About Community Foundation

It started with a dream and $10,000 in startup funding from the United Way of Howard County in 1989. Today, the Community Foundation of Howard County is home to more than 200 funds representing a broad range of donor and community interests. From its incorporation on March 6, 1991, the foundation has grown into the largest single grant-maker in the county. The number and dollar amounts of grants being given in the community continue to grow. Those grants, however, are all the direct or indirect result of a donor's interest in the community. To all of our donors, we say thank you for your generosity.

Our board members graciously give their time as volunteers because they too see the results of investing in Howard County. They work to oversee the stewardship of your donations and stay informed about the needs of our community to ensure that the Foundation is continuing to be a vibrant force for good in Howard County.

We also serve donors in Clinton and Carroll counties through the Clinton County Community Foundation and the Carroll County Community Foundation.

Our Mission

"The mission of the Community Foundation of Howard County is to connect people, resources and causes to produce a positive and sustainable change in the communities we serve."

To express the underlying philosophy of the Foundation, the Board of Directors drafted a series of "core values" statements. These values guide persons who do the work of the foundation, whether as volunteers or paid Team, as they interact with donors, grantees and the community:


The Foundation will prudently manage the resources entrusted to it, maintaining confidentiality and seeking growth of resources.

Open Door

The Foundation will be available to all segments of our defined community.

Service to Donors

The Foundation offers opportunities to donors to improve the quality of life in their community by fulfilling their charitable goals.

Service to Community

The Foundation will improve the quality of life through leadership by building endowments that are directed toward meeting the needs of the community.


The Foundation, its directors and Foundation Team will hold themselves to the highest ethical standards and strive to achieve the best business practices.

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