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Fundraising Strategies

 Since its inception, The Foundation has employed various fundraising strategies. In addition, the donor base has been broadened to include a variety of organizations from the larger community who have given assistance. The following entries will attest to the success of these endeavors.


Adopt-a-Student Program

Student may be adopted in honor or memory of loved one. The minimum contribution is $500 has been very popular.

In 2018, the amount was increased to $750.


Hammond High School Black Cultural Awareness Club

Hammond High School Black Cultural Awareness Club held a fundraiser for The Foundation. Similar clubs from other high schools participated.


Rotary Club, Columbia Town Center

The Foundation received donation for the first time


Columbia Foundation

Since that time, the Columbia Foundation has provided annual operating grants to The Foundation.


Columbia Foundation

The Columbia Foundation selected The Foundation to be the recipient of matching Endowment Funds for three consecutive years. The maximum matching grant of $5,000 was exceeded each year.


Howard County Volunteer Community Organization of the Year

Named by County Executive and County Council expression of appreciation for The Foundation's work with youth.


Casey Willis Making a Difference Award

The Foundation was recipient of community service award in spirit of award's namesake, Carolyn Casey Willis, wife of Dr. Willis. This award included a $1,500 cash prize.


Twenty-fifth Anniversary

Celebrated in October, 2002, with banquet at Columbia Sheraton Hotel. Benefitted scholarship fund. 

2003 & 2004

Mano Swartz Furrier

Mano Swartz Furrier donated items of fur to be raffled off. 


Charles Brown Adopt-a-Student

Charles Brown Adopt-a-Student gave $5,000 in memory of his wife, Shirley Vining-Brown, Founder of One Generation Helping the Next Youth Enrichment Program, Inc. Award was largest single donation in Foundation's history. Donation was awarded to a needy student.


Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent

Special thanks go to club for significant contributions made to the Foundation from 2000-2015.

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