Community Foundation Hosts Workshop


On April 6, Mid-Shore Community Foundation hosted 130 executive directors and board members from the five-county area at Chesapeake College for a CEO/Board workshop.  The workshop was led by Chuck V. Loring of Ft. Lauderdale and Indianapolis-based Loring, Sternberg & Associates, which provides fundraising and governance consulting services to nonprofits. Mr. Loring is also a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource.

Mr. Loring was invited back after receiving rave reviews at a similar event hosted by MSCF last September.  “Part of our mission is to provide education opportunities for the non-profit organizations in the community,” said Robbin Hill, MSCF Chief Program Officer. “A workshop of this type is cost prohibitive for many individual organizations and we are happy to be able to make it available to them.  We offer a variety of programs but what we kept hearing at the end of the September workshop was, please bring him back!”

The first part of the program focused on governance issues such as building an effective board, legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the board, common pitfalls that impact board effectiveness and trends impacting the non-profit sector.  The second half of the program focused on current trends in philanthropic fundraising, the importance of donor cultivation and stewardship, how board members can be great fundraisers without asking for money, and why legacy giving is the future of philanthropy.

Once again, Mr. Loring received rave reviews.  “This was a unique opportunity for directors and board members to evaluate their board against the standards considered best practices for nonprofit boards,” said Moorhead Vermilye, President of the Board of CASA of the Mid-Shore.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation offers at least two training opportunities for nonprofits each year.  The next program will be in the Fall.

The Caroline Foundation Awards Grants


The Board of Directors for the Caroline Foundation: Terry Mead, Bob Jarrell, Berl Lovelace, JoAnn Staples, Becky Loukides, Harry Cole, Richard Wheatley, Charlie Davis, Wayne Cole, Glen Plutschak, Michele Wayman, Miki Phillips, Jerry Garey and Tony Gianninoto and Mid-Shore Community Foundation President, Buck Duncan presented $564,570 in grant funding to the following organizations.

Caroline County Emergency Services – Response Services and Automated External Defibrillators, Caroline County Family YMCA – Open Doors Program,Caroline County Health Department – Addiction Treatment, Caroline County Public Schools – LifeSkills Training Program, Caroline County Public Schools – Weekend Food Program, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office – Drug Dog, Caroline Hospice Foundation – Patient Services, Caroline Medical Adult Day Care – Financial Aid, Channel Marker – Transportation Improvements, For All Seasons – Patient Services, His Hope Haven – Homeless Shelter, Partners in Care – Outreach Coordinator, Rebuilding Together Caroline County – Home Repair Services, St. Martin’s Ministries – Healthy Seniors Program, Upper Shore Aging – Patient Services.

The Caroline Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County.  The Mid-Shore Community Foundation provides administrative services and manages the grantmaking process on behalf of the Caroline Foundation.  Grant applications are available online at and the deadline for submission is July 1, 2018.  Contributions to the Caroline Foundations are tax-deductible and should be directed to the Caroline Foundation, P.O. Box 607, Denton, MD.  Planned giving options are available.  For additional information, visit

Mid-Shore Foundation Sets Up Fund for Victims of Hurricane Harvey


In response to the catastrophic damage caused by the Hurricanes, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation has expanded its disaster relief efforts.

The Directors of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation have established a Hurricane Relief Fund to provide disaster relief to the victims of the recent Hurricanes.  The first $5,000 in contributions will be matched by the Founder’s Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

All donations to the Fund will support relief and recovery efforts in the devastated areas.  The funds will be directed to Community Foundations, serving the areas of devastation, to provide immediate and long-term assistance.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible.  To donate, make checks payable/mail to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MEMO: Hurricane Relief Fund), 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601 or donate online at  For instructions on how to transfer assets (cash or stock), please contact the Foundation at (410)820-8175.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible. Donations may be made online at Checks should be made payable/mailed to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MEMO: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund), 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601. You may also transfer assets or make a grant from a Donor Advised Fund.



