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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.
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.
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.
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 just released its 35th Annual Report to the Community for fiscal year 2021. We call this report “Nothing Tops Philanthropy” because of navigating another unprecedented and challenging year only to experience that our generous supporters would prove again that giving was still of top importance. Thanks to our donors, both current and new, the Community Foundation provided vital support in the form of grants, scholarships, and leadership as our community continued navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Community Foundation remained strategic in its grantmaking and focused on helping people cope with the pandemic crisis. We expanded our reach by collaborating with local funders and other nonprofits to address food insecurity, eviction prevention, emergency shelter needs, and more.
Thanks to our donors, we exceeded our $20 million fundraising goal in record time for The Forever Frederick County Fund, an unrestricted endowment created to allow flexible grantmaking based on our county’s greatest needs. Grants from this fund helped address our current strategic areas of supporting families with children, preparing for an aging population, and responding to substance use disorder. These areas took on a renewed sense of urgency because of the pandemic.
As a result of these efforts as well as others, the Community Foundation distributed $5.1 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofits serving in the areas of health and human services, youth programs, historic preservation, basic human needs, the arts, elder care, animal well-being, the environment, and much more. Scholarships, totaling $1.8 million, helped 392 students with their post-secondary education. Nearly 2,000 donors contributed to one or more of our 750 component funds.
You can find the 35th Annual Report to the Community at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/reports. If you missed our livestream of the 35th Annual Report event last week, the video is available at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/NothingTopsPhilanthropy, along with the videos honoring the 2021 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism.
We look forward to the next 35 years. There will be more challenges ahead, but when Nothing Tops Philanthropy, we know that Frederick County will remain a vibrant community for everyone.
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.”
FREDERICK, MD – November 23, 2020: The Community Foundation of Frederick County presents its 34th Annual Report to the Community via video. The video, titled #NothingStopsPhilanthropy, highlights the Community Foundation’s fiscal year 2020 accomplishments and honors some of the community’s outstanding volunteers.
The video highlights how the Community Foundation fully embraced #NothingStopsPhilanthropy in FY2020 by providing $5.4 million in grants and $1.2 million in post-secondary scholarships, while also serving as a leader in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
In addition, the 2020 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism and Youth in Action Award honoree are recognized for their volunteer contributions to Frederick County. Sally Arnold is 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 is recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, and Daryenne Elizabeth Dorsey is recognized for selfless volunteerism on behalf of Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and United Steam Fire Engine Company #3.
Visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/NothingStopsPhilanthropy to view #NothingStopsPhilanthropy, as well as videos produced by WDVM about the 2020 Wertheimer Fellows and Youth in Action honoree. Our 34th Annual Report is also available on the webpage in electronic format. The videos will be posted permanently on this page to view “on-demand.”
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