Why Contribute?

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore is part of a rapidly growing, nationwide movement of targeted philanthropic funds established by women to solve pressing community problems.  By targeting local programs that address crucial and underserved issues impacting the region’s women and girls, the Fund takes a strategic approach to philanthropy that allows donor dollars to be leveraged effectively.

“When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately; families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is true of communities, and eventually, the world.”

We strategically target women and girls because as a group their needs continue to be underserved by traditional philanthropy.  Nationwide studies show that:

  • Less than six cents out of every traditional philanthropic dollar is given to organizations that target services to women and children (New England Women’s Fund);
  • Less than five percent of all foundation grants are targeted for women and girls (New Mexico Women’s Foundation.)

This strategy puts money, time, and talent where the need is most pressing.  It also recognizes and builds upon the Fund’s strong belief that improvements made in the lives and prospects of Mid-Shore women and girls have a positive impact upon the community as a whole. And, yes, this means men and boys too!  Consider the ripple effect generated by just a few of the grants funded by the W&GF.

  • A grant to a Caroline County mental health clinic provides funds for a support group for at-risk parents.  Parenting skills and coping mechanisms are taught.
  • Community impact: The children will be safer, the family will be stronger, fewer community resources will be used to address crisis situations in homes and at school. A grant to a Cambridge youth center funds mentoring, tutoring, and after school programs for mothers and children from the low-income neighborhood it serves.
  • Community impact: Statistics kept by the Cambridge Police Department show a significant drop in all categories of crime since the center opened its doors.
    Grants to local CASA agencies in Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties funds recruitment, training, and continuing education of Court Appointed Special Advocates.
  • Community impact: Children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment gain an effective voice in court.  Nationwide statistics show that these children stay in foster care less time and gain access to needed services more quickly than those without CASA’s.

Donations to the Women & Girl Fund of the Mid-Shore are professionally managed by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)3 charity. Gifts to the Fund are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law. A copy of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s financial statement is available at www.mscf.org or by calling the Foundation. Information about MSCF submitted under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act can be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of State.