides mentors for students in middle and high school who are in need of achievement mentoring. Website: www.peopleofcharacter.org
Chesapeake Women's Network Scholarship Fund—Queen Anne's: An organization of professional women that seeks to facilitate enrichment and professional growth through communication and support, and to stimulate business opportunities for professional women in the community. CWN’s main philanthropy is providing scholarships for women over 22 years of age who live in the County and are returning to pursue college degrees. CWN firmly believes in helping women improve their condition and their financial future through higher education. Website: www.ChesapeakeWomensNetwork.org
Chesapeake Women's Network Scholarship Fund—Talbot: An organization of professional women that seeks to facilitate enrichment and professional growth through communication, to support, and to stimulate business opportunities for professional women in the community. CWN-Talbot’s main philanthropy is providing scholarships to economically and socially disadvantaged women in Talbot County to improve themselves and their families. Website: www.TalbotCWN.com
Chesterfield Cemetery Fund: A committee working to maintain and improve the Chesterfield Cemetery for the benefit of the community.
Corsica River Conservancy: A volunteer organization formed to restore and preserve the Corsica River and its watershed, and to serve as a focal point for organizing and promoting restoration efforts built upon the Corsica River Watershed Restoration Action Strategy (WRAS). The goal is to reduce pollution, sedimentation, contamination, and loss of habitat to a level which will remove the Corsica from the official list of impaired rivers. Website: www.CorsicaRiverConservancy.org
C-SAFE: A "Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement" initiative to provide opportunities for children to engage in healthy activities and to prevent crime-related activities. C-SAFE is a collaborative effort of community members and public agency representatives such as law enforcement officers, the State's Attorney, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services employees, and Parole and Probation officers. Funding is provided by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to support community policing and after-school programming.
Dorchester County School Based Wellness Center Program: A program dedicated to promoting accessible quality school-based primary health care for children and youth, that
provides services to students at two middle and both high schools in this rural, medically under served area. Licensed nurse practitioners and mental health clinicians see students during school hours, decreasing the amount of time missed from school. Services include physical exams; mental health assessments and treatment; illness and injury evaluation and treatment; referrals for specialty care; and health education. All services are provided regardless of insurance status and in conjunction with the child's primary care provider.
Drug Free Caroline Coalition: A
community coalition established under the Caroline County Drug and Alcohol
Council. They are leading the efforts to reduce teen substance abuse. The citizen-driven
Coalition reports to the Council and the Council supports the Coalition, which
sponsors positive youth events, provides education and community awareness
campaigns, works to strengthen enforcement efforts, and advocates for policy
changes to protect our youth.
Early Wars of
Queen Anne's County: Organized to promote historical events from
the vantage point of Queen Anne’s County, this fund provides a means of receiving
grants, sponsorships, and donations towards such promotions. Upcoming activities
include the War of 1812 Commemoration, the 150th Anniversary of the Civil
War, and the celebration of Queen Anne’s County’s role in the
Revolutionary War and the victory at Yorktown.
Eastern Shore Police Canine: Established in 2005, this group consists of K-9 law enforcement teams from seven separate police agencies: Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Centreville Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Chestertown Police Department, Rock Hall Police Department, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. The teams specialize in patrol functions, narcotics and explosives detection. In June 2011, the group will host a National Workshop where K-9 teams from across the country will come to Queen Anne’s County for a week of specialized training. Donations pay for equipment and specialized training.
Eastern Shore Sister County International Council (ESSCIC): A county-led initiative that fosters international relationships between Queen Anne’s County and the Suzhou Province of China. Cross-cultural exchanges have taken place wherein business leaders, government officials and students from the Suzhou Province have visited Queen Anne’s County and their local counterparts have visited China.
