Support the School

Echo Hill Outdoor School works hard to provide quality programming at an affordable price. Tuition comprises most of our revenue and this income directly funds our programs. However, tuition does not cover our entire operating cost. To make up the difference, Echo Hill depends on the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, local, state and federal governments for donations and grants. Support from these sources is vital to helping Echo Hill Outdoor School continue to make a difference in students' lives.

Every contribution no matter the size is important to Echo Hill Outdoor School. We are thankful for the support of the many foundations as well as the Maryland State Department of Education, United Way of Kent County, Mid-Shore Community Foundation and EarthShare Mid-Atlantic.

Grants from these various sources help Echo Hill Outdoor School to provide programming and scholarships for students from public schools in Baltimore City, Kent County, Talbot County and Washington, DC.

Ways to Support Echo Hill Outdoor School

Donations of cash, securities, and property are wonderful ways to support Echo Hill Outdoor School. The advantage to you, the Donor, is a tax deduction for your contribution and the knowledge that the donation directly provides positive outdoor educational experiences for students of all ages.

Echo Hill Outdoor School is grateful for all donations because they provide much needed funds that help us with our mission. Contributions are used to provide scholarships for students, staff training, maintenance for our fleet of historic boats and other top priorities.

Where Will The Money Be Used

A gift of $50 or more goes to support the Echo Hill Outdoor School Scholarship Fund.

A gift of $450 provides a 5 day Spring or Fall outdoor residential educational experience.

A donation of $1200 provides funding for 20 students for a full day program.

A gift of $2500 supports 25-40 faculty for a 1 day team building/outdoor education adventure.

$5000 allows us to provide 100 students $50 scholarships to attend Echo Hill Outdoor School.

All donations, large and small, are greatly appreciated.

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Cash and Credit Card Contributions

The most popular way to donate is to make a cash contribution by check or credit card. Echo Hill Outdoor School is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit educational organization.

By Check

Echo Hill Outdoor School
13655 Bloomingneck Road
Worton, MD 21678

100% of your donation directly
benefits the School.

By Credit Card

Via PayPal secure link.
Up to 3% of your donation will be used
to pay processing fees.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are making a gift earmarked for a particular restricted fund, please note the designation in the memo line of your check or inform us with a note or email to You may also be interested in giving a gift in honor or memory of someone. If so, please provide us with the individual’s name and contact information so we can inform them of your contribution. Have questions or need assistance? Call us at 410-348-5880 or email

Special Funds

Echo Hill Outdoor School proudly acknowledges the following funds for scholarships, the historic boats, and ensuring the future of the school:

The EHOS Wonder Fund

New for 2013 and beyond, the EHOS Wonder Fund was affectionately named by a former Echo Hill Outdoor School teacher as a fitting tribute to the reaction of students and participants attending the school. She summed up the EHOS experience as often creating a “sense of wonder” at being exposed to the diverse ecology of the Bay and Kent County as well as the transformational experience realized in a student’s ability to challenge themselves to achieve more than heretofore thought possible.

The Wonder Fund is intended for any gift but especially for planned or estate gifts that will, by their very nature, make a profound impact on the school and our ongoing needs. With the inclusion of new gifts we hope to transition the existing EHOS Endowment Fund into this fund to create a master endowment helping to secure the future of the school.

Michael F. Hertz Memorial Fund
The Michael F. Hertz Memorial Fund helps maintain the school’s historic boats and directly supports the school’s mission. The fund was established by Ronnie Edelman, Michael’s wife, to recognize his friendship with fellow Echo Hill Outdoor School founders and his devotion to the school, which he faithfully served as board member for 40 years.

Michael Hertz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, served the U.S. Department of Justice with distinction for over 36 years. A tireless advocate, Mike’s work in combating fraud against the government resulted in tens of billions of dollars recovered for the U.S. Treasury and federal and state programs.

His career exemplified the ideals of public service. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Stanley D. Rose Award in 2002, the Civil Division¹s highest honor. To Echo Hill Outdoor School, Michael was a close friend, founder, and counsel.

The Cameron O’Neill-Mullin Scholarship Fund for Annie D Trips
This fund provides scholarships to deserving children for a 5-Day trip aboard the buy boat Annie D each summer. The family and friends of Cameron O’Neill-Mullin established this fund in her memory.

Kenny Buten Memorial Fund
The Kenny Buten Memorial Fund provides full and partial scholarships to local children of Outstanding Character for Echo Hill Outdoor School’s summer Explore trips. This fund was established by Kenny’s fellow staff members in his memory.

