Char­i­ta­ble Trust to put the fo­cus on non­prof­its

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The Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust has launched the Non­profit Eco­nomic and So­cial Im­pact Study, which aims to de­velop a pic­ture of the range and ac­tiv­i­ties of non­prof­its and to take mea­sure of their con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal econ­omy and to the com­mu­nity’s qual­ity of life.

The prin­ci­pal tool for the study is an ex­ten­sive sur­vey, which was mailed out on June 5 to all the county’s non­profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions. The dead­line for com­plet­ing and re­turn­ing the forms is June 14.

Ac­cord­ing to Vi­vian Mills, the trust’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, the sur­vey cov­ers all the rel­e­vant ar­eas of non­profit op­er­a­tions. It asks for in­for­ma­tion rang­ing from bud­get and fi­nan­cial ac­tiv­ity to fundrais­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, em­ploy­ment, num­ber of vol­un­teers, use of tech­nol­ogy, and mar­ket­ing ef­forts. It also in­vites the re­spon­dents to in­di­cate what they see as the ma­jor needs in the com­mu­nity and to de­scribe their or­ga­ni­za­tion’s par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges and ac­com­plish­ments.

Mills said that, while par­tic­i­pa­tion is vol­un­tary, the goal is for a gen­er­ous re­sponse that will as­sure a re­al­is­tic pic­ture of the non­profit sec­tor’s role.

When the re­sults have been com­piled and eval­u­ated by the end of sum­mer, the Trust will is­sue a re­port for wide­spread dis­tri­bu­tion. The data will ap­pear only in ag­gre­gate form, omit­ting iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions.

When asked how the study came about, Mills said that much is known about the two other main sec­tors — busi­ness and gov­ern­ment — but all too lit­tle is known about the non­profit realm. It has been grow­ing steadily, here as through­out the coun­try, and at the same time it has been sub­ject to grow­ing de­mands for ser­vices and in­creas­ing reg­u­la­tory over­sight and pub­lic scru­tiny. To find out how it is far­ing un­der such pres­sures, she noted, it is far prefer­able to col­lect data from the source it­self than to make as­sump­tions.

The Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust was in­cor­po­rated in June 2016 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-ex­empt char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion. Its mis­sion is to help im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of the county’s non­profit sec­tor.

The trust is gov­erned by a seven-mem­ber board of di­rec­tors in­clud­ing San­dra McGraw, Me­lanie Bos­ton-Hol­land, Ann Chab, Stephen M. Bunker, Tan­isha San­ders, Jes­sica Tal­ley, and Kurt Wolf­gang. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.charlesnon­prof­its.org or by con­tact­ing the Trust at info@charlesnon­prof­its.org or 301-9343700.

West­ern Park­way, Holly Tree Lane in­ter­sec­tion to close

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works an­nounces that the West­ern Park­way and Holly Tree Lane in­ter­sec­tion will be closed to all through traf­fic on or about July 13, and will re­open on or about Sept. 11.

West­ern Park­way will be closed be­tween Hadley Drive and Eden Woods Drive/Jef­fer­son Farm Place. Holly Tree Lane will be closed be­tween Lake Drive and Hollins Lane. Signs will be posted no­ti­fy­ing the pub­lic of the clo­sure and de­tour routes.

The clo­sure may be post­poned and/or ex­tended if weather or other con­di­tions cre­ate con­struc­tion de­lays. For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Brian Ka­garise, Project Man­ager at 301645-0729. To view the in­ter­sec­tion clo­sure map, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/pw/cs/cap­i­tal-ser­vices-trans­porta­tion. Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

STRT1UP Road Show com­ing to Charles County on July 18

Lo­cal en­trepreneur­ship ad­vo­cates and Startup Mary­land are bring­ing the Pitch Across Mary­land, STRT1UP Road Show to Charles County. The event will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tues­day, July 18, at the Leg­ends Club at Regency Sta­dium, 11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf. This year marks the sixth an­nual statewide STRT1UP Road Show tour.

The pro­gram is an op­por­tu­nity for tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses, start-ups and any­one in­ter­ested in in­no­va­tion to pitch ideas, net­work, and learn about South­ern Mary­land or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­port busi­ness growth and de­vel­op­ment. Charles County will be host­ing the first event held for the South­ern Mary­land re­gion.

Dur­ing the event, en­trepreneurs are in­vited to climb on the Startup Mary­land bus and pitch their idea or busi­ness in a mo­bile video stu­dio. Videos are up­loaded to YouTube and then open to pub­lic view­ing/vot­ing, al­low­ing the en­trepreneurs, spon­sors, in­vestors, and tour hosts to ac­ti­vate so­cial net­works for even broader aware­ness and cel­e­bra­tion. En­trepreneurs are pro­vided coach­ing, guid­ance, and sup­port from busi­ness men­tors and other lead­ers from academia, in­cu­ba­tors/ac­cel­er­a­tors, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agen­cies, and ser­vice providers, as well as ac­tive an­gel in­vestors.

