About the Trust
The Chesapeake Bay Trust shares a bold vision for a restored and protected Chesapeake Bay watershed and other natural resources in our area—from the Coastal Bays to the Chesapeake to the Youghiogheny River. We uniquely empower local community-based groups on the ground with the resources they need to take on a meaningful and measurable role in restoring forests, streams, rivers, bays, wildlife, and more in their own communities.
The Trust empowers these groups by providing grants and technical assistance. Every year, about 400 groups are awarded project money or provided other assistance to accomplish environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration projects. Since 1985, the Trust has awarded $140 million in grants and engaged hundreds of thousands of resident stewards in projects that have a measurable impact.
The Trust has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator for over two decades: on average 90 percent of the Trust’s expenditures are directed to its restoration and education programs.
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The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a 501(c)3 grant making organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extension allowed by law. Our Form 990, annual reports, audited financial statements, and IRS determination letter are available on our website or by contacting the Trust by phone 410-974-2941 ext. 119.
Donor Privacy Policies:
* The Trust does not trade, share or sell a donor’s personal information without the donors’ consent. We do not send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.
* Donors may request to not receive solicitations or mailings at any time. A donor may request anonymity.
* Our donation payment processing service, Blackbaud Merchant Services, is a Level 1 PCI service provider and payment gateway, the industry’s toughest data security standards.
* Upon request, The Trust can make available our policy for our investments with oversight by an Investment subcommittee composed of members of our Board of Trustees.
For Information on the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s giving policies, click here.