What We Do

Chesapeake Charities is a community foundation, a tax-exempt public charity enabling people like you to establish charitable funds or donate to a cause you support.

What makes us special is the way we foster charitable activities. People come to us with a passion to make a difference and we help them realize their vision.

Our experts manage the financial, legal and administrative details necessary to sustain a successful nonprofit organization, so you can focus on making the greatest impact.

Like all community foundations, we are overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals who have expertise in non-profit management.

Our mission is to provide innovative leadership and quality services that encourage charitable giving, build community resources, and enable donors to achieve their charitable purposes, making lasting investments in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Along the way, we were recognized for our commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability by the Council on Foundations, and have maintained our accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.™


Amazing things have happened since 2005.
Working in partnership with our donors and advisors, we have invested more than $28 million in the areas of education, health and human services, community development, the arts, animal welfare, and the environment. This translates to thousands of grants for outstanding projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond.

There are tangible improvements in community life:

  • A children’s playground, war memorials, soccer fields, murals, stadium lights, a dog park, an arts and entertainment district and a cleaner Corsica River.

And contributions that touch the heart or mind:

  • Animal welfare and spay/neuter services.
  • Comfort kits for those battling cancer
  • Food, fuel or shelter for families in crisis
  • After school and family education programs
  • Scholarships for high school students and women returning to the workforce.