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The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

May 18, 2011 07:14PM ● By Anonymous

We create giving opportunities for all individuals to connect and contribute to the causes they care about. We make giving easy, effective, efficient, and impactful.

Since 1998, CFAAC has been working with individuals, families and businesses to create a permanent funding source for local nonprofits. We manage more than 45 diverse funds and provide significant grant dollars to local nonprofits. We are your community resource for giving! Go to to learn more.

Leaving a Legacy

“Kim and I feel strongly that we want to give back to the communities that have meant so much to us. We want to leave a legacy and support the causes that we feel are so important to these communities. In order to accomplish our charitable goals, we partnered with the Community Foundation to accomplish this, and made a bequest through our wills to fund the Elling Family Foundation. Endowments will be set up to provide annual donations to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) in Sanibel, Florida, and the operating budget of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. It is wonderful and reassuring to know that our wishes and goals will be carried on by our local Community Foundation for generations to come.”—Kim and Bob Elling

Helping a Grandson to Honor his Grandmother

Hamilton Chaney established the Agnes Dixon Fund, a donor advised fund, in honor of his grandmother, a lifelong Galesville resident and a community matriarch. Th rough his fund, he supports nonprofits and public schools in South County such as the Carrie Weedon Science Center, Deale Elementary School, and Southern High School. He says, “CFAAC makes it easy for me to give to the organizations I want to support. Having a donor-advised fund is like having my own private foundation but without any of the work.”

Building the Capacity of Local Nonprofits

An important role of CFAAC is to support nonprofits in every way possible. Th rough our Celebration of Philanthropy Scholarships we give staff and volunteers of local nonprofits the opportunity to attend trainings, seminars, or conferences that build the capacity of their organization.

Celebrating Philanthropy

Every year CFAAC hosts the Celebration of Philanthropy Luncheon to celebrate generosity and charitable giving in Anne Arundel County. This event gathers more than 300 of the top philanthropists, volunteers and nonprofit professionals in the county to celebrate those who give of their time and resources to make the work of our vital nonprofits possible. Last year’s Philanthropists of the Year, Jim and Linda Humphrey, were honored for their generous support of the Key School, Hospice of the Chesapeake, and Wellness House.

Dr. Martha Smith, Anne Arundel Community College, Anna Greenberg, 2007 Volunteer of the Year, Veronica Tovey, What’s Up? Media Group, and Bess Langbein, Executive Director of CFAAC.

Making an Impact through our Grants

Over the last few years, we have given $2 million in grants and now are one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the county. We provide funding to a wide variety of nonprofit groups in Anne Arundel County to address emerging needs and changing community priorities. We just announced the award of nearly $125,000 to local nonprofits through our grant program, Ladders to Success. All the grants are designed to fund programs that provide opportunities for low income or vulnerable county residents to live healthy, vibrant, and successful lives. Our grant recipients include Anne Arundel Community College Foundation, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, Arundel House of Hope, Arundel Lodge, Centrode Ayuda in partnership with OIC, Inc., Opportunity Builders, Inc., Sarah’s House, St. Phillip’s Family Life

The staff of Arundel House of Hope’s The Doughy Dog, a full-service food trailer that gives homeless individuals the opportunity to learn job skills and earn some income while also supporting the many programs of Arundel House of Hope.

Getting Involved with the Community Foundation

We provide opportunities for giving for everyone. We make it easy to support the causes and interests that are important to you, your family, or your organization. Here are four easy and eff ective ways to give:


Considering starting a family or corporate foundation? Find out why a donor-advised fund is a cost-effective and convenient alternative for our family or business.


You can support Ladders to Success, Grants 4 Teachers, or Help Our Neighbors, or one of our 40+ diverse funds that are making an impact in our local community.


We currently have two giving circles off ering opportunities for giving—Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a women’s giving circle, and Next Gen, a giving circle for young professionals. Rebecca Tingle, Executive Director of Anne Arundel County CASA, receives Next Gen’s Incredible Award for her outstanding leadership and commitment to improving the lives of foster children in Anne Arundel County.


Make a gift to the Community Foundation and be a catalyst for community problem solving and growing charitable giving in our community. Go to to make a donation.