This year’s STRT1UP Road Show stop in Charles County is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of the South­ern Mary­land re­gion’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tem part­ners, in­clud­ing: Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment De­part­ments; Mary­land Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (TEDCO); South­ern Mary­land In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy (SMIT); and the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event and to reg­is­ter to pitch your busi­ness idea, con­tact Kim Mozingo at 301645-6637, ext. 711, or kmozingo@etcmd.com, or go to www.star­tupmd.type­form.com/to/cMTP0f. Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Buy Lo­cal Week cel­e­brates 10th an­niver­sary

This July marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge (BLC), which was launched in 2007 by the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion as a re­gional ini­tia­tive, de­signed to high­light the health and eco­nomic ben­e­fits that farms pro­vide and en­cour­age con­sumers to pledge to eat lo­cal farm foods ev­ery day dur­ing Buy Lo­cal Week, and be­yond.

Over suc­ces­sive years, the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge gen­er­ated in­tense in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity. Fu­eled by pub­lic ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the im­por­tance of buy­ing lo­cal, it quickly grew in pop­u­lar­ity and be­came adopted as a statewide pro­mo­tion in part­ner­ship with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Ev­ery year, BLC week kicks-off with the Gov­er­nor’s Proclamation which is en­dorsed around the state by county gov­ern­ments and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment de­part­ments.

To mark the BLC’s 10th An­niver­sary, SMADC is host­ing a spe­cial evening of farms, food and fun on July 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Robin Hill Farm and Vine­yards in Brandy­wine. The BLC Cel­e­bra­tion will fea­ture tast­ings of Mary­land farm foods, wines, beer and other lo­cally pro­duced bev­er­ages, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to buy from farm ven­dors, lo­cal ar­ti­sans and crafters. Other high­lights in­clude a South­ern Mary­land-style buf­fet din­ner, live en­ter­tain­ment with the Hay­ley Fa­hey Band, the mag­nif­i­cent Sut­tler Post Farm Cly­des­dales, a raf­fle and lawn games.

“We are ex­cited about the BLC Cel­e­bra­tion event, it’s open to the pub­lic and it’s a great way for folks to meet the farm­ers who grow their food,” said SMADC di­rec­tor Shelby Wat­son-Hamp­ton in a press re­lease. “We hope all Mary­lan­ders, in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions will take the pledge this year to sup­port their lo­cal farms. It’s easy to do, as we have so many op­tions to buy lo­cal now; at farm­ers’ mar­kets, res­tau­rants, stores, winer­ies, brew­eries and even dis­til­leries. The list is end­less.”

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion about the BLC 10th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion event, go to the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge web­site at www. buy­lo­calchal­lenge.com.

To fur­ther en­gage the pub­lic in the BLC An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion, SMADC is invit­ing ev­ery­one to share their BLC shop­ping spree ex­pe­ri­ences for a chance to win prizes, by post­ing their buy lo­cal pho­tos to Face­book or In­sta­gram us­ing the hash­tag #buy­lo­calchal­lenge. For com­pe­ti­tion de­tails, in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate in the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge Week (July 22-30), and find statewide links to farm­ers’ mar­ket di­rec­to­ries, down­load­able BLC lo­gos, pledge cer­tifi­cates and more, go to the BLC web­site at www.buy­lo­calchal­lenge.com.

Tick­ets now on sale for In­dian Head Mini Film Fes­ti­val

Tick­ets are now on sale for the South­ern Mary­land Film Fes­ti­val MiniFest at the In­dian Head Black Box The­atre, 4185 In­dian Head Hwy., In­dian Head. The Mini-Fest will be held on Satur­day, July 15, and in­cludes a fam­ily-friendly block of short films from 4-6 p.m. and a sec­ond block of movies from 7-9 p.m., some of which con­tain more ma­ture themes and some mild lan­guage.

Tick­ets for each show­ing are $3 per per­son re­gard­less of age; or pa­trons can buy a $5 ticket that is good for the en­tire evening.

“Part­ner­ing with the In­dian Head Black Box The­atre has al­lowed us to keep ticket prices as low as pos­si­ble,” said SMFF Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber Heather Husk in a press re­lease. “While the mini-fest is a fundraiser for the 2018 Fest, the goal of both or­ga­ni­za­tions is to pro­mote the arts — to in­tro­duce au­di­ences to some­thing new and dif­fer­ent and make lo­cally-made films easily ac­ces­si­ble to as many au­di­ence mem­bers as pos­si­ble.”

Husk and her fel­low com­mit­tee mem­bers en­cour­age adults to at­tend both blocks of film. The fam­ily-friendly movies were well re­ceived dur­ing last week­end’s Mini-Fest at the North Beach Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val. The the­ater will also be sell­ing re­fresh­ments dur­ing the in­ter­mis­sion, in­clud­ing a cash bar and var­i­ous lo­cal food trucks on site.

To see the line-up of movies for each time slot and pur­chase tick­ets, go to the SMFF web­site at www.smdff.org and scroll to the “Tick­et­ing Op­tions” link.

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