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We most often think of legacies as something left behind by those who have lived long, productive lives. Sometimes, though, legacies are created by some who are much too young.
Jeff Hayek was a happy 10-year old boy who loved baseball. Not only loved it but lived it as a pitcher and first baseman. He was a smiling, energetic competitor who strived for the big strikeout. And then tragedy struck. Jeff developed complications from a rare blood clot disorder and passed away.
Nicholas Jarvis was nine years old when his life ended unexpectedly from health complications. An easygoing and cheerful boy, he loved nature and the outdoors, animals of the land and in the sea, and science. He wrote about becoming a marine biologist or having a career in forestry or working with wildlife.
Dustin and Courtney Muse were siblings, ages 16 and 13, excelling in school, athletics, music and theatre. Dustin was known for his drive and determination in the sports he played, and Courtney loved dancing, acting, and playing the piano. Their young lives were cut short when they were involved in a car accident.
Nathan Farlow was described as “extraordinary” and “a person of boundless energy and commitment to excellence.” After graduating from college, he was hired by ExxonMobil and relocated to Houston, Texas. He married and was a new father when his life was taken by a drunk driver.
How did the families of Jeff, Nicholas, Dustin, Courtney, and Nathan turn their grief and loss into something that would help others?
Jeff’s family – his parents, Robin and Brian Hayek, and his siblings, Bailey and Evan, established The Jeffrey Hayek Memorial Fund to create and maintain a baseball field in the Urbana area that was greatly needed for youth. Their success in building “Jeffy’s Field” as a memorial to their son and brother captured not only his love of baseball but his love of life that he exhibited so well in his 10 short years.
Mary and Darren Jarvis, Nicholas’ parents, created The Nicolas B. Jarvis Memorial Scholarship Fund to help graduating seniors from Frederick, Urbana, and Tuscarora High Schools who want to study forestry, agriculture, veterinary medicine, marine biology, early childhood education, science, history, or sports medicine. Since 2004, more than 20 students have benefitted from Nicholas’ scholarship.
Dustin and Courtney’s parents, Pam Flickinger and Donald Muse, wanted to help other youth pursue interests that were similar to their children’s. Since 2007, grants from The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund have provided college tuition, supported the Monocacy Middle School Chorus and athletic and theatre programs at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, helped faith-based youth groups, and provided athletic scholarships to participate in sports camps or music scholarships for private voice or instrumental lessons to more than 80 students.
The Farlow family – Nathan’s wife Jennifer, parents Arnold and Elizabeth, and siblings Catherine, Daniel, and Elizabeth Joy – also created a scholarship fund to create a legacy in Nathan’s name. Scholarship recipients of The Nathan W. Farlow Memorial Fund for Excellence are active in a faith-based organization and have demonstrated community volunteerism and leadership – all traits that exemplify how Nathan lived his life.
These families have turned tragedy into something positive. Through their loss, they have honored their children, ensured their legacies, and helped hundreds of others be better at doing the things they love to do. The Community Foundation is humbled to be part of helping these families honor their loved one’s lives.
FREDERICK, MD – October 1, 2019: The Community Foundation recently recognized its FY2020 Strategic Funding Partners. These donors financially support the Community Foundation’s strategic grantmaking areas of supporting families with children, responding to substance use disorder, preparing for an aging population, access to health care, services for the homeless and precariously housed, and school-readiness for children.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Supporting Families with Children Strategic Initiatives Fund are: Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; Jeff Robertson, The Julie Ann Robertson Cashour Memorial Fund; Robert G. DeLauter, The Robert G. DeLauter Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Robert G. Hooper, The Robert G. Hooper Family Fund; Drs. Robert and Jane Ladner, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; The Kiwanis Fund of Suburban Frederick Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Marion D. Carmack, Jr.; Nancy N. Franck; Larry and Deborah Grove; Elizabeth K. Hale; Addie B. Null; Shirley R. Richardson; and Michael and Marlene Young.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Preparing for an Aging Population Strategic Initiatives Fund were received from: Dr. Arthur Anderson and Julane Anderson; Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Drs. Robert and Jane Ladner, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Marion D. Carmack, Jr.; Dorothy L. Etzler; Nancy N. Franck; Elizabeth K. Hale; Donald and Rebecca Linton; Addie B. Null; and Shirley R. Richardson.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Responding to Substance Use Disorder Strategic Initiatives Fund were received from: Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; James and Amy Clapp, The James H. and Amy N. Clapp Family Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Peggy Waxter, The Garrett R. Petronchak Memorial Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Addie B. Null; and Shirley R. Richardson.
A gift to The Children and Youth Strategic Initiatives Fund was received from The PNC Fund and a gift to The Health Care Strategic Initiatives Fund was received from David G. and Karen L. Thomassen.
