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Welcome to the Community Foundation's new website, launched on October 24, 2017. With this new website, we're "seeing things differently," and we hope you enjoy exploring the pages, photos, articles, and information presented.
Welcome to the Community Foundation’s new website, launched on October 24, 2017. With this new website, we’re “seeing things differently,” and we hope you enjoy exploring the pages, photos, articles, and information presented.
“Seeing Things Differently” is the theme of our 31st Annual Report to the Community on November 16, 2017. We don’t have a real crystal ball to predict the future, but throughout FY2017, staff and committees took an intentional look at how we could make our grants and scholarships processes more impactful. By looking at these processes differently, we were able to do things like increase communication with school counselors to demystify the application process and further embrace the partnership. We coordinated the first FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Finish event, enabling more students and families to complete this important form that is critical to scholarship applications. The next series of FAFSA events are scheduled for January and February 2018. The Grants Committee and grantees were positioned to look more deeply at the issues, opening conversations between grantees that led to more partnerships and identified and shared local expertise that could improve projects and meet more needs in the community.
The community saw things differently too, as thousands of generous donors gave $4.5 million in FY2017. Most gifts were added to our existing endowment that spends 5 percent of the annual market value which generated $5.57 million in grants and scholarships that benefited education, youth programs, elder care, historic preservation, health care, those who were homeless or precariously housed, animal welfare, the environment, the arts, and much more.
As we look forward, we’ll continue to see things differently by continuing our leadership role in the community to help ensure Frederick County’s vibrant future. Thank you for your support and the trust you have placed in us. It is For Good. Forever. For Frederick County.
Pictured: Tod Salisbury, Immediate Past Chairman, and Kevin Hessler, 2017-2018 Chairman.
Taitia L. Elliott, of Frederick, Maryland, is Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, for Frederick County Bank (FCB), overseeing business development and branch operations. Her banking career spans 21 years, with 11 years at FCB. Ms. Elliott’s other volunteer activities include the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, where she is a Leadership Frederick County graduate. She has also served on the board for the Izaak Walton League of America.
Nicole Chafitz Orr, of Thurmont, Maryland is Chairperson for Distinguished Young Women of Frederick County, a program that provides mentoring to outstanding young women who are in their junior year of high school, teaching life skills such as interviewing, social media etiquette, phone skills, and more. Ms. Orr’s other volunteer activities include Hospice of Frederick County as a direct patient service volunteer, fundraising for Lewistown Elementary School PTA, a member of Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, and Maryland Scholar Speaker Bureau volunteer for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County, a public charity, was founded in 1986 by a group of community citizens as a conduit for donors to fulfill their charitable dreams by establishing permanent funds that provide grants and scholarships to nonprofits and deserving students. To date, the Community Foundation has more than 690 funds that support health care, the arts, human service agencies, animal welfare groups, environmental organizations, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, scholarship programs, and other civic causes. Since its inception, more than $53 million has been given back to the Frederick County community.
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