About Us


We seek is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens in the Southern Maryland Region through education and cultural activities.

The foundation was incorporated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, meeting all requirements of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. The goals of the foundation are to generate and distribute financial resources to assist youth from the Tri-County area of Maryland which is composed of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.

By working with the local community through parents and teachers, counselors, and others who influence students; we are helping to create long-term, self-sustaining solutions for the community.

Working to empower and support youth, rather than providing one-time handouts creates a cycle of pride and success that achieves greater long-term benefits.

The John Lancaster and W. Cecil Short Charity Foundation believes in achieving the objectives of support through participation in functions and events that make our communities a better place to live, work and attend school; to support education and cultural initiatives; to better the lives of Tri-County youth, and aid their families during times of need; and to serve as leaders and resources for the communities philanthropic needs.


Bro. John G. Lancaster

Bro. John G. LancasterBro. John G. Lancaster was born on January 31, 1918 in Farmville. He is the son of the late John Wesley Lancaster and Annie Moss Lancaster.  John accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member of First Baptist Church, Farmville, serving as choir director. He received his early education in Prince Edward County. Read More

Bro. W. Cecil Short

Bro. W. Cecil ShortBro. Short is recognized as a national and international educator, administrator, consultant and speaker.  He served as a High School and Middle School Principal for over forty years.  The schools are as follows:  Lackey, (founding principal) of Maurice McDonough, Laplata, and Oxon Hill High School. Read More


President: Jake Prater

Vice President:  Dr. Bernard Jackson

Secretary: David Simmons

Treasurer: Oscar Feaster

John Lancaster & W. Cecil Short Charity Foundation | PO Box 1075 | Waldorf, MD 20604

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