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Ask the Expert: Melissa Curtin about CFAAC


This week I had the chance to sit down with Melissa Curtin, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC), and ask her about the benefits of partnering with CFAAC. When you give through CFAAC, you can make a significant impact and help to strengthen your community! Read on to learn about CFAAC and how you can make a difference…

Melissa Curtin, Executive Director

1. What is the Community Foundation of AAC?

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County's (CFAAC) role is to inspire and grow philanthropy, help to identify critical needs in our county, partner with donors to help them meet their philanthropic and financial goals, and promote collaboration to help strengthen local nonprofits.

2. What are the benefits and services of placing assets with a Community Foundation?

One of the benefits of working with a Community Foundation is that you get insights into the issues, opportunities, and resources that help shape our community. For example, you can learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most. Then, you can direct your donations to those organizations that are having the impact you desire.  

3. Are there tax advantages of partnering with a Community Foundation?

We offer maximum tax advantage for most gifts under federal law. With a single gift to CFAAC you can establish a Donor Advised Fund that allows you to give to the causes you care about most. Every gift qualifies for an immediate tax deduction, allowing you to make contributions and grants at your convenience.

4. What are the current struggles or needs in AA County that the Community Foundation is working towards?

Anne Arundel County has many needs that people don't see on a daily basis when they drive around and are surrounded by so much beauty. We have deep pockets of poverty all over the county, significant needs for affordable housing, access to quality childcare, and a notable lack of public transportation. The opioid crisis, linked closely with access to health care, mental health, and substance abuse, is overwhelming and touches every county resident in one way or another. Our donors strive to help meet critical community needs, and while our grants have an impact, there is so much more that is needed to combat these issues.

5. What are ways to become involved?

In addition to creating your own fund, as I mentioned, there are many other ways to become involved. You can support a grant program, attend or sponsor an event, and/or include CFAAC in your Will and Estate Plan. We love meeting with people and talking with them about how they can get involved. There are countless ways really, but part of what makes us unique is how we tailor opportunities to each donor to meet their personal needs and desires.


To learn more and ask your own questions, come to our
Lunch and Learn on Feb 28 at the Severna Park Library