2021 BCF Investment Briefing

Our annual update on BCF’s investment objectives and strategies is going virtual this year! In addition to financial reports, we will spotlight impact investments that offer social and financial returns, […]

Communities Take the Lead

As the COVID-19 crisis took hold a year ago, large institutions struggled to address issues ranging from food insecurity to remote learning loss to insufficient broadband. Many turned to community-based organizations for their on-the-ground expertise. Though relatively small, these grassroots organizations are largely comprised of staff who were born and raised in the communities they serve. As the pandemic unfolded, deep relationships allowed community-based organizations to identify children and families most at risk. A foundation of trust ensured that resources were accepted without hesitation. Further, these organizations had long operated with limited financial support, but a driving commitment to meeting needs. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” as the old proverb goes and their creativity has led to innovative solutions with immediate impact and the potential to be game changers long-term. Well beyond COVID-19, with sufficient support, the work of community-based organizations could be replicated and scaled to build a stronger, more equitable Baltimore—and beyond. Thankfully, BCF’s strategic plan includes a strong emphasis on community engagement, giving us a front row seat to the powerful work underway. Here, we profile just a few of the ingenious individuals and organizations that are leading the charge.

The Power of Place-Based Investments

With support from BCF for a host of organizations and projects, new investment is underway in Howard Park and Forest Park! Hover over the image to pause the slideshow. The […]

Celebrating the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

Despite a challenging school year unlike any experienced before, Maryland’s students and educators received some much-needed good news in February when the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future became law after a […]

Schools and Neighborhoods Stronger Together

BCF believes a strong Baltimore region starts with high-quality schools in vibrant, interconnected neighborhoods. To that end, our discretionary grantmaking is focused on enriching effective public schools with principal preparation, […]

COVID-19 Response Grants and the Long Road Ahead

BCF operates at the intersection of grassroots organizations, civic leaders and concerned donors. As such, we have a vital role to play during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our response began in mid-March when we made emergency grants to 18 frontline organizations for distribution of food, diapers, formula and other essential products in vulnerable communities.

A New 21st Century School For Howard Park

“Back to school” took on a new meaning for residents of the Northwest Baltimore community of Howard Pak this winter. On January 6, nearly 800 students returned from winter break to a brand-new school facility: Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary/Middle School.

 

The Ongoing Fight for Race Equity

BCF operates from the knowledge that profound disparities in opportunity exist between people of color and their white counterparts; and we acknowledge the historic and ongoing role that structural racism […]