The Community Trust Foundation will inspire and enable philanthropy to meet community needs and help build a better, stronger, and more vital region.
The mission of The Community Trust Foundation, Inc. is to strengthen the region by working in partnership with donors and community groups.
We accomplish our mission by:
- Building philanthropic resources
- Connecting donors to organizations and programs they care about
- Making effective grants that impact needs
- Providing leadership to address community issues
Community Foundations are one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the U.S.
- We partner with you to create a fund to achieve your charitable vision
- We save you the time and expense of starting your own 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
Coming together is a beginning;
Keeping together is progress;
Working together is success.
Turning Charitable Dreams into Reality
People want to make their communities stronger and more vital. This most human desire has been observed throughout history, and has done much to drive the advances of civilization. In April 2006, an organization that would become the Community Trust Foundation was established to facilitate private philanthropy by enabling donors to help meet community needs and turn their charitable dreams into reality.
In 2005, Casper Taylor, then speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, convened a steering committee to explore the possibility of bringing a community foundation to our region. The Tri-County Council of Western Maryland took the lead in creating the Allegany/Garrett Community Foundation in 2006 by providing the administrative expertise to establish the foundation and the resources to equip and staff it. Business leader and philanthropist Robert Ebert saw the Foundation’s potential for strengthening the community and generously made the first donation to establish the Elta Mae and Robert Little Ebert Family Hope Fund.
In its first year, the Allegany/Garrett Community Foundation more than doubled its assets. By the end of 2007, Mineral County West Virginia was added to the foundation’s service area and its name was changed to become the Community Trust Foundation (CTF).
Mr. Ebert and CTF made a positive impact on the community from the beginning by supporting the Family Integration and Education Center, a pilot program to enable families to overcome poverty through education and career development. As additional donors joined CTF, we were able to provide resources to support the Arts, help build parenting skills, and develop young leaders.
On May 9, 2010, Mr. Ebert died at the age of 93. His passion for working to eradicate poverty was recognized in the US Senate by Ben Cardin of Maryland and will always be remembered by the people he helped. His legacy of leadership and giving continues to inspire our Board of Trustees.
Over the years, the Community Trust Foundation has grown to include 20 funds holding a total of nearly $3.8 million in assets. Since 2010, CTF has provided over $3.5 million to non-profit organizations in support of education, culture, and wellness. We work in partnership with donors and community groups to make effective grants to help build better, stronger, more vital communities in our region. We welcome you to join the Community Trust Foundation in our mission to strengthen and improve the quality of life in our region. Together we can make a difference.
Trustees, Staff and Advisory Councils
Although the Board of Trustees is geographically and professionally very diverse, it is unified in its commitment and passion to realize CTF’s vision of growing a stronger community. Together, they pool their time, professional talent and resources to inspire others to pursue their philanthropic dreams in making a positive difference in our region. The Board of Trustees would like to thank everyone who chooses to make a donation of any size for their kind support and generosity.
Board of Trustees
Mrs. Marion Leonard, President
Mrs. Kathy Getty, Vice President
Mrs. Stacey Boggs
Mrs. Dinah Courrier
Mr. William B. Grant
Mr. Shane Grady
Mr. Martin Heise
Mr. Jonathan Kessler
Mr. Alexander Miltenberger
Mrs. Margaret Miltenberger
Dr. David Moran
Mr. Ray Morris
Mr. Alonzo Naylor
Mr. Bartlett Naylor
Mr. Todd Pyles, CPA
Mr. Vic Rezendes
Mr. Jeffrey Rhodes
County Commissioner Jake Shade
Mr. R. Terry Stephens
Mrs. Mary Jo Wolters
CTF Foundation Director
CTF Administrative Assistant
Beginning in 2015, the Community Trust Foundation welcomed the input of local community leaders by creating Advisory Councils for each of the three counties; Allegany, Garrett and Mineral. Members of the Advisory Councils are considered Ambassadors for CTF, sharing their professional expertise and knowledge, while promoting the good work and and long-term benefits of the Community Trust Foundation.
Allegany County Advisory Council
Dr. Peter Halmos
Daniel Taylor Neuman
Amy Schwab Owens
Dr. Diane Romaine
Garrett County Advisory Council
Mineral County Advisory Council
Annual IRS Form 990
A copy of the latest filing is available for review in the CTF office at 71 Baltimore Street, Suite 202, Cumberland, Maryland 21502
Annual Financial Review
A copy of the review is available for inspection in the CTF office at 71 Baltimore Street, Suite 202, Cumberland, Maryland 21502