Current Programs


The Nonprofit Grants Award Program

By agreement with the County government, the Trust has taken on responsibility for the management of the annual Nonprofit Grants Award Program. Using funds approved by the County Commissioners, we review applications submitted by nonprofit organizations that serve the residents of the county and determine the awards. We also monitor the use of the grant funds over the course of the grant year.

If you plan to apply for a grant, a representative from your organization must attend one of the two orientation workshops, which will be held January 18, 2018 and February 28, 2018. If your representative cannot attend one of these workshops, please contact Susan Petroff at spetroff@charlesnonprofits.org.

Designed to ensure an independent approach to the grant-making process, the Program is based on a strong commitment to impartiality and fairness.

To be considered, nonprofits wishing to apply must provide services within Charles County and be recognized by IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. There are no limitations as to organization size, age, or mission. In seeking grant support, organizations need to follow the instructions accompanying the annual grant application, which among other things asks for a clear description of the purpose for which the funds will be used, if awarded. FY2019 grants will be announced no later than June 30, 2018.

The amount of grant funds available for distribution in the Fiscal Year 2018 cycle came to $784,110. The following nonprofits were awarded grants:

Catholic Charities
Center for Abused Persons
Center for Children
Charles County Children’s Aid Society
Charles County Freedom Landing
Charles County HARC
Charles County Literacy Council
Charles County Meals on Wheels
Christmas in April Charles County
Farming4Hunger
Health Partners
The Humane Society of Charles County
Indian Head Center for the Arts
Life Journeys Writers Guild
LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation
Our Place Waldorf
The Promise Resource Center
Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy
Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living
Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee
Spring Dell Center
Tri-County Youth Services Bureau
United Way of Charles County
Western Charles County Community Association

The amount of grant funds available for distribution in the Fiscal Year 2017 cycle came to $784,110. The following nonprofits were awarded grants:

ARC of Southern Maryland
Bay Community Support Services
Catholic Charities
Center for Children
Charles County Children’s Aid Society
Charles County HARC
Charles County Literacy Council
Charles County Meal on Wheels
Christmas in April Charles County
Greater Baden Medical Services
Health Partners
Jude House
LifeStyles of Maryland
Lions Camp Merrick
New Horizons
Our Place Waldorf
Promise Resource Center
Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy
Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee
Spring Dell Center
Tri-County Youth Services Bureau


Nonprofit Economic and Social Impact Study


The Charles County Nonprofit Economic & Social Impact Study was convened in 2017 by the Charles County Charitable Trust (the Trust) in partnership with Maryland Nonprofits. The purpose was to gain a contemporaneous picture of the county’s nonprofit sector by exploring the economic and social impact made by nonprofit organizations in the county. The study provides an overview of the significant role they play and highlights their contributions to the county’s economy and quality of life.

The study called on existing data from the Internal Revenue Service and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and also collected data via an online survey of Charles County nonprofits. It examined the programs, operations, and fiscal management of nonprofit organizations headquartered in and/or serving the residents of the county.

The findings also include information provided by the nonprofit survey respondents about their plans over the next twelve months with respect to program services and financial operations

Download the Impact Study

Pro Bono Services


In the legal world, the concept of pro bono services has long been well established. Lawyer and law firms are accustomed to the idea of allocating a portion of their time to providing free services.

This concept is now beginning to gain ground in other areas of the private sector. Encouraged by efforts of such national organizations as the Taproot Foundation and Common Impact, business firms are opening up to ways of working together with nonprofit organizations–with significant benefit to each.

Just one example: Nonprofit X recognizes its need for help with its financial management system, but is unable to afford an outside consultant. Corporation Y offers to step in and arranges to have one of its finance office executives provide guidance for free.

For Nonprofit X, timely improved financial management without a burden on the budget. For Corporation Y, the satisfaction of giving back to the community and broadening its reputation for being good neighbors.

The Charitable Trust is in the process of planning a pro bono initiative for Charles County nonprofits and private sector entities.

LET US KNOW

Has your nonprofit organization had the benefit of pro bono help? If so, what kind? How did it go?

Has your company been involved in pro bono services? If so, what kind? How did it go? If not, would you be interested in undertaking a pro bono program?

Susan Petroff, Program Director, at 301-934-3711 or spetroff@charlesnon;profits.org


Nonprofit Presidents’ Council


Not every nonprofit organization has a CEO – a Chief Executive Officer. But every nonprofit has a CVO – Chief Volunteer Officer.

That position goes by a variety of titles, depending on the organization’s bylaws or customs. Whether Board Chair, Chairperson, or President, it identifies the person who is chosen to lead the organization, usually for a defined term. Sometimes the board of directors appoints or elects the CVO, and sometimes the choice is made by membership vote. With rare exception, it is an unpaid position.

Are you at present a CVO?
Have you been one in the past?
Would you like to be one in the future?

Hard to believe this, but national studies have shown that very little effort goes into examining this pivotal role. Nonprofits report that planning for smooth transitions from one CVO to another is not on the radar screen, and training for how to handle challenges like crisis management and strategic leadership is likewise seldom considered. Often, it’s a play-it-by-ear assignment.

With the conviction that the President’s role deserves far more attention, we are pleased to announce the creation this year of the Nonprofit Presidents’ Council.

Presidents’ Council meetings take place every quarter. To make sure that you receive your invitation to them, please let us know how to reach you. Special alert to executive directors: Tell us the best way to contact your organization’s chief volunteer office. Contact Vivian Mills at 301-934-3710 or vmills@charlesnonprofits.org.