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In this holiday season, some families, friends, and co-workers have “Secret Santa” exchanges where holiday gifts are given anonymously. Each person has the name of another person in the group and provides a gift for them. It’s a fun way to celebrate the season and make memories.
Based on the “Secret Santa” idea, a donor came to us in 2010 and said he wanted to create a fund to provide small grants that would help people with special situations. He knew that small obstacles sometimes reduced the quality of life, and other aspects of life would improve ten-fold if the smaller obstacle could be overcome. This donor also knew the Community Foundation often received requests of this kind but didn’t always have grant money available.
The Secret Santa Fund was born. Early in its life, the Community Foundation received a request from Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. A resident needed new tires on her power wheelchair. Her insurance would not cover the cost, and she could not pay out of pocket. The power wheelchair was her only means to be independent, navigate the facility, and participate in resident activities. The grant was made, and this resident was again enjoying life.
Several grants have been requested by SOAR Frederick County (Supporting Older Adults through Resources, Inc.). SOAR’s mission is to assist older adults in Frederick County to help meet their essential needs confidentially and respectfully. A Frederick resident undergoing treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore needed reliable, regular transportation. A Secret Santa grant helped purchase a car. Another Frederick County resident had no functioning appliances in his home and was living on prepared foods. His wife was receiving care in a nursing home, and his income was very limited. The Secret Santa Fund assisted with a grant that purchased gently used appliances and a grocery gift card to help stock the refrigerator and freezer with food. Another grant request from SOAR helped an elderly man who was deaf replace an old computer that stopped working. The computer was his only way of communicating with the outside world, schedule appointments, and more. A replacement computer ended his isolation and depression.
Other grants from the fund include helping another Frederick County senior with power chair repairs, and a church that purchased gift cards for its Angel Tree program at Christmas so that six children would have Christmas gifts.
Recently, grants from The Secret Santa Fund have supported The Federated Charities Rapid Response Program. This program’s purpose of assisting residents who are experiencing hardships with a small grant that could positively change their situation aligns with the purpose of the fund. To date, grants have helped with gas gift cards so that medical appointments could be kept, groceries, medical equipment, gift cards for clothing at Goodwill and Select Seconds, utility bills, and more.
While gift-giving for most of us takes place in a concentrated time frame at the end of the year, The Secret Santa Fund gives throughout the year. The situations that were improved with grants from the fund made a huge difference in the lives of those who benefited. The donor’s vision in setting up the fund to provide a “hand-up” to those needing assistance is a wonderful example of giving and creating great impact within Frederick County.
If you’re interested in supporting this fund, tax-deductible contributions are accepted at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/SecretSanta.
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.
In 1999, Jessica Murphy, the 14-year old daughter of Don and Sue Murphy, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Jessica was days away from starting her sophomore year at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, where she was an involved student who worked hard academically and excelled at volleyball, basketball, and softball. She also tutored students at Spring Ridge Elementary School and worked part-time. Don, Sue, and their son Brad wanted to honor Jessica’s life and preserve her legacy, and so they created The Jessica Lee Murphy Memorial Fund with the Community Foundation. Now, in December 2019, the fund is in its 20th year and has disbursed more than $64,000 in scholarships and grants within Frederick County.
Sometimes, positive things can develop from tragedies. Since 1999, Jessica’s memory has been honored through scholarships that helped 28 students with their college education. These students were selected based on criteria established through the fund agreement: students must be a Frederick County high school graduate, have a safe driving record, show excellence in academics and sports, and continuing their education at a two or four-year college. One scholarship recipient said, “I am majoring in health science and planning for a career in either physical or occupational therapy because I want to be able to help others. I’m continuing my love for volleyball by playing on my college’s intramural volleyball team. Thank you for this opportunity. I will always remember your kindness and generosity.”
Because the Murphy’s fund is a donor-advised fund, they have recommendation privileges to provide scholarships and grants. “The fund has had multiple benefits for us: to honor Jessie, to see student-athletes benefit from their hard work, and to highlight safe driving for teens,” said Don and Sue. ‘We are thankful for being led to the Community Foundation.”
