The Donald Lewis funds

Donald Lewis

A well-known businessman, politician and community philanthropist who passed away at age 99 in early 2019 has left a permanent legacy in the form of new funds with The Community Foundation of Frederick County.

With his vision for the future, Donald L. Lewis, of Thurmont, made provisions in his estate to create these funds benefiting local nonprofits: the Donald Lewis Community Impact Fund for the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, Meals on Wheels, The Community Foundation of Frederick County, Frederick Rescue Mission, Advocates for the Aging, and Mission of Mercy.

Lewis cared deeply about helping seniors and before his death created the Donald L. Lewis Staff Education Fund for Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Fund, which helps with tuition and education expenses for facility employees to advance their training. He also cared about those in need in the community and grants from the new funds will support the operations and missions of the named nonprofits.

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