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Community Connector - September 2023


A Message From our President & CEO

As we draw closer to our Celebration of Philanthropy, I am reminded once again why I love this community and this job. So many of you truly make a difference in our great county and it’s both heart-warming and inspiring to see the depth and breadth of work being done in Anne Arundel County as I read through the award nominations. We had a record number of nominations this year and I know it speaks to the appreciation that our nonprofits have for those who help buoy their work. While we can only present one award in each category, I hope that all nominees know how inspired the selection committee was when reading about all of their wonderful contributions.

As we prepare to honor these change-makers in our community, we are offering you the opportunity to play a vital role as a Celebration of Philanthropy sponsor. In return, you will receive recognition, not only during this event, but also throughout the year. Our sponsorship levels are designed for every budget. Check out the details in this newsletter.

Our workshops and educational programs continue to be popular with nonprofits and the community alike. We still have room in many of our Nonprofit Capacity Building Sessions, but these tend to fill up quickly as we get closer to the dates so reserve your space now!

Finally, we wish to thank each and every one of you for your endless support. We couldn’t do what we do without you, and please know that we are always grateful for your many contributions to our community and the work of the Community Foundation.

Mary Spencer

CFAAC President & CEO

In Case You Missed It: August's CFAAC Commentary in The Capital Gazette

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones By Making a Will 
By Mary Spencer, CFAAC President and CEO

Did you know that only 32% of Americans have a will even though 56% believe that it’s important? August is Make a Will month and is a reminder to make sure this imperative task is taken care of for you and your loved one’s protection. Many of us put off making a will because we think it’s daunting, but if you take small steps toward creating a plan, you might see that it isn’t so overwhelming.  Read more.



Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsor

This year the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County celebrates 25 years of inspiring philanthropy in Anne Arundel County. To help us commemorate this milestone, we are asking you to consider supporting this year’s event with a sponsorship.

Benefits include year-long visibility through CFAAC's marketing and public relations efforts, prominent website visibility, inclusion in CFAAC's monthly newsletters, recognition through social media, invitations to special events, and more.

Sponsorship levels start at $500. Partner with CFAAC today! 

Learn More & Become a Sponsor

Attention Nonprofits! We have a special sponsorship opportunity for you! Sign up today to become an Annual Nonprofit Partner and be recognized year-round, including at our annual Awards luncheon. If you make a gift of any size, your nonprofit will be listed in all printed event material, at the event, and on social media. 

Please note: Annual Nonprofit Partner sponsorships do not include tickets to the Celebration of Philanthropy luncheon. Event tickets must be purchased separately. If you are interested in sponsorships that include tickets, please consider one of our other sponsorship levels.

Contact Damika Baker-Wilson at or 410.280.1102 to discuss sponsorship benefits and marketing opportunities.

Thank you to our 2023 Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsors!


The Deerbook Fund


Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation | Luminis Health OBXtek Inc.


Annapolis Volvo Larry Burrows and Dawne Wider Burrows


Anne Arundel Community College Foundation

Rosso Commercial Real Estate Service, LLC

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region
Tara Balfe Clifford
Trish and Greg Strott 

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region | Chesapeake Legal Alliance | Opportunity Builders, Inc. | The Complete Player Charity


CFAAC Welcomes New Funds

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

  • Sue Pitchford AAWGT Lifetime Membership Fund: An Endowed Fund will support Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) grantmaking activities that are devoted to improving the lives, health, education, and well-being of women, their children, and families. This is a Lifetime Membership Fund which will to be used to pay the member's annual grant contribution. 
  • The Schmoke Family Fund: A Donor Advised Fund established to support the philanthropic interests of the fund advisors.

Nonprofit Agency Endowment Funds

During our 25th anniversary year, CFAAC continues to grow and strengthen the endowments of nonprofits to benefit them in perpetuity. Learn more about all of CFAAC's Nonprofit Agency Endowment Funds and this special offer, here. CFAAC is excited to welcome the following new permanently Endowed Fund:
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Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Fund

A CFAAC 25th Anniversary Endowed Fund established by the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA). BGCAA's mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Learn more and help support the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Fund with a special gift this year by donating to their Endowment Fund here.

As our donors and our nonprofit community continue to take advantage of our special 25th anniversary offer to establish a new Designated or Agency Nonprofit Fund to benefit their beloved nonprofit, we encourage our community to support one or more of these funds listed below with a special gift. Each gift will help the nonprofit grow their fund to ensure that their organization is supported in perpetuity. If you don't see your favorite nonprofit listed here, please contact John Rodenhausen, Director of Gift Planning at, to find out how you can establish a fund to be added to the list.


Endowment Funds for the benefit of a  nonprofit:

Designated Funds for the benefit of a nonprofit with the goal of growing to become a permanently Endowed Fund:

Link to Passing the Torch Event Recording

Recap of Passing the Torch: Legacy in the Black Community Program

Panelists Elsa W. Smith, an Annapolis attorney, and the Honorable Erica Griswold, Anne Arundel County Register of Wills, explored the significance of legacy building in the Black community, including the importance of creating wills and engaging in philanthropic giving at this well-attended online program. Click the video to view the Passing the Torch event recording. 

Sheryn Blocher, Sharon Boettinger, Damika Baker-Wilson (CFAAC), and Nancy Parsons

CFAAC Thanks the Severn Town Club

On August 29th, members of the Severn Town Club, a women-led philanthropic organization that was founded in 1937, presented the Community Foundation with an $18,418 check to be divided between CFAAC’s Women & Girls of Anne Arundel County Fund and Grant 4 Teachers Fund. (Pictured L to R: Sheryn Blocher, Sharon Boettinger, Damika Baker-Wilson (CFAAC), and Nancy Parsons)

The club, now dissolved, wanted to continue to support the community and felt that these two Field of Interest Funds were the way to help.

You, too, can support these funds at links below:


Nonprofit Capcity Building

CFAAC Nonprofit Capacity-Building Workshop

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is excited to present the following nonprofit capacity-building sessions for local nonprofits to strengthen and build their capacity to serve others. CFAAC’s workshops sell-out quickly, so sign up soon to make sure your nonprofit doesn’t miss out on this opportunity! Instructors are curated from Maryland Nonprofits' network of consultants certified to provide nonprofit capacity building training. 

*Scholarships are available for nonprofits who want to attend but need financial assistance. 
These programs are made possible thanks to the generous funding of Andrew and Leslie Price.

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Risk Management for Nonprofits
September 26, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
CFAAC Office Commons Annex
Speaker: Valencia Warnock King, Maryland Nonprofits Consultant
This program is open to the public. Registration is $25.* 

Risk management is the practice of continual identification of and response to analysis of current and potential risks for your organization. This session will go deeper into financial risk issues, including cash flow projections, internal controls, and overhead (indirect costs). Areas of concern for grants compliance and management will be reviewed with recommendations for further steps each organization can take to minimize risk exposure.

Register & Learn More Here

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Donor Database & Financial Management Systems
October 11, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Speaker: Shawna Rodgers, Maryland Nonprofits Consultant
This program is open to the public. Registration is $25.* 

Many organizations struggle with how to track and report interactions with donors and key stakeholders. This session will review best practices in donor tracking, including review of what makes an effective CRM (customer/constituent relationship management) system, and how to evaluate the best technology services for your organization.

Register & Learn More Here

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Executive Director Supervisory Skills, Managing for Mutual Success
November 8, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
Speaker: John Barker, Maryland Nonprofits Director of Human Resources and Services
This program is open to the public. Registration is $25.* 

Supervisors create an important foundation of trust, commitment, engagement, and productivity within their teams. Often an employee’s decision to stay or leave an organization is dependent on who they report to. When supervisors are not trained to manage, lead, and support the efforts of others it can seriously damage employee engagement. This session aims to support supervisors with key management skills needed for effective decision making, problem solving, and activating staff assets and talents.

Register & Learn More Here

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Board Governance/Innovative Board Recruiting
December 6, 2023, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m
Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library
Speaker: Mara Winters, Maryland Nonprofits Board Governance Advisor
This program is open to the public. While not required, this session is intended for one Staff member to attend with one Board member. The cost is $25* to include both members.

Board members are sometimes so hard to find, and nonprofits often invite people they know to fill this chief volunteer role. This session is focused on assisting participants with seeking and confirming new, highly engaged, diverse board members through a variety of creative recruiting and relationship building techniques to find fresh prospects with the expertise and a desire to serve. This session will include new places to find board members, how to encourage board members to take a more active role, and questions of board composition and diversity.

Register & Learn More Here

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Date: Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Register by September 22
Location: CFAAC Office Annex

Register & Learn More Here

Rebecca Murphy

ACDS & CFAAC Present: Leading Teams with Intentionality Around Justice, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (JDEI)

Thursday September 14, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
Severn Center - 1160 Reece Road, Severn, MD 21144
Speaker: Rebecca Murphy, Maryland Nonprofits Consultant
Ten seats have just become available, free of charge, for nonprofit staff and volunteers. These seats will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

This workshop introduces participants through inquiry, compassion, and curiosity on how to give and receive support while encountering sensitive subjects. The instructor will lay the groundwork for future work on an organizational JDEI statement, and provide tools to use in ongoing conversations within each organization that are designed to dismantle oppressive systems. 

This program and presented by Anne Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS) and the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) with generous support from the Anne Arundel County's Office of the County Executive. 

Claim Your Seat

Hurry! Grants 4 Teachers Application Closes September 29

Grants 4 Teachers helps fund the highly creative ideas of Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) teachers across the County, that otherwise would be impossible to implement in the classroom due to school system funding constraints. Award size is up to $500. The application deadline is September 29, 2023. Awards presented in October 2023. 

Help CFAAC fund more AACPS teachers, donate to Grants 4 Teacher here

Learn More & Apply

Community Events

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together Grants Showcase
Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This evening will provide an inspiring opportunity to understand the real impact of the work that nonprofits do every day to improve the quality of life of women and families in our county. There will be time to interact individually with 2022 and 2023 grantees and to hear presentations about the work 2022 awardees have accomplished through AAWGT’s grant making.
This event is free and open to the public and members are encouraged to bring guests. Hors d’oeuvres will be available and parking is free. Registation is required, learn more here.

Anne Arundel Public Library Presents: Grants Management and Compliance Workshop
Wednesday, October 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library
Outside Presenter: Kris Maslonka
Register Here


Woman in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Smart Disaster Giving Can Offer Predictability to the Unpredictable

Sadly, it’s rare that a month goes by without the news of another disaster or humanitarian tragedy. Most recently, the Maui fires and Hurricane Idalia are making the headlines and also generating widespread charitable support. Many of your clients may be supporting relief efforts through monetary donations. Work with the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County to guide your clients when structuring gifts to provide relief and support. 

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Checking Stocks on a Phone

Keeping an Eye on Your Clients’ Appreciated Stock

Professional advisors like you are well aware of the tremendous benefits your clients get when they give appreciated stock, instead of cash, to their Donor Advised Funds at the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. A regular reminder from you is so important to ensure that your clients are maximizing their charitable giving dollars to not only support their favorite causes, but also to optimize their own financial plans, especially now that stocks have appreciated significantly. 

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Business Owner

For Clients Who May Sell a Business, the Time to Think Charitably is Now

Your clients who own businesses might be eyeing some analysts’ predictions that mergers and acquisitions may pick back up in 2024. That’s good news for clients who are looking at possible exit strategies. 

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