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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.

    Create a Fund Invest in Howard County
    Corporate Philanthropy Support the Community Foundation of Howard County
    Give to an Existing Fund Create a Legacy

    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.



Did You Know?

Did you know . . . That while real estate comprises between 40 and 50 percent of the total U.S. net worth, only 2 percent of the gifts given to charities are made in the form of real estate. That most local nonprofits are desperate for unrestricted dollars, but they are reluctant to accept real… >>>

Hit a Home run and Help Save Lives

CFHoCo will be sponsoring The American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Columbia Donor Center from Monday, July 27 to Saturday, August 1. Donors can schedule appointments through Lynne Machovec at or by calling 443-546-7468. >>>

Did You Know?

Did You Know… That diversity in our community, which is our strength, includes transgender adults and children? That PFLAG (Families and allies working with LGBTQ people) is one of the oldest 501c3 nonprofits in the country dedicated to supporting the families and friends of LGBTQ people? Last week we all were introduced to Caitlyn Jenner… >>>