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Community Foundation of Howard County pledges additional $100K to COVID-19 relief effort

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, will contribute an additional $100,000 of rapid relief funds in a second wave of funding to help mitigate the damage of COVID-19 across Howard County. The foundation’s board of trustees unanimously passed the resolution to release the funds.

CFoHC_Final_LOGOThis $100,000 comes on top of an initial $103,000 raised through the foundation’s Howard County Community Relief Fund efforts in March and early April as well as an additional $65,000 in gifts directly to nonprofits from individuals and families with donor-advised funds.

The $100,000 will be released into the pool of funds coordinated by HoCoRespond.org, a collaborative leadership funding group consisting of the Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon FoundationWomen’s Giving Circle of Howard County and United Way of Central Maryland.

The HoCoRespond group initially set a goal to raise $100,000 in 10 days in late March and early April. More than $200,000 was raised through the generosity of private individuals and foundations. HoCoRespond awarded $205,000 in grants to 13 nonprofits on April 20 but need throughout the community remained. A total of 56 eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits requested funding.

Now a second campaign has begun with a goal of raising $200,000 in five days, twice the goal of the first campaign in half the time. The Community Foundation of Howard County board of trustees agreed to contribute with a gift using unrestricted operating funds.

Individuals are still encouraged to make personal contributions through the Howard County Community Relief Fund. All gifts to the Community Relief Fund will be added to the board-approved $100,000 and pooled with the other funding from HoCoRespond.

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