Maryland Community Foundations Recognized by AFP

As part of National Philanthropy Day, the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Maryland Chapter presented a Special Recognition Award to Maryland’s Community Foundations to celebrate the centennial of community foundations and the vital work they do across the state. The AFP-Maryland serves as a leading advocate on fundraising and philanthropic issues in the community and the professional organization for fundraising professionals. Maryland has 15 community foundations throughout the state that encourage philanthropy in their local communities. This past year, the community foundations in Maryland distributed more than $138 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, art, health and human services and the environment.
Pictured: Brad Sell, executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County with Chairman of the Board John Itell and representatives from other Maryland Community Foundations. 

Check out this video on the AFP Maryland Celebrating 100 Years of Community Foundations in Maryland:

2014 People's Choice Award Winners

Congratulations to our three People's Choice Award Winners: Bette Nicholas, Barb Jacob and Susan Fiedler!


Bette Nicholas volunteered for more than 35 years at the Western Maryland Hospital Center. There she worked in the Canteen and helped start both the chapel and gift shop. She also serves her church, St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, and has done so for over 30 years, helping with the altar society, bereavements and meal donations to Holly Place. Ms. Nicholas elected to name St. Ann’s Catholic Church as the beneficiary of the endowment created in her honor. Click on the following link to see more about Bette Nicholas:

Barb Jacob works with at least seven different nonprofit organizations. For more than 10 years, she has volunteered at the concession stands at both HCC and The Maryland Theatre. Since 2003, Barb has volunteered at the Western Maryland Hospital Center and served as the Auxiliary President since 2007. The Community Foundation will establish the Barb Jacob Fund for the Maryland Theatre with the $5,000 given in her honor. To see more about Barb Jacob, click here:

Susan Fiedler has volunteered at Washington County Hospital and Meritus Medical Center for more than 35 years, putting in 29,500 hours. In addition to her countless hours at the hospital, Sue has volunteered her time at Trinity Lutheran Church Altar Guild for 20 years, served on the Angel Ministry, which visits sick church members, and assisted with Micah’s backpack. In her honor, the Community Foundation will create the Meritus Healthcare Auxiliary Fund. Check out the following video to learn more about Susan Fiedler:


  • Heather Guessford Wins Rising Star Award

    November 24, 2014

    Heather Guessford received this year’s Rising Star Award because of her active involvement in the local community, serving on the board of directors at several nonprofit organizations, including the Humane Society, The W House Foundation, BISFA, Horizon Goodwill Industries, Maryland International Film Festival and HEAL.

  • Holly Place Challenge

    November 10, 2014

    During the month of October, the Community Foundation challenged the citizens of Washington County to make a contribution to the Holly Place Challenge to help the nonprofit organization with its operating expenses. Between a second anonymous donor’s contribution and the generous donations from local citizens, the Foundation reached its goal and contributed more than $20,000 to the nonprofit organization.

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