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Community Foundation of Howard County names Dee Athey director of grants and community engagement

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, named Dee Athey as director of grants and community engagement. In her position, Athey will facilitate and administer the foundation’s donor-recommended and discretionary grants.

Athey brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit work and program development, management and evaluation. She has led community service initiatives, developed funding proposals, managed grant programs, directed fundraising efforts, worked with donors and built strategic partnerships benefiting nonprofit organizations in Maryland.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation of Howard County, Athey was the resource development director at The Arc of Howard County, where she established philanthropy programs, increased community and corporate engagement and managed initiatives and special events. She also held positions with the United Way of Central Maryland, including associate vice president for grant development, associate vice president for impact strategies and director of family safety and basic needs.

Previously, Athey was a senior prevention specialist with the U.S. Army Hawaii Family Advocacy Program, where she developed and managed family life education programs and services for soldiers, veterans and their families. She also taught social services-related topics as a faculty member with the University of Phoenix and Tropic Lightning University in Hawaii.

Athey co-chaired Leadership Howard County’s Premier class steering committee and graduated from the Premier program in 2012. She graduated from the Leadership Institute with The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at The University of Delaware in 2018. In addition, Athey served on the Howard County Women’s Giving Circle advisory board.

She holds a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Austin College in Texas. Athey lives in Jessup, Maryland.

Community Foundation of Howard County holds annual Spring Party

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, will hold its 37th annual Spring Party on Thursday, May 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College. The Spring Party will kick off the Community Foundation’s celebrations…

CFHoCo Seeks Vice President of Donor Relations

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, is hiring for the position of Vice President of Donor Relations. The VP of Donor Relations will report directly to the Foundation’s President & CEO and will partner with staff and members of the Board of Trustees to raise funds…

Community Foundation of Howard County establishes multimillion-dollar fund

The Community Foundation of Howard County established an agency fund with Community Homes Housing Inc. using $30 million from the organization’s sale of five Harper’s Choice and Wilde Lake housing units to Enterprise Homes. Community Homes Housing will use the fund, the largest ever established with the Community Foundation, to support the development and preservation…

Ellicott City flood relief funds collected, shortfall remains

The Community Foundation of Howard County and Ellicott City Partnership have collected and will distribute nearly $1.1 million in grants to those affected by the Ellicott City flood this year. Flood relief donations received to date fully funded eligible requests in the categories for individuals, heads of household, employees, business owners and residential property. The commercial…

Howard County Community Relief Fund

100% of all gifts received, minus any PayPal processing fees, will be granted via the process outlined in the program guidelines.  The CFHoCo has waived all administration fees. In the event that due to the generosity of donors, donations exceed the need, the CFHoCo will apply donations to relief efforts of future incidents.  This fund cannot accept donations…

Community Foundation of Howard County holds 36th annual Spring Party

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, will hold its 36th annual Spring Party on Friday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Science Engineering Technology Building at Howard Community College. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s programs and services that…

Community Foundation of Howard County names Scot Millen board chair

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, named Scot Millen chair of the foundation’s board of directors. Millen is the director of investments for Columbia-based Brightworks Wealth Management, which he co-founded in 2010. Millen has over a decade of experience in financial services, investments and…

Community Foundation of Howard County to recognize philanthropists at annual dinner

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, will recognize Howard County philanthropists at its annual dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. Bob and Bach Jeffrey will receive the Community Foundation’s individual…

Community Foundation of Howard County requests award nominations

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…