Howard County Community Relief Fund

Photo by Kevin Rector/The Baltimore Sun via AP
Photo by Kevin Rector/The Baltimore Sun via AP

Upon waking up Sunday morning we all learned that Ellicott City had been devastated by a flash flood down historic Main Street which left at least two people dead. These look like images from the movies San Andreas or Twister!

Following the shooting at the Mall in Columbia in March 2014, the Foundation had conversations with several local organizations about the need to establish a general victim’s relief fund that would provide needed and prompt assistance following tragic incidents such as a terrorism attack, a mass shooting or a natural disaster.

This Fund is intended to compliment the work of organizations that meet the unmet immediate needs as well as unmet intermediate and longer term needs that are not covered by insurance or other government programs.

The role of the Community Foundation of Howard County with respect to this fund is as follows:

  • Receive donations received from individuals, corporations, and foundations, including designated and undesignated contributions from the Foundation’s donors;
  • Communicate the availability of funding and allowable uses for those dollars to the Howard County community as a whole but to our local nonprofit partners in particular;
  • Serve as a facilitator to direct those individuals who have suffered a loss to the appropriate local nonprofit direct service providers;
  • Be responsible for disseminating funds in a timely manner, based upon agreed upon criteria; and
  • Provide letters of acknowledgement to donors that may be utilized for tax reporting purposes.

If you’d like to make a donation to the Howard County Community Relief Fund and you have a donor advised fund with the Foundation, please go to your Donor Central login on our website at www.cfhoco.hocomojo.org and make a grant to the Community Foundation of Howard County for the purpose of supporting the Howard County Community Relief Fund.

If you don’t have a donor advised fund and wish to make a donation to the Howard County Community Relief Fund, you can go to our website at www.cfhoco.hocomojo.org to the Donate tab or you can mail a check payable to the Community Foundation of Howard County noting Howard County Community Relief Fund on the memo line. Of course you can always give me a call at 410-730-7840 or send me an email at bwhiteseals@cfhoco.org if you’d like to learn more about what our local nonprofits are doing to address this crisis.

Your partner in philanthropy,

Beverly White-Seals
President & CEO

100% of all gifts received, minus any PayPal processing fees, will be granted via the process outlined in the program guidelines.  CFHoCo has waived all administration fees.  In the event that due to the generosity of donors, donations exceed the need, CFHoCo will apply donation to relief efforts of future incidents.

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