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Community Connector - August 2022


A Message From our President & CEO

As summer winds to an end, we have much to share—first, our Celebration of Philanthropy nominations have been extended to August 5, 2022. This is our signature event of the year, and we can’t wait to honor Anne Arundel County’s most dedicated and generous people. If you haven’t already, please take the time to nominate someone for their service to our county. Read more about this event and other upcoming events in this newsletter.

August is also National Make A Will Month. Creating a meaningful estate plan is of vital importance to everyone, regardless of your estate size. The legacy of love that you leave your family and the causes you care about can be comforting as well as inspiring to others.

The Community Foundation is increasingly working with donors on their legacy planning. It is such rewarding work for us, knowing that we are helping others feel peace of mind after they put their plans in place. As always, we are here to guide and support prospective, new, and existing fund holders in this work, free of charge. Read more about legacy giving here.

Enjoy your final days of summer,

Mary Spencer
President & CEO


CFAAC has extended nominations for its 22nd annual Celebration of Philanthropy Awards through TOMORROW August 5, 2022. Community members, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and members of the faith communities are encouraged to nominate an individual, family, group, or organization who have demonstrated exceptional generosity through direct financial support or service, and outstanding civic and charitable work in Anne Arundel County. Honorees will be notified in September and recognized at the Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on November 3, 2022. 
Nominations for the following eight awards are now being accepted:
  • Philanthropist of the Year 
  • Corporate Philanthropist of the Year 
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Boots on the Ground
  • Legacy Award for Planned Giving
  • Carroll H. Hynson, Jr. Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy
  • Carol Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award
For questions about the Celebration of Philanthropy or the nomination process, please contact Director of Development, Damika Baker-Wilson at damika@cfaac.orgClick here to review important details about the nomination process.


Thank You to Our Latest Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsors

We are grateful to the following people and organizations for their sponsorship of the upcoming Celebration of Philanthropy Award Luncheon:
 - Platinum Sponsors -

- Gold Sponsor -

- Silver Sponsor -

- Friends of Philanthropy -
Mary and Dale Spencer

Sponsor CFAAC’s 2022 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

Want to promote your business to some of Anne Arundel County’s most invested and charitable residents? Then consider sponsoring CFAAC’s Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. 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. There are six levels of sponsorship available:

  • Presenting Sponsor, $20,000
  • Platinum Sponsor, $10,000
  • Gold Sponsor, $5,000
  • Silver Sponsor, $2,500
  • Bronze Sponsor, $1,000
  • Friend of Philanthropy, $500

Read more about the benefits of each level here and become a sponsor here

For questions about the Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsorships, please contact Director of Development, Damika Baker-Wilson at


August is National Make a Will Month

For the late Cherie Loustaunau making a will was of upmost importance. As a diligent, disciplined, and compassionate woman, Cherie needed to make sure everyone and everything she loved in life was taken care of after she was gone. For example, Cherie had a strong interest in young people so she set up educational investment funds for her eight great nephews and nieces. As a dedicated philanthropist, Cherie also wanted to make sure she supported the organizations that she loved throughout her life. In her will, she left gifts to several organizations including the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.

For many, like Cherie, a will is a final statement to what was important to them in their lives, a final opportunity to make sure their wishes are realized and that they continue to champion the organizations they cared about most in their lifetimes. Yet, according to a survey, nearly two-thirds of Americans do not have a will. 

Without a will, important decisions such as who receives assets and how property will be divided up will be decided by the state of Maryland. Care for minor children and pets will be left up to a court. Creating a will can not only save loved ones time, stress, and money; but also, can specify how to support favorite causes, as Cherie did. Read more about Cherie and Make A Will Month.


August is National “Make a Will” Month! Do you have a will? Research tells us that less than half of Americans do. If you don’t have your own will or estate plan, the state of Maryland has one for you and it may not match your wishes or assumptions. Join Rosemary Calderalo, Ph.D., CFAAC’s Director of Gift Planning, for a Virtual Lunch & Learn Presentation and how to get started in your planning and learn how you can also make provisions for charities in your will or estate plan on Thursday, August 11th at 12 noon.



Grants 4 Teachers Grant Application Opens August 15 

The purpose of the Grants 4 Teachers program is to fund highly creative ideas that would otherwise be impossible due to school system funding constraints. Since the Fall of 2009 when Grants 4 Teachers was launched, the Community Foundation has funded nearly 200 proposals for a total of $98,600. Application Opens: August 15, 2022 through September 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Grants 4 Teachers is made possible by supporters like YOU!