Paul “Monkee” Graboff Memorial Fund
The Paul “Monkee” Graboff Memorial Fund provides scholarships for groups of students needing financial assistance to attend Echo Hill Outdoor School’s educational programs. Board member Leslie Morgenthal and her husband Richard established this fund to honor Paul Graboff, a former staff member.

Seth Meiller Memorial Fund
The Seth Meiller Memorial Fund provides partial funding to Baltimore City Public School groups attending Echo Hill Outdoor School programs. The fund was established by the Meiller Foundation in memory of the Meiller’s son, Seth Meiller. Seth was a staff member at Echo Hill Outdoor School.

The Historic Boat Fund
The Historic Boat Fund helps support the preservation of Echo Hill Outdoor School’s historic boats.


Planned (Estate) Giving

You’ve worked hard and invested wisely to accumulate assets and build your estate. Did you know that there are ways to help these assets work differently to not only reduce taxes and provide additional income but, importantly, benefit a wonderful charity now and/or in the future?

This website provides a wealth of information about our history, programs and, especially, the effect we have had on so many. Your consideration of the following (or additional) means of making a planned gift could create a lasting legacy for hundreds, if not thousands, of future students and participants and those teachers who faithfully serve our mission.

  • Outright Gifts: Cash, Appreciated Stock, Real Estate, Boats and Vehicles.
  • Bequests (Wills)
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Retained Real Estate
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts,
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
  • Charitable Remainder Lead Trusts
If interested, we would be happy to work with you and your financial and legal advisors directly or we could provide professional advisors whom you will find considerate, helpful and highly professional. Please contact us at 410-348-5880 or at

Other Ways to Give

Work Place Giving Programs
Workplace charitable-giving programs offer city, county, state and federal employees the opportunity to contribute to charities using the convenience of payroll deduction. Contact your company's Human Resources Department for information.

Echo Hill Outdoor School participates in the following workplace giving programs:

Combined Federal Campaign - CFC# 83862
Maryland Charity Campaign - MCC# 4668
Combined Charity Campaign for Baltimore City - CCC# 7651

United Way of Kent County
Echo Hill Outdoor School participates in the United Way of Kent County campaign. United Way of Kent County contributes to summer scholarships for Kent County Public School children. Kent County, MD residents can contribute through their workplace giving campaigns. Others may contribute through the United Way of Kent County campaign by sending a check payable to the United Way of Kent County, P.O. Box 594, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Please indicate that your gift is designated for Echo Hill Outdoor School.

EarthShare Mid-Atlantic
EarthShare is a national non-profit that connects people and organizations with effective ways to support critical environmental causes. They raise funds for programs that care for our air, land, water, wildlife and public health -- in your community, across the U.S. and around the world! Each year they connect hundreds of thousands of individuals with environmental and conservation charities through employee engagement & giving campaigns at public and private sector workplaces across the country. EarthShare's mission: To engage individuals and organizations in creating a healthy and sustainable environment.

To donate to Echo Hill Outdoor School through EarthShare, please visit the EarthShare Mid-Atlantic web site and choose either to Donate Online or through their Give@The Office program. Be sure to designate Echo Hill Outdoor School 83862 as the recipient of your gift. For more information about workplace giving, please contact Shannon Baker at

Matching Gifts
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs which match the contributions of their employees. To determine if your company participates in this program, contact your human resources department. Your spouse’s employer may also participate. If so, obtain the necessary paperwork and forward to Echo Hill Outdoor School. We will handle it from there. Some companies now send their matching gift information via email. If this is the case, please let us know so we can expect it. Please contact us at 410.348.5880 or

Stock Gifts
Contributions can also be made through stock and other securities. The donor will receive a tax deduction for the current, full market value of the stock on the date of transfer. If you plan to donate stock, please have your broker contact us at 410.348.5880 or You will need to provide the type of stock, amount of stock and appropriate date of transfer.

Real Estate
Echo Hill Outdoor School has received several gifts of real estate in past years. The gifts have covered a range of areas from staff housing, campus enhancements and funding to support our programs. If you are interested in making a gift of real estate, please contact us at 410-348-5880 or

Donors may make a gift to Echo Hill Outdoor School by including the school in their will. Please check with your attorney to make the necessary arrangements. If you are making a planned gift, we encourage you to let us know of your intentions. Please contact us at 410.348.5880 or

Boat and Equipment Donations
Echo Hill Outdoor School accepts boats and related equipment of all types as donations. Some vessels and equipment are used by Echo Hill for our programming. Oftentimes, the donated vessels and items are not appropriate for our needs; in this case, the item will be placed for sale with proceeds benefiting Echo Hill Outdoor School’s programs.

If you are interested in donating a boat or equipment, please contact us at 410.348.5880 or, 13655 Bloomingneck Road, Worton, MD 21678.