Monthly Archives: October 2015


The One and Only United Fund of Talbot County

It is almost a given in most conversations that Ann Jacobs has in her capacity as Executive Director of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC), she will need to correct someone at least once when they mistakenly call the UFTC the “United Way of Talbot County.” It’s a simple enough mistake, and Jacobs, even after twelve years in her job, never loses patience as she repeatedly points out that the United Fund is an independent and entirely different organization than the better known national program. In this interview, Ann talks about the founding of the organization, how it works with its agencies, particularly as they recover from the great recession, and the remarkable return on investment the UFTC offers the community in general.

In fact, Talbot’s United Fund, which pools resources and volunteers to provide $400,000 to twenty Talbot County-based non-profit agencies each year, is so local that it was literally created in a duck blind in the 1950s by local philanthropist McKinney Willis and his hunting companions. From those early days to the present, the United Fund has been indispensable in helping such critically important health and human services organizations like For All Seasons, Neighborhood Service Center, St. Michaels Community Center and Upper Shore Aging carry on their mission.


United Fund 2015-16 Campaign Moves Closer to Goal

The United Fund of Talbot County’s 2015-16 campaign officially kicked off on September 17th and has so far attracted more than $150,000 in donations as it moves towards its goal of $400,000. Monies raised will help the United Fund participating agencies deliver the critical health and human services programs to those in need in Talbot County.

Every hour of every day, someone in our community needs help – a friend, a neighbor or someone down the street. Their needs are very real. Our local agencies count on donors in our community to meet these needs. By delivering a host of local programs and services, United Fund agencies strengthen our community both now and for the future.

While there’s no master blueprint to building a strong community, the United Fund, its donors and its participating agencies collectively provide the building blocks to improve the quality of life for our families, friends and neighbors here in Talbot County. You can help the United Fund fulfill its mission and give people a chance to reach their full potential when you mail your donation to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601 or donate online at www.unitedfund.org today!