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About

The Horizon Foundation is leading community change so everyone in Howard County can live a longer, better life. We are committed to improving health through innovative initiatives, collaborative partnerships, strategic grantmaking and thoughtful advocacy.

Our work is driven by community needs and is shaped around strategic solutions that promise a significant lasting impact on physical and mental health in Howard County. As the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland, we are driven to help everyone in our community – especially those facing the greatest challenges.

20+

Years Serving Howard County

In 1998, the Horizon Foundation was created using the proceeds from the sale of Howard County General Hospital to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Since then, we have focused on improving health and wellness for people who live or work in Howard County.

300

Community Programs Funded

As a grantmaker, we support innovative programs and build organizational capacity among our partners. We have invested $53 million over 20 years to tackle major public health challenges in Howard County.

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key strategies to improve health

As the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland, we are driven to help everyone in our community - especially those facing the greatest challenges. We are committed to improving health through innovative initiatives, collaborative partnerships, strategic grantmaking and thoughtful advocacy.

For over 20 years, we have invested $53 million in 300 community programs tackling major public health challenges in Howard County. Our track record shows we are making progress helping people make healthy choices and improving access to health care. Among our achievements, we helped bring a federally qualified health center to the county that provides critical health care to people in need. Our work with our partners also has led to one of the lowest rates of uninsured people in the country. We have helped improve school lunches, supported a county bikeshare program to make it easier to get vital exercise and led an initiative to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks that resulted in a 20 percent drop in soda sales.

We focus on four key strategies to make Howard County a healthier place to live and work. We:

  • Lead our own family of results-driven outreach and policy initiatives, including Howard County Unsweetened, Open Streets Howard County and Speak(easy) Howard;
  • Partner and collaborate with community organizations and leaders to advance health and wellness priorities;
  • Provide grants to support innovative programs and build organizational capacity among our partners; and
  • Build coalitions and advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for everyone who lives or works in Howard County.

OUR MISSION

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Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of people who live or work in Howard County.
Our vision is for all people in Howard County to live long, healthy lives.
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OUR VISION

Our Core Values

  • The Foundation embraces a broad definition of health, recognizing and supporting a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being through healthy environments, healthy development and healthy behaviors.
  • We strive to serve all people who live and work in our community.
  • We target our investments and initiatives strategically to achieve the greatest impact, using research and evidence to guide us.
  • We regularly strive to evaluate and improve our work by setting measurable goals and assessing our results.
  • Our work and operations are transparent and attuned to the community’s evolving needs.
  • We are an independent thought leader in the community, providing an unbiased voice and source of action on challenging public health issues.
  • Our success depends on strong partnerships with community leaders, organizations, government, businesses and individuals both within and beyond Howard County that share our innovative vision for change in our local community.

OUR APPROACH

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OUR INITIATIVES

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