A philanthropist, in our mind, is one who believes that the best way to lead is by serving others. Philanthropists champion the causes that resonate in their hearts and cannot help but openly share their passion with those around them. Their enthusiasm for community service is contagious.
In 2006, the Foundation held its inaugural Philanthropy Day Luncheon to cultivate giving in our community and to recognize those who have given back. In efforts to coincide with Charles County’s 350th anniversary and to honor those pioneers who have worked a lifetime to lay the foundation we stand on today, the Community Foundation “unveiled” the Philanthropy Hall of Fame in 2008. The Hall of Fame is made up of individuals and organizations who were nominated by the public for their lifetime of giving to make Southern Maryland the best place to live. We are honored each year to induct individuals, families and organizations into our Philanthropy Hall of Fame for those of whom:
- Share a conviction that generosity allows good and important work to be done;
- The vision of knowing that even a single person can make a difference for many;
- And the belief that giving of time, talent and treasure is the lifeblood of humanity.