Friday Focus: Historic St. Mary’s City

Historic St. Mary's CityEver wondered what it would be like to spend a day in the 17th century? Visitors to Historic St. Mary’s City have the opportunity to do just that! Located on the St. Mary’s Peninsula, Historic St. Mary’s City brings the early colonial experience to life day in and day out. With a number of interactive historical sites staffed by costumed interpreters, visitors to the museum learn the stories of the earliest settlers of Maryland’s first capital. This week’s Friday Focus takes an inside look at the museum with help from Executive Director Regina Faden. Continue reading

Friday Focus: The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

Community Foundation of Southern MarylandGuided by a vision to make Southern Maryland “the best place to live and give”, the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is a driving philanthropic force in Charles County. Incorporated in 2005, the Foundation provides advice on all types of giving and uses its in-depth knowledge of the community’s needs to help direct funds to a multitude of organizations. We talked with the Foundation’s executive director, Gretchen Hardman, for an inside look at the Foundation’s work and what visitors to the upcoming Annual Potomac Waterfowl Festival can expect this year! Continue reading

Friday Focus: The Rappahannock YMCA

Rappahannock Area Family YMCAThe Rappahannock Area Family YMCA provides opportunities for health, wellness and recreation to many different communities in Virginia. With five locations in King George and Northern Virginia, the organization enriches the lives of people of all ages and abilities through the programs and services they provide. Barney Reiley, the Y’s Chief Executive Officer, chatted with us about the many ways the Y touches the community for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

It’s Tax Day!

young coupleTax day is upon us! If you’ve filed your taxes already, congratulations!

If you haven’t, don’t panic—there is still time today to file your tax returns. Forbes Magazine shared these 11 tips for the 11th hour filers out there. Check with your tax professional if you have any last-minute questions, and double check all forms carefully before you submit them. Remember that all tax forms must be mailed or e-filed by midnight tonight, April 15, 2014. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland

onprofit Institute at the College of Southern MarylandEvery day, nonprofit organizations face a multitude of challenges, from staffing to marketing to the ever-important task of raising money. The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland works to assist nonprofits in the Tri-County area by providing tools and information to help organizations succeed. Having just wrapped up work for the Institute’s annual conference, Coordinator Tammy Vitale took time out of her busy schedule this week to talk with us about the many resources that are available for nonprofits. Continue reading

Charitable Giving Tips

Charitable GivingWhat’s your favorite cause? In 2012, CNN reported that Americans gave an estimated $316.2 billion to charity. Along with enabling your favorite organizations to continue their good works, charitable giving can also be a smart tax strategy. Donations to qualified organizations can usually be claimed as deductions on your taxes, and you’ll get the added emotional satisfaction that comes from knowing you’ve done a good deed. Continue reading

Friday Focus: United Way of Charles County

United Way of Charles CountyThe United Way plays a crucial role in providing much needed health and human services nationwide. Locally, the Charles County chapter works hard day in and day out to meet the needs of the community through a wide variety of initiatives and partnerships. As the organization prepares for its largest annual fundraising event, a back-to-back golf tournament at Swan Point Golf Course, we caught up with Dayle Hadden, the United Way’s Director of Administration, Marketing and Communications for this week’s Friday Focus interview. Continue reading

Friday Focus: LifeStyles of Maryland

LifeStyles of MarylandFounded in 1998, LifeStyles of Maryland works to increase the quality of life for individuals and their families struggling with poverty and homelessness. Guided by the idea of “service through service”, the organization works to increase the quality of life for so many through the programs and resources they provide. We caught up with the organization’s Executive Director, Sandy Washington, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Nine Financial Planning Basics

Financial PlanningWhen it comes to managing your personal finances, there are many things to consider. Decisions you make today not only impact your current lifestyle, but can also have broad-ranging effects on your life down the line. Wherever you are in life, it’s always a good idea to periodically take stock of where you are with respect to your money. If you’re struggling to get your finances back under control, or if you’re just looking for some good advice, here are nine suggestions to help you lead a healthy financial life, today and tomorrow. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Project ECHO

Friday Focus - Project EchoFor members of the Calvert County community who have fallen on hard times, Project ECHO is there to lend a helping hand. The homeless shelter provides rooms and meals to thousands of people in need each year, giving them an opportunity to get back on their feet and change their lives for the better. The organization is currently preparing to host its annual fundraiser dinner, the Empty Bowl Supper. We caught up with Executive Director, Trisha Gipson, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading