Giving Tuesday, Giving Mental Health

BCF strives to keep donors informed of the greatest needs in our community and put our relationships and expertise to use identifying impactful nonprofits working to meet those needs. Among the greatest we are currently seeing is mental healthcare. Here, we profile six hardworking organizations that you may want to consider this Giving Tuesday, November 30. All were early recipients of grants from BCF’s COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund and they continue to provide vital support to families.

Relationships Make the Difference

Frank Lidinsky first met Bertha and Cooper Hoddinott in 2016 after their neighbors at Oakcrest Senior Living referred him for estate planning assistance. “They really hadn’t done any planning up […]

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! Hover over the image to pause the slideshow. The Judy Center at Dorothy I. Height Elementary […]

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, […]