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Who We Are

1,692

GRANTS AWARDED IN FY 2020

$89 MILLION

IN GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE 1984

$5.5 MILLION

GRANTED IN FY 2020

$540K

SCHOLARSHIPS GRANTED IN FY 2020

400+

LOWER SHORE NONPROFITS SERVED

What We Do

As leaders, grant makers, and stewards of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore connects people who care to causes that matter for the common good of the Lower Eastern Shore.  We are a 501c3 nonprofit with an inspiring history of fostering charitable endeavors, and have provided $89 million in grants and scholarships to the local community since 1984. We collaborate with individuals, families, and businesses to match their charitable interests with community needs and strengthen local nonprofits through grants and resources. We are devoted to improving our regional community and believe in the power of philanthropy.  

Meet Our

People

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What We Believe In

MISSION

Inspiring community philanthropy and connecting people who care with causes that matter.

VISION

Create thriving communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where we can live and prosper together.

VALUES
  • Accountability: We keep commitments, achieve results, exercise sound judgment, and accept responsibility for our performance in all our decisions and actions.

  • Collaboration: We embrace our shared responsibility in working toward productive solutions to strengthen our community. We will work to facilitate the most favorable solutions for those we serve; to build consensus in the face of adversity; and to empower others to build lasting partnerships.

  • Equity: We embrace and respect the differences that make our communities strong. Diversity in all its forms is key to our collective success. We encourage inclusivity of perspective, experience, abilities, and ideas to identify needs and create opportunities to improve the quality of life in our region.

  • Integrity: We believe it is not only important to know the right thing to do, but equally important to do the right thing and be above reproach in all we do.  It is the cornerstone of our values.

  • Leadership: We strive to be innovative, compassionate, and diligent in our efforts to serve as the respected resource for regional philanthropy.  We will seize the initiative and challenge others to improve the communities we serve.

  • Transparency: We provide information that will empower stakeholders to make informed decisions.  We believe it is the best way to prove to others we are upholding our values and to make mutual trust possible and our actions understandable.

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Financials &

Accountability

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