The Benedictine Foundation

The Benedictine Foundation fosters relationships with people, foundations, 
and corporations by sharing Benedictine’s vital mission to inspire financial support.

Celebrating 60 years

One Gift, One Memory, One Smile at a Time.

For 60 years, people like you have been at the heart of our mission. As we celebrate a milestone anniversary, we are reminded that our work is rarely counted by the passage of time.

Our legacy is measured instead by the number of lives enriched by everything we have accomplished together. Your support and generosity make this possible.

As we celebrate our 60th anniversary, we reflect on those first students at Benedictine, and the Sisters who found their purpose in caring for and educating children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Today, Benedictine is a multi-functional education center serving over 200 individuals throughout their lifetime, and we need your support to assure the future of our mission.

Please consider giving to this year’s hallmark anniversary Annual Fund campaign. Your donation allows us to realize extraordinary progress in the care of all of those we serve, and we are so grateful.




The Benedictine Foundation’s Chrome City Fundraiser, raised over $100,000 to support the children and adults living with developmental disabilities that Benedictine serves.

Hundreds of motorcycles, hot rods, classic, custom and vintage cars and over 600 people attended the 21st annual Chrome City Fundraiser. Marking its 21st year, the event continues to provide an opportunity to support Benedictine and its critical services and visit the campus all while enjoying a vast collection of cars and motorcycles.

Sponsors of this year’s Chrome City include:  Draper Media, Brandon Becker, A. H. Hatcher, Inc., Bette Kenzie, The Marshall Family, Mark Burkhalter, American Legion Post 29 – Denton, The Mallas Family, Clark Associates Financial Planning, Inc., Grimm + Parker Architects, Preston Automotive, The Jetty Restaurant, M&T Bank, Marasun Roofing, Marty Mows, R&M Performance, Tri Gas and Oil, Hilb Group Mid-Atlantic, Blanchett Concrete, Mooney Builds, Outback Steakhouse, PRS Guitar, Pepsi Bottling, Association of Maryland Pilots, Chris Dorr Photography. Chrome City was also supported by numerous families, friends and staff. 

Check out the 2023 television commercial here!

Birdies for Benedictine

For over 30 years, our annual Charity Golf Classic tournament has raised more than $1 million for innovative, comprehensive special education opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism.  This year's golf tournament will be held on Monday, October 2, 2023 at The Talbot Country Club in Easton, MD.

DC / Baltimore Area Charity Golf

The 5th Annual DC Area Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Thad Fletcher to benefit Benedictine, was on Monday, July 10, 2023 at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville, MD.

Spring Gala

This year's Spring Gala “An Evening In Casablanca" was held at the Trident Aircraft Hangar at the Easton Airport on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The Gala is our hallmark fundraising event and has taken place since 1978. It is a time for members of the Benedictine community to applaud the people that make Benedictine special – the children and adults we serve, their families, the community, and our supporters.  We celebrate in the spirit of our three closely held values – hospitality, dignity of work and compassionate caring.  It’s a special evening of community and philanthropy and one we hope you will always remember!

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Foundation Info


Phone: 410-634-2292
Fax: 410-634-1855

The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, federal identification number: 52-1479494.

The Benedictine Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and has achieved the Guidestar Gold Seal.

Foundation Staff

Claudia Nichols Cunningham

Chief Advancement Officer


Caroline Bauerle

Director of Development


Janine M. Lis 

Marketing and Communications Manager



Ashley Downes

Advancement Services Coordinator and Database Administrator



Alison Lynch 

Development Specialist, Grants and Planned Giving