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CFAAC Community Connector - September 2021


A Message From Our President & CEO

Meet the 2021 Awardees
Sponsorship Opportunities
Thank you to our Sponsors

Welcome to CFAAC
Community Leadership Circle Annual Campaign
CFAAC Webinar Wrap Up

Getting The Most Out Of Your Philanthropy | October 12
Mental Health First Aid Training Course |November 13
Community Events

Help Our Neighbors is Now Accepting Applications
Grants 4 Teachers Application Deadline is October 29
Community Grants

Trends That May Influence What Your Clients are Thinking About Charitable Giving


We are drawing closer to our biggest event of the year – the 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about honoring each of our incredible awardees. After convening with the CFAAC Board of Trustees, we decided once again to livestream the awards and present an all-virtual celebration. Last year’s event and awardee videos garnered 10,000 views combined, allowing CFAAC to highlight philanthropy and showcase our awardees to a wider audience than ever before.

Sponsoring the Celebration of Philanthropy Awards is an excellent way to show your individual, family, or corporate support for CFAAC’s Community Leadership efforts, our current 2021 award recipients, and all Anne Arundel County philanthropists, past and present. This event is made possible every year because of the generosity of our sponsors so please consider supporting our 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards. 

It really is an exciting time of year. As you read through this newsletter, you will see that there is so much going on in our community, including educational events and grant programs offered by CFAAC. We are extremely proud of the educational webinars we have been able to offer – from estate planning, healing through the arts, and getting the most out of your philanthropy, to in-person mental health first aid training. The work we do is made possible because of your generous donations. Please consider a gift to support CFAAC’s Community Leadership Circle Annual Campaign this fall. 

We are grateful, as always, for all that you do to strengthen and support Anne Arundel County. 

Happy fall! 

Mary Spencer
President & CEO


Meet the 2021 Awardees

Our 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy Award winners continue to amaze us with their generosity of financial support, time, and talent. Please follow us on social media (FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn) as we share more about these incredible people. 

  • Philanthropists of the Year: Jeffrey Harris and Joyce Pratt

  • Corporate Philanthropist of the Year: Hannon Armstrong

  • Volunteer of the Year: Townsend McNitt

  • Young Volunteer of the Year: Ryan O’Connor

  • Carol Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award: Larry Griffin

  • Legacy Award for Planned Giving: Cindy Pond

  • Boots on the Ground Award: Janice Keating

  • Carroll H. Hynson Jr. Award in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy: Martha Blaxall

Register for free to watch this exciting, live-streamed event on November 5. 

Register for Free as a Virtual Attendee

Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsorship Opportunities

Due to COVID-19 social distancing and gathering recommendations, the November 5, 2021 award ceremony will be held virtually. However, we still need your support to ensure our 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards event is a resounding success! Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsors will have the opportunity to promote their business to our community’s most invested and generous residents. Sponsors will be mentioned in all Celebration of Philanthropy Awards publicity, both prior to and during the event, including being listed in all printed materials, press materials, and in the event program. This event will celebrate eight amazing community contributors and we need your help to recognize them in a special way. Please consider a sponsorship for our awards program as CFAAC continues to champion and strengthen our local nonprofit community. Click Here for the Benefits of Sponsorships.

Purchase a Sponsorship Here



We are pleased to announce the first of our 2021 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
Martha Van Woerkom
Friends of Philanthropy
Anne Arundel Community College Foundation
Tara Clifford
Greg & Trish Strott
Bill Thompson in Memory of Carol Thompson


Welcome to CFAAC

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is thrilled to welcome the following to our family of funds:

  • Andrew Kiracofe Memorial Fund: A Donor Advised Fund established in Andrew's memory to provide support to organizations and programs that are committed to the health, restoration, and protection of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as programs that provide young people with experiences that encourage interest in Chesapeake Bay Wildlife and exploration of its natural habitats.

Community Leadership Circle Annual Campaign

CFAAC grows stronger every year, reaching and impacting every corner of Anne Arundel County. With your support, we have done amazing things together – including ensuring that families have basic necessities, strengthening nonprofits through grants, and making sure the community is well-informed through CFAAC programs. With your help, we can continue to aid those nonprofits who, in turn, serve our most vulnerable. We can continue to ask questions, seek other perspectives, cultivate relationships, and create opportunities for our donors to help meet the needs of our community. And, together, we can continue to make decisions that benefit and include everyone in our county, enhancing the quality of life for all Anne Arundel County citizens.

Thank you for considering a gift. It’s your support that allows us to do what we do. You can make a lasting impact by making your gift securely online at or by calling 410-280-1102.

Make a Gift to the Community Leadership Circle

CFAAC Webinar Wrap Up

Last month, CFAAC’s lineup of webinars included two helpful sessions – Estate Tax Planning and Philanthropy webinar and Beyond Words: An Exploration of the Arts in Healing webinar.

