CTF Participates in Regional Community Foundation Conference

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Sandi Rowland, Foundation Director

This summer I joined over 100 colleagues from Community Foundations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey for a full day of news, information sharing and presentations on a variety of topics related to the Community Foundation world. The meeting was held outside of Philadelphia.

Since CTF is relatively new, we are just nine years old, and I’m really new, just one year on the job, the opportunity to hear from foundations with decades of experience and seasoned community foundation leaders proved invaluable. I have found the people involved with Community Foundations, either as staff or Governing Board Members, to be extremely nice and helpful. Many have years of experience in donor development and program management. I have found my more experienced colleagues to be very forthcoming in sharing their tips of the trade and secrets to success.

Throughout the day we heard from senior leadership from the Council on Foundations, we heard visions on where community foundations are heading, and practical advice on investment issues and working with community partners and community impact.

Since the conference was fairly far for one day’s drive, I carpooled with colleagues from the Baltimore Community Foundation. Our six hour back and forth ride between Baltimore and Philadelphia was also full of great conversations and lots more learning for me. I was anxious to share much of what I learned with CTF’s Board of Directors when I returned. I’m very excited at the potential for CTF as  we build our assets and our impact in the communities we serve.

CTF Receives National Accreditation from the Council on Foundations

CTF Receives National Accreditation from the Council on Foundations

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CTF has achieved accreditation through the Community Foundations National Standards Board. http://www.cfstandards.org/

The Community Trust Foundation is proud to have received accreditation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board. This means that CTF is recognized nationally as being in compliance with best practices in the Community Foundation world. The Community Foundations National Standards Board is a supporting organization of the council on foundations

In 2013 CTF completed a lengthy application process including hundreds of pages of documents explaining how we operate, how we communicate with the public, the types of funds we manage, and how we grant out funds. In fact, the binder of documents submitted is about six inches thick! In each of these areas there are specific guidelines and rules which a foundation must follow to be in compliance with national standards.

We were pleased to have satisfied all these requirements. As stated in our award letter, “National Standards accreditation is a commitment to transparency, excellence stewardship, and leadership.” We are happy to join more than 500 community foundations that have received National Standards Board accreditation.

We also proudly display the National Standards seal on much of our communication so that our donors, grantees and the community at large can feel assured the Community Trust Foundation has achieved the highest levels of excellence in the philanthropic field.

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Community Grants – Community Impact

 

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Sandi Rowland, Foundation Director

Grants, Grants and More Grants.  Grant making is a big part of what CTF does. Grantmaking is a particularly rewarding part of our work here at CTF. Once or twice a year local non profit organizations, schools or government agencies submit grant applications. Our grants committee reviews them and makes recommendations for funding. The grants committee is made up of both CTF Board members and community members. Funding is sought from our existing donor funds and everything is approved by both the donors and our Board of Directors. We give grants in four basic funding areas: Education and Youth Development, Health and Wellness, Vibrant Communities & Thriving Environments, and Arts and Historic Preservation.

Some of our recent grantees include: The Allegany Arts Council for “Arts in the Schools Week,” Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing to support the One Act Play Series, The iLego team in Garrett County for travel to a national competition in Arkansas, the Cumberland YMCA for a pre-diabetes lifestyle intervention program, the Mission of Mercy dental clinic, and The Evergreen Heritage  environmental education center among others.

Thousands of our neighbors and friends and maybe even you have benefitted from grants awarded through CTF over the last several years. We are proud to be part of building a stronger, more vibrant community. Please contact me if you have questions, comments, or ideas via email at srowland@ctfinc.org, or by phone at 301-876-9172.

Why Establish a Fund through the Community Trust Foundation?

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Sandi Rowland, Foundation Director

 While community foundations have been around for over 100 years, the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is relatively new in our area. So, you may be asking yourself why should I contribute to CTF?  If I want to leave a legacy endowment or scholarship why don’t I just set it up myself? Community Foundations are a way for ordinary citizens to take advantage of economies of scale in investing back into their own communities. They are a way of keeping wealth made locally in the community. Establishing a fund or contributing to an existing fund is an easy way to maximize your philanthropic dollars while taking out the hassle factor.  You can control how you want your money used but you don’t have the responsibility of conducting your own due diligence or keeping up to date on tax codes, investment decisions, etc.

Some things to consider working through your local community foundation:

·         We provide an easy, efficient, and effective process to help you establish a professionally managed fund that serves your community interests.

·         We partner with you to create a fund to achieve your charitable vision.

·         We save you the time, administrative expense and legal costs of starting a private foundation.

·         We offer tax-saving and estate planning strategies.

·         We spare you federal and state record keeping and filing.

·         We invest your fund with professional financial managers.

·         We provide on-going guidance and help to achieve your charitable goals.

·         We keep you informed about current community needs.

As always, feel free to contact me for further information via this blog, email at srowland@ctfinc.org or phone at 301-876-9172.

What is a Community Foundation?

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Sandi Rowland, Foundation Director

I have been with the Community Trust Foundation for just over a year…and what a year it has been! I have learned so much about what community foundations are and the role they play in creating stronger communities. I’m very excited to share a bit of what I have learned and exchange ideas on how we can build a more vibrant region in Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. Through this blog, I hope to create a space for conversation to explore ways we can work together to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our region.

So let’s start with the basics, just What exactly is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations emerged just over 100 years ago, the first being in Cleveland. Today there are over 700 community foundations around the country serving local regions, cities, counties and even states. In Maryland there are 15 community foundations covering every county. Community foundations are a vehicle to mobilize local resource to address local needs. While other community non profits also do this, most non-profit organizations serve a very specific mission. Community foundations have a broad vision – to improve the quality of life in a given region. CTF is the community foundation for Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland and nearby Mineral County in West Virginia.

CTF is a younger member of the community foundation world. We were founded in 2006, but are growing rapidly. CTF has approximately $4,000,000 in assets under management and distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of grants and scholarships in the community every year. CTF provides many unique opportunities for donors to make a difference in the community where they live, work and raise their families. CTF supports many areas of community life; Arts and Historical Preservation, Vibrant Communities and aThriving Environment, Education and Youth Leadership, and Health and Wellness. We understand the needs of our community and make it easy for our local citizens to establish or contribute to funds that will serve organizations and programs important to them. Feel free to contact me with your questions or ideas through this blog or through email at srowland@ctfinc.org or by phone at 301-876-9172.