Educare: An initiative to improve access to childcare within Queen Anne's County. Members include representatives from agencies and programs, as well as individuals who serve or are interested in the social and emotional well being of young children. The purpose is to support families and professionals in identifying and accessing existing resources, assist programs in functioning with peak efficiency, identify gaps, brainstorm and problem-solve solutions to challenges, share training opportunities, advocate and affect public policy, and coordinate or seek funding when needs are identified.
Eric and Cara Thorn Memorial Scholarship: This fund was established to keep alive the memory of Eric and Cara Thorn, two outstanding students who cared about people in the world around them. Cara and Eric set goals for themselves and worked hard to achieve their dreams. They understood the importance of using their time and talents to make the world a better place. Because these scholarships are given in their names, quite a lot is asked of the applicants. The recipients must have achieved academic excellence, been involved in sports and school activities, and participated in community service projects. Although Cara and Eric did not have time to reach all their goals, through these memorial scholarships other talented and caring young people like them will see their dreams become realities. Scholarships are given out each year to benefit deserving Calvert County Public High School graduating seniors who are furthering their education.
Families First Play to Learn Center: A center-based program focusing on family literacy, family support and adult education. Services are provided free of charge and include GED preparation, adult education, ESOL, parent enrichment and living skills classes, on-site nurses, individual counseling, computer education, job training and resume writing, as well as quality child care while parents participate in classes. Transportation to and from the Center is available.
Foundation Family Emergency Fund: Established to support those in the region who are in crisis or need.
Friends of Historic Christ Church: This group is dedicated to restoring, renovating, preserving an historic 19th century church building and ground while providing public facilities for fine arts and special ceremonies. Historic Christ Church was purchased by the Queen Anne's County Parks and Recreation Department, but private funding is being sought to complete the repair work and maintain the facility. It will be restored and remain available for public use and group tours.
Friends of Island Dog Park: A fund to support the first off-lease dog park in Queen Anne's County. Island Dog Park provides open play space, agility training equipment and activities that include the human chaperones, such as canine coffee club.
Friends of Queen Anne’s County
Sports Complex is engaged in the process of organizing support
and securing resources to construct a sports facility in Queen Anne’s
County. Through a unique public/private partnership, the group has been successful
in renovating the Chesapeake College pool for use as a sports facility until
2012. The vision is that the new structure be completed prior to the
closing of the Chesapeake College pool.
Galestown Millpond Association: On June 25, 2006 a sudden tropical storm dumped 16" of rain on the small village of Galestown in Dorchester County. This resulted in flooded homes and the washout of most local roadways, including the causeway and dam forming the 28-acre Galestown millpond. The town's beloved millpond drained completely down to a meandering creek. In response, half of the villagers came together to form the Galestown Millpond Association. They agreed on a simple mission, "to restore and preserve the millpond for generations to come." All federal, state, and local public agencies worked along with the townspeople to design a stronger structure with features to encourage local access, such as a dedicated walkway and heritage-sensitive lighting. The new structure was completed in July of 2008, the millpond was refilled in June, and the dedication of the roadway occurred on October 18, 2008. The Association welcomes donations to support environmental education and appreciation of the millpond habitat.
Healthy Families: This is a national program model designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families participate voluntarily in the program and receive home visits and referrals from trained staff. By providing services to overburdened families, Healthy Families strives to provide all expectant and new parents with the opportunity to receive the education and support they need at the time their baby is born. Healthy Families Queen Anne's-Talbot is provided under the auspices of the Queen Anne's and Talbot County Health Departments.
Historic Stevensville Arts and Entertainment District: This is a collaborative effort of the Queen Anne's County Office of Tourism and numerous local small businesses and nonprofit arts and culture organizations to revitalize historic Stevensville and make the town an arts destination. Activities include an annual "Art in the Park" festival.
Island Football Network: Island Football Network, known as IFBNet, is an all volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage scholastic achievement, sportsmanship and teamwork, while enhancing the health and fitness of the young athletes who participate in youth football programs on Kent Island. IFBNet is dedicated to fostering community awareness of the positive aspects of youth football and the integral role the sport plays in the mental and physical development of young athletes.
