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Community Foundation of Southern Maryland
Board of Directors and Executive Director A special thank you to the Founding Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Charles County: (from left to right – front row)
John Trefry, Michael Besche, William Greer, Jr., Lara Castle, Kevin Wedding, Dorothy Harper (Advisory Committee), Gretchen Heinze Hardman (Executive Director); (back row) Susan Vogel (Advisory Committee), Michael Middleton, Frank Chaney, Brad Howard, Diane Warren (Advisory Committee). Not pictured: Evie Hungerford and John Jilek, Mary Grant (Advisory Committee) and Michelle Goodwin (Advisory Committee).

Who We Are

Community Foundations are a non-profit, 501(c)3, public charity created by and for the people in a certain geographical area. They are used as a vehicle for giving, designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment. In addition, they are grant-makers dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place.

The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is overseen by a diverse volunteer board and operated by paid professional staff with expertise in understanding the community’s needs, opportunities and resources.

The CFSOMD Board of Directors:

  • Ellen Flowers Fields, Chair
    Deputy Asst. Secretary, Div. of Workforce Dev.& Adult Learning, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations
  • Dominic Powell, Treasurer
    Business Development, BB&T Bank
  • Aaron Fenwick, Secretary
    Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • Georgeanne Aist
    Aist Wealth Planning
  • Delanta Brown
    The ARC, Southern Maryland
  • George M. Connelly, Jr.
    Govt. Affairs SoMd Association of Realtors
  • Denise A. Foster
    DK Foster Services, LLC, Nonprofit Management
  • Kelly Williams
    Corporate Director of Human Resources, The Cherry Cove Group


WHAT INSPIRES YOU? To learn how you can contribute to the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland's Grant-making Fund, Operating Fund or to create your own Fund to support your special charitable passion, contact or call the Foundation at 240-670-GIVE (4483).