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2021 BCF Investment Briefing

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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, and welcome the newest members of our Professional Advisor Recognition Society.

Please fill out this RSVP form so you will be on the list to get the Zoom Link. The link will be sent to everyone that RSVP’d two weeks before the event.

The Agenda

7:30 - 8:00 AM 

Networking Breakout Rooms

Please take this opportunity to introduce/reintroduce yourself to BCF staff and others who share your enthusiasm for the BCF and the important impact it is having on the Baltimore region.

8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Dr. Shanaysha Sauls, President & CEO and Tom Bozzuto, BCF Board Chair

Honoring Professional Advisors
Professional Advisor Recognition Society (PARS) members are trusted partners committed to their community and to helping clients achieve their philanthropic goals. BCF will honor all of the members and welcome new inductees. 

Investment Strategy
and Results Presentation

Patti Baum, Chair,
BCF Investment Committee

Special Guest Speaker:
Tiffany McGhee, Pivotal Advisors.

Invest for More Program Spotlight:
ReBuild Metro
Impact investment in East Baltimore is revitalizing hundreds of homes and businesses while providing a financial return.

The PARs Inductees

New PARS Inductees

Randolph W. Brinton

RBC Wealth Management

2021 PARS Inductee
New PARS Inductees

Byron T. Deese

Glass Jacobson Financial Group

2020 PARS Inductee
New PARS Inductees

Fotini Lignos

HWK Law Group

2021 PARS Inductee
New PARS Inductees

John C. Poulton

Brown Advisory

2020 Inductee

Randolph W. Brinton

RBC Wealth Management

Randolph “Randy” W. Brinton began his career at Ferris, Baker, and Watts, which later became RBC Wealth Management. There, Randy was a member of the Chairman’s Council, comprised of the top 150 RBC Wealth Management advisors. Randy’s contributions to Baltimore are remarkable: serving as President of the Maryland SPCA for 15 years and on the boards of Notre Dame Preparatory School and the St. Andrews School, where he established its Development Committee. Randy is currently President of The Maryland Club. 

Byron T. Deese

Glass Jacobson Financial Group

Byron is currently the Relationship Development Manager for Glass Jacobson Financial Group, and is a Retirement Plan Consultant within the firm’s investment advisory division. Byron specializes in providing retirement plan services for small businesses, while helping the employees prepare for life after their working years. In the community, Byron founded the Dream Makers Network in 2009, which organizes personal development, professional networking, and community outreach events in Baltimore City, with networks throughout the country, and ENGAGE, which is an effort to promote business development for entrepreneurs. Byron is also active with Baltimore City Community College Foundation, Abilities Network, and Eubie Blake Center for Performing Arts as a board member. Byron lives in Hanover, Maryland with his wife, Maria Campbell, and daughter.

Fotini Lignos

HWK Law Group

Fotini “Tina” Lignos of HWK Law Group is an attorney specializing in estate planning and administration. Tina manages the interests of a diverse clientele including physicians, attorneys, financial advisors, and business owners. Her services range from simple planning for young families to sophisticated planning for mature individuals. Prior to joining HWK, Tina owned her own estate planning law firm and served as a Wealth Management Advisor and Financial Planner for Legg Mason. Tina resides in Lutherville with her husband and two children.  

John C. Poulton

Brown Advisory

John was born, raised and currently resides in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife, Anne-Marie Poulton, and two daughters. He currently is a Strategic Advisor at Brown Investment Advisory and Trust Company in Baltimore, Maryland. John specializes in providing estate, charitable and income tax planning services for Brown Advisory’s private clients, and believes that charitable giving is it an important component of all of these strategies. John has been active in the Baltimore community where he has served on various boards including US Lacrosse, Inc. on both their foundation and operating boards, First Fruits Farm, Inc., St. Martins in the Field Episcopal Church, St. Martins in the Field Episcopal Church School, Charm City Lacrosse, Inc. and numerous other family private foundations in various positions.


May 6
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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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:


I have not applied for BCF funding online in the past.
Select this option if you have never used our website to apply for a grant from BCF.


I previously applied for BCF funding online in the past.
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