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CFAAC Community Connector - May 2024

In this edition of the CFAAC Community Connector, we'll cover CFAAC news and impact, provide updates on grants, events, and the 2024 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards, welcome Morehead-Cain Scholars, discuss 'The Great Wealth Transfer', share news about new funds, and offer insights for professional advisors.


A Message From our President & CEO

We wrapped up our 25th anniversary last month and a big part of this celebration was our Special Offer Nonprofit Endowment program, which garnered the interest of more than 70 nonprofits, helping us to open 38 new funds! These funds will ensure that these nonprofits will have a bright future fulfilling the needs in our community. We are immensely proud of helping these organizations work to financially secure their future.

To ensure the future of our community and the nonprofits we support, we need your help. Like all nonprofits, CFAAC depends on annual donations from caring supporters like you. An annual fund gift is the most crucial contribution you can make to support us. As your Community Foundation, we rely on these funds to continue to assess and address immediate needs, grow assets intended for grantmaking, and deliver quality education programs. We are passionate about our work because we believe in our mission of inspiring and encouraging philanthropy in our county by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Giving to CFAAC’s Community Leadership Fund will guarantee we can continue this mission now and in years to come.

This month’s newsletter provides you with insight into just a sampling of what we do for our beloved Anne Arundel County, its nonprofits, and its residents. Please consider donating to our Community Leadership Fund today.

As always, thank you for your support.

Warm wishes,

Mary Spencer
CFAAC President & CEO

In Case You Missed It: April's CFAAC Commentary in The Capital Gazette: Opening a Donor Advised Fund vs. Starting a Private Foundation: Which is right for you?

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 By Mary Spencer, CFAAC President & CEO

For many of us in the community, giving back is part of our DNA. We want to make sure we share our wealth and even establish a family culture of philanthropy. We find many different ways to give back—by volunteering our talent and time or through donations of money or noncash assets.

When it comes to managing our larger financial contributions, there are several options and two of the most common include opening a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or establishing a private foundation (PF). Many people come to us at the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) asking, “which is better for me?” So, let’s take a look at the differences. 

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Welcome Morehead-Cain Scholars! 

The Community Foundation is excited to welcome five Morehead-Cain Scholars from the University of North Carolina (UNC) on May 30. These Scholars will be working with the CFAAC team for eight weeks this summer to create an in-depth report that will inform our grantmaking strategy. 

Morehead-Cain Scholars are top students selected from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who participate in many educational experiences above and beyond their college courses. As part of their experience, they take part in four, fully funded summer enrichment programs. This summer, the Scholars are fulfilling their “Civic Collaboration Summer” in which teams of scholars embed themselves in cities across the U.S., investigate those communities’ challenges and opportunities, and propose real solutions. Annapolis will be part of this program, welcoming five Scholars who will work closely with CFAAC.

The five Scholars will review CFAAC's Community Needs Assessment report, study the data generated by grants made to address community needs, and work with county constituents to recommend solutions. By working in our community and connecting with key stakeholders across the county, they will be asked to share their thoughts on where the greatest impacts were made and where gaps still exist so that CFAAC can evaluate their findings and develop our programs and grant-making to be most strategic.

CFAAC is pleased to welcome:

Brady Andrew, ’27 
Brady is a first-year scholar from Pittsboro, North Carolina. He is undecided as to his major and will continue exploring his interests while at UNC. He is a member of the student-run Honor System at UNC and the Men’s Rowing Team during the fall. When not in the classroom, Brady enjoys playing instruments, making crafts, cooking, exercising, and spending time outdoors. 

Lillian Brooks, ’27 
Lillian is a first-year scholar from Oxford, North Carolina, majoring in Psychology. She is also interested in pursuing the pre-law track. Outside the classroom, Lillian enjoys playing piano and lifting weights. Additionally, she is an active member of the Presbyterian Campus Ministry and Project Literacy, a group that provides resources to support adult literacy programs.

Nandini Kanthi, ’27 
Nandini is a first-year scholar from Cary, North Carolina, majoring in Neuroscience and Public Policy on the pre-med track. She serves as CEO and co-founder of Sensible, a biotech tech startup aiming to decrease cervical cancer incidence rates in underserved regions with a patent-pending diagnostic menstrual pad. In her free time, Nandini loves to dance, hike, bike, and watch Brooklyn 99.

Derek Peng, ’26 
Derek is a sophomore scholar from Ames, Iowa pursuing a degree in Business Administration and Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is the president and founder of the Photography Club at UNC. Derek likes to join lectures at the Parr Center for Ethics, audit a Shakespeare class, build with Habitat for Humanity, run, golf, and play tennis.

Catherine Scott, ’27 
Catherine is a first-year scholar from Nashville, Tennessee majoring in Public Policy and Spanish with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Outside the classroom, she is involved in student organizations around campus focused on social justice including Community Justice, Abolition, and Antiracism (CJAA). In Catherine’s free time, she loves to practice yoga, backpack, rock climb, and try out new recipes.

Inspiring Imapct in Anne Arundel County

Grants 4 Teachers, one of CFAAC's Field of Interest Funds, distributed 242 grants in the last 14 years, totaling $108,692. How? Community members like you fill the bucket to support one of our most treasured resources—teachers! It’s basic math: the more dollars in, the more dollars granted to help educate our youth. Inspire Impact - Donate

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Why Wait? Take Advantage of Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Sponsorship Now!

By becoming an early Celebration of Philanthropy Awards sponsor, you’ll gain access to visibility that extends far beyond the event itself. Your sponsorship will not only be prominently featured during the Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon via signs, big screen, and program inclusion, but also in pre-event and post-event coverage on our website, social media, and newsletter. This continuous exposure ensures that you will remain top of mind before and after the event, so why wait? This year the Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon will take place on October 30 so mark your calendars and contact us today! Learn more about sponsorship levels and how to sponsor here.

CFAAC Welcome's St. John's College as our First 2024 Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Sponsor!

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Join St. John's College as an early Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Sponsor and be highlighted in our newsletter and other media for the rest of the year.


Great Wealth Transfer Series

The Great Wealth Transfer: Communicating With Your Family
This is the third article in a four-part series about the Great Wealth Transfer

One of the most common questions among families who are transferring wealth to future generations is “How much should I leave to my children?” Experts say the answer is as much as they are prepared to receive. Read More


The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is thrilled to welcome the following to our family of funds:

  • The Clampet Family Fund: A Donor Advised Fund established to support the philanthropic interests of the fund advisor(s).

  • Mary Grace Folwell and Jeffrey Riedle Charitable Fund: A Donor Advised Fund established to support the philanthropic interests of the fund advisor(s).

  • Ellen Libby AAWGT Lifetime Membership Fund: An Endowed Fund established to support Anne Arundel Women Giving Together and its mission to support grantmaking activities that are devoted to improving the lives, health, education, and well-being of women, their children, and families.

  • Margaret McEowen Fund for Music: A Donor Advised Fund established to support programs addressing memory care through music therapy for older adults.

During our 25th anniversary year, CFAAC enhanced nonprofit endowments by waiving the fees typically associated with setting up Nonprofit Agency Endowment Funds. We welcomed 38 funds during that time period.

Nonprofits and donors can still establish Nonprofit Agency Endowment Funds to strengthen and grow their organizations in perpetuity. Contact John Rodenhausen at for details. 

Banneker-Douglass-Tubman Museum Endowment Fund

A CFAAC 25th Anniversary Designated Fund established by Banneker-Douglass-Tubman Museum to support its mission of documenting, interpreting, and promoting African-American history and culture.

Support the Banneker-Douglass-Tubman Museum Endowment Fund with a special gift this year by donating to their Designated Fund and helping them reach their goal of becoming a permanently endowed fund.


CFAAC 25th Anniversary Designated Funds established by CASA of Anne Arundel County to support its mission to advocate for and support abused and neglected children in the court system to ensure their right to safe, stable, permanent homes.

Support the CASA of Anne Arundel County Funds with a special gift this year by donating to their Designated Funds and helping them reach their goal of becoming a permanently endowed fund.

Live Arts Maryland

A CFAAC 25th Anniversary Designated Fund established by Live Arts Maryland to support its mission of community enhancement through performing and presenting high-quality music.

Support the Live Arts Maryland Endowment Fund with a special gift this year by donating to their Designated Fund and helping them reach their goal of becoming a permanently endowed fund.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

A CFAAC 25th Anniversary Designated Fund established by the Opportunity Ministries, Inc. DBA Mary's Lamb. The organization's mission is to provide safe, drugfree, and affordable housing to people overcoming substance use disorders. The goal for each participant is a full transition into an independent and joyfully sober life.

Support the Opportunity Ministries DBA Mary's Lamb Endowment Fund with a special gift this year by donating to their Designated Fund and helping them reach their goal of becoming a permanently endowed fund.

Severn Leadership Group

A CFAAC 25th Anniversary Designated Fund established by Severn Leadership Group to support its mission to develop and support leaders and teams to be agents of transformation.

Support the Severn Leadership Group Endowment Fund with a special gift this year by donating to their Designated Fund and helping them reach their goal of becoming a permanently endowed fund.



Grants 4 Teachers

Grants 4 Teachers Applications Open May 20

The purpose of the Grants 4 Teachers program is to fund highly creative ideas that would otherwise be impossible due to school system funding constraints. Grants are awarded from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $500. A volunteer committee of citizens including retired teachers, business people, and parents review the applications. The application process is easy and the grant is awarded directly to the school on behalf of a teacher. Application Open: May 20, 2024 | Deadline: September 27, 2024 | Award Size: Up to $500 | Awards in October 2024

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Key Bridge

Supporting Communities After Key Bridge Collapse: Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong Fund

Following the Key Bridge collapse, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County has remained in close communication with state and local governments, along with nonprofit organizations in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties, to assess our residents' urgent needs. Together, we're committed to effectively directing resources to aid our community during this difficult period. To contribute, please consider supporting the Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong Key Bridge Fund. Residents affected by this tragedy are encouraged to apply for a Key Bridge Grant administered by the Baltimore Community Foundation. Other relief and recovery information can also be found through the Maryland Philanthropy Network. 


