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Giving back is big for businesses in Maryland

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Marylanders have a proud history of caring about each other, and the men and women of its business community are no different. It is important to recognize the impact businesses have on their communities. For that reason, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is proud and humbled to recognize the winners of its 2017 Business Philanthropy Awards in collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Baltimore Business Journal.

“The giving spirit and deep understanding of community commitment demonstrated by all of our nominees is inspiring,” said Maryland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Christine Ross. “It was not easy to determine which organizations should receive special recognition. These three honorees are exemplary, and I hope every business strives to serve as they do.”

Large business (501+ employees)

Bank of America

Bank of America recognizes that there are particular barriers to economic success for Maryland’s young people, working families, and returning citizens. Through its commitment to workforce development, education, basic needs and community development, Bank of America provided $2.3 million in grants and matching gifts to local nonprofits addressing these community issues in 2016. Employees contributed more than $600,000 to area nonprofits, and spent more than 23,000 hours volunteering for local organizations—hours Bank of America incentivizes to support a culture of volunteerism. The numbers for 2017 are on pace to be higher.

Learn more about what Bank of America has done

Midsized business (101-500 employees)

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

The people of Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina demonstrate exceptional commitment to the Dorchester County community, and particularly to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, persons with disabilities, and persons with mental health needs. Regardless of age or ability, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay’s community initiatives focus on employment and education. 

See how Hyatt comes through for its community

Small business (1-100 employees)

Brotman Financial Group

With fewer than 100 employees, Brotman Financial Group has demonstrated exemplary dedication to its community in time, talent and treasure. Its commitment to philanthropy began with its founding in 2003, and since that time, the company has contributed nearly $250,000 to various organizations, not including scholarships and fundraising.

Take a look at Brotman’s initiatives

All three awards will be announced at the annual Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day Awards on Nov. 17 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. 

About AFP National Philanthropy Day 

National Philanthropy Day, a program of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, pays tribute to the invaluable contributions that philanthropy has made to our personal lives, our nation, and the world.  It acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the quality of our lives and the fabric of our society.

AFP Maryland is proud to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy and those people active in our philanthropic community here in Maryland.  Through this annual event, we encourage all people to rededicate themselves to the principle of giving. This year we will honor Mark and Patricia Joseph as Outstanding Philanthropists, and the Kahlert Foundation as the Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation for 2017.  We will also recognize Unsung Heroes, Outstanding Youth Fundraisers and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Philanthropy Awards at this event