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There are many people who give generously to many organizations throughout their lifetime. They faithfully support one or more nonprofits representing causes they believe in, or they establish a fund with the Community Foundation that will provide grant distributions to these nonprofits each year. Often, people we meet with are concerned about what happens to these gifts after their lifetime. How can the organizations they’ve loved and supported still benefit once they are no longer here to write a check?
Meet Elmira B. Cook. Mrs. Cook was a long-time annual supporter of Frederick Rescue Mission, a nonprofit which serves the homeless and working poor in Frederick County and helps those with substance use disorder. As she advanced in age, she was concerned about the Frederick Rescue Mission missing out on her annual support after her death. Mrs. Cook met with the Community Foundation and learned there was a way to continue to help, in perpetuity. In 2000, she created The Elmira B. Cook Endowment Fund for the Frederick Rescue Mission. The first grant from the fund was given in 2001, and every year this grant to Frederick Rescue Mission carries out Mrs. Cook’s charitable goal of supporting this worthy organization.
We work with many donors who have the same concern as Elmira and decide to create funds that reflect their unique charitable goals. Another example is The Vince and Guelda Imirie Fund. It was founded in 2005 by Mrs. Imirie to support six different entities annually: Frederick Memorial Hospital, Kline Hospice House, Mental Health Association of Frederick County, The Norine Haas Mental Health Scholarship Fund, Glade United Church of Christ, and the Community Foundation. Rather than create the fund using cash, she used appreciated real estate and worked with the Community Foundation’s Holding Company to transfer the net proceeds to the fund. Mrs. Imirie deemed this transaction “a very worthy project that will long serve the charitable causes my late husband and I supported together.”
Some donors set-up testamentary funds, meaning that the fund isn’t active now, but will receive money from their estate and become an active grant and/or scholarship fund after their lifetime. The Linwood T. Offutt Fund for The Frederick County 4-H Camp Center, established in 2017, provides an annual grant to support Camp Center programs and activities. The purpose of the fund was defined by Mr. Offutt before his death and honors his lifelong career as a farmer and his devotion to agriculture education for youth. It also reflects his active memberships in many agricultural organizations in Frederick County.
Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Imirie, and Mr. Offutt have all passed away, but their legacy and impact within our community continue through their funds. Creating the funds, or the framework for a fund during their lifetime provided them great peace of mind that their charitable goals would continue to be carried out. We are honored to make these dreams come true, forever.
FREDERICK, MD – February 7, 2020: The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County will begin accepting grant applications for its 2020 grant cycle beginning February 15, 2020 through March 15, 2020, and up to $220,000 will be provided from The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund. The fund is one of more than 720 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The Women’s Giving Circle grants are presented to area nonprofits that offer programs and/or services that promote self-sufficiency for women and their dependents who reside in Frederick County. The Women’s Giving Circle’s 2020 funding priorities will focus on emergency services or growth. Emergency services are defined as projects that provide food, shelter, medical care, and/or safety. Growth is defined as projects that provide education, transportation, childcare, personal improvement, recovery, and self-sufficiency.
The online application can be accessed at www.frederickwgc.org/grants. No paper applications will be accepted. The application closes on March 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time. Organizations may submit applications for up to four projects, with each proposal not to exceed $10,000. The maximum total that will be granted to any one organization is $20,000.
All organizations are encouraged to read the documents available on the Women’s Giving Circle’s grants program overview page before starting the application, which can be accessed at the same web address listed above. Applicants will receive email notification regarding the status of their application by June 1, 2020. Grant monies must be used by June 1, 2021.
The Women’s Giving Circle was formed in 2006 and brings women together who share similar philanthropic goals to benefit women’s needs. In 2019, grants totaling $210,000 were presented to 24 area nonprofits, and since 2006, grants presented total more than $1.6 million.
The new grants bring the Women’s Giving Circle grant total to just over $1.1 million since the first grants were provided in 2006 in support of its mission to provide programs and services promoting self-sufficiency for women and those who depend on them. The 275+ member organization welcomes new people at any time. To learn more, visit www.womensgivingcircleoffred.org.
The following nonprofits received grants:
Advocates for Homeless Families received a $4,000 grant to provide assistance accessing permanent housing or avoid energy shutoff, a $3,000 grant to provide or maintain reliable transportation and childcare, and a $500 grant for its urban gardens program.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership received a $2,000 grant to provide higher education assistance to caregivers of children whose lives have been affected by an incarcerated parent and a $600 grant to provide women inmates leaving the Detention Center with resources that will lead them toward success.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick received a $2,400 grant to provide safe travel for 100 children in the Frederick community by providing new car seats to families and a $3,900 grant to provide diaper supplies to mothers who need financial assistance.
Daybreak Adult Day Services received a $5,000 grant to provide respite care and support to women caring for older adults.
Frederick Community College Foundation received a $2,500 grant for the Allied Health Academy to provide transportation and childcare assistance to women in the allied health program, and a $7,000 grant for Project Forward Step to provide transportation and childcare assistance to returning single parents who need financial assistance.
Frederick Memorial Hospital received a $3,000 grant for the Survivors Offering Support program to provide hospital integrated peer mentoring to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. received a $10,000 grant to support the Faith House Program to provide support to homeless mothers and children.
Heartly House received a $10,000 grant to provide medical accompaniment and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick received a $7,000 grant and a $6,500 grant, both in support of the Women Succeeding in Education program, helping women in public housing meet their education and employment goals.
Interfaith Housing Alliance received a $6,500 grant in support of its Self Sufficiency Counseling initiative that teaches women effective financial management.
Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. received a $3,000 grant to provide textbooks and curricular materials to women to support their literacy goals and improve their self-sufficiency and employment opportunities.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County received a $7,000 grant in support of its Parent Coach program to support non-custodial mothers and a $7,000 grant in support of its Healthy Families Frederick program to improve parenting skills.
Mission of Mercy, Inc. received a $4,000 grant in support of dental services for women, a $2,300 grant to provide medications for women, a $2,300 grant to provide medical care for women with diabetes and a $2,300 grant to provide medical care for women with hypertension.
Partners In Care received a $6,000 grant to help coordinate volunteers with older women who receive 2,000 free rides yearly for medical appointments and assistance for everyday living tasks.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland received a $7,500 grant to provide reproductive health care screenings, tests and treatments to women living at or below poverty level.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs received a $10,000 grant for eviction and utility interruption prevention for women and their families, and a $7,000 grant to help provide emergency shelter and case management support for homeless women with children.
Second Chances Garage received a $7,500 grant in support of the low-cost vehicle repair program for women, and a $4,000 grant to provide refurbished vehicles for women.
Seton Center, Inc. received a $10,000 grant in support of the DePaul Dental Women’s program to provide dental screenings and services to low income women.
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County (SHIP) received a $10,000 grant to provide expanded emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children.
Wells House at Gale Recovery received an $8,000 grant in support of drug and alcohol recovery and employment services for women and a $1,200 grant to provide a computer station with printer at The Gale House.
There’s a story behind every fund created at the Community Foundation. Let’s start with one of the very first: the Smith Sisters, who created The Mary E. M. and Ruth E. Smith Scholarship Fund. They were dedicated schoolteachers and community volunteers who cared deeply about the children they taught and the community they lived in, and they left a legacy that’s benefited nearly 300 students pursuing education as a career.
If you attended Parkway Elementary in the 1940’s, 50’s, or first half of the 60’s, you’re not too old to remember these remarkable women. Mary and Ruth taught school for 42 and 44 years respectively. Mary was also an administrator, serving as principal of Parkway Elementary from 1940 to 1966. Early in her career, she spent 13 years as a “teaching principal” at Urbana Elementary, meaning she taught all seven grades and served as head administrator. Mary was the first teacher and principal in Frederick County to earn a master’s degree, and Ruth was the second elementary teacher to accomplish this.
In a June 1966 article by The Frederick News-Post covering Mary’s retirement, she said the key to a rewarding life is to identify with a cause that is bigger than yourself and then lose yourself in the cause. As devoted teachers, education was the cause to which Mary and Ruth “lost” themselves during their lifetime. After their lifetime, they wanted to help others be successful teachers and administrators. Through their fund, they have continued to support their cause and build their legacy.
Each year, approximately a dozen students receive a college scholarship from this fund that helps them pursue their dream of becoming a teacher and getting “lost in their cause” by positively influencing the lives of young learners. Some have returned to teach in Frederick County, but no matter where they’ve gone, the impact of Mary and Ruth’s scholarship has gone with them.
This fund also holds a significant place in the Community Foundation’s history, as it was the first large endowment fund to be managed by the board of trustees. It was originally established with Fredericktown Bank and Trust Company and then transferred in 1987, just one year after the Community Foundation was incorporated as a public charity. It is still one of the largest endowed scholarship funds under management and contributes significantly to the $1 million total of all scholarships presented annually.
What are the causes in which you can “lose” yourself? How can your efforts make a difference? What kind of legacy do you wish to leave? Only you know the answer to the first question. The Community Foundation can help you answer the others. You don’t have to be wealthy to create a lasting legacy. All you need is the desire to something meaningful with the resources you have.
FREDERICK, MD – July 18, 2019: The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County announces that 39 grants totaling $210,000 have been presented to 24 area nonprofits serving women and children. The grants were presented during the 13th annual event held in June. The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund is one of more than 700 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The FY2019 grants bring the Women’s Giving Circle grant total to $1,656,500 since the first grants were provided in 2006 in support of its mission to provide programs and services promoting self-sufficiency for women and those who depend on them. The organization was founded by Karlys Kline, a local resident who wanted to find ways to assist women and their dependents. The idea quickly caught on and through a partnership with the Community Foundation, the organization has grown to include more than 325 members. Kimberly S. Chaney, Women’s Giving Circle chairperson, encourages those interested in membership to visit www.FrederickWGC.org for more information.
Advocates for Homeless Families received a $4,000 grant to provide assistance accessing permanent housing or avoid energy shutoff, a $4,000 grant to provide or maintain reliable transportation and childcare, and a $500 grant for its urban gardens program.
The Birthing Circle received a $6,500 grant to assist women in challenging pregnancy and birth situations to improve birth outcomes.
Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County received a $5,000 grant to provide summer child care scholarships to children of single mothers.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick received a $3,000 grant to provide safe and age appropriate car seats to Frederick County women, and a $3,000 grant for diapers and wipes for mothers with financial need.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership received a $3,000 grant to provide higher education assistance to women who have incarceration in their lives, and a $1,000 grant for respite support of caregivers of children impacted by incarceration.
Daybreak Adult Care Services received an $8,000 grant to provide respite services to women caring for an aging parent or spouse.
Frederick Community College Foundation received a $5,000 grant for its Allied Health Academy to assist unemployed or under-employed women seeking to acquire training in an allied health field, and a $5,000 grant for Project Forward Step to reduce financial barriers for low-income single mothers and displaced women enrolled in classes.
Frederick Memorial Hospital received a $5,500 grant for its Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Support and Outreach Program, including mental health treatment for pregnant and postpartum women in Frederick County.
Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. received an $8,000 grant for its Faith House Program in support of case management services to homeless mothers and children, and a $3,000 grant to support its food distribution center for women in need.
Heartly House received an $8,000 grant to provide medical accompaniment and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick received an $8,000 grant in support of child care costs to help women move forward, and an $8,000 grant to provide transportation to women improving their lives through education and employment.
Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. received a $3,000 grant to support women’s literacy programs and a $2,500 grant for women’s literacy program teaching and learning materials.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County received a $5,000 grant in support of its Parent Coach program that helps promote parent/child relationships and improves child development, and a $7,500 grant in support of its Healthy Families Frederick program to promote child well-being through intensive home visits for first-time mothers.
Mission of Mercy, Inc. received a $3,500 grant to provide medical services to uninsured and underinsured women with hypertension and heart disease, a $3,500 grant to provide medications to uninsured and underinsured for women with diabetes, a $3,500 grant to provide general medications for uninsured and underinsured women, and a $6,000 grant for dental care for uninsured and underinsured women.
Partners In Care received a $3,000 grant to better serve older women by focusing on personal needs such as member advocacy, health, wellness, and safety concerns.
The Phoenix Foundation received an $8,000 grant to provide financial assistance for women who cannot afford substance use disorder treatment fees, sober living fees, transportation for treatment, and/or treatment-related prescription medication.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland received an $8,000 grant to provide reproductive health care screenings, tests and treatments to women living at or below poverty level.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs received an $8,000 grant for eviction and utility interruption prevention for women and their families, and an $8,000 grant to help provide emergency shelter and case management support for homeless women with children.
The Salvation Army received a $5,000 grant to provide individualized services to families with children to assist in breaking generational cycles of crisis and vulnerability.
Second Chances Garage received an $8,000 grant in support of the low-cost vehicle repair program for women, and an $8,000 grant to provide refurbished vehicles for women.
Seton Center, Inc. received a $6,000 grant in support of the DePaul Dental Women’s program to provide dental screenings and services to uninsured, low-income women, and a $7,000 grant to support the cost of dentures or partials for uninsured, low-income women.
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland received an $8,000 grant to educate and support mothers of children who attend Frederick County Public Schools who are victims of abuse and/or are low-income to help build self-sufficiency and invoke their legal rights.
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) received an $8,000 grant to provide emergency shelter in area hotels for women and children experiencing homelessness.
Wells House at Gale Recovery received a $2,000 grant to provide Trauma Informed Yoga to female patients.
Neither John nor Carol Ford was born in Frederick, but after having lived here for more than 40 years, they consider it their adopted hometown. Even now that the couple, both in their 80s, have moved to New Hampshire to be closer to family, they are pleased to have left behind something that will benefit the community where they spent half their lives: an endowment fund that bears their name at The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The Fords created their fund in 2004 using a small inheritance from one of Carol’s aunts. Over the years, they have recommended the Community Foundation use the income generated annually by the fund to support local nonprofits whose missions they supported, including Hope Alive and Habitat for Humanity.
The Fords could have contributed directly to these organizations, but because they had great respect for the Community Foundation’s innovative model of charitable giving, they decided to create a donor-advised endowment fund instead.
For the past 15 years, the Fords have continued to contribute to their endowment fund and make recommendations to the Community Foundation as to where to direct its income. After their lifetimes, their daughter will assume this responsibility as the fund’s representative. After their daughter’s lifetime, the Fords’ fund agreement stipulates that income from their endowment become unrestricted.
“Because our community’s greatest needs are continually changing, many donors feel like a group of living individuals in the future will be in a better position to allocate funds than a written directive from the past,” explained Betsy Day, President and CEO of The Community Foundation of Frederick County. “In these cases, an unrestricted endowment fund is most suitable, as they allow the Community Foundation's Board of Trustees to allocate their proceeds to meet the emerging needs of the community.”
“Giving a one-time contribution is certainly one way to support a cause that is close to your heart,” said Carol. “But John and I liked the idea of creating a fund whose income provides for an annual gift--not only throughout our lifetimes but in perpetuity. We trusted The Community Foundation of Frederick County in 2004 when we started our endowment fund, and we continue to trust them implicitly. We feel confident that their staff and Board of Trustees will always do the right thing with the funds entrusted to their care—today, tomorrow, and long after we’re gone.”
Among the people qualified to speak to the difference The Community Foundation of Frederick County has made to this community are James and Tamara Shoemaker, of Frederick.
James, a local attorney whose services include estate planning and administration, and Tamara, a licensed psychologist, made their first gift to the Community Foundation’s Helen Smith Scholarship Fund for Children and the Arts in 1997. Since then, they have contributed generously. In 2009, James began a six-year term on the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, serving as Chairman from 2013-2014. In 2018, they created The James R. and Tamara L. Shoemaker Charitable Fund to provide grants to Frederick County nonprofits that provide critical services for people and to organizations that support animal well-being.
“During my service, I had a unique opportunity to see what a powerful catalyst for change The Community Foundation of Frederick County is,” said James.
Last year, the Shoemakers made a gift to Forever Frederick County, the Community Foundation’s flexible and unrestricted endowment fund that will provide strategic grants based on this community’s most pressing needs as they emerge—now, and in the future. The current needs were determined by the 2018 Human Needs Assessment, and in the future, the results of similar studies will direct grant-making.
“I think Forever Frederick County is an important addition to the funds managed at the Community Foundation,” said James. “We already have funds that are targeted to the areas that have been identified through our Needs Assessments, but we have learned that not every need can be anticipated or planned for. It’s impossible to predict what our community’s greatest needs will be in the future-- yet being prepared to respond quickly to these will be key to managing and remediating them.”
Giving an organization this type of discretion takes trust, says James, but he believes the Community Foundation’s track record of making careful and prudent decisions about where, when, and how to use the proceeds of any unrestricted gifts speaks for itself.
“I’ve been involved with other charitable organizations over the years, both locally and outside of the area,” he says. “I have never seen an organization run as efficiently or as effectively as The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The Trustees go to great lengths to be sure the investments are secure and adequately diversified. There is a superb staff who recruit and manage exceptionally well-trained volunteers who review more than 1,200 scholarship applications every year. The procedure for awarding grants is meticulous and thorough. Every aspect of the organization is exceedingly well run.”
“Whether you want to contribute now or later through your estate,” he concludes, “the Community Foundation can help guide you in creating a meaningful, lasting impact through a legacy that is uniquely yours.”
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