Leidy Foundation awards grant to Maryland Reporter

State House at sunset.

State House at sunset.

The John J. Leidy Foundation of  Baltimore has awarded an unrestricted grant of $10,000 to MarylandReporter.com Inc. “in support of its coverage of state government and politics in Maryland.”

In its fourth year of operation, MarylandReporter.com is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation; gifts to support the news website are tax-deductible.

MarylandReporter.com depends on grants from foundations, sponsors and contributors. It recently held its first major fundraising event April 4 at Harry Browne’s across from the State House. It raised over $20,000 and many of the sponsors and donors were giving for the first time to support critical coverage of state government and politics.

The Leidy Foundation was formed in 1957 by Baltimore native John J. Leidy, the owner of the former Leidy Chemical Company. It has given over $3.5 million to scores of Maryland charitable and educational organizations over the years.

Here is a list of foundations, sponsors and donors who supporting the work of MarylandReporter.com in 2013. Current and previous donors are listed on the website.


The Abell Foundation

The Leidy Foundation

Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation

Major Sponsors 2012-13 ($1,000 or more)

The Center for Guided Montessori Studies

Greater Baltimore Committee

Steve Geimann, Bloomberg News


Maryland Business for Responsive Government

Chesapeake Family Magazine and Jefferson Communications

The Mikulis Family


Sponsors $250-500

Claiborn M. Carr III, Ruxton,

C. Vernon Gray, Columbia

Richard E. Hug, Annapolis,

Michael Davis, Columbia

Sandy Schrader, Columbia

Manis, Canning & Associates, Annapolis

Maryland Petroleum Institute

Maryland State Education Association


Gerard Evans

Restaurant Association of Maryland

Senator & Mrs. Marty Madden

Blair Lee

Maryland Multi-Housing Association

The Hatcher Group

Lee & Steve Sachs

Damian O’Doherty

Pamela Kasemeyer

Alice Neily Mutch



Kelly & Associates Insurance Group


Donors 2013

Maryland Retired School Personnel

Cathy Drzyzgula, Gaithersburg

Roy Appletree, Columbia

Harold Conn, Columbia

Aruna Miller, Darnestown

Diane McComb, Chester

Robert Johnston, Arnold

Mindy Kursban, Bethesda

John Adryszak, Annapolis

Deborah Siebert, Annapolis

Randolph May, Potomac

Veronica Tovey, Annapolis

Americans for Prosperity

Seamus Kraft, Washington, DC

Jeff Robinson, Laurel

Sandra Dodson, Annapolis

Metropolitan AFL-CIO

Capitol Strategies

Marilyn Puskas, Baltimore

Vernon Sandin, Rockville

Dick Pettingill, Annapolis

Katharine O’Donovan, Annapolis

John Fiastro, Baltimore

Joyce Lyons Terhes, Silver Spring

Carol & Tyler Hecht, Annapolis

Megan Poinski, Riverdale

Mark Zablotny, Annapolis

James Neubauer, Ellicott City

James Adkins, Cambridge

Maxine Saunders, Timonium

Marcia Diehl, Annapolis

Dorothy Lazarick, Lakewood, NJ

Joe Wilmott, Columbia

Andrew Carruthers, Greenbelt

William Castelli, Cheverly

Shannon Snow, Baltimore

Ken Muir, Rockville

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Crofton

Patrick & Hilary Gonzales

Mark Smith, Odenton

Jim Doyle, Baltimore

Lloyd Knowles & Liz Bobo, Columbia

Reginald Stuart, Silver Spring

Blaine Taylor, Towson

Marie & Winifred Kelley, Johnston, RI

Linda Pohuski, Berlin

Md. Citizens Health Initiative

Kevin Kelly, Cumberland

JJF Management Services, Kensington

Richard Vatz, Cokeysville

Lewis Winarsky, Silver Spring

Louis Campion, Baltimore

Dan Gainor, Columbia

Robert Flanagan, Ellicott City

Kathy Magruder, Annapolis

John Wood, Mechanicsville

Holly Joseph, Bethesda

Barry Rascovar, Resiterstown

Martha Clark, Ellicott City

Shelley Tinney, Columbia

Maryland Retired School Personnel

Chris Costello, Baltimore

Christopher Summers, Gaithersburg

Paul Ellington, Annapolis

Dan Menefee, Chester


About The Author

Len Lazarick


Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

1 Comment

  1. Dale McNamee

    Congratulations, Maryland Reporter !