The Brightside: The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

Since 1984, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has been working to offer money and support for organizations across the Eastern Shore.

President, Erica Joseph, says it operates like a bank account.

“The easiest way to think about the Community Foundation is kind of like the community’s charitable savings account.”

CFES works with groups and individuals to help them create endowments that will ensure they will have a lasting legacy. One of the biggest campaigns CFES coordinates is called Giving Tuesday. It’s an event 47 ABC is proud to sponsor again this year.

According to Joseph, it’s aimed at making the process of donating fun and accessible.

“It’s an annual event that we help coordinate. Sort of the core of our mission is to promote philanthropy and that’s across all missions. It might be art.”

Giving Tuesday takes place this year on November 27 and will provide people all over the country with an online marketplace allowing them to donate to non-profits on the Eastern Shore.  Last year, they raised over $164,000 dollars for 80 groups in just 24 hours on Giving Tuesday.

The Foundation supports Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. President Erica Joseph says there are hundreds of non-profits who turn to her agency for help.

“There are more than 300 hundred local non-profits doing a variety of really compelling and necessary work in the community. We work with them both as a funder with grants to do different projects, we also help them with technical assistance.”

It’s not just money that CFES has in terms of support. They also help non-profits with social media and other needs to nurture their growth.

There’s even a resource room and conference room where non-profits can come and meet, says marketing manager, Victoria Kent.

“This is a really valuable resource because especially when you’re a smaller non-profit you might not necessarily have a meeting space or you can’t afford to rent something.”

The rooms are equipped with the latest technology, not just tables and chairs.

Cindy Feist heads up Women Supporting Women, a non-profit in Salisbury and says CFES has been a huge help.

“The facility is wonderful. Everybody that works at the Community Foundation. Anytime you need anything, they are always available. ”

To learn more about CFES click here.


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