In the fall of 2019, the Center for Effective Philanthropy conducted a confidential survey, commissioned by BCF, of 522 of our donors, of whom 129 donors responded. CEP compared BCF’s results to a customized cohort of fifteen other community foundations that closely resemble BCF in scale and scope. The Donor Perception Report prepared by CEP provided baseline data for BCF to understand how well we are serving donors and how we compare to our peers.  The insights we gained are already shaping our immediate and long-term plans around donor services, communications, community engagement, and impact.

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Customized Cohort

Organizations/Peer Funders
Baltimore Community Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Delaware Community Foundation
Greater Washington Community Foundation
Rochester Area Community Foundation
St. Louis Community Foundation
The Boston Foundation
The Chicago Community Trust
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Dallas Foundation
The Denver Foundation
The Philadelphia Foundation

Donor Characteristics

Age  BCF Average Funder Custom Cohort
Under 44  3%  4%  5%
45-54  11%  11%  11%
55-64  24%  26%  26%
65-74  44%  34%  34%
75 and Older  19%  25%  25%
Gender Identity BCF Average Funder Custom Cohort
Female 51% 45% 47%
Male 48% 54% 52%
Different Identity 1% 1% 1%
Race/Ethnicity BCF Average Funder Custom Cohort
African-American or Black 7% 3% 5%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0% 0% 0%
Asian (incl. Indian subcontinent) 0% 1% 1%
Hispanic or Latinx 1% 1% 1%
Multi-racial 0% 1% 1%
 Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0%  0%  0%
 White 92%  94%  92%

Community Foundation Characteristics

  BCF 2018 Typical Funder Custom Cohort
Total Assets $172.5M $226.9M $342.5M
Discretionary assets 27% 24% 23%
Donor-advised assets 48% 38% 42%
Other non-discretionary assets 25% 38% 35%
 Total Giving $342.5M $14.3M $43.6M
 Discretionary giving 16% 18% 15%
 Donor-advised giving  63% 52%  61%
 Other non-discretionary giving 21% 29% 23%

WHAT WE LEARNED
Our donors are committed to Baltimore. Compared to our peers, we have more donors who choose their local community foundation for their charitable giving because of a desire to connect and impact local quality of life (as opposed to other reasons like tax advantages).

WHAT WE ARE DOING
We love Baltimore, too! Look for us to create more opportunities for donors to learn about the important issues facing our city and region, and to connect directly with local changemakers and experts in these fields.

WHAT WE LEARNED
We rate exceptionally high on integrity and trustworthiness.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
We are so moved by all the comments that our donors made and are very intentional in how we conduct our day to day work. We are glad donors saw how seriously we take being transparent and earning your trust.

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of BCF donors report that they plan to give to the Foundation in the future

WHAT WE LEARNED
The top five giving areas of interest by our donors are: Education, Neighborhoods/Community Development, Basic Human Services, the Environment, and Arts & Culture.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
We will focus on taking a deeper dive into these areas of interest so donors can learn more about the areas they support.

WHAT WE LEARNED
Compared to our peer group of community foundations, our donors are slightly more racially diverse.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
We’re setting stretch goals to increase the diversity of our donor base, by being proactive in engaging next generation donors and different communities in the work we are doing.

Race/Ethnicity BCF 2019
African-American or Black 7%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0%
Asian (incl. Indian subcontinent) 0%
Hispanic or Latinx 1%
Multi-racial 0%
 Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0%
 White 92%

WHAT WE LEARNED
We have work to do to improve how we communicate BCF’s strategic goals and the impact we are having in the community.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
Look for more strategic communications about the impact of BCF’s discretionary and donor advised grantmaking, impact investing, and advocacy on strengthening Baltimore.

