Betsy.Day.2014.smallMost of you have heard the popular holiday song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” It was written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle, and recorded and released by Andy Williams. It’s still played every year, and hasn’t lost any sparkle during its 54 year run. In fact, it’s considered one of the music industry’s holiday standards for the season. READ MORE

Betsy.Day.2014.smallIf you’re a parent of a high school or college student, you’re most likely familiar with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. This form unlocks scholarship and student loan money available from the government. READ MORE....

It is impossible, evBetsy.Day.2014.smallen when things sometimes still seem bleak with the economy, unemployment, homelessness and other challenges, not to see and feel the signs of community strength that have far-reaching and deep impact in Frederick County. READ MORE......

Betsy.Day.2014.small“If I had a million dollars, I’d..............” How many times have you heard someone say this and then fill in the blank with their vision of how they would spend that much money? How many times have YOU said this? Well, I’m really happy because starting March 30, I CAN say it and fill in the blank: “The Community Foundation has a million dollars that’s going to be given out in post-secondary scholarships!” READ MORE....

Betsy.Day.2014.smallRolling – saying the word rolls off your tongue, and it can mean many things. It’s the action, motion, or sound of anything that rolls or moves by revolving. It’s the rolling landscape of Frederick County as it rises and falls in gentle slopes and clouds roll through the sky. It also refers to things that rock or sway, turn or fold over, and can produce a deep, continuous sound. Read more...

Betsy.Day.2014.smallThe Community Foundation just celebrated its 29th year, and more than 300 donors and grantees gathered at the FSK Holiday Inn and Conference Center for its Annual Report to the Community. Read more.....

Betsy.Day.2014.smallThis has been an exciting scholarship "season" at the Community Foundation. Two hundred seventy-six students have been awarded 371 scholarships totaling just over $833,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Music and dance scholarships are being finalized now, and by July, the total scholarship amount will increase to more than $850,000.

Betsy.Day.2014.smallA little over 100 years ago in Cleveland, banker, lawyer, and former mayor Frederick H. Goff had a novel idea. His vision was to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland's philanthropic minded citizens, living and dead, into a single, impactful, and permanent endowment for the betterment of his community.

betsy dayThe Community Foundation, since 2011, has allocated resources for grants we call "strategic grants." Our strategic grant journey began in 2009, when one of the Board of Trustees three-year strategic planning initiatives was to become more focused in its efforts to improve lives in Frederick County.

betsy dayI didn’t know Janis Miller Wertheimer well while she was alive, but I feel like I know her better in the years since she passed. Many remember her dedication to her community, her volunteer efforts, her enjoyment of a lively conversation, and her desire to make Frederick County a better place to live and work.

betsy dayI am feeling poetic today. Hope you enjoy my brief summary of what’s happening at the Community Foundation this month!

Spring has sprung.
The grass is green
Trees are budding
Gone is winter’s scene.

Betsy.santa.xsmallHoliday music is playing, lights adorn our windows, and our society has now officially entered the season emphasizing faith, hope and love.

Faith, Hope and Love…this just isn’t just a season or a six-week period for us. We see these embodied throughout the year in the faces of our donors, in the actions of our grantees and scholars, and in the stewardship of our trustees and staff.

betsy dayI like words. Writing words. Speaking words. Playing word games. Having my own personal “word of the day.”

I choose a word each morning and try to use it as often as possible during the day. Additionally, I listen carefully to see how many times those around me use my chosen word. It’s my own personal game with myself as the only player.

betsy dayWatch out, Frederick County! I have a new approach to sharing the Community Foundation’s accomplishments.

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