We Grow Together!


We Grow Together -- for the community and with your support! Thank you in advance for your contribution and in turn for your support of the caring individuals who make up the Community Foundation of Carroll County. Here are the ways you can donate. Learn more about just a few of the nonprofits the Community Foundation of Carroll County partners with to bring much needed services, relief, and joy to the community!

Thank you! Your support makes it possible for us all to make a difference in Carroll County (and beyond).

How do we quantify the impact of the Community Foundation of Carroll County on the community? By highlighting the amazing work and impact of the nonprofits we serve.

POY 2023 Honorees
  • Since 2013, 50 scholarships totaling $48,000 have been awarded to Carroll County high school seniors through the Rita Medeiros Scholarship by Rita’s Closet. In 2023 they reached their goal of awarding a student in every Carroll County high school – that’s $8,500 to nine students!
  • The Ellsworth Cemetery Fund was created to repair, maintain and preserve the historic Ellsworth Cemetery in Westminster, funding more than $67,000 in repairs thanks to its efforts to raise more than $98,000 in donations and grants since 2012.
  • One of our newest clients, Action for Kindness, hit the ground running, awarding more than $6,200 in community grants since 2022 and raising over $13,000 to fund its mission.
  • The Children’s Chorus of Carroll County has made an impact that goes well beyond dollars by introducing music performance to more than 2,500 children and reaching countless audience members from right here to as far as Estonia, Sweden and Finland over 30+ years.

The Community Foundation of Carroll County is a public foundation dedicated to strengthening the community by meeting the needs of donors and nonprofits alike. Through the foundation’s management of charitable funds established by individuals, the foundation helps area nonprofit agencies live out their mission in our community through donors, grants, public support, and the vision and drive of our partner nonprofits.

A gift to the Audrey Cimino Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, or to one of our Class of 2023 Philanthropists of the Year honorees listed above, matters!

News Archive

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Community Profile: Find Your Purpose

When Billy Lyve was growing up, he survived a tough childhood, dark teenage years, and entered adulthood with no direction.

Today, Billy is a nationally-known hip-hop artist, owner of Wisdom Court Entertainment, CEO of Movers and Shakers Enterprises, and founder of a nonprofit which he named Find Your Purpose. The nonprofit is based in Westminster, Md.

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Community Profile

There are times in life when out of tragedy, something meaningful can take place. A tragedy struck the Medeiros family in Maryland in 2012. Their daughter, Rita Marie, passed away in a tragic car accident. She had her prom dress in the car when it happened. The dress was purchased on a Saturday and the accident happened on a Sunday night.

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