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Born and raised just north of Libertytown, Ashley Goldsborough wears many hats. Mother to an active 3-year-old-old daughter, Ashley is also a 15-year employee of First United Bank, an active community volunteer, and a proud supporter of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
Since graduating from McDaniel College, Ashley said she never really considered living anywhere else. Frederick County was a great place to grow up, and she and her husband wanted their future family to experience the same advantages and opportunities as she had. Ashley said this is one of the reasons that preserving the quality of life here, despite the many challenges any growing community faces, is so important to them.
As Ashley progressed in her banking career, her desire to be a force for change in her community grew even stronger—even though she had less time than ever before. It was important to her to find an organization that would make the most of the time she had to volunteer while also maximizing her donated dollars. The busy young professional said The Community Foundation of Frederick County checked both those boxes.
“I first became acquainted with the Community Foundation when I attended a meeting of their Professional Advisor Council several years ago,” said Ashley, who works as a wealth advisor with First United. “I found it to be a great resource for information on charitable giving and an ideal way for me to network with other trust officers, attorneys, and various professionals who work with clients to fulfill their charitable intentions in light of an overall financial plan.”
When Laura McCullough, the Community Foundation’s Director of Philanthropic Services, recognized Ashley’s talent for interacting with people, she also recommended her to serve on the organization’s Development Committee. Intended to create and deepen relationships with prospective and current donors, the Development Committee proved to be another good fit for Ashley’s skills and abilities. During her work on this committee, she said she became intrigued with the Forever Frederick County campaign, an initiative intended to provide strategic grants to help remediate the community’s most pressing issues as defined by future Frederick County Human Needs Assessments.
Forever Frederick County is a forward-thinking effort to create an endowment fund that can be used to address the current and future needs of the community. In the past, the Community Foundation has led the way in providing strategic grants to address homelessness, health care, school readiness, substance use disorder, and—most recently—pandemic relief. But what will the most pressing needs of our community be moving forward? No one knows, yet preparedness is key.
“I had never really thought about how important it is to start now to build a fund that can be used in the future to address needs that may not even be on our radar screen right now,” explained Ashley. “No one can possibly know now what the most pressing needs in our community will be in 10, 20, 50 years or more, but we still need to be prepared to deal with them. It just made perfect sense to me, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Ashley said the gift she has pledged to the Forever Frederick County campaign may not be the largest the organization has received, but she is confident that it is meaningful and important.
“The concept of a Community Foundation ensures that each gift, no matter the size, is combined with other gifts and invested wisely, yielding funds that will strengthen our community and ensure the quality of life that Frederick County offers forever. It doesn’t get much better or more efficient than that.”
Black Philanthropy Month was created in August 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier-Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network. It is a global celebration of African-descent giving and is recognized by the United Nations as part of its Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African descent. Its goal is universal: to promote the power of giving to transform lives.
The Community Foundation holds several funds that are transforming lives through the generosity of local Black philanthropists. The George and Ruth Dredden Scholarship Fund was created in 2007 with their Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award. The Dreddens chose to carry on their legacy of selfless service by helping students attend college and achieve their academic goals. Since 2010, when the first scholarship was presented from their fund, ten students have benefitted. Countless more will benefit in the coming years because of the Dredden family’s commitment to the fund and their belief in higher education.
The Kenneth W. Parker – Class of ’55 Scholarship Fund, is another example. This fund was created in 2006 through a merger of two funds with similar goals of assisting with post-secondary education: The Kenneth W. Parker Meritorious Scholarship Fund and The Lincoln High School Class of ’55 Scholarship Fund. Mr. Parker has been an active donor to the fund as well as a participant in the scholar selection process that recommends scholarships to the Community Foundation’s board. Since 2002, more than 30 students have benefited with scholarships that helped with the expense of college or trade and technical school classes.
In 2012, Dr. Earlene Thornton (the first African-American female to have served on the Frederick County Board of Education) wanted to help students with post-secondary education and established The Earlene H. and Henry J. Sr. Thornton Fund for Educational Professionals. Dr. Thornton was interested in helping people achieve not only college-level education but also certificates and licensures that would advance careers. Also, she knew that grants were needed to support special projects enhancing the regular school curriculum. Four students have received scholarships to date.
