CSM launches $10M campaign on #GivingTuesday
As the world focuses on the international online day of generosity known as Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29, the College of Southern Maryland Foundation will observe the day by celebrating the philanthropy and giving spirit within Southern Maryland and publicly launching its $10 million “Make An Impact” campaign.
“This is an extraordinary time at the College of Southern Maryland and we ask our community to partner with us as together we make an impact and transform tomorrow,” CSM President Brad Gottfried said in a press release. With more than $7 million already raised, CSM’s “Make An Impact” campaign is a transformative three-year outreach and fundraising effort that will culminate in 2018 with the college’s 60th anniversary.
“Our goal is to provide much-needed scholarships for our students, offer vital programs like nuclear engineering technology, cybersecurity and trades such as welding and HVAC, and work with our business and education partners to innovate through our entrepreneurs,” Gottfried added.
“Make An Impact: Invest Today to Transform Tomorrow” addresses access, affordability and achievement by ensuring that degree programs and career training are available to everyone through scholarships, that high caliber programs, facilities and technology are accessible, and that strategic partnerships and innovation are created and sustained in the community, according to the release.
Through the foundation’s early efforts, and with support from CSM’s closest supporters, more than $7 million toward the $10 million goal has been raised through donations of all sizes. The contributions reflect a cash and legacy combina- tion gift by the Gottfrieds of $110,000; a milestone $1 million gift from philanthropist and developer Marianne Harms; and cash and multi-year pledges of $10 and up, as well as bequests, planned gifts and grants.
Three initiatives are being pursued to provide the financial support to help the college grow and maintain its affordable, high-quality programs for the future. The $10 million campaign will provide funding for “Inspire: Scholarships with a Purpose” with a goal of $5 million; “Influence: Transformative Programs, Technology and Facilities” with a goal of $3 million; and “Innovate: CSM Entrepreneur, Innovation and Partnerships” with a goal of $2 million.
Traditionally Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday as an opportunity to emphasize philanthropy after those days of frenzied consumerism. Donations made during CSM’s 24-hour online Giving Tuesday event, #ImpactTuesday, may be directed to several initiatives to inspire, influence or innovate in the community, including scholarships to help students afford degree programs and career and trades programs as well as support for the arts, athletics, the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at CSM, the Center for Trades and Energy Training, Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute and STEM.
There will be celebrations open to faculty, staff, students and the community between 2:30 and 4 p.m. at each campus: La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Chaney Enterprises Conference Room, Room BI-113; Leonardtown Campus, Building C, Lobby; and Prince Frederick Campus, Flagship Building, Atrium.
Donations made during power hours on Nov. 29 will be eligible for prize packages. Power hours are 10-11 a.m., 3-4 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Prizes include a Fitbit Charge 2; two tickets to the award-winning musical “Wicked,” performed at the Kennedy Center Dec. 23; two tickets to a Washington Capitals hockey game Feb. 7, 2017; or four tickets to the President’s box and VIP access to a show at the Strathmore in Bethes- da.
For complete details about #IMPACTTuesday on Nov. 29, go to Foundation.csmd.edu/ IMPACTTuesday. For information on all of the ‘Make An Impact” initiatives, naming opportunities and more, visit IMPACT.csmd.edu or call the CSM Foundation at 301-934-7649.
Boy Scouts announce Christmas tree sales
Boy Scout Troop 1814 of La Plata will be selling Christmas Trees next to the Baldus Building at 115 Charles St., La Plata.
Hours of operation are noon-8 p.m. Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and, starting Dec. 12, 4-8 p.m. every weeknight. For more information, call 443-277-0197.
So. Md. Agricultural Development Commission seeks nominations
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is seeking interested individuals to fill voting membership vacancies on the commission. Current open positions include a Southern Maryland farmer from St. Mary’s County and a “Member at Large.” The at-large position includes, but is not limited to, individuals with backgrounds in agricultural businesses, economic development, finance or legal from any of the five counties SMADC serves, which are Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s.
The commission typically meets the first Monday of each month (January-April) and the first Wednesday of each month (May-December), from 9-11 a.m. in Hughesville.
To be considered, submit all pertinent contact information with a brief paragraph describing your background and/ or relationship to the agricultural community. Those interested in applying may do so by emailing Jennifer Carnahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 301-274-1922, ext. 1. Respond by Nov. 30.
For more information on SMADC programs and the current Commission members, go to www.smadc.com. Call 301-274-1922, ext. 1.