On September 21st, attorney Christine Hubbard shared her knowledge of creating a meaningful charitable legacy within an estate plan in a tax-efficient manner. Participants learned everything from basic estate planning strategies to the most tax-efficient ways to leave assets to charities. Christine also shared information about Maryland inheritance estate tax laws and proposed changes to federal estate tax laws, and provided examples.

As part of CFAAC’s yearlong Speaker Series on Becoming a Trauma Informed County, multi-award-winning leader and Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant Rob Levit led an interactive, creative, and hopeful exploration of the role of the Arts in healing trauma. The September 23rd webinar demonstrated to participants how the Arts are an exceptionally important and well-documented modality to help individuals, organizations, and communities toward post-traumatic growth because the tactile, kinesthetic, aural, and visual sensations are activated. Rob explained that creativity comes in many forms, including music, movement, drawing, and creative writing.  

Join us for one of our upcoming webinars and read more about them here.


Getting the Most Out of Your Philanthropy

Join us to hear Stephen R. Holt, Financial Advisor and Managing Partner with Premier Planning Group in Annapolis, discuss how to approach the philanthropic planning conversation with your advisor, and the types of questions to ask to better understand how your advisor can help you get the most out of your philanthropy.

Date | October 12, 2021
Location | Via Zoom 
Time | 8:30 am to 9:30 am

You want your philanthropic dollars to be used effectively, while at the same time finding joy from your giving. However, navigating the world of philanthropy can be a challenge. Having philanthropic conversations with your advisor is an excellent way to develop and implement a strategy that can lead you to making a greater impact on the nonprofits you care about. 

Asking the right questions can help facilitate discussions among family members, develop a plan for giving, and identify partners to help you carry out those plans.

Register for Free & Learn More Here

Mental Health First Aid Training Course 

Date | November 13, 2021
Location | The Commons at Annapolis Commerce Park
912 Commerce Road, Annapolis, MD 21401*
Time | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost | $50 per person

Did you know that nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness? Mental Health First Aid training will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. This course, led by expert trainers in the mental health field, will give you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance abuse problem and how to connect them to the appropriate care. You will also learn how to apply the ALGEE action plan: Assess for risk of suicide or harm; Listen nonjudgmentally; Give reassurance and information; Encourage appropriate professional help; and Encourage self-help and other support strategies. 

This is an in-person*, instructor-led course that is limited to 30 participants. Fee: $50 for training and materials. This course is part of our yearlong Speaker Series on Becoming a Trauma Informed County. 

Register for Free & Learn More Here

*In-person events will be held pending all COVID-19 social distancing and gathering restrictions. CFAAC will continue to assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone, significantly reduce the number of attendees, or cancel the in-person gathering.

Community Events

Who Will Save Our Mothers?
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) presents Who Will Save Our Mothers? on October 21, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM via Zoom.

The United States has among the worst outcomes for maternal mortality among developed countries.  Dr. Monica Jones, Luminis Health System Chair for Women's and Children's Services, will be the keynote speaker.  Dr. Jones, along with others affected, will describe the shocking state of maternal mortality in the U.S. among African American women, the reasons behind it, and ways in which we can all help improve the situation. This event is free and open to the public, register here.

Help Our Neighbors is Now Accepting Applications

CFAAC provides grants to local nonprofits that assist individuals and families in need by providing emergency assistance, such as covering immediate living expenses like paying rent to prevent eviction, utilities to prevent shut-off, fees for transportation to work or car repair, or for essential medication and medical care to return to or maintain their health. Award size is a maximum of $2,500. Grant application closes on November 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 

Apply & Learn More Here

Grants 4 Teachers Application Deadline is October 29

CFAAC wants to help fund teachers' creative ideas to stimulate and inspire our students’ learning. 

Grants are awarded from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $500. A volunteer committee of citizens including retired teachers, business people, and parents review the applications. The application process is easy and the grant is awarded directly to the school on behalf of a teacher.

All teachers working for Anne Arundel County Public Schools may apply, including but not limited to special needs teachers, music, art, etc. Grant application closes on October 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

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Community Grants

Annapolis Rotary Announces Global Grant Scholarship Opportunities
The Rotary Club of Annapolis invites students who live, work, or study in the Annapolis area to apply for a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship. Applications are due by October 31, 2021, for the $30,000 grant to support graduate education abroad.

The graduate program selected must relate to at least one of Rotary International’s seven focus areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, and environment. Interested applicants can learn more about the program at


Trends That May Influence What Your Clients are Thinking About Charitable Giving
The 2021 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy: Charitable Giving by Affluent Households confirms that wealthy families are as committed as ever to the nonprofit sector and community causes. Of the 1,626 households surveyed with annual income of at least $200,000 or a net worth of at least $1 million (not counting a primary residence), 88% gave to at least one charity in 2020. Between 2017 and 2020, average giving by this demographic grew to $43,195 from $29,269 – a 48% increase. The motivations and preferences behind wealthy donor giving are also changing. Read more.


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