Delaplaine Foundation is a private family philanthropic organization that was established to help enrich the lives of community members and perpetuate the outstanding quality of life enjoyed in Frederick and the surrounding area. Incorporated in 2001, the foundation serves as a means for the family to give back to the community by providing financial grants annually in our region and beyond.
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Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., is a private family foundation based in Frederick, Maryland, dedicated to the enrichment of communities and families within Maryland, nearby states and the District of Columbia by supporting programs to strengthen the arts and sciences, historical preservation, educational advancement, spiritual enlightenment and physical well-being.
A Founding Family
The Delaplaine family history dates back to the early settlers in our area. Their ancestor, John Thomas Schley, built the first house in Frederick. In 1880, William T. Delaplaine, grandfather of George B. Delaplaine, Jr., started a print shop, which later evolved into publishing the local newspaper – The News, born in 1883. In 1888, he incorporated the business as the Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Company. The Frederick Post began as an independent evening daily rival of The News in 1910. The change to a morning publication of The Post was in 1916. That same year, Great Southern purchased The Frederick Post and the two newspapers were published under the same management.
William T. Delaplaine was known for helping others. In 1895, during a severe winter, he spearheaded a collection of food to distribute to the needy. Unfortunately, following one of his good will deliveries, he contracted pneumonia and died at age 35, leaving four sons who carried on his work at the newspaper as well as his philanthropic endeavors. His youngest son, the Honorable Edward S. Delaplaine, retired Court of Appeals Judge and local historian, served as chairman of the board until his death at age 95 in 1989. Sons Robert, William and George, Sr., were each president of the company during their lives.
Over the generations, the Delaplaines not only operated the Frederick News-Post, but also a printing business. George B. Delaplaine, Jr., involved the company in cable television. Begun as Frederick Cablevision, Inc., and later named GS Communications, Inc., the cable company grew to serve more than 120,000 subscribers in four states. The cable operations of Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Company were family owned and operated from 1966 to 2001 when the assets of the parent company were sold.
The family has always believed that it is important not only to be a good corporate citizen, but also to serve as benefactors to the community at large. As a means to maintain and sustain that benevolent philosophy, the family established Delaplaine Foundation, which was incorporated in 2001. In 2002, the Foundation awarded its first official gifts.
Chairman of the Board is George B. Delaplaine, Jr., President is Marlene B. Young, Vice President is Bettie Delaplaine, George B. Delaplaine, III serves as Secretary and Philip W. Hammond is Treasurer. The trustees are George B. Delaplaine, Jr., his wife Bettie, their sons George B. Delaplaine, III, James W. Delaplaine, Edward S. Delaplaine, II , John P. Delaplaine, Marlene B. Young and Philip W.Hammond.
"Thank you for the recent grant which was received that helps to sustain the Maryland Food Bank, our network of 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, and all of the individuals and families who depend on us. Your investment in our work helps make all this possible and we could not be more grateful."
Deborah Flateman, Chief Executive Maryland Food Bank
"On behalf of the Commemorative Air Force, thank you for your grant contribution. As you are aware, the primary mission of this unique organization is to preserve, restore, maintain and fly the great combat airplanes of past military conflicts. Your generosity will result in this mission being accomplished as we perpetuate our military aviation heritage."
Stephan C. Brown, President Commemorative Air Force
"Thank you for your gracious and thoughtful support of Catholic Charities. Your generosity and stewardship has and will continue to have a profound impoact on the community and the clients we serve. We need and value your continued and consistent support of our work."
William J. McCarthy, Jr., Executive Director
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc., thank you for your kindness and for helping us help local children. Your generosity will help fulfill the wish of an area child challenged by a life-threatening illness. Your strong support of our work is an extraordinary gift."
Maura Harty, President and CEO Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.
"Thank you for your kind-spirited and wonderfully generous grant to our American Visionary Art Museum. Your support will help to fund our innovative education programs, including scholarships for after school workshops and summer camp activities for at-risk students. We are so privileged to partner with Delaplaine Foundation."
Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, Director & Founder American Visionary Art Museum
"Thank you for your generous grant. Particularly in the present "tight" financial times, it makes me even more appreciative of and grateful for your gift. Since we began, Delaplaine Foundation has been our most steadfast supporter. and we are so thankful for this recognition and support for what we are doing!"
Bob Martin, Executive Director
Tree-Land Foundation, Inc./GLOBAL re-VISION
"We are writing to thank you for the generous contribution to Doctors Without Borders, and I want to express the gratitude of our field volunteers, whom you are enabling to save lives and alleviate suffering. As you know, we assist victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and healthcare discrimination, and bear witness to their plight regardless of race, politics, gender or religion. To achieve these aims, we rely primarily on the generous financial support of private donors, foundations and corporation. Your support will continue to help our volunteers provide life-saving medical care for fellow human beings who have nowhere else to turn, and speak out for the voiceless."
Nicolas de Torrente, Executive Director
Doctors Without Borders USA Inc.
"On behalf of the Board of St. Thomas More Academy, I want to express our heartfelt thanks for the generous donation you have given us for our capital campaign. Our school is growing rapidly and we’re actively engaged in searching for property to construct an intermediate facility to accommodate our growth. Our goal is to become one of the finest educational institutions in the State and I truly believe we are on our way. Please express our gratitude to the members of the Foundation."
James A. Merkel, President
St. Thomas More Academy
"Maryland Historical Society is particularly grateful for your generosity with regard to educational programs in Western Maryland. The ultimate beneficiaries of this gift are the school children and teachers who will continue to receive the Traveling Trunks program as well as In-Class Museum Tours and Teacher Workshops as a result of your continued support."
Burton K. Kummerow, President Maryland Historical Society
"Thank you for your generous contribution that has been placed in The Sharon I. Hooper memorial Dreams for Kids Fund. Mrs. Margaret Hooper has been notified that you have added to her daughter’s memorial fund, which provides funding for children coping with terminal illness to experience a dream of a lifetime and funding for children who are coping with the loss of a loved one. Your thoughtfulness will benefit the children of today and the children of the generations that will follow. Thank you for your wonderful gift."
Elizabeth Y. Day, President
The Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD, Inc.
"Interfaith Housing Alliance, Inc. is truly appreciative of your continued and generous support for affordable housing expressed through your recent grant award. The dedicated and long-term support of Delaplaine Foundation has greatly contributed to our continued progress in addressing shelter-poverty issues by developing safe and affordable communities."
Patricia A. Motter, President Interfaith Housing Alliance, Inc.
"Thank you for your recent contribution to the Endowment and annual Operating Funds. Your generous support continues to play a tremendous role in our being able to continue our service to the the Frederick community - now and into the future. We are very proud to have the Delaplaine name and will continue to run an organization that lives up to that name."
Catherine Moreland, Executive Director
The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
"Thank you for your generous support from Delaplaine Foundation. Support from individuals such as yourself enables the Museum to continue expanding and providing activities that will help us to achieve our mission of telling the story of the men and women who provided care and healing during the Civil War to thousands of sick and wounded soldiers."
George C. Wunderlich, Executive Director
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
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