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United Fund Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Campaign

The United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) will be accepting applications until April 17, 2017, from qualified non-profit agencies in Talbot County requesting funds from its 2017-18 campaign.

To qualify, agencies must be registered 501 (c) 3 organizations; grant requests should seek to fund programs or initiatives that address the health and human services needs of individuals and families in Talbot County, and must demonstrate the agency’s fit with the United Fund charter to benefit underfunded and underrepresented Talbot County residents.

Any first time applicants who wish to be considered as potential participants in the upcoming campaign are requested to submit a one-page document no later than March 1, 2017 that explains how their agency fits with the United Fund mission, and how the services they provide their clients are different from those provided by other agencies serving the Talbot County community.

Agencies accepted to participate in the 2017-18 campaign must also agree not to fundraise during September, October, and November when the United Fund’s campaign is underway. For an application, write the United Fund of Talbot County office at P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601; request an application on-line at uftc@unitedfund.org or call 410-822-1957. All applications must be received at the United Fund office by April 17, 2017.


United Fund Makes First Disbursements of Its 2016-17 Campaign

Just in time to get the New Year off to a good start, the United Fund of Talbot County disbursed $101,475, the first of three distributions to its 2016-17 participating agencies. To-date, the campaign has attracted close to 70% in donations towards its goal of $400,000.

The 2016-17 UFTC participating agencies are: BAAM, Boy Scouts in Talbot County, CASA of the Mid-Shore, Character Counts!, Delmarva Community Services, For All Seasons, Girl Scouts of Talbot County; Imagination Library of Talbot County, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Neighborhood Service Center, Partners in Care, St. Martin’s Ministries, St. Michaels Community Center. Talbot Mentors, Talbot Special Riders, Tilghman Area Youth Association, United Needs and Abilities and Upper Shore Aging.

“Many were on hand for the distribution of the checks, which is sure to make the season merry and bright for each agency’s clients,” noted Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director. She added that “there is still plenty of time for those who would like to make a donation to this year’s campaign – by mail, phone, or online. We are extremely grateful for the on-going generosity and support of the Talbot County community.”

Participating agencies join Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director for the first 2016-17 check distribution at the Fund's downtown offices.

Participating agencies join Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director for the first 2016-17 check distribution at the Fund’s downtown offices.


A Strong Start for the United Fund 2016-17 Campaign

The United Fund of Talbot County’s 2016-17 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.

As your local philanthropic organization and long-time leader in generating and distributing critically needs funds here in Talbot County, the United Fund is able to assist its 18 participating agencies in meeting the very real needs of the clients they serve. Our local agencies count on the generosity of United Fund donors to deliver a host of local programs and services, strengthening our community both now and for the future.

The mission of the United Fund is to fund the underfunded health and human services needs here in our community. You can help the United Fund fulfill this 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!


Mansfield Joins United Fund Board

The United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) announced the election of Kate Mansfield as a new member to its governing board, Class of 2020. Kate joins fellow United Fund board members Joe Anthony, Jason Brown, Zuleika Ghodsi, Glenn Klakring, Ron Lee, Chuck Mangold, Jr., Leslie Stevenson, and Jim Vermilye.

Kate MansfieldKate recently retired from Mansfield & Associates, LLC after a 35-year career working with dozens of not-for-profit organizations with emphasis in the management of direct mail fund raising programs.

She volunteers for Talbot Hospice and Soldier On in Leeds, Mass. She is a graduate of the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., where she served as a member of the board of trustees for 13 years, including six years as chair of the board.

Kate resides in Easton.


United Fund of Talbot County Earmarks $232,500 for 2016-17 Member Agencies

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted at their June meeting to allocate $232,500 to 18 member agencies for its 2016-17 campaign. These agencies qualified by demonstrating how their requests for funds would be used to meet the health and human services needs of the underserved in Talbot County. The original amount requested by the 18 applicant agencies was $325,500.

Agency Review 2016“This year’s Agency Review Committee continued to exercise due diligence when reviewing each agency application. The stellar job they did in their reviews and recommendations facilitated the allocation deliberations,” said Chuck Mangold and Leslie Stevenson, Agency Review Committee Co-Chairs. Stevenson noted that “No agency application is rubberstamped, and all must reapply each year. Through a rigorous and comprehensive agency review process, United Fund committee volunteers are able to analyze where funding will have the greatest impact and award grant funding accordingly”. For the just concluded 2015-16 campaign, the United Fund reached only 82% of its goal. The upcoming campaign has again set a goal of $400,000. “It’s unfortunate we could not satisfy total grant requests due to budget constraints, but we continue to strive toward that goal every year,” noted Mangold. The United Fund of Talbot County is the only local philanthropic organization that for over half a century of fundraising has successfully raised over $14 million to assist non-profit charities in Talbot County.
Left to right, standing: Kate Mansfield, Glenn Klakring, JoRhea Wright, Leslie Stevenson, Chuck Mangold, Dave Rath, Steve Slack
Not pictured: Robbin Hill, Ron Lee, Butch Townsend

The agencies selected for the 2016-17 campaign are

• BAAM (Building African American Minds). $10,000 to provide programs that enrich the academic and social development of young African American boys.
• Boy Scouts in Talbot County. $3,000 to deliver scouting programs to both existing scouting troop units and at-risk youth through its outreach efforts.
• CASA of Talbot County. $17,000 to provide trained volunteers to children under court protection because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
• Character Counts!. $10,000 to promote character development in the county’s public schools as well as conducting workplace ethics classes in the business community.
• Delmarva Community Services. $11,000 to fund adult medical daycare and intervention and travel expenses for medically dependent and frail Talbot County clients as well as general transportation services.
• For All Seasons. $11,000 to provide advocacy, therapy and education for those needing low cost, easily accessible mental health services.
• Girl Scouts. $3,000 to provide a host of programs for local girls to build character and skills for success.
• Imagination Library. $5,000 to expose children birth to age 5 with a literature and vocabulary rich environment, promoting reading readiness through the monthly provision of high quality, age-appropriate books.
• Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. $20,000 to provide advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence.
• Neighborhood Service Center. $60,000 to serve the total family, addressing housing, food, utilities, eviction and learning needs of local low-income residents.
• Partners in Care. $7,000 to empower older adults to remain independent in their homes using the concept of service exchange to provide transportation and handyman services.
• St. Martin’s Ministries. $15,000 to help to feed, clothe and financially assist impoverished clients, building their self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
• St. Michaels Community Center. $20,500 to provide services to the Bay Hundred Community, including after-school enrichment programs for local youth and teens.
• Talbot Mentors. $10,000 to provide young people with a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a caring adult.
• Talbot Special Riders. $14,000 to provide a therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with learning and physical limitations.
• Tilghman Area Youth Association. $5,000 to cover scholarship costs for children unable to pay for afterschool programs.
• United Needs & Abilities. $2,000 to provide counseling, resources and advocacy for adults with development disabilities.
• Upper Shore Aging. $12,000 to provide meals-on-wheels services for the frail/elderly.


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!