The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is a public foundation serving the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically Somerset County, Wicomico County, and Worcester County. Established in 1984, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is a local philanthropic expert committed to connecting donors with community needs. Gifts to the Community Foundation create permanent endowment funds that steadily grow in value over time and produce income for grants to local charitable nonprofit organizations. To learn more about how to become a partner in charitable giving with the Community Foundation, visit our Give page. To learn about how to apply for grants and scholarships from CFES funds, visit the Receive page. Or, at any time, our Staff welcomes your call or email.
In fiscal year 2015 the Foundation made over 1,500 grants totaling $5 million as scholarships and as grants, to nonprofit and faith-based organizations to help improve the quality of life for the citizens of this region. To view a list of grantees, visit our grantmaking page.
Encourage philanthropy and strengthen our communities.
Increase annual grant making to $10 million by 2024
- Integrity is the cornerstone of our values. It means we are above reproach in everything we do. We believe it is not only important to know the right thing to do, but equally important to do the right thing.
- Leadership includes not only seizing the initiative but also challenging others to improve the communities we serve. We strive to be creative, thoughtful and innovative in our efforts to serve as the respected resource for regional philanthropy.
- Collaboration with interested parties will make it possible to facilitate the most favorable solutions for those we serve; to build consensus in the face of adversity; and to empower others to build lasting partnerships. We embrace our shared responsibility in working toward productive solutions.
- Transparency is the best way to prove to others that we are upholding our values. It makes mutual trust possible and helps make our actions understandable. We expect to provide information that will give stakeholders more power and the freedom to make informed decisions.
- Respect means operating in a spirit of cooperation and valuing human dignity. It includes embracing different cultures, recognizing unique needs, and honoring diversity. We endeavor to treat others as we expect to be treated.
- Accountability for our actions, decisions, and results helps keep us connected to those we serve. It focuses on keeping commitments, achieving results, and exercising sound judgment. We take responsibility for our performance in all our decisions and actions.
Our offices are open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.
(From June 6 through August 26 we are open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – noon on Friday.)