Community Foundation Celebrates Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

“The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore remains strong, proactive and focused on the future,” said Doug Wilson, Foundation President, at the Community Foundation’s 2012 annual meeting and awards luncheon.

Over 300 people gathered at The Fountains Conference Center on November 2 to celebrate the Foundation’s charitable leadership and accomplishments during the past year. “Changing Lives…one at a time” was the Foundation’s theme for the meeting.

The Foundation reported on its activities during the past year to promote and support philanthropy on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Wilson noted that despite a tough investment market during the past 12 months, “2012 was still a remarkable year with the Foundation awarding over $4.4 million in grants and scholarships.”

Wilson reported that since its founding in 1984, the Community Foundation has distributed over $40 million in grants and scholarships and has received gifts of $80 million from donors. He also noted that as of the end of the Fiscal year in June 2012, the Foundation held assets of $79.1 million.

Over the past year, the Foundation distributed 1,048 grants to nonprofits and received $4.3 million in new gifts from donors. The Foundation currently holds over 500 charitable funds that benefit the community.

During the annual meeting, one individual was elected to serve a three-year term on the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Elected was Thomas K. Coates, an atorney with Coates, Coates, and Coates, P.A.

The highlight of the Foundation’s annual meeting is the presentation of honors and awards. Don Taylor, Chairman, Board of Directors, Community Foundation, presented the 2012 Chairman’s Award to James R. Bergey, Jr., Community Foundation board member. Bergey served on the Foundation’s board from 2