The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, requests nominations for three awards this year:
- Howard County Philanthropist of the Year awards recognize an individual or family and a business or organization in Howard County that have shown leadership in philanthropy through giving and have changed the community for the better. The Community Foundation will recognize Philanthropist of the Year recipients at its Annual Dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, in November. Nominations are due Aug. 1.
- The Leadership Council Award recognizes a 25- to 45-year-old who has shown leadership and commitment as a member of a nonprofit board in Howard County and includes $1,000 supporting the recipient’s organization. The Community Foundation’s Leadership Council, comprised of the foundation’s past board chairs, established the award in 2008. The foundation will present the Leadership Council Award at its annual dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, in November. Nominations are due Aug. 15.
- The Casey and Pebble Willis Making a Difference Award recognizes a new or ongoing program or project of a nonprofit organization in Howard County and includes $3,000 in support. Established in 2000, the award memorializes Carolyn “Casey” Willis, a community activist who lived in Howard County for 26 years, and her husband, Dr. Eugene “Pebble” Willis, an orthopedic surgeon. The Community Foundation will present the Making a Difference Award at its annual dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, in November. Nominations are due Aug. 15.
The Community Foundation of Howard County, founded in 1969 as The Columbia Foundation, has awarded more than $14 million in grants to Howard County nonprofit organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the foundation’s endowment supported by more than 300 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information, visit www.cfhoco.org or call 410-730-7840.