ACT NOW to Preserve Baltimore City’s Effective School Board

March 11, 2015

Keep our school board free from special interests

(March 11, 2015) We need YOU to tell your elected representatives that you oppose any change to the composition of Baltimore's effective school board--prior to tomorrow's hearing on a bill that would create a partially-elected school board for Baltimore City by requiring that three of its members be elected at large. 

HB 310 -Baltimore City - Partially Elected School Board
will be heard in the House Ways & Means Committee on March 12 at 1:00
Please contact TODAY   (click for contact info)

Del. Nathaniel Oaks (Baltimore City)
Del. Mary Washington (Baltimore City)
Del. Eric Ebersole (Baltimore & Howard counties) 
Del. Bob Long (Baltimore County)
Del. Ric Metzgar (Baltimore County) 

Why is this important?
Under the existing governance structure of the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners, City Schools has made tremendous gains. The school board has proven itself committed to building on that success. BCF has reviewed research on this subject and we have discovered no evidence to suggest that an elected school board necessarily improves the educational outcomes of students. A shift from its current appointed membership to a partially elected structure could impede that progress. BCF works with City Schools, the School Board, and other partners to increase opportunities for the voices of parents, students, and communities to be heard by our public school leaders. 

BCF opposes counterproductive changes to the composition of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Read BCF's written testimony opposing HB 310.


Interested in traveling to Annapolis to testify at the hearing? Contact BCF for information about testifying. 
Thank you for taking action on this important issue! 

BCF's advocacy effort are made possible by the Civic Leadership Fund and its generous donors.  

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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:


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Select this option if you have never used our website to apply for a grant from BCF.


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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


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