February 1, 2024

January newsletter: Change is on the Horizon

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Want to hear about our new strategic direction? Join us for our upcoming community conversations!

As many of you know, the Horizon Foundation has been hard at work engaging with the community to develop our new strategic plan over the course of the last year. Now, it is time to finally reveal the final product! This new strategic vision represents our bold, new direction to work towards a Howard County free from systemic inequities, where all people can live abundant and healthy lives.

Want to learn more and see how we can work together? We are hosting three community conversations for community organizations and residents to learn more about our work and opportunities to get involved:

  • Monday, February 5, 3:30-5 p.m. (in-person, at Horizon’s office)
  • Thursday, February 8, 9-10:30 a.m. (in-person, at Horizon’s office)
  • Monday, February 12, 5:30-7 p.m. (virtual)

We all want to live in a Howard County where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach their best health and well-being. But there are barriers built in front of us that create unequal opportunity and threaten freedom and prosperity. We invite you to join us as we work side-by-side with our community to build power and advocate for policy changes that matter. Together we can help achieve better health for everyone in Howard County and greater Maryland.

Register now – we hope to see you soon!


Welcome to our new Senior Program Officer, Kristina Gray-Akpa!

Please join us in welcoming Kristina Gray-Akpa to the Horizon team! As our new Senior Program Officer, Kristina leads our equity initiatives including helping to develop strategic direction of programs, facilitating grantee collaboratives and engaging communities of color to help them build power. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with national and community-based organizations to advance equity through education, advocacy, philanthropy, direct service and grassroots action. We are thrilled to have you on board, Kristina!


Changemaker Challenge applications are now OPEN!

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Changemaker Challenge! This “Shark Tank for social good” competition, hosted in partnership with United Way of Central Maryland, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and the Community Foundation of Howard County, is looking for innovative and fresh ideas to help tackle important social issues in our community. Up to 12 finalists will be selected to compete for 6 different grants: two $25,000 grants, two $15,000 grants and two $10,000 grants will be awarded. Finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to a hybrid audience on Tuesday, May 7.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 20, 2024. Learn more about the rules of the competition and how to apply here. We can’t wait to hear all of your great ideas for social change in Howard County!

Learn more and apply>>


Join us for our next First Thursdays community conversation on February 1

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s First Thursdays community conversation! We continue to have rich and robust conversations with community members about health equity issues in Howard County.

Please join us on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. for breakfast and a guided conversation about key issues on the minds of fellow Howard Countians.

Our next First Thursdays conversation will take place at the Horizon Foundation’s office on February 1 at 10 a.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to D’Paul Nibber by January 30.


Thank you to our departing board members, Stacie Hunt and Tracy Miller!

We would like to send a big thank you to Stacie Hunt and Tracy Miller for their contributions as Horizon Foundation trustees! Your incredible leadership and partnership over the years have helped the Foundation make Howard County a healthier place for all. Our board will miss you!