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    When we ask our donors why they give, we hear many reasons. Some express a deep sense of gratitude to the county where their families and businesses have thrived. Others feel a responsibility to use their wealth in meaningful ways, or to share their good fortune — an inheritance, an especially large bonus or commission check, or the proceeds from the sale of a business — with the community.

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    To be considered for a grant, an organization must be determined as charitable under
    Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be an entity that meets IRS charitable guidelines.

    For questions about our grant programs email Program Officer Tracy Locke-Kitt or call 410-730-7840.

    Community Grants                     Donor Advised

    Mini Grants                                 Making Up The Difference

    CFHoCo manages more than 300 charitable funds on our community’s behalf. Search our directory to find existing funds based on the type of fund or the name of the fund. You can click on the name of the fund to learn more about it as well as donate directly to that fund. Contact CFHoCo to learn how you can create your own fund.


    The “Endow Maryland” tax credit rewards donors who help build permanent charitable funds for local communities across the state—and right here in Howard County. Authorized by the State Legislature for the 2015 tax year, Endow Maryland offers a 25% state tax credit for gifts of $500 or more to permanent, endowed funds at qualified community foundations in Maryland.

    Learn more about Endow Maryland and how you can make a gift to CFHoCo here.

    The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, will recognize Howard County philanthropists at its annual dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md.

    The Community Foundation of Howard County will present the fourth annual Philanthropist of the Year awards to Vivian “Millie” Bailey and the Corporate Partnership of Orchard Development and Armiger Management. The awards recognize individual and corporate philanthropists in Howard County who have shown leadership in philanthropy and who, through their giving, have brought positive change in the community.

    For more information and to purchase sponsorships, individual tickets and/or would like to place a Congratulatory Message in the 2015 Annual Dinner Program please click here.



    Williamsburg Homes


    Apple Ford Lincoln Design Collective, Inc Nuala and Steve Duffy Mary and Kingdon Gould  Hamel Builders, Inc. Turf Valley



    BB&T Biegel & Waller LLC Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, LLP Dunn’s Floor Covering, Inc. The Neil & Janet Gordon Fund Greenebaum Enterprises, Inc.  Harkins Builders, Inc. Howard County Economic Development Authority  Kelliher & Salzer, LLC Lakeside Title Company Orchard Development Corporation Donna and Lowell Pidel  Anne and Peter Rogers Sandy Spring Bank United National Bankcard Services, Inc. U.S. Trust



    David & Katrina Burton Cabinet Discounters, Inc. Charles A. Klein and Sons, Inc. d w taylor associates inc Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC Design House Kitchens & Appliances, LLC Kimberly Earls  Environmental Systems Associates Chris & Nicole Gable Howard County General Hospital, A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine Howard County Housing Bob & Bach Jeffrey  Nagle & Zaller Nancy Adams Personnel of Columbia Toby & Hal Orenstein Royal Electric Inc. Steven D. Sass, Esq. Lynne Schaefer and Steve Landen Shelter Systems Limited



    Susquehanna Bank The Bozzuto Group Councilman-Elect Jon and Margaret Weinstein



    Bonnie Heneson Communications Columbia Orchestra


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