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Philanthropist of the Year Award

Philanthropist of the Year Award

This award is presented to an individual, a family, or family foundation with a proven record of exceptional generosity who has demonstrated outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility through direct substantial financial support, exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy, and whose generosity encourages others to become philanthropic leaders, particularly in Anne Arundel County.

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someone who has transformed your organization and/or other nonprofits through their financial support and philanthropic leadership? Nominate them for Philanthropist of the Year.

This year, CFAAC celebrates its 25th anniversary of inspiring philanthropy in Anne Arundel County and will honor eight generous community leaders that represent the depth and breadth of philanthropy in Anne Arundel County in the following categories: Philanthropist of the Year Award; Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award; Volunteer of the Year Award; Young Volunteer of the Year Award; Boots on the Ground Award; Carroll H. Hynson, Jr. Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy; Carol Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award and The Legacy Award for Planned Giving.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, August 11, 2023.

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Previous Philanthropists of the Year:

2001 Hillard & Karolyn Donner

2012 James & Sylvia Earl

2002 Creston & Betty Jane Tate

2013 John & Cathy Belcher

2003 Jim & Katherine Mandrin

2014 John & Terri Hussman

2004 Frank & Susan Chaney

2015 JoAnn DeCesaris

2005 Tom & Peggy Baldwin

2016 Richard "Dick" Franyo

2006 Robert Pascal

2017 Jane Campbell Chambliss & Pete Chambliss

2007 Frederick A. Graul

2018 Beverly & Stephen Marcus

2008 Edward St. John

2019 Kent and Sue McNew

2009 Phil & Meri Gibbs                                   

2020 John and Jan Magnolia

2010 Jim & Linda Humphrey

2021 Jeffrey Harris & Joyce Pratt

2011 Patty McManus

2022 Carol B. Sisco


Eligibility Criteria

All nominees must:

- Be a resident of Anne Arundel County

- Have a demonstrated track record of charitable giving to one or more nonprofit organizations based in and working in Anne Arundel County

- Have made a positive impact in the lives of county residents through their giving

- Encourage/motivate others to become philanthropic

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted online. To access the application and submit a nomination, you will need to create a user account HERE. If you have any questions about the nomination process or have any difficulties with submitting your nomination, please contact Director of Development, Damika Baker-Wilson at

- Self-nominations are not permitted. For the category of Young Volunteer of the Year, parents are not permitted to nominate their child(ren).

- Nominees will receive notification from CFAAC upon receipt of the nomination form. The letter will include information on the selection process.

- A selection committee of CFAAC board, staff, and past recipients, which include philanthropists, volunteers, local nonprofit, business, and community leaders will review all nominations and select the awardee.

- Following the selection, and prior to the public announcement, nominees will receive a letter notifying them of the results.

- All nominators will receive confirmation that the nomination has been submitted within 24 hours of receipt. The Community Foundation will contact the selected awardee(s) and their nominator in September.

- If your nominee is selected, we will request your assistance in obtaining photographs and biographical information for publicity purposes.

- The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, August 11, 2023.  

Tip for writing a great nomination narrative:

- Provide specific examples that address the award description and elaborate on why the nominee’s accomplishments are worthy of the award.

- Describe how others regard the nominee. Consider mentioning major awards and/or the nominee’s community efforts.

- Include the results and/or impact of the gift/support.

- Be thorough in including all organizations that benefit from the nominee’s efforts. This will enable the selection committee to fully understand the nominee’s involvement in the community and breadth of impact.

- Share the big picture – collaborate with other individuals and organizations to tell your nominee’s story.

- Determine who can write the best letters of support (ex. Letter from a nonprofit that is served by the nominee).

- Talk with your nominee, their family, and friends. Collect as much information as possible.

- Want to strengthen your application? Ask Damika Baker-Wilson, CFAAC’s Director of Development, for suggestions on strengthening your nomination application at

- Team up with other organizations to nominate someone and fill out the application—gather letters of support with them to make it stronger.

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