For many years, civic and human services leaders in Carroll County shared a common vision of an umbrella organization that would facilitate philanthropic activities within our community. In mid-1993, a steering committee, which included James Wise, Arthur Valenzano, Calvin Seitz, Peggie Roland, Donald Hull, George Giese, William Gering, and Audrey Cimino, began the process of making the Community Foundation of Carroll County a reality.

Beginning with a gift of $60,000 from the estate of Rosa B. Null, a Hampstead, Maryland resident, the Community Foundation started it all. Today, endowments, operations funds, scholarships and funds managed for other community organizations provide services for the community. As your Community Foundation, we receive funds from individuals, businesses, and other community organizations whose purpose is to enhance and support the quality of life in this community. We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible to the maximum amount allowable for gifts to a public charity. This allows many individuals, through gifts and bequests, to establish permanent endowment funds within the confines of one large foundation or to develop new funding ideas for the benefit of Carroll County.