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Community Connector - July 2022


A Message From our President & CEO

Even during the hazy, lazy days of summer, CFAAC is busy making things happen. Our Celebration of Philanthropy nominations are now open and two grant cycles will open on July 18: Environment Anne Arundel Fund and Women and Girls Fund. And, if you haven’t read through our 2021 Annual Report yet, be sure to review it here.

As you know, CFAAC plays a critical role in Anne Arundel County by increasing philanthropic giving, often partnering with donors to support their decision-making as they allocate their charitable funds to make the most impact in our community. We are always grateful to you, our friends, who help us extend our reach by sharing what you know about CFAAC and serving as an ambassador of the work that we do. Being a person who is connected to CFAAC, you are uniquely qualified to help us lead change, grow endowment dollars meant to support the community in perpetuity, and make a difference in Anne Arundel County in countless ways. Recommending us to your friends and colleagues who are philanthropically inclined will help us strengthen our county. By generating awareness of CFAAC’s mission, you can help us build relationships and partnerships with businesses, organizations, and prospective donors. As an ambassador of our critical work, you can help others better understand the benefits of giving through CFAAC and deepen our community impact now and in the future.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mary Spencer
CFAAC President & CEO


Who Will You Nominate?

CFAAC is now accepting nominations for its 22nd annual Celebration of Philanthropy Awards through July 31, 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 at The Graduate Hotel in Annapolis.

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 Click here to review important details about the nomination process.


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.


2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report is now available online. This report highlights CFAAC’s positive community impact in 2021 such as distributing 579 grants and nine scholarships to more than 300 different organizations, granting nearly $4 million dollars in funding, opening 20 new funds, and growing our total endowed assets to $7.7 million. Please take the time to review all of our accomplishments in 2021. Click below to view the electronic copy, or view it as a PDF click here.

2021 Annual Report

Support Environment Anne Arundel Fund & Women and Girls Fund

Environment Anne Arundel Fund and Women and Girls Fund open this month. And these funds can only succeed with your help. If you are passionate about Anne Arundel County’s environmental issues or if you want to make a difference in the lives of women and girls throughout our county, consider making a donation. Your charitable gifts can go a long way in helping secure Anne Arundel County's future. 

Support Environment Anne Arundel Fund | Support Women and Girls Fund


Environment Anne Arundel Fund Grant Application Opens July 18

On July 18, 2022, CFAAC will begin accepting grant applications for the Environment Anne Arundel Fund. Grants from this fund will be awarded to support nonprofits that are working to protect and improve the environment in Anne Arundel County and the Chesapeake Bay. Successful grant applicants will support projects that improve and green communities, address environmental issues such as stormwater, and/or increase student awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay, local streams and rivers, and other natural areas.

Application Opens: July 18, 2022 through August 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Support Environment Anne Arundel here.

Learn More About Environement Anne Arundel

Women and Girls Fund Grant Application Opens July 18

On July 18, 2022, CFAAC will begin accepting grant applications for the Women and Girls Fund. Grants from this fund will be awarded to support projects that develop individual skills, decrease isolation, create new experiences and empower women and girls who face major obstacles due to poverty, disability, domestic violence, and/or lack of access to resources. Grants from the Women and Girls Fund will be used to support nonprofits that help women and girls pursue positive, productive lives by helping remove barriers for women and girls, increase their economic security, enhance their well-being and safety, and empower them to make positive life decisions for themselves and their families.

Application Opens: July 18, 2022 through August 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Support the Women and Girls Fund here.

Learn More About the Women and Girls Fund

Planned Giving and How Small Steps Can Transform Your Organization

The Chesapeake Planned Giving Council (CPGC) invites nonprofit professionals to network over lunch—whether in-person or virtually—as the program will be offered in a hybrid format! 

July 20, 2022
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Village at Augsburg, Baltimore

CPGC has invited our very own Planned Giving Expert, Rosemary Calderalo, Ph.D. to help you shift your organization and its development efforts to achieve a robust, sustainable, planned giving program, no matter how large or small your organization. You will learn to assess your organization, expand conversations that allow you to get to know your donors and clients better, and set important goal-setting policies and procedures. 

Full participation in this program is applicable for 1.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Learn More & Register

CFAAC and the Junior League of Annapolis (JLA) invite nonprofit boards, staff, and volunteers to attend
Fundraising: How to Make the Ask and Why You Should.

July 25, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library

Speaker Liz Farr is a Senior Vice President who leads the Independent Schools practice at Grenzebach Glier and Associates. She will share the skills and strategies for fundraising successfully on behalf of the organizations you serve. 

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).

Learn More & Register

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. Support Grants 4 Teachers here.

Learn More About Grants 4 Teachers


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.

Learn More About Wine Down Wednesday

Bunching, long-term appreciated assets, and helping younger clients plan their charitable giving

Developing a thorough estate plan isn’t important only for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Millennials, who now make up nearly a quarter of the population in the United States, may prove to be more enthusiastic planners than their parents and grandparents, according to a recent Trust & Will’s 2022 Estate Planning Study. 

Read More

The Community Foundation Edge: Knowledge, QCD eligibility, and public support

Advisors frequently comment that they’re surprised to discover the many ways a community foundation can help their clients, especially compared with national Donor Advised Fund programs affiliated with brokerage houses or financial services firms. 

Read More

QCD enhancements: Steps forward and fingers crossed

Donors and professional advisors are watching as the Senate inches forward the legislation known as SECURE 2.0. 


Read More

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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