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 Continues

Eric Jackson of Black Yield Institute

In March, as a wave of novel coronavirus cases shuttered schools and businesses, BCF rapidly launched the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund. The Fund was designed to meet immediate, intermediate, and long-range needs arising from what we knew—even then—would be a challenge unlike any we had ever faced. In just a few short months, generous individuals, families, foundations, and corporations contributed nearly $2.2 million to the effort.

WBC CDC: Fulfilling the Promise of Forest Park

BCF’s place-based investing in Northwest Baltimore is rooted in an understanding and respect for the area’s history and culture. Liberty Heights Avenue played a significant role in the journey of […]

The Race For Equity

The Education Trust’s Recommendations for Ensuring Equity in Education in the Midst of COVID-19 When responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first consideration must always be the safety and health […]

An Immigrant Family in Baltimore Gives Back to Those in Need

After serving in the Army in Japan during World War II, John Kovach received his masters from Harvard University’s School of Business. By that time, John had met his wife, Helen, the daughter of Sicilian immigrants, and together they settled in Oklahoma, where John was the financial vice president at a petroleum corporation. They soon moved again, with their two sons, this time to Baltimore City. In less than a decade, John would be made senior partner at Alex Brown.

Meet these 3 School Communities

October 22, 2019 BCF is making a commitment to support the neighborhoods around three specific city schools. These school communities bookend a main corridor in West Baltimore.  #1 Dorothy I. […]

For Her Love of Music

When Ann Greif wasn’t running The Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, or advocating for an end to the global arms race, or supporting the work of Planned Parenthood, […]