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A philanthropic organization that aids the Charles County, Maryland community. The executive director is Gretchen Heinze Hardman.

In March 2008, the group released the Priority Needs Assessment for Charles County. The study was prepared through a collaborative effort with the Charles County Commissioners, the Chaney Foundation and the United Way of Charles County. The report evaluates the Charles County community's most pressing needs in the areas of arts and culture, education ad scholarship, environment, general community improvement, health and wellness, and youth initiatives.

Youth Philanthropy Program

The Foundation formed a youth philanthropy program in 2008 to aid youth-related charities located in Charles County. The program, named by its committee members, is called BLING, Business Leaders Interested ‘N’ Giving. Their mission: Young Future Business Leaders of America developing awareness in order to improve themselves and give back to the Charles County Community. BLING is an offshoot of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapters from each of the high schools located in Charles County.

The two student representatives from each of the participating high schools meet regularly under the guidance of the Community Foundation of Charles County and the Charles County Board of Education. In addition, to creating their name, mission statement and voting on officers, the students have set fundraising goals, host fundraisers, and award grants to youth-related nonprofits located in Charles County. The grants will be based on (but are not limited to) the Priority Needs Assessment for Charles County.

Board of Directors

  • Frank Chaney
  • Kevin Wedding
  • William Greer, Jr.
  • John Trefry
  • Cornell Barnett
  • Burkey Boggs
  • Steve Combs
  • Josh Davis
  • Charlie Gardiner
  • Mollie Gieseman
  • Mary Grant
  • Brad Howard
  • Evie Hungerford
  • John Jilek
  • Paul Kravic
  • Michael L. Middleton

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