The Mid-Shore Community Foundation connects private resources with public needs in order to expand human services and enhance the quality of life for all citizens, of all ages, on the Mid-Shore – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that helps individuals, families, businesses and private foundations accomplish their charitable giving objectives. It manages donor’s financial gifts according to their wishes and distributes investment proceeds through grants that support of the community.
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation was established on December 8, 1992 by the United Fund of Talbot County. Some $236,000 in assets had been left to the United Fund of Talbot County through the wills of Col. Edgar Linthicum his wife Catherine. Traditionally, the management of charitable endowments is handled by a community foundation. Recognizing the formation of such a foundation would facilitate additional charitable assets for the region, the directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted to use the Linthicum Bequest as the nucleus gift for the foundation.
The foundation is located in the Bullitt House, in Easton, Maryland. This historic residence was donated to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation in 2002 by Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Brady, Mr. & Mrs. A. James Clark and Mr. & Mrs. William Hunter. The additional space in the Bullitt House is leased to nonprofit organizations.
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is one of the largest grantmakers in the region. Through it’s many types of funds, it supports a variety of programs.
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation awards over 100 scholarships each year. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals and economic circumstances.
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is committed to the support of nonprofits so that these critical community resources can strengthen their services and expand their capacity to serve the Mid-Shore Community. By partnering (establishing a Fund) with the foundation, nonprofits have access to the following.
Endowment Management – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation advocates the formation of operational endowments and offers “turnkey” solutions to nonprofits seeking a steady stream of permanent endowment support.
Training & Educational Opportunities – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation sponsors workshops and hosts various educational opportunities.
Nonprofit Resource Center – Thanks to a generous grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation hosts a nonprofit resource center. The center is located in the Bullitt House and provides visitors with access to computers, books, meeting space and the Foundation Center’s database.
Charitable Gift Annuity Programs – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation offers a CGA Program that can be tailored to your organization. The foundation handles all administrative details.
Fiscal Sponsorship – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation can support a special project or sponsor an unincorporated association.
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation makes giving easy.
Donate to an Existing Fund – Donors may make a gift, at any level, to an existing fund.
Establish a Fund – Funds can be established, minimum of $10,000, by individuals or by organizations. The name of the fund is determined by the donor and this may include naming the fund as a memorial. The foundation invests your gift along with those of other donors. Investment returns are added to your fund and a percentage is set aside for grantmaking. The foundation manages the assets and handles all administrative requirements.
Create a Legacy – A charitable bequest is a simple way to make a lasting gift to your community. The foundation can accept a wide range of assets: cash, securities, life insurance and real estate. When you make a gift through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, we establish a special fund that benefits the community forever and becomes your personal legacy of giving.
Create a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) – Giving through a Charitable Gift Annuity allows you to arrange a gift to your community, while providing yourself a new income source your can count on for life.