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Celebration of Philanthropy

A Chance to Thank Our Community...

CFAAC Celebrates 20 years of Philanthropy with 20 Awards!

For the last 19 years, the Celebration of Philanthropy Award Recipients have been selected by a committee made up of past Philanthropists and Volunteers. With help from the past awardees, CFAAC has honored 82 individuals, families, businesses, and young people who generously give their time, talent, and treasure to assure that philanthropy in Anne Arundel County continues to grow.

Last fall, in preparation for the 20th Celebration of Philanthropy Award selection meeting, CFAAC's staff along with several past awardees formed a committee to review and re-evaluate the nomination, selection, and award processes. 

CFAAC's goal was for the Celebration of Philanthropy Awards to better reflect the communities that we serve, particularly those that support underserved populations. In order to achieve that goal, CFAAC needed to increase its efforts to encourage nominations from not only nonprofit organizations, but from community advocates, the faith community, elected officials, volunteers, business leaders, foundations, philanthropists, and professional advisors as well. 

COVID-19 delayed our timeline a bit, but the committee met virtually on April 22, 2020. CFAAC staff listened to the committee's thoughts, suggestions, and feedback. We spoke with community leaders and shared what we learned with our Board of Trustees. From those conversations, CFAAC developed strategies to update the Celebration of Philanthropy nomination, application, and selection processes.

Celebrating 20 Years of Philanthropy with CFAAC!

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrated our community's most generous individuals, families, and businesses. We hope you enjoyed watching the event and feel inspired and motivated to give back. If you missed any part of the event or would like to watch it again, you can do so using the link below. Thank you! 

2020 Awardees

Click on this year's awardees' names to learn more about them.

A committee of past Celebration of Philanthropy Award winners selected the following five award recipients:

A committee of nonprofit and community leaders selected the additional 15 award recipients:

Thank you to our event partners:  Anne Arundel County Public Library,  Chesapeake Arts Center, and  Fast Signs of Annapolis

View the 2020 Celebration of Philanthropy Program Here

Thank you to our sponsors:


Become a Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsor

Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsors will have the opportunity to promote their business to our community’s most invested and generous residents. Sponsors will be featured in all publicity, both prior to and during the virtual event, including video, website, social media, and print materials.

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

If you have questions please call Amy Francis at 410.280.1102 or email

Become Sponsor Today!

Open a copy of the Sponsorship Packet as a PDF here.

Past Award Recipients

Philanthropists of the Year
2001 Hillard & Karolyn Donner
2002 Creston & Betty Jane Tate
2003 Jim & Katherine Mandrin
2004 Frank & Susan Chaney
2005 Tom & Peggy Baldwin
2006 Robert Pascal
2007 Frederick A. Graul
2008 Edward St. John
2009 Phil & Meri Gibbs
2010 Jim & Linda Humphrey
2011 Patty McManus
2012 James & Sylvia Earl
2013 John & Cathy Belcher
2014 John & Terri Hussman
2015 JoAnn DeCesaris
2016 Richard "Dick" Franyo
2017 Jane Campbell Chambliss & Pete Chambliss
2018 Beverly & Stephen Marcus
2019 Kent and Sue McNew

Corporate Philanthropists of the Year 
2011 BankAnnapolis
2011 Varuna Aveda Salon Spa
2012 Severn Savings Bank
2013 CPS Gumpert
2014 Bank of Glen Burnie
2015 Skyline Technology Solutions
2016 Development Facilitators, Inc.
2017 Buck Distributing Company, Inc.
2018 The Brick Companies
2019 Annapolis Cars

Celebration of Philanthropy Award
2006 The Philip Merrill Family
2013 Lisa Hillman
2018 Elizabeth Kinney


Foundations of the Year
2011 Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation
2012 William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
2013 Keith Campbell Foundation
2014 South Anne Arundel County Rotary Foundation
2015 TKF Foundation
2016 Merrill Foundation
2018 The Philip E. and Carol R. Ratcliffe Foundation
2019 The Chaney Enterprises Foundation

Volunteers of the Year
2003 Tricia Lehmann
2004 Rob Cradle
2005 Trudy McFall
2006 Dennis Conti
2007 Anna E. Greenberg
2008 Tony & Penny Evans
2009 Ellenor Alvarez
2010 Deede Rivers
2011 Bill & Terry Kuethe
2012 Bobbie & Jerry Burnett
2013 Fred Davis
2014 Betty Mack
2015 Penny Cantwell
2016 Karen Smith
2017 Karen Feldman & Helena Hunter
2018 Tara Balfe Clifford
2019 Bronwyn Belling

Young Volunteers of the Year
2007 Megan Skiles
2008 Annie Bukowski
2009 David Ensor
2010 Meade High School Key Club
2016 Maggie Crawford
2017 Jason Cherry
2018 Ben Nussbaumer
2019 Grace Gallant



Celebration of Philanthropy Award Categories

Awardees in the following five categories will be selected by a committee made up of past Celebration of Philanthropy Award recipients. 