Meet Your BCF Philanthropy Team

BCF Staff – Development & Donor Services Only – 2

Tiffany July-Lindo

Development Officer

BCF Staff – Development & Donor Services Only – 2

Nanyamka Hales

Donor Services Officer

BCF Staff – Development & Donor Services Only – 2

Dara Schnee

Vice President of Philanthropy

BCF Staff – Development & Donor Services Only – 2

Alexis Miller

Donor Services Officer

BCF Staff – Development & Donor Services Only – 2

John A. Gilpin

Director of Gift Planning

BCF Staff – Development & Donor Services Only – 2

Juliette Seymour

Development Assistant

Tiffany July-Lindo

Development Officer

Nanyamka Hales

Donor Services Officer

Dara Schnee

Vice President of Philanthropy

Alexis Miller

Donor Services Officer

John A. Gilpin

Director of Gift Planning

Juliette Seymour

Development Assistant

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Building Stronger Neighborhoods Regionwide

We have a nearly 30-year history of offering grants to resident-led groups and community projects in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. These grants give residents the resources they need to accomplish a small project, get more people involved, and encourage the next generation of neighborhood leaders. We also fund programs that support the development of leaders of all ages who are working to improve their neighborhoods and schools. Our support is intended to help identify, activate, inform and network leaders. And finally, we believe when schools and neighborhoods team up to improve their school and community, meaningful and lasting change can be made. We are interested in funding proposals in which the students and adults in schools collaborate intentionally with community residents, neighborhood associations, and other individuals, groups, and institutions in the area surrounding a school.

School Leadership

We believe that attracting and retaining effective and diverse school leaders is a key lever for change in Baltimore's educational landscape, and so we fund school leadership development efforts at the district and individual school level. We are interested in funding proposals that focus on principal coaching, mentoring, peer networking, wellness/self-care, as well as pipelines that identify and develop new leaders. We will also continue to support efforts that build a culture of appreciation and encouragement for school leaders.

How Can We Help?

Melissa McC. Warlow
Director, Baker Fund Grants Program
410-332-4172 x150

Apply for a Grant

Our on-line application system provides applicants with a portal to start a new grant application or to continue updating an application already in process. Please be sure to select the “Save and Finish Later” button when you are finished working on your application in order to save your current session’s work. At any time during the application process you can select the “Contact Us” button in the top right corner of the screen and you will be able to send an email to the Baltimore Community Foundation staff with specific questions. 

To be considered for funding, proposals must be submitted through the online application portal, however, we provide a PDF version of the application along with other useful forms here for your reference:   

When you are ready please select one of the following options:

OPTION 1

I have not applied for BCF funding online in the past.
Select this option if you have never used our website to apply for a grant from BCF.

OPTION 2

I previously applied for BCF funding online in the past.
Select this option if you have applied for any of BCF’s grants using our website. Your profile may still be in our system and you may login using your account.

Place-based Grantmaking in Selected School Communities

We have allocated funds for two geographical areas that bookend a crucial corridor on the Westside of Baltimore City: Howard Park /Forest Park area (served by Calvin Rodwell Elementary Middle School and Liberty Elementary), and Reservoir Hill/Penn North area (served by Dorothy I Height Elementary). In these three schools and their surrounding neighborhoods, we will support projects and activities designed to make the communities safe, clean, green and vibrant; and improve the quality of the schools. Some projects may be neighborhood-focused, some school-focused and others collaborative projects between the schools and their respective communities.

Early Learning & Judy Centers

High quality early childhood education has a lifelong effect on students. Through our Early Learning grant program, we are interested in system-wide early childhood education proposals that will help Baltimore City and County's youngest learners, and their families, get the start they need. Nonprofit organizations that offer programs and/or services to Judy Centers are encouraged to contact the centers directly to explore partnership opportunities.

How Can We Help?

John A. Gilpin

J.D., CAP®,AEP®

Director of Planned Gifts
410-332-4171 ext. 132

How Can We Help?

Kate Sam

Communications Officer
410-332-4171 ext. 181

How Can We Help?

Cathy Brill

Executive Director
Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation