About Us

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity with the goal of improving the quality of life in Howard County, primarily through endowment building and coordinated grant-making services.

CFHoCo is governed by a local volunteer Board of Trustees and run by professionals with expertise in assessing the community’s need, working with donors to connect generosity with need and managing charitable assets.

CFHoCo is committed to building a vibrant, compassionate and engaged Howard County community. We encourage local philanthropy and offer individuals, families and businesses a variety of easy and tax-efficient ways to impact their community through charitable giving. CFHoCo assists donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets by allowing people to establish permanent endowment funds under the umbrella of one large foundation.


Educating and engaging the community to inspire life-long giving for the advancement of Howard County residents and nonprofits supporting civic, cultural, environment and education.

Jim Rouse was a visionary who had a simple dream of creating a better place for people to live and work.

In 1969, Rouse created the Columbia Foundation in anticipation of the needs of new town Columbia for decades to come.  In 2013, in order to reflect the geographic area served, the foundation changed its name to the Community Foundation of Howard County but kept Rouse’s vision intact.

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo) has and continues to connect stakeholders around issues, inspires life-long giving, grant making, identifying community needs, managing investments, and educating donors about community issues.  CFHoCo makes a positive impact on the community and supports nonprofit organizations that address important causes in Howard County.

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