The Dr. Ulysses G. Bourne, Sr. Memorial Fund is another example of philanthropy that is impacting Frederick County. Established in 1996 by Dr. Blanche Bourne-Tyree, and added to through husband Chris Tyree’s estate, the fund provides scholarships for students pursuing careers in medicine or health care-related fields. During their lifetime, the Tyree’s generosity has helped dozens of students studying in the medical and health care fields.
These are stories that highlight just some of the funds created by Black philanthropists and how their generosity of giving is transforming lives in Frederick County. We are honored to work with them and others every day.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County will be sharing videos to stay connected with the community about the work it is doing during the pandemic. The videos will be posted below. Please check back for future video message updates.
Coronavirus doesn't stop philanthropy. The Community Foundation of Frederick County continues to stay busy as we work remotely during the pandemic. Hear from Betsy Day, president and CEO, about the two kinds of needs the Community Foundation is currently dealing with and how we are working strategically with our partners to address the community's most urgent priorities.
Coronavirus doesn't stop philanthropy. The Community Foundation of Frederick County is busy with year-end accounting, finishing up scholarship season, gearing up for our strategic grantmaking, working with donors to fulfill their charitable dreams, and so much more. Hear from Betsy Day, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, to learn more about what our staff has been up to as we work remotely during the pandemic, because coronavirus doesn't stop philanthropy.
Betsy Day, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Frederick County, has a message for the community about how the activities of the past couple of weeks have been horrifying and have made us all aware that we can do better. The Community Foundation will be working together with the community to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in its grantmaking and is here to understand, learn, and listen.
Coronavirus doesn’t stop philanthropy. Betsy Day, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Frederick County, shares an update about the Community Foundation’s pivot to focusing on strategic priorities as Frederick County begins to reopen and regroup.
Coronavirus doesn’t stop philanthropy. Hear from Betsy Day, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Frederick County, as she checks in with the community about the work the Community Foundation has been doing during the pandemic to help nonprofits support the people they serve and award scholarships to deserving students for the upcoming academic year.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County has been working remotely for the past three months as our community is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff members have been working hard, because coronavirus doesn’t stop philanthropy, and we understand the importance of continuing to serve our community during this challenging time.
For the first several weeks after the pandemic hit, we worked together with our partners in the funding community and generous donors to help ensure local nonprofits had what they needed so they could continue to help the people they serve. The Community Foundation worked quickly and decisively to distribute more than $330,000 in COVID-19 emergency relief grants to support a wide array of needs, including food insecurity, behavioral health services, information and referral services, and emergency shelter.
The pandemic started right in the middle of our scholarship season, but that didn’t slow down our team. The Community Foundation Scholarship Committee reviewed more than 1,100 scholarship applications online and had to make decisions on awarding more than $1.8 million in scholarships for the upcoming academic year to help students pursue their postsecondary educational goals.
There is always something happening at the Community Foundation. You might have a general idea of what the Community Foundation does and what our mission is, but have you ever thought about how we make all this great work happen, especially in the middle of a pandemic?
Community foundations generally have three distinct features: they create permanent endowments; they have broad, flexible purposes and monitor community needs; and they provide opportunities for personalized giving.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County is comprised of “two sides of the house.” Our Philanthropic Services Department is responsible for all the money that comes into our organization. Philanthropic Services staff work with donors to fulfill their charitable intents and build permanent funds that grow and benefit our community forever. They help donors create an individual or family legacy, and they offer donor involvement in selecting nonprofits and criteria for scholars who will benefit from their funds.
Central to the Philanthropic Services team’s work now is the Forever Frederick County campaign, which is creating funds to provide strategic grants based on Frederick County’s most pressing needs as determined by the 2018 Human Needs Assessment and similar studies going forward. To date, more than $14.2 million has been raised, which is $6 million from the campaign’s goal.
Our Community Impact Department is responsible for all the money that goes out of our organization. Community Impact staff manage our grantmaking program, which supports a wide variety of community interests and causes with one goal in mind: improving the quality of life in Frederick County. Our grant funding is divided into strategic grants, impact grants, rolling grants, and donor-advised and designated grants.
