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Community Partners Program

Jim Rouse
Jim Rouse

In 1969, when Jim Rouse established the Columbia Foundation, he set in motion the framework for the Community Partners Giving Program. An early agreement with the Columbia Bank and Trust provided support to help pay for the Foundation’s annual operating expenses, enabling the young organization to get a strong foothold in the Howard County community.

In the intervening years, the support of other corporate and individual partners have helped offset operating expenses and made it possible for most of the investment income from our endowment to be available for annual grants to local nonprofits. With our continued growth, the Foundation needs the support of Community Partners even more. Community Partners are asked to make a pledge of at least $25,000, $5,000 a year for five years. By becoming a Community Partner you can help ensure our continued success and keep critical grant funding available for local nonprofits. Our Community Partners are widely recognized for their dedication as proud supporters of CFHoCo and the Howard County community.

To become a Community Partner, please email CFHoCo’s President & CEO, Beverly White-Seals, or call 410-730-7840.