Memorial Funds

Honor your loved one’s memory

When faced with a personal loss, family and friends often want a way to honor and memorialize a loved
one in a special and meaningful way.

Establishing a Memorial Fund with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore offers a way to
turn memorial gifts into a lasting legacy that will make a difference for our community for years to
come.

When you are ready — at a less stressful time — the Foundation will work with you to determine the
charitable organizations that will ultimately benefit from the Memorial Fund.

Shared Stories

  • The late Duane V. Perdue of Willards is fondly remembered in his hometown as an avid sports fan who had a particular passion for baseball. Duane’s family and friends established a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation in his memory. Now, each year graduating students who are residents of Eastern Wicomico County benefit from the Duane Perdue Memorial Scholarship.
  • Memorial gifts in memory of 4-year-old Ben Layton, who died of leukemia in 2002, ultimately led to the creation of the “Ben’s Red Swings” endowment fund at the Community Foundation that provides funds for the permanent maintenance of a memorial playground in the Salisbury City Park.
  • Jack Causey was a leading builder of homes in our area for 35 years. He strongly believed in
    education and at his passing his family decided an appropriate way to honor his memory should be the establishment of a permanent scholarship fund at the Community Foundation.
  • Maryland State Trooper First Class Edward A. Plank, Jr., a native of Somerset County, was slain on duty by a gunman in 1995 near Princess Anne. The tragedy moved the residents of the lower Eastern Shore. Trooper Plank’s family established a memorial scholarship fund at the Community Foundation in his memory as a permanent legacy of his sacrifice in serving all of us.

Honoring Your Loved One is Simple

  • You or your funeral director contact the Community Foundation about your loved one’s Memorial Fund.
  • Your funeral director will include a notice of the Memorial Fund in the obituary.  Recommended language:  “In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, in memory of ___.  1324 Belmont Ave Ste 401, Salisbury, MD 21804.”
  • The Foundation will keep an accurate record of all gifts to the Memorial Fund.
  • When you are ready, at a less stressful time, the Foundation will work with you to determine the
    charitable organizations that will ultimately benefit from the Memorial Fund.