Philanthropist of the Year Award  - Presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to become philanthropic leaders, particularly in Anne Arundel County.

Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award - Presented to a business/corporation that has a proven record of exceptional generosity and demonstrates outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility through direct financial support to nonprofits located in Anne Arundel County. The local company encourages and facilitates employee giving and establishes mutually beneficial partnerships with local nonprofits. The CEO/President will be actively and effectively involved in the success of the company’s community giving programs.  

Foundation of the Year Award - Presented to a local Foundation (Corporate, Private, or Family) with a proven record of exceptional generosity that, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to become philanthropic leaders, particularly in Anne Arundel County.    

Volunteer of the Year Award - Presented to an individual with a proven record of volunteerism who, through the donations of time and talent, has played a key role in helping local nonprofit organizations provide services to the community.

Young Volunteer of the Year Award - Presented to a student, elementary school through college age, with a proven record of volunteerism who, through their donations of time and talent, has played a key role in helping local nonprofit organizations provide services to the community.

Awardees in these categories will be selected by a committee made up of Nonprofit and Community Leaders.  

Boots on the Ground Award – Presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond to meet our community’s needs through rolling up their sleeves to serve the most vulnerable and underserved. Someone who steps up every single day to take care of our neighbors and our community.

Carroll H. Hynson, Jr. Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy – This award is named in honor of Carroll H. Hynson, Jr., founding CFAAC Board Member and longest-running host of the Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. It will be presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to philanthropy by building bridges, connecting people dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and championing the acceptance, respect, and inclusion of all.

Carol Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is named in honor of Carol Thompson, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) Founder, and its first Executive Director. It is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to advancing philanthropy by demonstrating long-standing leadership, creativity in responding to societal problems, and making a significant, positive impact on philanthropy in Anne Arundel County.  

Community Collaborators Award – Recognizes the partnership of two or more organizations to achieve a common goal. Nominees partnered to address a problem that could not have been solved as effectively by a single organization. Nonprofits, businesses, and individuals whose combined efforts have had a significant impact on our community are eligible. Many types of partnerships will be accepted for the nomination, including but not limited to: two or more organizations collaborating on a single project/or goal; one or more organizations collaborating with an elected official on a specific project or goal; a business collaborating with one or more nonprofit organizations on a common goal. At least one of the nominees must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose programs serve Anne Arundel County.

Emerging Philanthropist Award – Presented to an individual, regardless of age, who demonstrates exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy, engagement beyond a single organization, creativity in a philanthropic endeavor/project, or significant accomplishment in a short period of time.

Innovation Award – Presented to a group(s) that through innovation or an implemented idea has led to positive change in how the philanthropic sector operates, thinks or impacts communities. Types of innovation can include, forming a public/private partnership, implementing a unique grantmaking strategy, leveraging resources, engaging in creative funding, or investing strategies, or developing a new collaboration.

Leadership in Philanthropy Award - Presented to an Anne Arundel County legislator or public servant whose leadership, support, and advocacy has made a positive impact in Anne Arundel County. Types of advocacy work honored in this category could include legislative action, systems change, civic engagement. 

Legacy Award for Planned Giving - Recognizes an individual donor/philanthropist who has made a significant contribution using a planned gift. This award is presented in collaboration with the Anne Arundel Estate Planning Council.

Nonprofit MVP Award - Presented to a nonprofit team/staff member. This person is a behind-the-scenes administrative person, a direct service provider, program coordinator, or even an intern who went above and beyond the expectation of duties for a nonprofit this year. Shine a light on someone who may easily be overlooked but who does great work - your nonprofit organization's MVP!

Outstanding Nonprofit Award – Presented to a 501c3 nonprofit organization for its achievements, which reflect a strong partnership between its staff and board, and its leadership in fulfilling a mission and vision dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families living in Anne Arundel County.

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award - Presented to a fundraising professional who demonstrates exceptional skill and enthusiasm for their work, who pursues big ideas and successfully engages others in achieving them, and who inspires new levels of giving among donors.

Outstanding Small Business Award - Presented to a small business (less than 100 employees) that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Outstanding Volunteer Group Award - Presented to a team of volunteers (formal or informal) that has made volunteerism a core value and contributes significant time to help Anne Arundel County nonprofit organizations. They often make the difference in an organization being able to serve its community, expand its services to a wider audience, or move its programs to a higher level of service to the community.

Outstanding Youth Group Award – Presented to youth group or youth-generated project that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and/or leadership.

Unsung Hero Award - Presented to a special volunteer who motivates others to give, commits time and energy without compensation and offers organizations and fundraising staff their talent for strategy, relationship enhancement, and the successful solicitation of donations. An individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment in our community who may not otherwise gain recognition.