Our Mission

The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Trust is to promote public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the water quality and aquatic and land resources of the Chesapeake Bay region and other aquatic and land resources of the State. The Trust will engage residents of the region in programs that lead to actions that measurably improve local communities and increase resource stewardship.

History

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny River. Created in 1985 by the Maryland General Assembly, our goal is to increase stewardship through grant programs, special initiatives, and partnerships that support K-12 environmental education, on-the ground watershed restoration, community engagement, and the underlying science of these three realms. Through our grants, the Trust engages hundreds of thousands of students and volunteers in projects that have a measurable impact on the natural resources of our region.  Grantees include schools, local governments, community groups, faith-based groups, watershed organizations, and other not-for-profit entities.

Grants made by The Trust include resources from a variety of sources: the Treasure the Chesapeake vehicle license plate, donations made through the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund on the Maryland State income tax form, donations from individuals and corporations, and partnerships with private foundations and federal, state, and local agencies. The Trust leverages resources from these sources in the most cost-effective way: 92% of the Trust’s expenditures are directed to its Chesapeake Bay restoration and education programs, and the Trust has consistently received the top rating, four stars, from Charity Navigator to acknowledge our efficiency.

Our goal is simple: we believe that getting residents involved is key to restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Diversity Statement

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has a mission to promote the public awareness and participation of all local residents in the restoration and protection of our region’s natural resources through its grant making. In order to achieve its mission and fully perform as an organization, the Trust commits to:

Fostering the inclusion of individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, age, gender, race, creed, ethnicity, national origin, religious beliefs, physical abilities, sexual orientation, military, citizenship, and socioeconomic status in all of the endeavors of the Trust.

Expanding the dialogue between diverse communities that lead to new collaborations and identify co-benefits of environmental and community projects

Partnering with grantees, donors, vendors, and others who also recognize the importance of increasing diversity in effort to restore and protect our natural resources and seek new ways to promote inclusion.

Learning and sharing best practices that increase the inclusion of all local residents in the ongoing effort to restore our natural resources and our communities.