Earlier this year, they recommended a grant to the YMCA of Frederick County in support of Camp West Mar. Children experience outdoor adventures in the Catoctin Mountains, including swimming, archery, canoeing, hiking, and more. Their time at Camp West Mar promotes their social development, responsibility, respect, leadership skills, and healthy living. The grant, approved by our board of trustees, provided financial assistance to families unable to cover the full cost of sending their child to camp. With the help of this grant, more than 40 families benefited. Don and Sue felt this was an appropriate grant since both Brad and Jessie attended Camp West Mar as young children.
Jessica Murphy was a vibrant teenager, engaged in many facets of the community. The fund that bears her name is carrying on that vibrancy and helping to ensure success in other people’s lives. The Community Foundation is humbled to be a part of ensuring that her legacy continues.
FREDERICK, MD – December 17, 2019: During its recent FY2020 impact grantmaking cycle, The Community Foundation of Frederick County provided $288,900.69 to 42 area nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and enhancing Frederick County.
The grants are designed to assist local nonprofits with projects that have meaningful and direct impact on the residents of Frederick County. As a leading source of grant funding in Frederick County, the Community Foundation supports the arts, historic preservation, agriculture, health and human services, education, cultural understanding, animal welfare, scholarships, elder care, youth programs, civic causes, and more.
Impact Grant Funding was provided from the following funds:
The Addie B. Null Health Care Fund:
$1,383.43 to Wells House @Gale Recovery for holistic therapies for men in recovery program.
The AG-C.I.T.E. Fund:
$1,585.69 to University of Maryland/Frederick County Extension Office for its Kids Growing with Grains program.
The Animal Care Field of Interest Fund:
$1270.10 to Days End Horse Rescue for off-the-track abused and neglected thoroughbreds care.
The Bar Association of Frederick County Justice for All Fund:
$2,000.00 to Friends of the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County for storage unit funding.
$9,114.72 to Mental Health Association of Frederick County for CASA of Frederick County program.
$5,000.00 to Spanish Speaking of Community MD, Inc. for Critical Needs Partnership with Frederick County Public Schools.
The William E. Barnhart Memorial Fund:
$14,970.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD for home repairs for a cancer patient through its A Brush With Kindness program.
The Brunswick Area Fund:
$2,527.20 to Mission of Mercy to provide medical and dental care for uninsured and underinsured residents in Brunswick.
The Dola Burkentine Nonprofit Marketing Fund:
$514.41 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD for marketing support of its A Brush With Kindness program.
$573.66 to Frederick Career and Technology Center FFA Alumni for student safety training.
$2,500.00 to Platoon 22 to assist veterans with the cost of building trades certification.
The Mary Gregg Cornish Memorial Fund:
$1,181.00 to Historical Society of Frederick County, Inc. for its History in the Garden program.
$1,319.00 to The Flowers Over Frederick Fund in support of grants beautifying downtown Frederick.
The William E. Cross Special Needs Fund:
$3,730.24 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD to support home repairs for seniors through its A Brush With Kindness program.
The Dan Crozier Music Trust Fund:
$550.00 to Brunswick High School Drama Boosters for Brunswick High School’s 2020 spring musical.
$950.00 to Frederick County Public Schools for its elementary instrumental music library and $1,500.00 for pianos for Brunswick High School.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra for jazz music purchases.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Children’s Chorus for spring concert and summer camp sheet music purchases.
$1,400.00 to Historical Society of Frederick County, Inc. for its Heritage Frederick garden and streetscape enhancement project.
The Easels in Frederick Fund:
$1,000.00 to Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County for its art program.
The Educational Enrichment Field of Interest Fund:
$825.32 to Girls on the Run of Frederick County for its summer camp program.
The England Family Fund:
$652.37 to Frederick Rescue Mission for TransIT bus passes for Faith House clients.
The Enhancing Agriculture Field of Interest Fund:
$685.24 to University of Maryland/Frederick County Extension Office for its Kids Growing with Grains program.
The Environmental Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$677.31 to Catoctin Forest Alliance for educational, hands-on learning center adaptations of recreational areas.
The Frederick Jaycees Fund:
$1,330.45 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County for supplies for its Brush with Kindness program.
The Frederick Keys Care Fund:
$1,500.00 to Advocates for Homeless Families for its after-school and summer activities programs for children who are homeless.
$1,500 to Blessings in a Backpack for weekend backpacks of food for Frederick County Public Schools Success Program for Special Needs Students.
$3,829.56 to Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, Inc. for its Veterans of Youth Empowerment project.
$2,000.00 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) for its New Horizons Academy Life Skills program.
$2,200.00 to YMCA of Frederick County for sensory tools its Kids Unlimited Program.
The Historic Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$630.34 to The Claire McCardell Project Fund for its public art project to recognize fashion artist Claire McCardell.
The Sharon I. Hooper Fund for Children:
$3,135.52 to Blessings in a Backpack for weekend backpacks of food for Lincoln Elementary School students in need.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for its summer enrichment camp.
$1,909.00 to The Delaplaine Arts Center for art kits for youth coping with traumatic situations and/or experiencing homelessness.
$5,000.00 to The Salvation Army for its Pathway of Hope program to break generational cycles of crisis and vulnerability.
$2,000.00 to Weinberg Center for the Arts for Families Need Fun program providing event tickets to catastrophically ill children and their families.
$2,500.00 to YMCA of Frederick County for its Kids Unlimited Music program.
The Human Services Field of Interest Fund:
$671.10 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County for its Brush with Kindness program.
The Job Training and Skills Development Field of Interest Fund:
$1,439.04 to Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. for employer-customized curriculum for workplace literacy classes.
$610.53 to African American Resources, Cultural Heritage Society (AARCH) of Frederick for its County Globe Preservation project.
The Charles V. and Louise D. Main Endowment Fund:
$9,219.00 to Calvary United Methodist Church for Calvary Weekday School student tuition support.
$542.23 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD for its A Brush With Kindness program.
The Parks Field of Interest Fund:
$782.81 to The Claire McCardell Project Fund for its public art project to recognize fashion artist Claire McCardell.
The Performing Arts Field of Interest Fund:
$687.01 to City Youth Matrix to support extra-curricular activities in the performing arts.
The Persons with Disabilities Field of Interest Fund:
$1,035.71 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD to support home repair and modifications for persons with disabilities through its A Brush With Kindness program.
The John L. and Lucille H. Ponton Charitable Fund:
$50,000.00 to Children’s Hospital Foundation to provide patient families resources and lodging assistance.
$37,529.50 to Hospice of Frederick County for Camp Jamie.
$4,174.21 to Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program for financial support to families with children experiencing catastrophic medical issues.
$3,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for summer enrichment camp.
$2,500.00 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) for its New Horizons Academy life skills program.
$1,279.57 to Girls on the Run of Frederick County for its summer camp program.
The Pritchett Family Foundation Fund:
$1,660.00 to City Youth Matrix to provide scholarships to children with financial need for extra-curricular activities.
$601.07 to Girls on the Run of Frederick County for its summer camp program.
$1,000.00 to Mission of Mercy, Inc. for medical and dental care and support for patients with substance use disorder.
$1,256.41 to Wells House @ Gale Recovery for men in recovery to receive music therapy.
$500.00 to Maryland Food Bank for its senior pantry program.
The Secret Santa Fund:
$1,317.91 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD to support home repairs for seniors through its A Brush With Kindness program.
The Transportation Field of Interest Fund:
$950.94 to Centro Hispano de Frederick to support its Golden Years program van rental.
The Mildred B. Trevvett Music Education Fund:
$922.07 to The Frederick Children’s Chorus for music educator professional development.
$726.86 The Claire McCardell Project Fund for its public art project to recognize fashion artist Claire McCardell.
$10,613.45 to Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program for financial support to families with children experiencing catastrophic medical issues.
$1,192.46 to City Youth Matrix to support extra-curricular activities for children in foster care.
$500.00 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership for its New Horizons Academy life skills program.
$3,927.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County for its Brush with Kindness program.
Community Foundation unrestricted funds provided the following grants:
$6,541.66 to Blessings in a Backpack for Pre-K student weekend food packages to students of low-income families at Lincoln Elementary School.
$1,000.00 to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for hunger relief in Frederick County.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for kitchen supplies.
$5,000.00 to Heartly House for client transportation, security deposits, rental assistance, and more for clients.
$15,000.00 to The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick for Young Men Rising program.
$3,500.00 to Lions Club of Frederick for eye care assistance to low-income individuals.
$1,700.00 to Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. for volunteer work space improvements.
$4,000.00 to Maryland Food Bank for senior pantry program.
$10,000.00 to Mental Health Association of Frederick County for crisis services support.
$10,000.00 to Mission of Mercy for medications for those who are uninsured and under-insured.
$6,590.00 to The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs to purchase shelter beds.
July 4th has come and gone again, and we celebrated our country’s independence. This holiday also means that it’s officially summertime. Vacation travel is in full swing, and many people visit the battlefields and museums and parks in our area dedicated to preserving the history of the United States as well as Frederick County’s history.
America’s Civil War had many events that occurred in Frederick County. Farmhouses, churches, and other buildings throughout the county were used as medical hospitals. In the early 1990s, Frederick County became home to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. The idea to preserve this part of history came from Dr. Gordon E. Dammann, an Illinois dentist and collector of Civil War medical artifacts, and author of a three-volume Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instrument and Equipment. The museum highlights innovative aspects of Civil War medicine such as a field dressing station, field hospital, and evacuation of wounded soldiers and incorporates the artifacts into the exhibits.
With many history buffs as Frederick County residents, we’ve helped people create funds that preserve our heritage, such as The Frank R. Parsons Fund for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Mr. Parsons created the fund through his 2009 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award, which he received from the Community Foundation for his extraordinary volunteer efforts. His interest in Civil War history led him to become a master docent at the museum, and so he dedicated his fund to support its community education efforts.
The Robert E. Gearinger National Museum of Civil War Medicine Endowment Fund was created in 1994 by the Fredericktown Bank & Trust (now PNC Bank) board of directors to honor Mr. Gearinger’s 46 years of service to the bank. His interest in the Civil War and his volunteer service as president of the museum’s board catalyzed the fund’s creation.
Other funds that have provided grants to the museum include The DeWalt Willard Charitable Gift Fund, The Frederick Mutual Insurance Company Donor-Advised Fund, The Historic Preservation Field of Interest Fund, The Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Nicodemus Family Fund, The PNC Charitable Gift Fund, and Community Foundation unrestricted funds.
Every grant has helped the museum grow, add exhibits and interactive experiences, expand educational programs, maintain the 200-year-old building, and much more. “These funds are fundamental to everything we do here, and they feel like family because they were formed by people who know us,” said David Price, the museum’s executive director. “I’m happy that people want to keep the museum alive and help provide a dependable, consistent source of funding.”
What do you want to preserve or support? Every fund is unique to the person who envisions it, and the Community Foundation can help you bring it to life.
FREDERICK, MD – October 9, 2019: With foresight and vision, John C. Summers’ planned gift has created two funds that will help many people in the years to come. The John C. Summers Fund and The Myersville Lions Club Scholarship Fund become two of more than 720 component funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The John C. Summers Fund will assist people residing in Myersville, Maryland who have financial need regarding their utility bills or property taxes. Grants will be provided to nonprofits with programs for screening and qualifying applicants.
The Myersville Lions Club Scholarship Fund will provide post-secondary scholarships to students who are residents of Frederick County, Maryland, and Washington County, Maryland, studying in medical or health care related fields.
FREDERICK, MD – July 30, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces The St. Nicholas Children’s Scholarship Fund. The fund becomes one of more than 700 funds under management.
Established by Dr. John George, the fund will provide post-secondary scholarships for graduates of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), with preference to minority students and secondary preference to students with financial need. Dr. George, a career educator, was a teacher, administrator, and curriculum specialist with FCPS from 1968 to 2002. He was also an adjunct professor at Hood College for 17 years, and then full-time professor, including six years as department chair of education at Hood College from 2002 to 2016. Dr. George’s commitment to education and devotion to students will continue as part of his legacy through this fund.
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