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FREDERICK, MD – July 23, 2021: The Larry and Shirley Silbernagel Endowment Fund and The F. Lawrence Silbernagel, Jr., Trustee’s Administrative Endowment Fund have been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County and become two of its more than 740 component funds.
Founded through Mr. Silbernagel’s charitable remainder trust, the purpose of The Larry and Shirley Silbernagel Endowment Fund is to provide grants in support of Calvary United Methodist Church.
The F. Lawrence Silbernagel, Jr., Trustee’s Administrative Endowment Fund was also founded through Mr. Silbernagel’s charitable remainder trust. Its purpose is to support the Community Foundation’s operating budget and initiatives.
Mr. Silbernagel served on the Community Foundation’s board of trustees and believed in giving back to his community through active involvement in numerous organizations. Thanks to his generosity, the two funds in his name will provide vital support to the Community Foundation and Calvary United Methodist Church.
FREDERICK, MD – January 6, 2021: To support emergency medical services and historic preservation, The Gene and Carolyn King Fund for Mount Airy Emergency Medical Services and The Gene and Carolyn King Pine Grove Chapel Endowment Fund have been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. These funds become two of the more than 740 component funds of the Community Foundation.
Founded by Mrs. King through her estate provisions, The Gene and Carolyn King Fund for Mount Airy Emergency Medical Services was created to support Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department for training, equipment, and general operating costs for providing emergency medical services, but not for general fire protection.
The Gene and Carolyn King Pine Grove Chapel Endowment Fund, also founded by Mrs. King through her estate provisions, was established to support Pine Grove Cemetery in Mount Airy for restoration, maintenance, and upkeep of the historic chapel.
Mr. and Mrs. King cared deeply about these causes and the two funds in their name will provide important support services for generations to come.
FREDERICK, MD – February 14, 2020: To support students pursuing their post-secondary educational goals, The Harold Glen and Audrey G. Benson Trumpower Foundation Scholarship Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. It becomes one of more than its 720 component funds.
Founded by the Trumpower Foundation, the fund’s purpose is to provide scholarships to Carroll County, Maryland residents. The scholarships will support students who exceed the maximum income threshold for government financial aid programs but who still have financial need or lack resources to pay for their education. Scholarships will not replace financial aid packages provided by the government or private sources but will add to or compliment other financial aid sources.
The scholarships are intended to include two-and four-year colleges and trade and technical schools, as well as non-credit certificate programs. These programs include but aren’t limited to assisted living manager, cybersecurity, certified clinical medical assistant, dental assistant, and emergency medical technician, among other areas of study. Preference will be given to students who previously received the scholarship after the first year for up to an additional three years of financial support for a maximum total support of four years, pending the student maintains a 2.0 grade point average or higher and continues to meet the scholarship requirements. For more information, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/Trumpower.
The Trumpower Foundation’s primary mission is to provide scholarships and promote other educational and charitable purposes for residents of Carroll County. Mr. and Mrs. Trumpower cared deeply about education, and Mrs. Trumpower lived in Carroll County for most of her life. The scholarship was created to provide ample opportunities to Carroll County students to follow their educational and career aspirations.
FREDERICK, MD – February 5, 2021: The Jeanie Keller Reeder Endowment Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County and becomes one of its more than 740 component funds.
Founded by Jeanie Keller Reeder, the purpose of the designated fund is to support Heartly House and The Salvation Army for its work in Frederick County. Mrs. Reeder originally wanted to create the fund as a planned gift, but when her husband Clarence passed away, she decided to use her legacy gift now to create immediate impact in Frederick County.
Mrs. Reeder cares deeply about the local community and the missions of the two organizations her fund will support. The fund in her name will help Heartly House and The Salvation Army continue to carry out their missions and provide services to the local community.
