Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.

Salisbury, MD   |  http://www.cfes.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1984

President

Mrs. Erica Joseph

Main address

1324 Belmont Ave Ste 401

Salisbury, MD 21804 USA

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Formerly known as

Salisbury Regional Community Foundation

EIN

52-1326014

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 $94 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.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Eastern Shore Nonprofit Support Center

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, as part of its core mission, has supported local nonprofit organizations since 1984. In addition to financial support, the Foundation has developed a number of Nonprofit Support Programs designed to enhance the capacity of local organizations to effectively achieve their mission.   Meeting and conference facilities, educational programs, grants research, and professinal development services are available for the nonprofit sector.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program provides program support to a broad range of charitable programs. Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs, or eligible programs within government agencies serving citizens on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (specifically Somerset, Wicomico, and/or Worcester County). The program has a $5,000 grant award maximum.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Foundation’s Education Awards Grant Program provides support for classroom-based programs in public and private schools (pre-K through 12th grade) on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (specifically Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester County). For additional eligibility detail, please visit the MSDE nonpublic school website. Eligible private schools must be on the MSDE nonpublic schools list. The program has a $5,000 grant award maximum.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Field of Interest Funds are established by donors to support a particular area of interest. Within that subject area, the Foundation makes grants to the most appropriate organizations and projects serving that interest. Selection is guided by the Foundation’s Community Initiative Committee.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Foundation’s Workforce Development Grant program supports scholarship opportunities for job training, education, or professional development programs. Special emphasis will be placed on programs serving people with disabilities, high school juniors and seniors, non-traditional students, nonprofit professionals, and skilled professionals in fields that serve vulnerable populations in our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each spring, The Women’s Fund focuses its grant making on programs addressing the unmet needs of women and/or girls on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Requests must articulate a direct and measurable benefit of this targeted population in Wicomico, Worcester, and/or Somerset County. The grant award maximum is $5,000.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, public schools, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs, or eligible programs within government agencies serving citizens in Somerset, Wicomico, and/or Worcester Counties. The grant award maximum is $2,000.

Technical Assistance & Capacity Building grants provide support to for pilot projects, organizational improvement and capacity building, technology and equipment purchases.

Emergency Assistance grants provide pharmaceutical, transportation, food, and utility assistance through our local charities.

Youth Help grants provide support to students who otherwise could not afford to take advantage of opportunities that would help them grow and become better citizens of our community.

Volunteer Engagement grants provide support for volunteer led projects at eligible nonprofit organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2002

Council on Foundations National Standards 2012

Council on Foundations National Standards 2017

Awards

Salisbury Award 2009

Salisbury Award Committee

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 1984

Council on Foundations - Member 1998

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Conducting Solid Research, Sharing Best Practices, Enhancing Collaborative Work.

Short-Term (FY 21):
Operational Optimization - During & Post Covid
Grow Capacity and Strength of Nonprofits
Enhance Operations and Effective Utilization of Technology

Medium Term (FY 22-23)
Operational Optimization - During & Post Covid (Phase 2)
Grow Capacity and Strengths of Nonprofits (Phase 2)
Enhance Operations and Effective Utilization of Technology (Phase 2)
Engage Next Generation of Donors
Grow Legacy Society

Long-Term (FY 24-26+)
Grow Capacity and Strengths of Nonprofits (Phase 3)
Enhance Operations and Effective Utilization of Technology (Phase 3)
Engage Next Generation of Donors (Phase 2)
Grow Legacy Society (Phase 2)
Grow Assets and Grants Awards in all 3 Counties
Define priorities for FY 27-32

We are fully capable in our current staffing to meet our goals.

We have completed all short-term goals, and are working on medium and long term goals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jim Jones

Melody Nelson

James Thomas

David Vorhis

Julius Zant

Stephanie Willey

Dwight Marshall

Nationwide Insurance Agent

Carolyn Johnston

Michael Truitt

Merrill Lynch & Co

Thomas Coates

Coates, Coates, & Coates, P.A.

Andy Kim

Kim & Associates, PA

Greg Tawes

Truist Bank

Gayle Widdowson

Velda Henry

W. Todd Hershey

Delmarby, Inc.

James Jones

First Shore Federal Savings and Loan

Annette Wallace

Pocomoke High School

George Whitehead

Ginnie Malone

Jan Perdue

Allen Brown, Sr.

Dean Lewis

Taylor Bank

Ed Barber

Robin Evans

Tyrone Mills

Dan O'Connell

PKS & Company

Sonya Whited

Perdue Farms

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/15/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.