Donate today to the Howard County Autism Society!

The rates of Autism diagnosis in the United States are now 1 in 44.  Here in Maryland, that rate is 1 in 49 and Howard County has the highest per capita incidence of Autism in the state as individuals and their families relocate here to access the wonderful services and resources. As these numbers grow, HCAS will continue to provide a community for these individuals, their families, and friends as they navigate the intricacies of life with Autism.

The Howard County Chapter of the Autism Society of America is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Code. All donations are tax deductible.

Individual Contributions

We rely on individual contributions to help fund our mission of advocacy and promotion of public awareness. Your generous contribution will be used to respond to the immediate needs of the organization. To make a secure online donation by credit card to the Howard County Chapter of the Autism Society please click below to use our secure online donation process.

If you prefer to make a donation offline, please fill out this form and mail your donation to:

The Howard County Autism Society
9770 Patuxent Woods Drive – Suite 308
Columbia, MD 21046

Recurring Donations

The Howard County Autism Society’s most loyal donors are its Giving Partners, who commit to donating a fixed amount of money per month by automatic credit card payment. Your gift will be automatically deducted from your credit card each month.  Make your pledge online today by clicking the link below.

Honorary and Memorial Contributions

Many people choose to make larger contributions in honor of a loved one, or to memorialize a loved one who has passed. We gratefully accept memorial and honorary contributions, and will be pleased to recognize such contributions in various ways. These contributions honor your loved one and also provide a legacy of meaningful support to the individuals and families served by the Howard County Autism Society. For more information about making an honorary or memorial contribution, please contact us at If you prefer to make the donation anonymously by credit card you may do so using our secure online donation process.

The Madhu Family Fund

Created by the Howard County Autism Society in memory of longtime member, volunteer and staff member Madhu Thibaudeau.  This fund supports individuals with Autism and their families in keeping with her great warmth and commitment to others in the autism community.

The Scott Chernack Family Fund

The Scott Chernack Family Fund was created in memory of Scott Chernack, a loving father, husband, son, brother and friend.  Scott’s ability to make people smile was uplifting to all who met him.  Scott lived every day with optimism, kindness and humor, which he generously shared with everyone he met. Scott had a passion for golf and spent rare and cherished moments on the golf course.  Scott also loved football, and supported his favorite teams with the same relentless energy he used to support his family and friends.  He understood that the need to recharge was necessary to face daily challenges experienced while caring for his son. The Scott Chernack Family Fund recognizes dads with the special ingredients that only a Dad of a child with autism can possess


Patuxent Commons Housing Initiative

Help HCAS “raise the roof” on this affordable, accessible, inter-generational housing project!

Employer Matching

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, CLICK HERE to see if your employer is listed.   If the answer is yes, then request a matching gift form from your employer.  Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses, and may even provide a monetary match for your volunteer time.   This is a great way to double your gift to the Howard County Autism Society!  Thank you for taking time to help us reach our fundraising goals!

Planned Giving

By making a planned gift you can provide income and other financial benefits to yourself and your family while supporting the Autism Society of Howard County.

Planned giving can include:

You can designate the Howard County Chapter of the Autism Society of America as a beneficiary in your will.

Charitable Trusts
Trusts allow donors to make a charitable donation, receive a tax deduction, and receive income for life or a lump sum payout for themselves or their designated beneficiary.

Life Insurance
Individuals may designate Howard County Chapter of the Autism Society of America as a beneficiary of their life insurance policies.

Retirement Plans
Individuals may donate all or part of an IRA, receive a tax deduction, and avoid income tax on the gift amount. All or part of one’s personal retirement fund can also be donated with a reduction in, or elimination of, associated estate taxes.

Appreciated Assets
Stock, land, or other property that has appreciated in value can be donated with a tax deduction for the current fair market value of the asset and avoidance of some or all capital gains taxes.

Please Donate Today!

The Howard County Autism Society
9770 Patuxent Woods Drive – Suite 308
Columbia, MD 21046