Gifts to The Strategic Initiatives Pass Through Fund were received from these Strategic Funding Partners: James and Caroline Atkins, The Caroline and Jimmy Atkins Fund; Joan Barrick, The Samuel W. and Joan J. Barrick Fund; Mark and Susan Butt, The Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund; The Frederick Mutual Insurance Company Donor-Advised Fund; Charles and Peggy Hoff, The Charles W. Hoff, III and Margaret O. Hoff Family Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; Robert K. Moler, The Robert and Ardeth Moler Family Fund; Philip and Erika Rauh, The Philip Rauh Family Endowment Fund; Virginia K. Brace and Jana M. Moberly; William H. Browning, Jr.; Bernard J. and Krista A. Davisson; Andrew P. and Anna P. Grossnickle; James and Wanda Hartley; Gabrielle Keller; Karlys Kline and Thomas Lynch; Jeanne R. Lee; Addie B. Null; Shirley R. Richardson; Tod and Barry Salisbury; Alfred and Patricia Shockley; Betty M. Waltz; De Walt Willard, Jr.; and Donald and Beverlie Wissner.
After Charles Worthington “Chipper” Hoff IV became president of Farmers and Mechanics Bank in 1977, he quickly became involved in some of the community’s largest and most active organizations. Owing in part to his enthusiasm for and involvement in his adopted hometown of Frederick, Chipper was also one of the first people to whom Don Linton and the late Charlie Main reached out to in 1986 when they decided to try to form a community foundation here in Frederick County.
The consultant who addressed the group said it would take a minimum of $1 million to start a community foundation, recalls Chipper, thinking that would be enough to deter the group. Undaunted, they created the entity and began to fundraise. By the following year, they had amassed more than $500,000 in gifts and pledges; less than a year later, the group reached its goal of $1 million.
For the next 30 years, Chipper and his wife Peggy have been active volunteers and donors at the Community Foundation. In 2006, they created The Charles W. Hoff, III and Margaret O. Hoff Family Fund. The fund was created as a “donor-advised” fund, meaning that Chipper and Peggy recommend to the board of trustees how the annual distribution is used for grantmaking.
However, in their fund agreement, Chipper and Peggy included language that allows the Community Foundation unrestricted access to its annual distribution after their lifetimes. This step ensures that proceeds from the fund will be available to address Frederick County’s most pressing future needs—especially those of which we are currently unaware.
Based on this concept of unrestricted giving, the Community Foundation launched a campaign in 2019 called Forever Frederick County. Like Chipper and Peggy Hoff, donors to this campaign have given the Community Foundation’s board of trustees the ability to direct the distributions from their funds toward Frederick County’s areas of greatest need.
“Frederick County was a great place to raise our family,” says Chipper. “Peggy and I are pleased to know that the fund we created at the Community Foundation will help strengthen and enhance the quality of life there, now and for years to come.”
FREDERICK, MD – July 28, 2017: The Community Foundation of Frederick County recognized its FY2017 Strategic Funding Partners who supported its strategic grantsmaking through donor-advised funds and direct contributions in the areas of health care, services to the homeless and precariously housed, and school-readiness for children. Pictured, from left: Harry George, The Harry George and Dee Dolan Fund and Community Foundation trustee; David Maloney, The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick Fund; Dottie Etzler, The Norman W., Edna V. and Dorothy L. Etzler Memorial Fund; Fred Genau, The PNC Fund, and Stacey Collins, The PNC Fund and Community Foundation Trustee. Not pictured are representatives of The Caroline and Jimmy Atkins Fund, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Endowment Fund, The Samuel W. and Joan J. Barrick Fund, The Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund, The Marion D. and Alice E. Carmack Endowment Fund, The Robert G. DeLauter Fund, The FoodPRO CORP Fund, The Lyons Family Fund, The Robert and Ardeth Moler Family Fund, and The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund. Individuals who contributed but are not pictured are: Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Hooper, Drs. Robert C. and Jane Ladner, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Rauh, Mr. and Mrs. Tod P. Salisbury, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Shockley. Individuals or businesses interested in supporting the Community Foundation’s strategic grantsmaking are invited to contact the Community Foundation office at 301.695.7660.
FREDERICK, MD –December 17, 2019: During its recent FY2020 strategic grantmaking cycle, The Community Foundation of Frederick County provided $423,335.30 to 29 area nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and enhancing Frederick County. These grants focus on the Community Foundation’s strategic grant areas supporting children and youth, health care, basic human needs, preparing for an aging population, responding to substance use disorder, and supporting families with children.
Strategic grant funding supporting school readiness for children and youth was provided to:
Blessings in a Backpack: $500 for weekend backpacks of supplemental nutrition for pre-K
The Delaplaine Arts Center: $2,270 for its ArtStart program.
Family Partnership of Frederick County: $30,785 for Bright Futures 2020 program.
The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick: $20,000 for Early Learning and Thriving Families: Keys to School Success program.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County: $21,200 for Healthy Families Frederick program.
The Frederick Center: $5,480 for youth programs supporting the behavioral health of LGBTQ+ youth.
Frederick Community Action Agency: $15,000 for primary health care services for low income residents and $15,000 for school-based health care.
Frederick Memorial Hospital: $10,460.70 for medication management program.