Back to School with Trauma in Mind; A Community Conversation
Monday, August 15, 2022
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
via Zoom

The Back to School with Trauma in Mind webinar will focus on the increased trauma our children face related to the pandemic and the increase in school and community gun violence. Three community experts in their fields, Catherine A. Gray, Deputy Director and Clinical Director for the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency; Lt. Steven Thomas, Anne Arundel County International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team Coordinator; and Pamela Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, will discuss and provide information related to trauma’s impact on children. Participants will learn how to help children return to school using a trauma-informed approach.

This event is open to the public and free to registered participants; and is part of CFAAC's Community Impact Speaker Series. 








Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 101: A Career and Life Primer
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library

CFAAC and The Junior League of Annapolis (JLA) invite nonprofit boards, staff, and volunteers to attend Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) 101: A Career and Life Primer. This session is considered a primer for your DEIB education. Learn the basics to effectively navigate in a changing environment, ask questions in a safe space, and set future DEIB learning goals. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of current DEIB terms and tips on communicating effectively. This session will be led by Karen Bond, a recognized leader in organizational development, training, and change management with more than 20 years of experience in management consulting and leadership. 

This event is open to the public and free to registered participants; and is part of CFAAC's Community Impact Speaker Series and JLA’s Annapolis Leadership Initiative for Growth and Networking (ALIGN) series.








brainSHIFT for Women Leaders: Brain Science of Beating Burnout
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

CFAAC and the JLA invite the community, especially women leaders, to attend brainSHIFT for Women Leaders: Brain Science of Beating Burnout, a virtual workshop with Dr. Romie Mushtaq, a neurologist, mindfulness teacher, and sought out keynote speaker. brainSHIFT is a workplace wellness movement based on brain science, medical, and scientific research updated from research done on the workforce during the global pandemic. 

This event is open to the public and free to registered participants; and is part of CFAAC's Community Impact Speaker Series and JLA’s Annapolis Leadership Initiative for Growth and Networking (ALIGN) series.








Girls on the Brink-Raising Emotionally Healthy Girls: An Evening of Conversation with Author Donna Jackson-Nakazawa
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Adolescent girls today tend to be more prone to depression and self-harm than ever before. It is this disturbing trend that led award-winning author Donna Jackson Nakazawa to research the science behind this growing crisis, interview girls about their adolescent experiences, investigate supportive solutions, and write about it in her new book, Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media.

This event is open to the public and event tickets are $40. All ticketed attendees will receive a copy of the bookGirls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media, published by Random House/Harmony. Attendees will also receive a free gift -- a Book Club Kit, which includes a Q&A with Donna, to use for their own book club! The book, designed to be a guide for parents, families, and all to help secure a healthy emotional inner life for our young girls, will be published on September 13, 2022, and all participants who register by September 21 will receive their books in time for the event. Registrations after September 21 may receive books after the event.



AAEPC Wine Down Wednesday

August 24, 2022 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | Severn Inn

The Anne Arundel Estate Planning Council (AAEPC) Wine Down Wednesday provides an opportunity for AAEPC members and guests to socialize and network.


Back to basics: Reminding Clients About Wills, Trusts, and Charitable Bequests

August is National Make a Will Month, and the publicity surrounding this designation may prompt your clients to ask you about whether their affairs are in good order. Of course, making sure a client has established an estate plan and executed corresponding legal documents is a priority for any attorney, accountant, or financial advisor who practices in the field of estate planning, tax, or wealth management. Still, it’s always helpful to remind clients to keep their estate plans up to date and review their plans with you on a regular basis.


Farms, Tax Planning, and Funding a Family Legacy

Given that there are more than two million farms in the United States, many advisors have at least one client who owns farm property. Although the number of farms has been dropping slowly since 2000, there are still millions of dollars invested in farms as agricultural land continues to be valuable. This is why it’s important to explore philanthropic options with your clients who own farmland.


The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), publicly supported philanthropic organization with the long-term goal of building permanent funds that provide support to local nonprofit organizations through grants and special projects. Our mission is to inspire and promote giving in Anne Arundel County by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Established in 1998, CFAAC is one of the largest funders of nonprofit organizations in Anne Arundel County. CFAAC distributed nearly $4 million in 2021. Learn more at

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