Ways to Give

BCF accepts a wide variety of assets as gifts. Whether you want to make a one-time gift of cash, stock or securities; have the flexibility to give year-round; or plan to leave a legacy for future generations, the Baltimore Community Foundation can help.

One-Time Gift

Visit our Give Now page to support Baltimore Community Foundation’s strategic grantmaking; make a gift in honor or memory of someone; contribute to a friend or family member’s existing fund; or support our Civic Leadership Fund for operating support, which keeps our lights on and those of thousands of nonprofits across the region, too. To donate by mail, send checks to P.O. Box 37422, Baltimore, MD 21298-9388.

Open a Fund

Donor advised funds offer the flexibility to give when and where you want, with immediate tax benefits. Through our Donor Central portal, you have 24-7 access to your account and the ability to quickly and easily make gifts. Visit our Open a Fund page for a step-by-step guide or contact Donor Services for assistance.

Stock Transfer

Transfer securities either via electronic transfer, or by physically sending the paper certificates by registered mail to the Baltimore Community Foundation.

1. Always notify BCF of your gift

Each time you initiate a gift of stock, regardless of the method chosen, please notify BCF so that we can be sure to apply your gift correctly. Let us know your name, the name of the stock and approximate number of shares, and which fund of BCF you are donating to. Contact our Donor Services team by email or call 410-332-4171.

2. Initiate the transfer: electronically or by registered mail

Electronic transfer of stock

Ask your broker to donate the stock to BCF through Wilmington Trust:

Wilmington Trust
Attn: Bruce E. Hamler
215-585-5274

DTC Number: 0990
Account Name: Baltimore Community Foundation Gift Account (Tax ID# 23-7180620)

Account Number: 1014867

 

Mailing stock certificates

Mail your UNENDORSED certificate(s) in one envelope, and a Stock Power Form and a Stock Waiver Form in a separate envelope, by registered mail, to:

Baltimore Community Foundation
11 E. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202

NOTE: Certificates already registered in the name of the Baltimore Community Foundation do not require either the stock waiver or stock power for execution of the transfer.

If you have any further questions, please contact Donor Services at (410) 332-4171 or by email.

Mutual Fund Shares

To donate mutual fund shares, you will transfer the shares to a BCF gift account in the same mutual fund. Please contact us for specific instructions.

Contact BCF Director of Finance John Muchai by email or call (410) 332-4172 ext. 113

Check

Please make your check payable to Baltimore Community Foundation, and note the name of the fund you are donating to in the memo line.

Mail your check to:
Baltimore Community Foundation
P.O. Box 37422
Baltimore, MD 21298-9388

Wire Transfer

1. Always notify BCF of your gift

Each time you initiate a wire transfer, please notify BCF so that we can be sure to apply your gift correctly. Let us know your name, the amount of your gift, and which fund of BCF you are donating to.

Contact our Donor Services team by email or call 410-332-4171.

2. Direct your wire transfer to

PNC Bank
1600 Market Street – 19th FloorPhiladelphia, Pa 19103

Contact: Bruce E. Hamler 
410-237-4535
bruce.hamler@pnc.com

ABA# 031000053
Account number 5557245753
Baltimore Community Foundation Inc
(Please include Donor’s name)
ACH Payment Same account information and contact but different ABA# 054000030

IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA Charitable Rollover, now a permanent provision of the Tax Code, allows people age 70½ and older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to qualified charities, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes. Read more about rollover gifts and download a sample letter to your IRA plan administrator.

Bequest

It’s easy to include BCF in your will — we even have sample bequest language for you to use.

Gifts with Life Income

There are many ways to make a planned gift, some offering life income. Explore how you can Create a Legacy through charitable gift annuities, remainder trusts, lead trusts and more.

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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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.

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:   

When you are ready please select one of the following options:

OPTION 1

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.

OPTION 2

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.

How Can We Help?

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.