The Delaplaine Foundation Receives the Highest Award from the FCC Foundation

Frederick, Md. — The Frederick Community College Foundation, Inc. has named the Delaplaine Foundation, Chairman George Delaplaine, Jr., and President Marlene Young recipients of the 2020 Eagle Award.

The Eagle Award is the highest award given by the FCC Foundation and is awarded annually to a donor or donors whose generous gifts reflect their commitment to the College, to its students, and to the Foundation.

“Frederick Community College is fortunate to benefit from the generosity of the Delaplaine Foundation,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said. “George and Marlene have positively impacted our College in many ways and have helped our students reach their academic and career goals. We thank them for supporting public higher education, and we thank them for all they do for our entire community.”

Through their work on behalf of the Delaplaine Foundation, George Delaplaine and Marlene Young support a wide variety of organizations that provide critical assistance. Just last year, the Delaplaine Foundation awarded 136 grants totaling $1.9 million. Since its inception in 2001, it has awarded $18 million in grant funding, much of which has gone to local non-profits, including FCC.

The Delaplaine Foundation has contributed more than $250,000 to FCC programs and funds. Through their contributions, they have supported the Student Success Fund, Parents Lead, the Allied Health Academy, the Building Trades program, Veteran services, Music education programs, and more.

“The Delaplaine Foundation has been a philanthropic leader in our community and region for nearly 20 years,” said Deborah Powell, Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement the FCC Foundation, Inc. “Their work has enriched the lives of countless individuals, including many of our students, and has strengthened our community in ways that will have a lasting impact. We are honored to present them with the 2020 Eagle Award to signify our gratitude.”

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About the Frederick Community College Foundation, Inc.

The Frederick Community College Foundation, Inc. is a philanthropic network of advocates enriching the vitality and quality of life in our community by promoting access to higher education. In partnership with individuals, organizations, and businesses, the mission of the Frederick Community College Foundation is to remove barriers to a community college education and provide financial support so all students can succeed and positively contribute to our community.

A Legacy of Compassion in Action

The Delaplaine Foundations President, Marlene Young, had an editorial published in the Frederick News Post this weekend. Click below to go to their website and read the full article.

Today we are running a race none of us would ever have imagined or chosen. One where the finish line is desperately hoped for but can’t yet be seen. We’re in a race we didn’t train for or expect. It’s surreal and seismic. The speed and scope of the novel coronavirus crisis has posed extraordinary challenges and disruption globally, nationally, statewide and in our own communities …

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To our Community, Grantees, Applicants, Associates:

In consideration of the current public health crisis and following directives from Governor Hogan, the CDC and Frederick County Health Dept., effective Monday, March 23rd, the offices of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. and Great Southern Enterprises, Inc. will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice as we do our part to try to contain, mitigate and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

We will however, welcome your continued contact during this time Monday-Friday during regular business hours by telephone at 301.662.2753 or by email  We will be available to respond and assist you during this unprecedented time and circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.

We especially thank those who are working hard on the frontlines of healthcare and first responder roles during this time and encourage all to take seriously the practice of preventative measures, including social distancing. We will re-evaluate the situation as it develops.

In the meantime, we wish good health and well-being for all.

New Public Arts Project Funded

Delaplaine Foundation has a broad mission and multiple areas of focus, including as a staunch supporter of the arts. That’s why from the very first mention of this exciting public arts project to immortalize Frederick’s own Claire McCardell who revolutionized the world of fashion to national and international acclaim, we were excited to be part of the project that is spearheaded by The Frederick Art Club. Chairman George B. Delaplaine Jr. and President Marlene B. Young recently met with Frederick Art Club President Marilyn Bagel, club member Carolyn Greiner and acclaimed sculptor Sarah Hempel Irani in recognition of grant funding support of the project.

Delaplaine Foundation Awards $1.9 Million in 2019 Grant Cycle

Receiving a grant check presented to the William F. Moran, Jr. Museum & Foundation, Inc. is L-R: Carolyn Alexander, Board member, Museum & Foundation President Robert Wilson, Delaplaine Foundation President Marlene B. Young and Foundation Chairman George B. Delaplaine, Jr. Back row: Gordon Conner, Nancy Hendrickson, Jay Hendrickson and Charlie Wolf, Vice President for the William F. Moran, Jr. Museum & Foundation. This grant is part of a total of 136 grants awarded by Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. totally $1,900,000 for 2019.

The year 2019 saw Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. award $1,900,000 in grant funding according to Foundation President Marlene B. Young.  “This year our Foundation Board approved 136 grants in December, 2019 with 80% of the grant dollars awarded for support of the programs and services of 63 different Frederick County based non-profit organizations. Delaplaine Foundation applies strategic focus in grant award decisions and what we believe will yield a positive impact that will enrich Frederick County communities, families and overall quality of life. We are ever mindful of our role as a major philanthropic partner in the community and are pleased when we are able to collaborate with other community funders to strengthen outcomes, said Young. She noted that the foundation has awarded approximately $18 million dollars in grant funding since its inception in 2001 and this year, funded 19 first time grant applicants, 12 of which are Frederick County based organizations.

George B. Delaplaine, Jr., Chairman of Delaplaine Foundation stated “These grant awards support the many and diverse organizations that are meeting needs within our communities as we fund programs and services that support human needs, advance arts and education, preserve our rich County history and promote spiritual enlightenment. We continue to be committed to the public trust in our mission and devotion to community enrichment and impacting social justice”, Mr. Delaplaine said.

