United Fund In The News


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.


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.


The United Fund Hits Its First Milestone for the 2014-15 Campaign Year

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The United Fund of Talbot County’s 2014-15 campaign officially kicked off on September 15th and has so far attracted more than $150,000 in donations as it moves towards its goal of $400,000. Monies raised will help assist people here in Talbot County with medical needs, childcare, crisis situations, character development, youth mentoring and so much more. We believe a community’s strength is best measured by how residents pull together to help a neighbor in need. For more than 5 decades, the United Fund has brought people and resources together to meet the changing needs of Talbot County residents. Today, the United Fund focuses on what matters most by working with local non-profit agencies to help tackle community issues.


Jason Brown Named New United Fund Director

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The United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) announced the unanimous election of Jason T. Brown as a new member to its governing board, Class of 2017 at a recent board of directors meeting. Fellow United Fund board members with whom he will serve include Joe Anthony, Zuleika Ghodsi, Glenn Klakring, Ron Lee, Chuck Mangold, Jr., Leslie Stevenson, Marie U’Ren and Jim Vermilye.

Jason has been in public accounting for eleven years. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance. As a certified public accountant with Accounting Strategies Group, LLC, Jason specializes in consulting and tax advising for individuals and closely held businesses. He is also a Certified ProAdvisor for the QuickBooks software.

Jason is a member of the AICPA and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Currently, he is treasurer for Caroline County Chamber of Commerce and served in the same capacity in the past for Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. Jason resides in Easton with his wife Amy.

 


Butch Townsend to Chair United Fund 2014-15 Campaign

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) has announced the appointment of Butch Townsend, Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer of the Talbot Bank as the chairman of the 2014-15 Campaign.

As the only local philanthropic organization to support many charities in Talbot County, the United Fund’s purpose is to raise money to benefit its 20 participating agencies, enabling them to assist thousands of local needy individuals and families here in our community.

Mr. Townsend is a Talbot County resident involved in his community. He has served as a United Fund campaign advocate for many years and has also been a member of the United Fund agency review board for the past 3 years. He is also a current member of the Waterfowl Festival board, and has chaired the Festival’s Sportsman Pavilion for 10+ years. Butch is a past President of the Talbot Country Club and was the Chairperson for the Shore Health Systems annual golf tournament from 2005-13. He is also a past treasurer for the Talbot Ducks Unlimited.

“I am very pleased to have been asked to serve as the United Fund 2014-15 Campaign Chairman,” said Townsend. “It is a great organization with a long history of helping those in need in our community. With so many agencies reliant on the Fund, our goal is to make sure they can continue to offer their invaluable services to the residents of Talbot County.”


The Best Gift of All – Holiday Giving to the United Fund

The United Fund of Talbot County serves as the only local philanthropic organization to support underfunded health and human services needs through many charities in Talbot County. Currently, there are 20 participating non-profit agencies that have passed the annual stringent review in order to receive your donations and deliver programs and services for our local individuals and families in need.

With the holidays upon us, the United Fund of Talbot County provides the perfect opportunity to help many agencies with a single holiday gift and help scores of county residents served by United Fund participating agencies benefit. Thousands in our community enjoy warmer homes through programs offered at the Neighborhood Service Center; hundreds of homebound elderly are fed due to the good work of Upper Shore Aging’s Meals on Wheels, dozens of youth are given guidance and support through their difficult adolescence by the efforts of Talbot Mentors. These are just a few of the examples of how the United Fund makes a difference in our community. Without you, these people and many more would just simply go without. Could there be a better gift than knowing you’ve made a difference in the lives of so many who will be touched by your support?

Every gift matters. xmas 2010 barn and house santa 031Thanks to both returning and new contributors, the 2013-14 annual campaign has so far raised 58% toward its $400,000 goal. “We are delighted by the continued strong show of support,” Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director said, “but we still have a long way to go in reaching this year’s campaign goal.” Most of the participating agencies are small with limited resources and rely heavily on the United Fund. They would be severely impacted without the generosity of our community. Please make this the season for year-end giving with the gift of hope and help for these deserving people. Donate securely online or mail your support to P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601.


Mike Menzies To Chair 2013-14 United Fund Campaign

          The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) has announced the appointment of R. Michael S. Menzies, Jr., President and CEO of Easton Bank & Trust as the chairman of the 2013-14 Campaign.Mike Menzies

 As the only local philanthropic organization to support many charities in Talbot County, the United Fund’s purpose is to raise money to benefit its 20 participating agencies, enabling them to assist thousands of local needy individuals and families here in our community.

 Mr. Menzies is well known in the community as a civic leader.  As a United Fund campaign advocate since 1978, he has also served the community as board member/past chairman of Talbot Hospice Foundation, current board member of the United Fund, and member of the Rotary Club of Easton. He is also past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America. a member of the Maryland Institute of CPAs, and past director of the Mid Shore Community Foundation.

            “I am very pleased to have been asked to serve as the United Fund 2013-14 Campaign Chairman,” said Menzies.  “It is a great organization with a long list of achievements in the community.  With so many agencies depending on the Fund, our goal is to make sure they can continue to offer their invaluable services to the residents of Talbot County.”

 

 
  

 


 


Holiday Giving To the United Fund Is The Best Gift of All

The United Fund of Talbot County provides the perfect opportunity to help many agencies with a single holiday gift. With your support for the 2012-13 campaign thousands of county residents served by United Fund participating agencies will benefit.

Many people have been touched in one way or another by the United Fund in Talbot County. Those who have advocated for the United Fund, pledged financial support, or been helped by a United Fund charity – collectively have experienced positive change, hope and a better understanding of the incredible impact of working together.

The United Fund of Talbot County is a long-time leader in generating and distributing critically needed funds to a large number of local community organizations – agencies whose very existence depends on our financial support to them. “We could not do our work without the support of our many generous donors. Every gift is important to the work of improving lives right here in our community,” noted Ann Jacobs, Executive Director.

When deciding how much to give to the 2012-13 United Fund campaign, consider how many thousands of lives that will be touched by your support. Could there be a better gift than knowing you’ve made a difference?  Visit www.unitedfund.org to donate online, or send your contribution to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601 and give the gift of hope and help this holiday season.


Local Wal-Mart Donates to the 2012-13 United Fund Campaign

The United Fund of Talbot County was recently the recipient of $1,000 for its 2012-13 annual campaign from the Easton Wal-Mart store #1715. Manager Vicki Wooten presents the check to (l) Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director, and (r) Al Silverstein, United Fund Board President.  This gift demonstrates once again Wal-Mart’s support of community-focused organizations, such as the United Fund, whose goal is to improve the lives of individuals and families in Talbot County.