Strategic grants fund nonprofits that provide programs addressing the areas of greatest need in Frederick County, which have been identified in our 2011 and 2018 Human Needs Assessment reports. Impact grants support a wide array of programs that improve the community and provide opportunities for people of all ages. Funding can support many areas including the arts, youth programs, health and human services, and historic preservation. Rolling grants support nonprofits that meet the needs of individual Frederick County residents as well as a wide range of field of interest and special purpose funds. In FY19, the total of all grants (strategic, impact, donor-advised, and designated) was $5 million. That’s a lot of impact in Frederick County.Our Community Impact team also oversees our scholarship program, which supports nearly every area of study imaginable, with scholarships funded by generous donors who believe in the value of education.
This is just a small glimpse into the world of what we do “in our house” here at the Community Foundation to translate simple good intentions into powerful acts of philanthropy that build a stronger, more vibrant community not only for today but for the future. As our community begins to reopen, regroup, and revitalize during the pandemic, the Community Foundation continues to work hard serving our community, because coronavirus doesn’t stop philanthropy.
Please join The Community Foundation of Frederick County on November 19 at 3 p.m. for the premiere of #NothingStopsPhilanthropy, a short and exciting video about how we, together, made great things happen in Frederick County in fiscal year 2020.
We can’t get together in person this year to celebrate all of the accomplishments, so we are bringing the 34th Annual Report to the Community to you via video. Thanks to the generous support from our community, we continued our important work serving Frederick County during a year that was unlike any other.
Throughout FY2020, the Community Foundation raised money for The Forever Frederick County Fund, our unrestricted endowment that will support our community’s most pressing situations as they arise. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Community Foundation responded immediately by providing emergency grant funding to nonprofits that were on the front lines helping people cope with the loss of employment, housing, childcare, and much more. Through generous donors who trust our abilities, the Community Foundation was nimble and responsive to an unpredicted and sudden situation that affected every single person in some way.
The first grants toward our new areas of strategic focus were launched: supporting families with children, preparing for an aging population, and responding to substance use disorder. All the while, our other strategic and impact grantmaking and scholarship programs were alive and well, with many volunteers behind the scenes ensuring the money went into the community and scholars received support for their studies.
We will be sharing more about our work during FY2020 in our video report to the community, as well as honoring our 2020 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism. Sally Arnold will be recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of such organizations as Calico Clovers 4-H Club, Frederick County 4-H Camp and Activities Center, and Future Farmers of America. Shari Ostrow Scher will be recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, and Daryenne Elizabeth Dorsey will be recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and United Steam Fire Engine Company #3. We will honor these outstanding volunteers for their contributions of time and talent to Frederick County.
2020 has been a year unlike any other. Thanks to the unwavering support from our donors, volunteers, and our community partners and the trust they have placed in the Community Foundation, we have been able to continue our important work and support urgent needs as impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect our community. We are well-positioned to continue serving our community into the future, because #NothingStopsPhilanthropy.
On November 19 at 3 p.m., please visit FrederickCountyGives.org/NothingStopsPhilanthropy to view our 34th Annual Report to the Community video.
Margaret, U. Mehrl, and their daughter Sharon Hooper were passionate about the future of their community and education, especially providing educational support for children. The Hooper family created three funds with The Community Foundation of Frederick County to ensure that children in Frederick County receive vital support services forever. While the Hoopers have since passed away, their legacy will live on permanently with countless children benefitting from their generosity.
The Hooper family had deep ties to the Frederick community. Margaret Hooper pursued a career in banking and enjoyed teaching Sunday school at her church. Mehrl and Margaret owned the Leather Shop from 1957 until Mehrl’s retirement and closing of the business in 1972, and they both were involved with the Historical Society of Frederick County, now known as Heritage Frederick.
Sharon Hooper pursued a career that combined her two greatest loves, children and music. She graduated from Hood College with a bachelor’s degree in music and later earned her doctorate in education from University of Maryland. She began her teaching career at North Frederick Elementary School and later became a music teacher at Catoctin High School.
