Philanthropy is not Reserved for the Rich

In the realm of philanthropy, the transformative power of significant donations often takes center stage, capturing attention with its immediate and substantial impact. Large gifts can certainly be transformational – often allowing an organization to create or expand programs, hire new staff, upgrade office infrastructure, and support long-term initiatives.

However, it is equally important to recognize the profound influence of all donations, especially those that are made consistently over time. These steady streams of support form the bedrock of a nonprofit, ensuring that the organization can continue its mission day in and day out, year after year.

At the Community Foundation, we understand the immense value of every donation, regardless of its size. Our Diamond Society stands as a testament to the incredible impact that consistent gifts can have on our ability to serve the community. This society honors the donors who have chosen to be the foundation of our work, supporting us not only financially but also with unwavering commitment.

The beauty of all donations, large or small, lies in their cumulative effect. While a single contribution may seem modest, the collective power of these gifts is extraordinary. It enables an organization to address immediate needs, respond to unforeseen challenges, and implement long-term initiatives that create lasting change. The Diamond Society celebrates the dedication of those who have recognized this ripple effect, contributing regularly to foster growth and sustainability.

Pastor Albert “Bert” Lane, III and his wife, Dayna, are recognized in the Community Foundation’s Diamond Society for giving a gift every year for more than 20 years.

“Over the years, and still today, we have known key staff and board members,” Pastor Lane said. “During the 32 years we lived in Walkersville, we became very aware that the Community Foundation was a philanthropic organization with strong leadership and a clear focus on serving Frederick County and its people.”

Lane said that two of his three sons received Community Foundation scholarships that helped them earn college degrees and he noted that both he and his wife served as Community Foundation volunteers at various times.

When Lane retired, he and his wife moved to a home on the Chesapeake Bay. But he said they remain committed to supporting The Community Foundation of Frederick County as he still has a son, daughter-in-law and grandson living in Frederick.

“We continue to support the Community Foundation knowing that the organization impacts lives now and in the future. We have a particular interest in supporting initiatives that benefit our grandson and other children in his generation.”

Philanthropy is not reserved solely for the wealthy. Everyone, regardless of their financial capacity, has the ability to be a philanthropist. The essence of philanthropy lies not in the size of a contribution, but in the genuine desire to make a positive impact on the community.

As we kick off the New Year, we thank the close to 40 donors who have supported the Community Foundation with a gift every year for more than 25 years. We thank and appreciate all the philanthropists in Frederick County who are finding ways to positively impact their community, whether through gifts of money, goods or time.

*Published in The Frederick News-Post on 1/3/2024.