New Career and Technology Scholarships Available

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Mr. Haines Holt and some of the 2016 Roberta B. Holt and Roberta B. Holt Trades Scholarship Recipients (Joniya Copper, Madison Bee, Hunter Joseph, Priya Patel, JamieHetrick).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation has announced new scholarship opportunities for the 2017/18 Academic Year.  Thanks to generous donors, Career and Technology Scholarships are now available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Area students planning for career and technology fields are invited to apply.  Applications must be completed online at and the submission deadline is March 31, 2017.  For additional information contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175.

MSCF Announces 2017 Scholarship Program


The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Scholarship Program.  Scholarships are available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need, academic achievement and community service.  Students must plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college/university or vocational/technical program, as a full-time student.


2016 Austin & Martha Steele Scholarship Recipients (Grace Kulp, Mackenzie Poust, Patrick Geleta, Emma Murray and Zachary Kirby).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is proud to have one of the largest scholarships programs in the region.  In 2016, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation awarded over $528,000 in scholarships and this year, increased funding is available to Mid-Shore Students.

Applications are available online at and are due February 1, 2017 for students wishing to apply.

Caroline Foundation Signs Management Agreement with Mid-Shore Community Foundation


In July of 2016, the boards of the Caroline Foundation and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) entered into a management agreement that will significantly expand support for the charitable organizations providing medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County.

Under the direction of the Caroline Foundation Board, the Caroline Nursing Home and the Gables were sold to a privately owned company specializing in health management.  All proceeds from the sale are owned and invested by the Caroline Foundation, to be distributed as grants to charitable organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County, Maryland.


Caroline Foundation Directors and Caroline Hospice Representatives.

Terry Mead, President of the Caroline Foundation Board of Directors, noted that the Board wanted to minimize overhead costs for the Caroline Foundation while taking advantage of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s not-for-profit expertise.  MSCF will provide accounting services, marketing support and will manage the grantmaking process on behalf of the Caroline Foundation.

Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, expressed excitement about the new collaboration – the first of its kind for MSCF.  “A new and substantial capacity for charitable support has been created for Caroline County and we are very pleased that the Caroline Foundation has partnered with MSCF. Through this collaboration, we are able to minimize administrative expenses, making every possible dollar of this resource available for grants to charities.”

In October, the Caroline Foundation made its first grants, $100,000 to Caroline Hospice Foundation for patient services and $9,000 to Caroline County Family YMCA for a Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Caroline Foundation will seek out opportunities for matching grants to further leverage these resources and invite donors to consider additional gifts to the Foundation.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grants from the Caroline Foundation can find the application online at The deadline for the Caroline Foundation’s next grants cycle is July 1, 2017.  For additional information, contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation at (410) 820-8175.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Appoints Six new Directors


The Mid-Shore Community Foundation announces the appointment of six new directors: Ed Allen, Joe Anthony, David DeLuca, Sandy McAllister, Barbara Viniar and Arraminta Ware. The new members have diverse backgrounds and their collective experience and knowledge will be invaluable assets to the Foundation.

Ed Allen is the Chief Financial Officer of Shore United Bank and Shore Bancshares, Inc. Ed resides in Queen Anne’s County and serves as the Vice Chair of Compass Regional Hospice.

Ed Allen







Joe Anthony is an experienced CPA in Easton, Maryland. Joe is a returning Board Member and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committees.

Joe Anthony

Joe Anthony








David DeLuca is a longtime Dorchester County resident and is the owner of Delco Packaging Products, Inc. in Hurlock, Maryland. David is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity Choptank and the Dorchester County YMCA.

David DeLuca

David DeLuca








Sandy McAllister, a returning Board Member and Dorchester County native, is an attorney with McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker. Sandy is an avid lacrosse player and is actively involved in the community.

Sandy McAllister

Sandy McAllister







Barbara Viniar is the President of Chesapeake College and represents the five counties served by the Foundation. Barbara is a returning Board Member and is very active on the Grants Committee.

Barbara Viniar

Barbara Viniar










Arraminta Ware, a Queen Anne’s County Native, is a CPA with Anthony, Judge & Ware in Chestertown, Maryland. Arraminta is a welcome addition to the Board and the Nominating Committee.

Arraminta Ware,

Arraminta Ware









The Foundation is honored to have the leadership and guidance of these individuals who will assist the Foundation in its’ mission to improve the quality of life for citizens on the Mid-Shore. For information about the Mid-Shore Community Foundation visit

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Releases FY 2015 Performance Results


W. Moorhead Vermilye, Chairman of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) announces the FY 2015 performance results. “Transparency is important, especially in community philanthropy where we need to be accountable to the community,” said Mr. Vermilye. 2015 was an extraordinary year.

Thanks to the support of the community, MSCF received $6.6 million in donor contributions. This represented a $4.3 million increase over a very good year in 2014.

As is typical of a community foundation, most of these contributions came from estates in settlement. These assets, together with an additional $1.1 million from investment earnings, brought our total assets to $56.8 million, an 8% increase in spite of an uneven investment market.

In FY 2015, the MSCF awarded over $2.99 million in grants and related charitable expenses to 302 charities and 99 individuals. The individuals were recipients of $469,194 in scholarships with an average award of $4,739. Over the past 5 years, MSCF has awarded $10,745,000 in grants and scholarships. There are now 330 funds managed by the Foundation. Importantly, even with continued growth, we kept our operating expenses at a remarkable 1.1% of total assets. Overall, our operating expenses totaled $642,801.
Vermilye credits the board, volunteers and staff for the success of the MSCF and invites members of the community to visit the Bullitt House. He also invites members of the community to attend the Foundation’s Annual Event – Report to the Community and Awards Luncheon, to be held on November 19, 2015 at Chesapeake College. Individuals interested in attending should contact Heather Pickens at

A copy of the Foundation’s 2015 Report to the Community is available online at To request a copy by mail, call 410.820.8175.

L-R: Buck Duncan, Robbin Hill, Heather Pickens and Michael Morris, MSCF Staff; Moorhead Vermilye, Board Chairman.

L-R: Buck Duncan, Robbin Hill, Heather Pickens and Michael Morris, MSCF Staff; Moorhead Vermilye, Board Chairman.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Elects Three New Directors


The Mid-Shore Community Foundation announces the election of three new directors that include Susan (Suze) Chaffinch, Kenneth (Ken) Kozel, and Richard Scobey.

“We are pleased to welcome Suze, Ken and Richard to our Board of Directors,” says Foundation Chairman, W. Moorhead Vermilye. “The new directors bring a wealth of experience and their collective knowledge will be an invaluable asset to the Foundation.”

President Buck Duncan and Suze Chaffinch

President Buck Duncan and Suze Chaffinch

Suze Chaffinch was born and raised on the Eastern Shore and has lived most of her life in Caroline County. Since her retirement from teaching, she has enjoyed her involvement with various volunteer organizations. She has been a volunteer with Rebuilding Together Caroline County, The Children’s Home Foundation, and has served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Suze lives in Denton and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Ken Kozel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore Regional Health System. He is active in civic and community service. He has been a Board Member of the Maryland Association of Healthcare Executives and has served on the Council on Clinical and Quality Issues for the Maryland Hospital Association. Ken is a Maryland native and has two children.

Richard Scobey is the Deputy Director General of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank. He currently serves on the Boards of the

Richard Scobey

Richard Scobey

Academy Art Museum, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, and Frederick Douglass Honor Society Scholarship Committee, and has been active with Building African American Minds, Chesapeake Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Save the Elephants in Kenya, and Alliance of Religions and Conservation in UK.

Effective July 1, 2015, the new directors will serve two-year terms and will serve on a variety of committees that include Investment, Grants and Scholarships.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is dedicated to serving the Mid-Shore Region. Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of residents – both now and in the future. For more information, visit