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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.


December 1: #GivingTuesday


Putting the Giving Back in ThanksGiving!

At the Foundation’s Annual Dinner on November 12th, we had the pleasure of listening to Nancy Lublin, our keynote speaker and author of the XYZ Factor: The Guide to Creating a Culture of Impact.  She was an amazing and inspiring speaker. In fact, go online and take a look at her TED talks. Here… >>>

Let’s Talk!

We are on the cusp of the holiday giving season which is  the  time of the year when many of us decide where our charitable dollars will be directed.  One of the values of having a donor advised fund with the Community Foundation of Howard County is the ability to have a one-on-one conversation in… >>>

Did You Know?

Did you know . . . That there’s a summer camp where children cannot and do not get expelled due to behavior problems. That there’s a summer camp where children enrolled specifically because of their behavior problems. That there’s a summer camp where parents may for the first time receive positive feedback about the behavioral… >>>