Doug Wilson to retire as Community Foundation president

Doug Wilson, Community Foundation president for the past two years, will retire effective at the close of 2014.

Melody Nelson, board chairman, made the announcement Tuesday.

Wilson has served the Community Foundation, its donors, nonprofit partners and  grant recipients and has developed a 10-year Strategic Plan for increasing the Foundation’s grant-making goals to $10 million by 2024, Nelson said.

She added that he had reorganized the foundation’s internal operations for greater efficiency and tighter management controls, as well as updated policy and procedures to comply with the changes in the governing laws.

The Board of Directors will be responsible for approving an Executive Transition Committee that will guide the process of identifying a new president.

In a news release, Wilson expressed his appreciation for the opportunity of serving his community while laying the groundwork and vision for continued growth at the Community Foundation.  However, he said he is now looking forward to traveling and spending more quality time with his wife, Patty and their family.

Celebrating 30 years of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties, granting more than $50 million.

Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $4.8 million in fiscal year 2014.

CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarships, grants, advocacy and leadership development.

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