How to Get Started

Funds at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore allow you to give back to your community in an informed and active way.  At CFES we offer many different options for your giving and your situation.  There are four ways to get started:

Start a Fund

Funds at the Community Foundation can help you give back to your community, provide scholarships to worthy students, support a beloved organization or focus on a particular interest.Establishing a charitable fund at CFES is an easy and effective way to carry out your philanthropy.  We invite you to find out more by contacting BJ Summers or Erica Joseph.


Give to an Existing Fund

The Community Foundation currently holds more than 560 funds, and each has a unique and powerful story.  Every fund at the Community Foundation was started by an individual, family, local business, or civic organization – initiated by people just like you.  Anyone can make a gift to any fund at any time – in honor or in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a special occasion, or simply to make a gift that will make a difference for generations to come.  You can contact Erica Joseph or BJ Summers to learn more or take a look at our Funds That Make A Difference.


Support CFES

The Community Foundation’s mission is to encourage philanthropy and strengthen our communities.  The Foundation is strong because of the generous and sustained support of individuals, families, businesses, and organizations across the Lower Eastern Shore.  The Community Foundation Fund gives us the necessary resources to carry out the core work of the Foundation.  By supporting this Fund, you choose to provide ongoing support for the wide array of programs and services the Community Foundation offers to donors and nonprofit partners.  The Memorial Endowment Fund accepts gifts made in memory of a loved one and provides valuable funds to local charitable causes.  At the Community Foundation, we have many options for your charitable giving!  We can help create a plan that best fits your situation.


Create a Legacy

How do you want to be remembered?  Through CFES, you can support the causes you care about for generations to come.  Whether it’s a fund for the Lower Shore that will help CFES address the changing needs in our region, a field of interest fund that carries on your passion for education, the arts or another field, or a specific philanthropic purpose you have in mind, CFES provides a home for your permanent legacy.  There are many options for planned gifts, including some that provide you with income for life while ensuring your legacy for generations to come.