The Board of Trustees of The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County has announced that executive director, Bess Langbein, is resigning on June 5, 2015 to start her own consulting company.
Says Becki Kurdle, CFAAC board chair, “Bess is known and respected throughout the county and the community foundation field. Over the past eight years she has led CFAAC to great success, performing this role with great competence and true passion. We have accepted her resignation with considerable regret and we wish her much success as she embarks on a new challenge.
“CFAAC will be conducting an in-depth search for a new executive director who can continue the successful track record of growth and community engagement that Bess leaves as her legacy.
The transition process has already begun with the creation of two subcommittees,one to conduct a search and the other to oversee the transition for the new executive director.”
Ms. Langbein helped transform CFAAC from a fledgling start-up to a recognized community institution. During her tenure, CFAAC has raised more than $20 million in major and planned gifts, increased assets under management from $795,000 to $6 million and the number of funds from 30 to more than 80.
During this same period, CFAAC’s grantmaking has grown from $130,000 to more than $1.5 million, making CFAAC the largest institutional funder of nonprofits in the county.
Bud Billups, past board chair, says, “We will miss Bess who is dynamic, hard-working, talented and committed. She has performed incredible service to the foundation and the community.
CFAAC now has a strong foundation with an excellent staff, vibrant board, proven fundraising capability, superb service to its fund holders, strong relationships with professional advisors and a track record of community leadership. The organization is poised for significant growth in the near term and a healthy and vibrant future,”
CFAAC offers an opportunity for individuals, families, and businesses to establish permanent charitable funds, maximize their charitable giving, and support nonprofits and causes that are most important to them today and for generations to come. Hand-in-hand with its fund holders and donors, CFAAC invests in the community’s greatest needs and opportunities. It is building a
“Give Local” movement through the Great Give that has raised more than $1.2 million for 170 plus local nonprofits.
“I am honored to have led CFAAC for the past eight years,” says Bess Langbein. “It has been an incredible opportunity to work with tremendous board members, staff, fund holders, donors, professional advisors, nonprofit leaders, volunteers and public officials. I continue to be humbled by the generosity of the many people in our community who work with CFAAC to make our county, our home, better for all of us and I know it will continue into the future.”