Among the 63 Frederick County non-profit organizations to receive grant funding from Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. are Advocates for Homeless Families, Inc., Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County, Asian American Center of Frederick, Blessings in a Backpack, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County, Calvary U.M. Church Concert Series, Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc., Centro Hispano de Frederick, City Youth Matrix, The Community Foundation of Frederick County, Crossed Bridges, Inc. Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, Faithpoint UMC, Faith House, Family Law Community Organization, Foxie G Foundation, Inc.,  Frederick Area Ostomy Support, Frederick Arts Council, Frederick Catoctones, Frederick Children’s Chorus, Frederick Chorale, Frederick Community College Foundation, Frederick Fire & Rescue Museum, Frederick County Humane Society, Frederick Health Hospital, Frederick Rescue Mission, Friends Meeting School, Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, Heartly House, Heritage Frederick, Hood College, Hospice Health of Frederick County, Housing Authority of the City of Frederick, Housing Frederick, I Believe in Me, Inc., Interfaith Housing Alliance, L-Arche Frederick, Md., Inc., Life Horse, Inc., Literacy Council of Frederick County, Mental Health Association of Frederick County, Mission of Mercy, Mount St. Mary’s University, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, National Fire Heritage Center, New Spire Stages, Partners In Care, Phoenix Foundation of MD, Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, Salvation Army, Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, Seton Center, Spanish Speaking Community of MD, Saint Katharine Drexell Church, STEM Enable, Tree-Land Foundation, United Way of Frederick County, Weinberg Center for the Arts, William F. Moran Museum & Foundation, Woman-To-Woman Mentoring, and the YMCA of Frederick County. Included again this year was the “Bettie Delaplaine Discretionary Memorial Grant” awarded to Downtown Frederick Partnership for the Holiday Lights project.

Delaplaine Foundation accepts applications year-round with an annual deadline of October 1<sup>st</sup> for each grant cycle.

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. proudly represents in China!



Thanks to Asian American Center of Frederick‘s Executive Director Elizabeth Chung who recently attended the 5th Annual Conference of Global K-12 Education Research Association (which includes 119 schools from 16 countries including China and the U.S.) held in Shijiazhuang, China, students heard about the Across Ages Program that Delaplaine Foundation supports through grant funding at the Asian American Center of Frederick – a mentoring program to enrich educational advancement.

Thank you, Elizabeth for sharing on the world stage the news of educational and human services good works being done in partnership with the Asian American Center of Frederick and Delaplaine Foundation!



Groundbreaking of the Platoon Veteran Services Center at Goodwill

Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley CEO Michael Meyer, Delaplaine Foundation President Marlene Young, Chairman George Delaplaine, Jr. and Platoon 22 Co-Founder Danny Farrar.



It was a red letter day in Frederick recently for Frederick County with the groundbreaking of the Platoon Veteran Services Center at Goodwill. Congratulations to Goodwill of Monocacy Valley CEO and veteran Michael Meyer and Platoon 22 Co-founders Danny Farrar, also a veteran and Jennifer Farrar, who have taken this community vision to a soon-to-be reality with the assistance and support of so many. An honor for Delaplaine Foundation Chairman and veteran George B. Delaplaine, Jr. and Foundation President Marlene B. Young to be present at the groundbreaking. Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. is proud to provide grant funding in support of this Veteran Services Center and thanks each and every veteran for their service.

At 92, George Delaplaine Jr.'s full life isn't slowing down

George B. Delaplaine was recently featured in the Frederick News Post. Click below to read the full article.

Right now, George B. Delaplaine Jr. is just a guy.

In this moment, he’s not the brilliant businessman who once sold a cable company for hundreds of millions of dollars. He’s not the author of a recently released memoir, “Read All About It! My Life, Times and Travels.” He’s not the Frederick icon who’s donated so much of his time, money and brainpower to philanthropic efforts aimed at bettering the city he loves. He’s not the former publisher or the former editor of a local newspaper. He’s not the president of a printing and manufacturing company. He’s not the fearless cub reporter or the celebrated Eagle Scout or the unwavering man of faith.

Instead, right now, George B. Delaplaine Jr. is just a guy.

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Free Admission Program for Frederick Co. Students



Delaplaine Foundation Treasurer/CFO Phil Hammond, Foundation, President Marlene Young, Maryland Science Center CEO Mark Potter and Ass’t Director of Development Caitlin Ward on the terrace this morning overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during an enlightening grantee site visit. Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. is proud to underwrite the free admission program for Frederick County Public School students to gain hands-on educational experiences at the at Maryland Science Center. Last year over 3,000 students and their teachers were able to visit and take advantage of enriched learning as a result of Delaplaine Foundation grant funds.


The Life, Times, and Travels of George B. Delaplaine, Jr.

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. has released a newly published memoir on the life, times, and travels of its founder and Chairman George B. Delaplaine, Jr.  The book was written with Frederick author and award-winning writer Matthew M. Robb who heads Executive Memory Books.

The book’s foreword was written by Delaplaine Foundation President Marlene Young who notes that the book takes readers on a warm historic trip through 140 years of Delaplaine family history as well as Frederick history during that time.

Mr. Delaplaine shares poignant memories of his upbringing during the Great Depression, his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, his storied newspaper career from apprentice “printer’s devil” to president and publisher of The Frederick News-Post, his pioneering in cable television from the start-up of Frederick Cablevision to its growth into a regional cable powerhouse of GS Communications, operating in four states prior to the sale of the newspaper and cable systems in 2001, and to the present day philanthropic impact of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. in Frederick County, Maryland and beyond through transformational grant funding.

The book is available for purchase at the following locations: