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Our Funders

In addition to our generous members and friends, key financial support for ACT is provided by the following foundations:

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (www.cfes.org)

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has been a regular supporter of ACT since 2007, providing funding to build the capacity of the overall organization and to strengthen the work of all of ACT’s programs. The Foundation also helped ACT establish and continues to manage our Founders’ Endowment.

The mission of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore is to strengthen the community by building charitable funds, maximizing benefits to donors, making effective grants, and providing leadership to address community needs. As a nonprofit charitable organization, the Foundation is the largest non-governmental source of support for nonprofit organizations in the Maryland lower shore counties of Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester.

Town Creek Foundation (www.towncreekfdn.org)

The Town Creek Foundation has been a generous funder for both the Coastkeeper and Grow Berlin Green programs.  They are a private philanthropic foundation dedicated to a sustainable environment. In support of this mission. They make grants to non profit organizations that work to promote ecological sustainability.

Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment (www.campbellfoundation.org)

The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment has been a regular funder of the Coastkeeper program for many years.  The Foundation was established in 1998 to improve the conditions of America’s largest and most ecologically diverse and productive estuary systems: the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays.

Convinced of the lifestyle benefits offered by healthy Bays, The Campbell Foundation is focused on engaging others in partnership activities to protect living resources and their habitats. Deeply concerned that the Bays are on the brink of irrevocable decline, The Campbell Foundation is determined to convince citizens and policymakers that business cannot continue as usual. Indeed, all parties must take scientifically-based and strategically focused action to address the most critical problems facing these fragile resources.

Chesapeake Bay Trust (www.cbtrust.org)

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The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has been a regular supporter of ACT since 2007, providing funding to build the capacity of the overall organization and to strengthen the work of all of ACT’s programs. The Foundation also helped ACT establish and continues to manage our Founders’ Endowment. The Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded several grants to ACT over the past few years, including funding to support development and distribution of our organizational brochure and a current grant to support community outreach and education efforts of the Grow Berlin Green partnership.

The Trust is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization chartered in 1985 by the Maryland General Assembly to engage the public in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. Funding provided by the Trust sparks on-the-ground change in communities throughout Maryland and works to cultivate a new generation of environmental stewards.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program (www.mdcoastalbays.org)

Maryland Coastal Bays ProgramMaryland Coastal Bays Program is both a programmatic partner and funder for ACT since its inception. Part of the National Estuary Program, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a non-profit partnership between the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, Worcester County, the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment and Planning. One of only 28 such programs nationwide, their goal is to protect and enhance the watershed, which includes Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin, and Assateague Island National Seashore.

Negley Flinn Charitable Foundation

The Negley Flinn Charitable Foundation has provided funding for the Coastkeeper program for the past several years, including support for the establishment of the Get The Dirt Out project.

Marisla Foundation (online.foundationsource.com/public/home/marisla)

The Marisla Foundation has been a generous funder of the Coastkeeper program for the past several years. Marisla was established in 1986 as a private, non-operating charitable institution. The Environment Program concentrates on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. Primary emphasis is on marine resources conservation with a geographic focus on the western North America, Chile, and the western Pacific. The Environment Program also supports the search for solutions to health threats caused by toxic chemicals.

Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (www.sima.com)

Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has been a loyal supporter of the Coastkeeper program for the past three years through its Environmental Fund.

The SIMA Environmental Fund was created to serve as the environmental arm of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association by raising funds from the public through fundraisers and solicitations. The SIMA Environmental Fund uses these funds to promote ecological and environmental organizations whose efforts are focused on enhancing the oceanic environment.

1% For The Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org)

ACT has received a donation on behalf of Charm City Run to continue our environmental programs. 1% For The Planet is a global network of over 1,300 companies that have committed to donating 1% of their sales revenue to their choice of participating environmental organizations.  The philosophy behind the cause, as stated on the 1% website is simple, yet compelling:  "It's about businesses recognizing that industry and ecology are inherently connected.  It's about realizing the positive effects of connecting businesses, consumers and nonprofits through philanthropy.  And it's about understanding that the true cost of doing business can be mitigated by a simple pledge to the planet."

The Norcross Wildlife Foundation (www.norcrossws.org)

The Norcross Wildlife Foundation has provided funding to support the acquisition of critical equipment for ACT and its programs. Norcross focuses its grants on land conservation and building the capacity of small grass roots environmental organizations.

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