There are 15 community foundations in Maryland.
Together, as the Maryland Community Foundations Association (MCFA), we speak with one voice in promoting philanthropy to benefit towns, cities and rural areas across the state.
Community Foundations specialize in helping individuals, families and businesses plan and carry out their charitable giving; and in building endowments to serve their regions' changing needs.
Community foundations build and strengthen philanthropy - and thus, communities - by making it simple and cost-efficient for individuals, families and businesses to establish philanthropic funds and to learn about and invest in the needs of their communities.
Community foundations are permanent sources of philanthropic dollars; they specialize in building civic endowments to serve their regions' changing needs.
Community foundations serving Maryland hold a total of nearly $900 million in philanthropic assets, and distributed just over $120 million in grants this past year to nonprofit organizations in their communities, addressing a wide range of issues, from education to aging, from arts to the environment.
We represent the collective philanthropy of hundreds of donors, including corporate, philanthropic and civic leaders.
All members have achieved or are committed to achieve national standards set by the Council on Foundations.