BCF Services

Private Foundations

BCF offers services for your clients with private foundations, whether they are looking for help with effective grantmaking or ways to preserve the founder’s legacy after several generations.Download our brochure for private foundations.

For clients considering establishing a private foundation, compare options for philanthropy before the decision is made.

Learn more about the process to terminate a private foundation and transition to a charitable fund at BCF.

Charitable Giving for Businesses

BCF can help you help your business clients by:

Find out more in our brochure for businesses.

Anonymity or Recognition

BCF can provide the level of anonymity or recognition most comfortable for your client. BCF will never share your client’s contact information; strict confidentiality is observed at all times.

Life Income Gifts

Charitable gift annuities and other life income gifts are a powerful way for your client to put assets to work for them, making a significant charitable gift and receiving significant lifetime income. Explore our interactive legacy planning tools, and introduce your clients to the many options.


Scholarships are a popular option for donors concerned about young people and their futures. Home to numerous scholarship funds, BCF offers three levels of giving for your clients who are interested in scholarships. Explore options for supporting scholarships through BCF

Memorial Funds

Because it is a permanent institution, BCF is the ideal home for a philanthropic memorial. A fund named to honor the memory of a beloved family member, associate or friend may be designed to support a charitable purpose reflecting the life and values of the deceased.

BCF is equipped to handle the large influx of gifts a memorial fund may generate, and to carry out the fund’s charitable purpose in perpetuity.

Family members and other founders receive comfort and satisfaction through regular reports on fund activity. Learn more on our Open a Fund page.

Life Insurance

Life insurance is an affordable way for your clients to gain tax benefits and meet charitable objectives, either by naming the charity as a beneficiary or by donating an existing policy. Gifts of life insurance can be used to establish a fund or add to existing funds at BCF.

Retirement Plan Assets

Your clients may not realize that income tax can eat up as much as 80% of retirement plan assets left to heirs. That’s why these assets should be at the top of the list for charitable giving, creating the greatest benefit for heirs and charitable beneficiaries. We offer special legacy planning resources that can help you and your clients plan their retirement and estate.

Online Access for Donors

Donors have online access to their charitable funds 24/7 through Donor Central.

Investment of Funds

All charitable funds at BCF are invested to match the donor’s intent, whether that be immediate grantmaking, long-term preservation of assets, or support of local community impact. Investments are overseen by a volunteer committee of highly experienced investment and financial professionals. Find out more about investment of BCF funds

Organizational Endowments

BCF holds and manages endowments for dozens of nonprofit organizations. Benefits to these organizations include convenience, investment oversight, permanence and access to planned giving tools. Find out more about organizational endowments at BCF.

Connect With Us Today

Contact John Gilpin, Director of Gift Planning, for a confidential, in-depth consultation about these and other giving options, tax benefits of each and how they can help to achieve your financial and charitable giving goals.
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Contact Dara Schnee, VP of Philanthropy, for a confidential, in-depth consultation about these and other giving options, tax benefits of each and how they can help to achieve your financial and charitable giving goals.

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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.

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:   

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Select this option if you have never used our website to apply for a grant from BCF.


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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.

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Melissa McC. Warlow
Director, Baker Fund Grants Program
410-332-4172 x150

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.

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.

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.