FREDERICK, MD – May 25, 2022: The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs shelters will be supported by two newly established funds at The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
Opened in 2002, the Alan P. Linton, Jr. Emergency Shelter is one of Frederick County’s largest shelters, offering homeless adults a safe place to sleep, shower, and receive laundry assistance. The shelter staff work compassionately with these individuals to become self-sufficient. A separate facility, Emergency Family Shelter will be supported by the second fund, created through Carole J. Benson’s estate provisions to continue the mission of providing temporary housing and services to residents who face homelessness. Ms. Benson was a longtime supporter of the Religious Coalition, and her legacy of helping others will be carried out through the fund for years to come.
FREDERICK, MD – August 5, 2020: To support the community’s greatest needs, The Gordon and Teresa Cooley Unrestricted Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County and becomes one of its more than 720 component funds.
Founded by Gordon M. and Teresa Warfield Cooley, the fund’s purpose is to support Frederick County nonprofit organizations at the discretion of the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. and Mrs. Cooley are deeply involved in the Frederick County community and care about its future success. By establishing their fund with the Community Foundation, they are helping to ensure that local nonprofit organizations will receive support well into the future. The fund will support the Community Foundation’s strategic grantmaking as part of its Forever Frederick County campaign. The campaign is creating funds to provide strategic grants to address Frederick County’s most pressing needs for generations to come.
If anyone understands how unpredictable life can be, it is Michael Cumberland. As a longtime Vice President at Keller Stonebraker Insurance, Inc., he has worked with many individuals and families dealing with the fallout from unanticipated challenges affecting their health, homes, businesses, and more. While serving on The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s Grants Committee, he has read countless applications from organizations requesting funds to bridge the gap between their budgets and the cost of supporting our community’s quality of life. In June of 2017, Mike dealt with perhaps the cruelest blow of all when his wife Gina M. Cumberland passed away following a heart transplant.
“Everyone must deal with circumstances in their lives that they never saw coming,” said Mike. “And our community must also. Ten years ago, the use of opioids among the teen population, while serious, was nowhere near at the point it is today. And a little more than a year ago, no one could imagine what the coronavirus was about to set in motion. My takeaway from these situations is that even if we cannot predict them, we must prepare for them.”
Mike has watched the Community Foundation work to target, address, and predict Frederick’s areas of greatest needs for the past six years from a unique vantage point. As a member of the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2015, he has served on its Grants, Human Resources, Investment, and Audit committees. He has supported the Community Foundation’s Widening Circles campaign, The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and numerous other funds related to community projects and improvements.
In October of 2017, Mike honored his late wife with the establishment of The Gina M. Cumberland Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund has already awarded more than $4,000 in post-secondary scholarships to students who have chosen to attend an educational institution in Maryland and who have demonstrated the same community service, love, and kindness that made Gina so well-loved among all who knew her.
Most recently, Mike has been involved with the Community Foundation’s Forever Frederick County campaign, an effort to build a flexible, unrestricted endowment fund that will provide strategic grants for our community’s future needs—needs we are most likely not even aware of yet.
“I think there is something really special about Frederick County,” said Mike. “People who live here want to do what they can to support others, and I admire the way the Community Foundation has helped them do exactly that in whatever ways make sense for their needs. I have watched the Community Foundation’s efforts since the very beginning, and I have complete trust in its ability to identify the most pressing community needs—present and future—and be a vehicle for addressing those for the good of all.”
Mike said that the recent COVID-19 pandemic further reinforced his desire to do something meaningful and impactful to help safeguard the Frederick County community’s future against challenges that are impossible to predict. To help increase the unrestricted funds available to respond to emergency needs, he has made a generous gift to the Community Foundation in his estate plan.
“I could earmark my gift to be used in a certain way,” he said, “but there is no way for me to know if the use I designate will still be societally relevant by the time the Community Foundation is in a position to use those funds. Instead, I have chosen to make my planned gift an unrestricted one to the Forever Frederick County campaign, giving the Community Foundation’s future Boards of Trustees the discretion to use it where it is most needed.”
“I won’t be here to see how this gift is leveraged,” said Mike, “but I have total trust in the Community Foundation to use it to fulfill my intentions—which are simply to do my part to ensure that whatever the most pressing needs in Frederick County may be in 10, 20, or 50 years will be, the resources are there to address them.”
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