Judy Center Partnership is a collaboration of many community agencies working together to empower parents as they prepare their young children for school. All families in Queen Anne’s County with children pre-birth to five years of age, regardless of income, can participate. Now located in Sudlersville, Family Support of Queen Anne’s County celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 16, 2009.
Kent Island Federation of Arts: Supports the Kent Island Federation of Arts mission to bring art to the community. Website: www.KIFA.us
Kent Island High School Athletic Boosters: Provides scholarships for Kent Island High School student athletes for expenses incurred for college education or vocational training; to provide need-based financial grants for KIHS student athletes for camps, clinics, league fees, and other team activities; and to raise funds and accept donations for educational or charitable purposes and activities related to the furtherance of and support for KIHS and its sports programs, sports related activities, student athletes, coaches, and teams, including but not limited to: equipment and uniforms; camps and clinic fees and expenses; transportation costs; league fees; recognition wear; license, certification and continuing education fees; improvements and additions to KIHS sports facilities; and other educational or charitable purposes.
Matapeake Elementary School Mural Fund: Brings together school-aged students and local professional artists to create murals that will adorn the walls of Matapeake Elementary School. Each artist is expected to spend at least 60 hours designing and painting, meeting with teaching staff to ensure curriculum integration, and working with school children to develop murals over a five-year period.
Partnering for Youth After School Program: Offering families in Queen Anne’s County a safe, affordable option for their children to engage in learning opportunities during critical after school hours when crime and delinquent behavior among youth are at their peak. Now in its 15th year, PFY offers academic, recreational, fitness/nutrition and social competency activities for youth who participate one day per week or every day the program is offered. Transportation is provided and scholarships are available.
Paso a Paso, (Step by Step) Fund: Partners with communities in Central America to foster growth with families, children, single mothers and those with special needs, while showing them the love of Christ, helping to rebuild and strengthen the community for future generations. Each year we sponsor children to attend school that would not be able to attend, provide supplies and give their family supplements through the year. Training for parents and young adults such as sewing or boot-making is an on-going project. Each year we install several new stoves and water filters to help improve the health and state of living for the families. Several of our long-term goals are to have a community and resource center for workshops, tutoring, medical needs, a feeding center and more. Our goal is to focus on one community long-term until they are stable and then they would be able to help themselves and other communities in need. Website: www.PasoaPasoMissions.org
Price Community Club: The purpose of this fund is to improve the condition of the Price Community Club, an historical structure built in the 1890’s as a schoolhouse for Queen Anne’s County children. The Club intends to undertake a modernization project which will include updating the heating system, and installing air conditioning and new windows. These improvements will make the Club available for greater use.
Queen Anne’s County Agricultural Land Preservation supports local efforts to preserve farm land from development and maintain family farms in Queen Anne’s County.
QAC CARE Center: The Queen Anne's County Child Abuse Response & Evaluation (CARE) Center coordinates the multi-disciplinary response to suspected child abuse by increasing communication and collaboration among the professional agencies involved in the investigative, medical, mentalhealth and judicial handling of serious child maltreatment cases.
Queen Anne's County Community Partnerships for Children and Families: The Queen Anne's County Community Partnerships for Children and families is the Local management Board (LMB) for the county. LMBs are based throughout the State of Maryland with the purpose of addressing the fragmented and categorical method of providing services to children and their families. The core concept behind LMBs is the belief that children are best cared for by families and in their community whenever possible, with the broader goal of strengthening the capacity of families and communities to care for their children. Specifically, LMBs work to ensure that services are available, are locally planned, interagency based, accountable, family focused, results driven, community based, developed both in the private and public sectors, and focused on early intervention. Through meeting and exceeding expectations and coming under budget in their work, the LMB has been able to earn funds and establish an endowment that they use to address elements in Queen Anne's County like: community outreach, training and technical assistance needs, leveraging and/or maximizing public and private funding sources, and supporting other children and family programs. Website: www.CommunityPartnerships.info
Queen Anne's County Economic Development: A fund organized to support the work of the Queen Anne's County Economic Development Commission through charitable endeavors.