Sharon’s love for children inspired her parents to turn to the Community Foundation in 1993 to establish The Sharon I. Hooper Fund for Children in her memory after she passed away from cancer. The fund’s purpose is to provide support to nonprofit organizations providing services and programs for children under the age of 18, with preference given to support services for families with children experiencing catastrophic illness. Services include but are not limited to assistance with medical treatment costs, behavioral health services, and offering recreational opportunities to families to relieve stress. The fund has distributed grants to organizations such as Weinberg Center for the Arts for its Families Need Fun program that provides event tickets to catastrophically ill children and their families. The Salvation Army has received support for its Pathway of Hope program to break generational cycles of crisis and vulnerability, and The Delaplaine Arts Center received support for art kits for youth coping with traumatic situations and/or experiencing homelessness. The fund has also provided grants to many other organizations, including Frederick Rescue Mission and YMCA of Frederick County.
During her lifetime, Margaret Hooper created two additional funds with the Community Foundation. The U. Mehrl, Margaret T., and Sharon I. Hooper Fund provides support to nonprofits that offer services and programs for Frederick County residents under the age of 18. This includes children who are at risk of abuse and neglect, experiencing stress in their families that may inhibit them from attending school, come from families where lack of financial resources is impeding their participation in recreational, artistic, musical, and character-building activities, and/or who would benefit from mentoring relationships with positive role models. Grants from the fund have been distributed to organizations such as Advocates for Homeless Families in support of after school activities for children experiencing homelessness and Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital in support of its Young Leaders program at Frederick County schools.
Margaret Hooper also created The U. Mehrl and Margaret T. Hooper Scholarship Fund to support postsecondary scholarships for trade and technical school, including secretarial skills, apprenticeship training programs, building and craft trades, beauty and barber schools, mechanics and auto repair, and other areas which are not traditional four-year degree programs. Thanks to Margaret’s vision, many future generations of students can pursue their educational goals in these disciplines.
The Hooper family legacy lives permanently with the Community Foundation. Thanks to their generosity, the Community Foundation will be able to support organizations that provide critical support services to children in our community for generations to come.
The Gross family legacy permanently lives with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. As educators, artists, and through a common bond of wanting to give back to their community and positively impact the lives of others, Anne-Lynn, Thelma, and William Gross influenced countless Frederick County community members, and through three funds with the Community Foundation, they will continue to do so forever.
Anne-Lynn Gross, the daughter of “Judge” William B. Gross and Thelma Gross, was born and raised in Brunswick. She pursued her passion for music and music education at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (now Shenandoah University) and West Virginia University. She later taught music in Frederick County Public Schools for 10 years. Anne-Lynn was well-known as “The Singing Auctioneer” and was the first woman auctioneer in Maryland. She was also the first woman auctioneer in Maryland to receive the CAI (Certified Auctioneers Designation), and the first woman in the nation to serve on the National Auctioneers Foundation Board.
Anne-Lynn had a strong desire to give back to her community, a quality that was instilled in her by her parents. During her lifetime, she turned to the Community Foundation to establish The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship Fund, which she founded in collaboration with the Frederick Arts Council, and The “Judge” William B. Gross Fund.
The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students pursuing music education. Anne-Lynn created this fund in memory of her mother. Thelma Gross was a teacher for more than 30 years and taught at Maryland School for the Deaf and Brunswick Elementary School. She was also a singer and member of the Monday Morning Musical Foundation, an active organization in the 1940s. In her free time, Thelma enjoyed the art of writing poetry, singing, and playing the piano. The fund that honors her memory will allow countless students to follow their passion for music, just as Thelma did during her lifetime.
The “Judge” William B. Gross Fund was created by Anne-Lynn in her father’s memory. The fund’s purpose is to support the work of the Frederick Rescue Mission. “Judge” Gross was known for positively impacting the lives of others and providing second chances to people while he served as District Court Commissioner in Frederick. The fund in his name will continue his legacy of assisting people who are trying to improve their lives.
Anne-Lynn Gross passed away in 2014. Through her estate provisions, she established The “Judge” William B. Gross Scholarship Fund with the Community Foundation to provide scholarships to high school students pursuing postsecondary education. She also left real estate to the Community Foundation through her estate, which was then sold to support the Community Foundation’s charitable purposes, as per her instructions.
The Gross family made a positive impact on so many throughout their lives with their dedication and commitment to their community. Their charitable dreams will be permanently carried out by the Community Foundation, providing future community members with educational and other support services for generations to come.
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