Mission of Mercy: $15,000 for patient partnership referrals from Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Partners in Care: $10,000 for partnership with Frederick Memorial Hospital to increase transportation for those age 50+ and reduce emergency department visits.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs: $10,000 for prescription assistance program.
Strategic grant funding supporting basic human needs was provided to:
Advocates for Homeless Families: $20,000 for partial case manager salaries, $5,000 for emergency financial assistance, and $5,000 for transportation and childcare assistance for program participants.
Frederick Rescue Mission: $20,000 for Changed Life Recovery program case manager salaries and $20,000 for Faith House case manager salary.
Second Chances Garage: $10,000 for homeless household car placement and vehicle repairs.
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP): $12,515.12 for the New Horizons Academy for Homeless Youth.
Strategic grant funding for capacity building supporting preparing for an aging population was provided to:
Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County: $5,682.79 for a service coordination model to help address the needs of low-income seniors.
Centro Hispano de Frederick: $10,000 for new data collection plan to assist limited English proficiency individuals age 60+ age-in-place.
Daybreak Adult Day Services: $9,950 for phone system upgrade.
Frederick Memorial Hospital: $10,000 for medication management program.
Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD: $10,000 for A Brush With Kindness program.
Partners in Care: $10,000 for strengthening its Rides and Relationships for a Lifetime program.
Strategic grant funding for capacity building supporting responding to substance use disorder was provided to:
CR Freedom Center: $8,000 for building repairs for the men’s house.
Crossed Bridges, LLC: $5,000 for Frederick County Goes Purple program.
Frederick Rescue Mission: $9,006 for its Changed Life Recovery program.
Mission of Mercy: $10,000 for opioid/controlled substance use safety and patient education.
Strategic grant funding for capacity building supporting families with children was provided to:
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership: $9,593.89 for capacity building through permanent office space and tracking software.
City Youth Matrix: $8,500 for transportation service expansion.
Family Partnership of Frederick County: $6,916.54 for capacity building strategic planning and $6,398.26 for staff development and training.
Frederick Rescue Mission: $10,000 for Faith House transitional housing program.
Heartly House: $5,500 for increasing counseling capacity to support families.
Housing Authority of The City of Frederick: $2,400 for management tools to support school readiness for children tracking.
Interfaith Housing Alliance: $5,500 for technological capacity building.
Asian American Center: $5,000 for technology support for integrated community services program.
Literacy Council of Frederick County: $6,000 for volunteer capacity building to meet the literacy needs of families with children.
Second Chances Garage: $10,000 for capacity building to support ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed) families.
Seton Center: $10,000 for ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed) families.
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland: $1,677 for employment assistance for low-income residents of Frederick County.
Grantmaking is a large part of the Community Foundation’s role. In FY2019 (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019), $5 million was invested into our community through grants to local nonprofits, and other organizations such as civic and faith-based groups. Grants are both competitive and designated, meaning that some grants are created through a competitive application process, and other grants are “designated” by the donor specifically to support an organization or cause, and are provided annually. Our ability to do this starts with generous donors who want to make a difference and who use the Community Foundation as their conduit for their charitable giving.
Grantmaking is a process that comes with a variety of rewards and challenges. I recently talked with Dr. Amaris Little, Community Foundation trustee and grant committee chairperson, to get her perspective about our competitive grantmaking. Dr. Little has been a member of the grant committee since 2014 and has served as chairperson since 2017.
Reviewing competitive grant applications is the most complicated part of the process. “We see what great need there is in Frederick County, and we’re challenged to make difficult choices between many compelling grant applications and funding one program or another,” Dr. Little said. “We’re fortunate that our grant committee volunteers have a broad range of experience and expertise, which helps bridge the information gap. In addition, the number of applications increases each year, requesting larger dollar amounts. More organizations than ever before are relying on the Community Foundation for funding, and our board has stepped up and approved money from our reserve funds when needed.”
Our grantmaking process has evolved with the time, Dr. Little says. Technology has brought great advances in software and has helped streamline the review process and rating system dramatically. “The rating system is really important because it helps us answer the question about the request fitting the purpose of the fund providing the money,” she said. “Then, the group discussion and the perspectives shared help the committee determine how much impact a grant supporting one program or another can make for the benefit of the community.”
Our staff constantly reviews the grant process, and I asked Dr. Little what she thinks is unique about our grantmaking. “The Community Foundation has its finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the community and what’s coming up. We do our homework so that we can anticipate needs. We’re not stuck in one place doing the same things the same way every year.”
Finally, I asked Dr. Little what advice she would offer for organizations seeking grants, and what she believes that donors should know. “We want to fund great programs, so the content provided in the application is really important. Sometimes that’s all the information we have towards making the decision,” Dr. Little said regarding organizations that apply. “Attend the grant information sessions provided and learn how to make your application stronger.”
“Donors should know that there are many people involved in the grantmaking decision process,” Dr. Little went on to say. “The grant committee members invest a huge amount of time to ensure we make the best decisions and that the Community Foundation is a good steward of their charitable dollars because we all care about what’s happening in our community.”
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