On behalf of the 14 community foundations across Maryland, the Maryland Community Foundation Association (MCFA) accepted the Pioneer Award today from the Grant Professionals Association during a national conference held in Baltimore.

The Pioneer Award recognizes a grantmaker that has impacted and improved the way grant professionals do their work. The Maryland Community Foundations Association was nominated by the Maryland Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association in particular for community foundations’ efforts to provide training and resources to nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising and grants management.

Accepting the award for MCFA, Tamara Zavislan, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Harford County said “By their very nature, community foundations thrive in strong relationships, committed collaborations, and productive partnerships. Maryland’s community foundations are proud to work with grants professionals across the state to strengthen the quality of life in our counties. Together, we are dedicated to meeting the current and future needs of all Marylanders. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the Maryland Community Foundation Association.”

Community foundations are permanent sources of philanthropic dollars and specialize in building civic endowments to serve their regions’ changing needs. Maryland is home to 14 community foundations, each serving a region of Maryland in unique ways. Maryland’s community foundations hold a total of more than $760 million in philanthropic assets, and distributed about $128 million in grants this past year to nonprofit organizations in their communities, addressing a wide range of issues, from education to aging, the arts to the environment.

Together, as the Maryland Community Foundations Association, we speak with one voice in promoting philanthropy to benefit towns, cities and rural areas across the state.

To find out more information about this award, including how to apply and information about previous winners, please log on to www.GrantProfessionals.org, click on ‘About’, and then ‘Awards’. You may also contact the national office at membership@grantprofessionals.org or by calling Kelli Romero at (913) 788-3000.

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