Queen Anne's County High School Alumni Association: This fund support the charitable work of the QACHS Alumni Association, which includes scholarships, donations of items for the school, volunteerism, mentoring programs for career paths, and a foreign exchange program. In 2008, two scholarships were awarded to exceptional graduates pursuing post-secondary education.
Queen Anne's County Parks & Recreation: A fund to preserve and improve local parks which include: Batts Neck Park, Church Hill Park, Conquest Beach, Crumpton Park, Grasonville Park, Kingstown Park, Long Point Park, Matapeake Park, Mowbray Park, Old Love Point Park, Pinkney Park, Roundtop Park, Romancoke Pier, Rt. 18 Park, Roosevelt Park, Sudlersville Park, and Terrapin Park, as well as the Cross Island Trail, The Children's Memorial Playground at Old Love Point Park, and Blue Heron Golf Course. Website: www.parksnrec.org
Queen Anne's County Parks & Recreation Charitable Gift Fund
Queen Anne's County Railroad Society: Established to research, document, and preserve railroad history in and around Queen Anne's
County. As a first step, volunteers are working to preserve and maintain
local historic railroad structures and artifacts. Future activities will
include developing and implementing educational programs focused on
local railroads, railroad history and model trains.
Safety Programs supports efforts to encourage young and new drivers to be courteous toward others, obedient of all traffic laws, and safe while operating a motor vehicle. The fund also supports structured educational classes to reset the attitudes and behavior of youth related to the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Youth who participate in these programs gain a better understanding of the immediate and long term effects of their behavior on the community and on their future endeavors.
Talbot Senior Center: The member participants of the Talbot County Senior Center eagerly anticipate the planned renovation of their Center. Talbot County government will commence a construction project to enlarge and modernize the facility in late summer 2007. Talbot County Senior Center is the access point for many of USA, Inc's programs in the county. The Talbot County Senior Center enjoys the support of many volunteers. Donations of cash or other gifts are used to expand senior center activities and programs, and are welcomed.
Team Chesapeake provides opportunities for the personal growth of young women between the ages of ten and eighteen so that each can reach her full athletic potential. Through the development of field hockey skills, team training and competitive play, Team Chesapeake encourages scholastic achievement, sportsmanship and teamwork.
The Rose House: A citizen-driven effort to establish and maintain a playground and community outreach facility for physically challenged children and adults in wheel chairs. State-of-the-art medical technology and training are available on-site. Initial plans include a playground, picnic area, learning center, theatre, wheel chair accessible carousel, and equestrian center.
Tomcat Solutions: Our mission
is to reduce the number and improve the lives of free-roaming, abandoned
and homeless cats on the Upper Shore through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR
is widely accepted as the most effective and humane way to curb the population
of ‘outdoor’ cats.
Their caretakers are overwhelmingly low-income residents who lack the resources
and education to properly care for the cats – including having them
spayed or neutered – even
though they often view them as pets. Every year hundreds of kittens are
born to these ‘outside’ cats, and many end up in shelters,
where they face an uncertain fate. Website: www.TomcatSolutionsOnline.org
War of 1812: If history fascinates you, consider a donation that will create and sustain an interactive website chronicling the local battles and soldiers who fought in the War of 1812. This fund was established by the five counties along Maryland’s Eastern Shore to preserve an interest in the War of 1812 through education and tourism. Website: www.easternshore1812.org
Youth Development Assets: A local effort based on a national model to help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible through youth development asset building. Asset building is about viewing youth as resources, rather than problems. Research demonstrates that children and youth (in grades 6-12) who possess from 31-40 assets are less likely to use substances or engage in violent behaviors, are more successful academically, and are healthier overall.