Tribute and memorial giving

Recognize special people or events with a gift that has meaning

Book of Memorials and Tributes


Tributes - acknowledge someone special in your life

Tribute gifts are a wonderful way to honor or celebrate someone who has enriched your life or your community.  Your contribution will have a positive impact on the person you are honoring and they will appreciate a gift that has meaning.  Your giving will also be used within the community towards positive change.

Opportunities for Tribute Giving

  • Retirement
  • Birthday, anniversary or wedding
  • Service and volunteer recognition -- instead of a plaque
  • Nonprofits honoring board members -- gift placed in endowed fund supporting the nonprofit
  • Holidays
  • Birth announcement
  • Other joyful or important occasions

Or, you may want to create something lasting – start a tribute fund honoring the special person through the Community Foundation of Howard County.


When a loved one passes, you are faced with a multitude of decisions during a time of painful loss. We can help to create a fitting memorial, an acknowledgement that will recognize the difference that this special person made in the lives of those around him or her.

You may be content to ask that contributions in lieu of flowers be made to "the charity of one's choice." Or, you may want to create something lasting – a memorial fund through the Community Foundation of Howard County.

A memorial fund can be set up while making funeral arrangements and the donor can decide later how gifts should be used to best honor their loved one and celebrate the way he or she lived.

Making a tribute or memorial gift is easy.  Go to the ‘give now’ button at the top of this page.

Read how one donor uses memorial giving to support the community.

Gift Acknowledgement for Tribute and Memorial Giving

  • Contributions will be added to the fund of your choice and endowed as a lasting tribute/memorial benefiting your community forever;
  • Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged to the family or the honoree;
  • Your thoughtful tribute and memorial gifts will be listed in our publications and will be added to the Foundation's Book of Memory.

The Community Foundation of Howard County, Inc. is grateful for contributions made in memory of friends and loved ones or celebrating special people.  Remembrances contributed to funds within the Community Foundation are a fitting tribute to those who have enriched our lives and our community. These are truly gifts that keep on giving.

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