BCF Leader, Shanaysha M. Sauls Named Among 2021 Most Admired CEOs 

The Baltimore Community Foundation is pleased to announce that our President and CEO, Dr. Shanaysha M. Sauls, Ph.D., has been selected by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s 2021 Most Admired CEOs.

The Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs awards program recognizes talented business CEOs and nonprofit executive directors throughout Maryland whose leadership and vision are admired by those around them. The winners were selected by an outside panel of judges based on professional accomplishments, community service, and letters of reference submitted by co-workers, board members, and community leaders showing the CEO’s leadership and vision.

“The 2021 Most Admired CEOs have earned the respect and admiration of those around them because they make a positive impact on the lives of others, both professionally and by volunteering in the community. They are role models to be emulated, and they continue to give back by mentoring others,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of The Daily Record. “We at The Daily Record salute them for their accomplishments, passion, and creativity as well as their commitment to our state.”

Since joining the BCF team as President & CEO in 2018, Dr. Sauls has continued to grow BCF’s reputation as a diverse community of changemakers working for a better Baltimore. She is the first person of color to lead the almost 50-year-old organization, and the first woman to serve as CEO.

With Dr. Sauls at the helm, BCF has affected Baltimoreans in ways that no other institution can through its issue advocacy, philanthropic investments, and partnerships with the community and the public sector. She has overseen BCF’s contribution to major advocacy agenda wins such as the passage of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, which was supported by BCF with research on achievement gaps and funding for Strong Schools Maryland’s community organizing and coalition-building.


Beyond her impact, Dr. Sauls is deeply invested in the growth and well-being of her team. She has established an organizational culture that encourages true work/life fulfillment. Throughout the pandemic, she communicated clearly that family and employee wellness came first. She has exemplified time and again her commitment to not only BCF’s mission but also its people.

“It is an absolute privilege to work for and serve the Baltimore Community Foundation—its talented and hardworking staff, a dedicated board of civic leaders, and much beloved stakeholders of all types and walks of life. I am honored to be at the helm of an organization that is empowering Baltimoreans to make an impact within our communities. On more than one occasion when I stop to take a breath and look around, I consider myself really lucky and blessed,” said Sauls.

Dr. Sauls and her fellow honorees will be recognized during an online celebration on November 2, 2021, at 12:00 pm. Each of the honorees will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling during a professionally produced, livestream event. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices.

If you would like to attend the celebration, tickets can be purchased here beginning October 8th.

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the November 3rd issue of The Daily Record and will be available online at www.thedailyrecord.com.

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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.

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Melissa McC. Warlow
Director, Baker Fund Grants Program
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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.

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