Say What Matters

SAY WHAT MATTERS: A Communications and Marketing Conference

Join us for Say What Matters: A Communications and Marketing Conference, hosted by The Nonprofit Center in partnership with the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.

May 17th | 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center

Discover cutting-edge strategies in 75-minute interactive workshops led by industry experts from Maryland Nonprofits. From visual messaging to fundraising storytelling, there's something for every nonprofit leader. Network over lunch provided by Light House Bistro, and stay for our Funder Panel to discover what really matters to funders!

Explore sessions on: Visual Messaging, Fundraising Storytelling, Annual Reports, Communications Tools & Software, Branding & Communication Plans, AI, Leveraging Traditional Media, and more.

Register now and select your preferred sessions before they fill up! Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your nonprofit's impact.

Who can attend: Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Anne Arundel County, Maryland with at least 50% of the population served residing in Anne Arundel County. Only two attendees per organization.

Cost: Just $35 per attendee. Scholarships available, email

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Anna E. Greenberg Board Leadership Symposium: Board and Staff Relations in an Evolving Sector: the good, the bad, the insightful

The annual Anna E. Greenberg Leadership Symposium will delve into the relationship between nonprofit organization boards and staff within an ever-evolving sector. Facilitators and panelists will discuss the dynamic roles of boards and staff in nonprofits as organizations professionalize, and demographics and cultures evolve and change. 

May 23rd | 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library

Cost: $25/person and includes a boxed lunch that will be served at noon. The program wil begin at 12:30 p.m.

FACILITATORS: Bess Langbien and Lauren Maddox, Founding Partners at Due East Partners


  • Larry Clark, Board Chair, CFAAC
  • Nora Demleitner, President, St. John's College - Annapolis Campus
  • Danista Hunte, President and CEO, Maryland Philanthropy Network
  • Jerray Slocum, Assistant Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager with Shore United Bank
  • Mary Spencer, President and CEO, CFAAC

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Youh Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course (In-Person)

Designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents aged 12-18, this course teaches a 5-step action plan to assist young people facing mental health challenges or crises. Led by expert trainers certified by the National Council for Mental Well Being, topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, and more. The course costs $25/person, includes materials and refreshments, and is limited to 30 participants. Register by May 24th for a certificate of completion. 

Date: June 18, 2024
Location: The Commons on Research Dr., Annapolis MD, 21401
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Instructor: Marguerite Keane Gibbons, LCSW-C

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IMPACT100 Announces 2024 Grant Applications and Workshops
IMPACT100 Greater Chesapeake is proud to announce its 2024 Grant Cycle is open to fund nonprofit projects and programs that support Anne Arundel County. This transformational grant opportunity will focus on the following areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment; Family; and Health & Wellness. The 2024 grant amount will be announced on May 5, 2024. Please note that attending the Request for Application (RFA) Workshop is a mandatory step for submitting an application. RFA workshops will provide a walk-through of the grant application process. To RSVP for a workshop, visit their website or email


Justin T. Roudiez

Professional Advisor Recognition Society Spotlight : Justin T. Roudiez, CFP®, ChFC®, Director of Financial Planning, White Oak Wealth Management

Justin has the ability to intimately understand his clients unique priorities and develop effective financial plans that address their goals. He joined White Oak in 2019 as the Director of Financial Planning, following a 10-year career with Northwestern Mutual where he served as the Director of Advanced Financial Planning & Wealth Management for the Annapolis Group. He specializes in personal and business planning, tax-efficient wealth accumulation, retirement income planning, legacy wealth planning, and qualified retirement plan design. Justin feels that the best measure of one’s character is the positive lasting impact they have on their community and others. That’s why when clients want to support local charities, he partners with CFAAC. Justin routinely coordinates with his clients’ professional advisors and CFAAC to develop comprehensive strategies in a tax-efficient and risk-managed manner. 

Read More About Justin T. Roudiez


What’s Bubbling Up: Need-To-Know Updates on the Proposed Donor Advised Fund Regulations
Last November, the Treasury released proposed regulations related to Donor Advised Funds. Although these proposed regulations are just that–proposed and not final–in recent weeks the media coverage has gained momentum, especially now that Ways and Means members have weighed in. The Community Foundation is on top of the issues, and our team is always ready to share the latest insights. Read more.

Celebrate Variety: Many Assets Make Great Gifts to Nonprofits   
When your client is getting ready to make a contribution to a fund at the Community Foundation or other charity, remind them not to automatically reach for the checkbook. Here are other (and typically more tax-savvy) options to consider. Read more.

What's Caught Our Attention
Election-year dynamics are on your clients’ minds, and we’re sharing a few items of recommended reading to provide perspective on political contributions’ impact on charitable giving, as well as articles that you and your clients might find useful related to “check out charity” trends and legal issues that may confront clients who serve on charities’ boards of directors. Read more.

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (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. Our mission is to inspire and promote giving in Anne Arundel County by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Established in 1998, CFAAC is one of the largest funders of nonprofit organizations in Anne Arundel County. CFAAC distributes nearly $5 to $7 million annually. Learn more at

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