Today the distinctions between Columbia and the rest of Howard County have been greatly reduced. Much of this has occurred as former Columbians have moved to newer, larger housing outside the boundaries of Columbia. Columbia has "spilled over" into much of the rest of the County. The liberalism of Columbia is now a reality in most of Howard County's voting patterns.
In light of this reality one of Columbia's oldest institutions has decided that it is time for a name change. Last week the Columbia Foundation decided to change its name to the Community Foundation of Howard County. The Foundation has for most of its history funded programs that benefited the entire county inspite of its name. The name change is probably long overdue. Below is the public announcement of the name change from the Foundation.