Community Foundation Announces Staff Additions

FREDERICK, MD – January 19, 2016: The Community Foundation of Frederick County is pleased to announce that Laura McCullough and Pilar OlivoPilar.lowres.resizedLaura.lowres.resized have joined the staff. They bring a wealth of experience that will assist in furthering the organization’s philanthropic and grantsmaking goals.

Laura McCullough, who becomes Director of Philanthropic Services (formerly Development and Community Giving), most recently served as the Major Gifts Officer and Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events at Frostburg State University, in Frostburg Maryland. Previously, Ms. McCullough served at the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 from The Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. Ms. McCullough is the mother of four children and thrilled to be living and working in a county that cares so deeply about its residents and communities. “I am so excited and thankful to have the opportunity to work for such a wonderful organization while making an impact in Frederick County,” said Ms. McCullough. “I truly enjoy developing new relationships and, as our mission states, Connecting people who care with causes that matter. It is important to me to believe in the mission and wrap my arms around it. The Community Foundation of Frederick County affords me the opportunity to do that.”

Pilar Olivo, who becomes Director of Community Impact (formerly Donor Services), joins the Community Foundation after several years in nonprofit volunteer leadership roles with Downtown Frederick Partnership, United Way of Frederick County, and Monocacy Montessori Communities, Inc. Prior to moving to Frederick with her husband and three children in 2011, she was Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. Ms. Olivo has worked in many policy arenas including workforce development, health care and environmental advocacy. Her work as a senior manager with the Seattle Jobs Initiative introduced her to the power of outcome-funding in increasing program performance as well as the importance of system-level change. Ms. Olivo loves to be deeply rooted in her community. “Frederick County is a great, great place,” said Ms. Olivo. “I’m thrilled to work with an organization focused on long-term impact and long-term relationships right here at home.” Ms. Olivo holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

“I am so pleased to have Ms. McCullough and Ms. Olivo join the Community Foundation staff,” said Elizabeth Y. Day, President and CEO. “Each brings expertise that will help us grow, connect, and ultimately create more community impact.”

As a leader in grant and scholarship funding, The Community Foundation of Frederick County has given back more than $42 million to the community since 1986. 

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