The Columbia Foundation announced a name change Tuesday, May 15 before its 31st annual Spring Party at the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College.
The community foundation, which was founded in 1969 by Columbia founder Jim Rouse, will be known as the Community Foundation of Howard County.
"Having Columbia in the name seemed more restrictive than inclusive, and since we really do serve the entire county, we thought we would take this moment to be more inclusive," said foundation President and CEO Beverly White-Seals.
Foundation chair Earl Arminger said the name better reflects the scope of its services.
"We are one Howard County community today. We felt that is was important that our name reflect the fact we are one community," Arminger said.
The community foundation provides support to the county's community of nonprofits through grants and soliciting local donors.
"What community foundations do is leverage the philanthropy of members of the community," White-Seals said.
Also on Tuesday, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman issued a proclamation designating May 14 Community Foundation of Howard County Day.
In 2012, the Columbia Foundation issued more than $600,000 in grants to 100 nonprofits, received 200 grant applications, according to White-Seals. Since its inception, the foundation has more than 300 charitable funds and $15 million in total assets providing the link between donors and important charitable needs, she said.