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Crosby Marketing Communications, Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award

Corporate Philanthropist of the Year
Crosby Marketing Communications
Nominated by the Anne Arundel County Food Bank

The Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award is presented to a business/corporation that has a proven record of exceptional generosity and demonstrates outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility through direct financial support to nonprofits located in Anne Arundel County. The local company encourages and facilitates employee giving and establishes mutually beneficial partnerships with local nonprofits. The CEO/President will be actively and effectively involved in the success of the company’s community giving programs.  

“Crosby is a very community-driven organization that loves to give back and help those who are less fortunate whether it be through food banks or other organizations.”
—Susan Thomas, Executive Director, Anne Arundel County Food Bank

Crosby Marketing Communications, founded by Ralph Crosby, and now led by his son, Raymond, has a strong philanthropic philosophy built into its mission statement “Inspiring Actions that Matter.” It’s not only what leads the firm to produce award-winning marketing and advertising work, it’s also what leads the company’s owners, Ralph and Ray, to give back and encourage their employees to contribute to their community. 

President & CEO Ray Crosby sets the strategic direction for the firm and is the guiding force behind Crosby’s mission to Inspire Actions That Matter, helping clients positively impact people’s lives and contribute to the greater good. Crosby is passionate about creating real change for health, education, energy, environmental, human service, and faith-based initiatives.

Recently Crosby made two donations to AACFB, totaling $65,000, to support hunger relief efforts during the pandemic. The first donation was made shortly after the pandemic began, then, in August, when Ray found out there were still many families struggling, and unemployment benefits decreased, his company made a second donation of $25,000. “Crosby Marketing Communications is a generous supporter of many Anne Arundel County nonprofits, including the Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB),” said Executive Director, Susan Thomas, who nominated the company as Corporate Philanthropist of the Year.

In addition to AACFB, Crosby supports local nonprofits including Dog Tag, Inc., Second Chance, The Severn River Association, the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center, and the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) through its philanthropic and volunteer work. 

In 2018, the company established The Crosby Foundation, a Corporate Advised Fund, with CFAAC to ensure their funds are directed to the causes that they are passionate about.

“Crosby is a very community-driven organization that loves to give back and help those who are less fortunate whether it be with food banks or other organizations,” said Thomas.

The Light House Executive Director Jo Ann Mattson agreed, “They have a long-standing history of supporting our organization when needed most, including valuable pro-bono assistance during our Capital Campaign leading up to the 2010 opening of our new facility,” she said. “Soon after, Barbara Crosby (Ray’s wife) was a leading force in the development of our clothing closet, which provides clothing to hundreds of The Light House residents and community clients each year.”

Mattson added that Crosby recently granted The Light House a $25,000 gift to support its Safe Harbour Resource Center, which provides services to individuals and families in our community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

“This generous gift could not have come at a more crucial time, as we are seeing an increase in neighbors seeking our services due to difficulties associated with the COVID-19 crisis,” Mattson said.  

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