Peep Time

It’s almost Easter, and thousands of boxes of Peeps have hit the store shelves. In the old days, there was only one kind of Peep – the yellow chick. Now, Peeps come in every color, shape, and size, for every holiday. Just this week, one of the vendors at the 2013 Nonprofit Summit gave away boxes of bright pink bunny Peeps, with a tag that said “nonprofit Peeps.” I thought this was a very clever idea, but I should have brought home two boxes, because my box of pink bunny Peeps is now missing all their ears.

“Nonprofit Peeps” made me think of all the different types of Community Foundation Peeps. Our Peeps also come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some of our Peeps are year-round Peeps, such as our staff. Some are volunteer Peeps, such as trustees and committee members, or volunteers who help with special events. We have student Peeps currently in the scholarship application process, and later this year, we will have grant Peeps when nonprofits can submit grant applications for impact monies. We have donor Peeps – those who contribute to existing funds, or open new funds. Then there are Cornerstone Peeps, who will be creating funds through their estate at a later date, and Widening Circle Peeps, who support our annual campaign to help tell our stories.

Our Community Foundation circle of Peeps then extends to our colleagues at the nonprofits in Frederick County, with whom we collaborate regularly. We have city and county agency Peeps with whom we work, and we have media Peeps who generously communicate our work to the Community. We have vendor Peeps, those who help keep us running smoothly, such as our IT Peep, our copier Peep, and our mailman Peep.

The Community Foundation couldn’t successfully exist without this huge basket of Peeps. Our Peeps come together in various ways at various times with endless forms of support, and without them, the Community Foundation would not be able to achieve its mission of connecting “Peeps” who care with causes that matter, which is For Good. Forever. For Frederick County.

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