September 27, 2022

September newsletter: Trust-centered philanthropy, grant opportunities, and more!

Subscribe to our newsletter! 

Pursuing trust-centered philanthropy

The Horizon Foundation is embarking on a new year-long strategic planning process that will determine the key priorities of the organization for the next several years. You’ll hear more from us in the coming weeks and months about our goals, how our process will work and how we plan to engage with the community. One thing we do know is that authenticity and pursuing trust-centered philanthropy will be at the core of this process and throughout all our work.

Our goal is to be an organization that builds trusting relationships with our community and operates through authentic partnerships where grantees not only provide input but co-create programs and policy solutions with us that achieve our joint vision of social change.

Read more in this month’s blog>>


Two more grant opportunities now available!

We are excited to announce two new funding opportunities to promote policy change in Howard County to fight systemic racism and improve health in our community. The deadline to submit applications is October 27, 2022.

  • 2022 Diabetes Prevention Advocacy Grant: The purpose of this grant is to support the Healthier Choices Coalition working to create policy change that will 1) make fresh produce more available and affordable, 2) improve school meals, and 3) warn residents about the health risks of consuming sugary drinks. Learn more about the grant requirements & apply here.
  • 2022 Advancing Community Advocacy Fellowship: The purpose of this strategic opportunity is to build the organizing and advocacy capacity of community leaders and/or organizations by helping them to use their power to advance issues that matter most to them and their community. The grantee selected will become a key partner in one of the Foundation’s policy issue campaigns. Learn more about the fellowship requirements & apply here.


Congratulations to our Public Health Hero, Jennifer White!

BIG congratulations to our very own Jennifer White, who was recognized as a Public Health Hero at Howard County’s Rise to the Challenge awards earlier this month. Jennifer, we’re so proud of you and are so happy that your efforts to make Howard County a better place for everyone to live & work are being acknowledged. Congrats!

Congrats as well to our Board Chair, Cathy Hamel, who accepted the the honor of Senior Care Service for Gilchrist Hospice, and to Board member Jonathan Ahn, who was recognized as a Stand-out Representative for his work at Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church!


Sign our petition for more affordable fruits and vegetables!

Howard County is known as an affluent community; but healthy food and drinks can be out of reach for lower income families and those who do not have access to transportation that can take them to farmers markets or grocery stores with fresh, healthy produce.

The Maryland Market Money program is a statewide program that offers matching dollars to residents receiving SNAP benefits to use at local farmers markets – but the program is barely utilized in Howard County. What are we waiting for?

Let’s make the healthy choice is the easy choice – so good health can be achievable for everyone. Sign this petition today to make healthy fruits and vegetables more affordable in Howard County!

Sign the petition>>


Staff picks: what we’re reading, watching and listening to