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Who We Are

Understanding Community Foundations

We envision a vibrant and generous community that comes together to enhance the quality of life for all.

At CFAAC we know that every ONE of us makes a difference. That is why we are focused on growing philanthropy one person, one family, one business at a time. The more of us who give, the more good we can do for our community, together.

The Community Foundation's role is to promote philanthropy, help to identify critical needs in Anne Arundel County, partner with donors to help them meet their philanthropic and financial goals, and promote collaboration to help strengthen local nonprofits.

CFAAC 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

In 2020, CFAAC reached a significant milestone – achieving our goal of increasing the foundation’s assets from $10 million to $20 million dollars by the year 2020 – thanks to donors, fund advisors, community partners, board members, and staff. Our Board of Trustees and staff also worked together to update the existing strategic plan for 2021-2025, confirming CFAAC’s three strategic priorities for impact and growth – Community Impact & Leadership, Donor-Centered Philanthropy, and Organizational Excellence – that will serve to guide the organization over the next five years. Read the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan here.


Our mission is to inspire and promote giving in Anne Arundel County by connecting people who care with causes that matter.  

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.

Established in 1998, CFAAC is one of the largest funders of nonprofit organizations in Anne Arundel County. CFAAC distributes $4 to $6 million in grants each year to a variety of nonprofit organizations. 

With support from local donors, we have created a permanent endowment whose earnings will be used to reinvest in the community year after year. As the endowment grows, so will our ability to provide support for community projects that need our attention.  

We are committed to increasing access to high-quality capacity-building training for nonprofit professionals to ensure more effective and efficient nonprofits in the county. 

Through our Community Needs Assessment: Poverty Amidst Plenty we are helping to create awareness about the issues in Anne Arundel County that impact the economy and quality of life.  We monitor all areas of community need—including human services, education, the environment, healthcare, the arts, and economic development.

Why Give Through CFAAC

  • Our funds help people invest in the causes they care about most.
  • We provide highly personalized service tailored to your individual philanthropic and financial interests.
  • Our professional staff has broad expertise regarding community issues and needs.
  • We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to philanthropic giving. 
  • We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving. 
  • We offer maximum tax advantages for most gifts under federal law.
  • We are a local nonprofit with deep roots in the community.
  • We multiply the impact of your dollars by pooling them with other contributions and grants.
  • We build endowment funds that will benefit the community forever. 
  • We are a community catalyst for advancement, collaborating and coordinating resources to help create positive change.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Create Your Own Fund

With a single gift to CFAAC you can establish a fund that allows you to give to the causes you care about most. Your gift to CFAAC, a 501(c)(3) organization, qualifies for an immediate tax deduction, allowing you to make a gift when it is most financially beneficial to you. You can add to the fund at any time and in any amount. 


Join a Giving Circle

Members pool their money to make grants that support local nonprofit groups and engage and educate donors around the issues impacting our community.


Support a Grant Program

The following programs provide support to individuals and youth in Anne Arundel County.


Attend or Sponsor an Event

Join us for exclusive community foundation events and networking opportunities with other donors and community leaders.

Put CFAAC in Your Will

You are never too young to leave a legacy. CFAAC can work with you and your professional advisor to establish a legacy fund specifying which nonprofits you want to support and in which ways. 


Support CFAAC's Community Leadership Efforts

Your support allows CFAAC to respond quickly and effectively to the most pressing community needs and issues through changing times. We not only make grants to local nonprofits, but partner with them to help them achieve their programmatic goals and achieve real, lasting impact on individuals in our community.

Invest in Anne Arundel County

Board of Trustees

Click on the names below to read each individual's full bios.

Staff Members


The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is not currently hiring. 

CFAAC is an equal opportunity employer. We greatly value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights, and values, and what they bring to our mission, culture, and outcomes. 


CFAAC is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

CFAAC has adopted and maintains conflict-of-interest policies to govern the participation of its board members, officers, committee members and staff in matters in which they may have a conflict of interest. For a copy of these policies, please contact Ashley Robison St. Clair at

Copies of CFAAC’s governing documents can be obtained through the Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland. Please call 410.974.5521 for information on document availability.

CFAAC demonstrates a firm commitment to to the privacy of its donors and website users. Veiw a copy of our Privacy Policy.

CFAAC Non-Discrimiation Grant Policy

Financial Summary