Become a Friend of the Community Foundation
Your gift will benefit charities right here at home today and for years to come. Make a secure online donation below or mail a check to: Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 716, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Questions, please call 240-670-4483
Friends of the Community Foundation
Dear Community,On December 5, 2005, co-founders Francis H. Chaney II and members of the Waldorf Jaycees, plus a group of enthusiastic community members, came together to incorporate the Community Foundation, a 501 c3 public charity whose purpose is to manage philanthropic dollars on behalf of individuals, families and corporations and to be a platform where donors and needs connect. The idea was only new to Southern Maryland, as the first community foundation was established in 1914.
At that time, I had not heard of a community foundation nor had most of the founding board members. Over the years, myself, committed board members, committee members and with the financial backing of Chaney Enterprises and the Chaney Foundation, have worked tirelessly to provide awareness and to grow charitable funds for the future of southern Maryland.
Today, our list of accomplishments include completion of a Needs Assessment in 2008; recognition as Nonprofit of the Year in 2012-2013; accreditation by the Council on Foundations, National Standards Board in 2013; instrumental in the passing of Endow Maryland tax bill, giving donors a 25% tax credit for gifts to endowments at community foundations statewide with guidance from the Baltimore Community Foundation; and our 27 charitable funds have provided over $700,000 in grants and scholarships to support brain cancer research, grants to teachers, empowering women, fighting breast cancer, standing up for social injustice, preserving historical landmarks, beautifying our community, feeding the hungry and much more.
As we look ahead, the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland's natural course includes working with the local community leaders to reach sustainable solutions, harnessing charitable capital to help meet short and long term community needs, and to maximize opportunities and minimize hardships for everyday people.
Your leadership empowers us to make a difference every day. Please join in our efforts by volunteering as a board member or committee member or as a partner in philanthropy through one of our giving initiatives - Founder's Circle, Corporate Circle or by setting up your own charitable Fund.
We look forward to hearing from you.