August 28, 2013
“The BCF team is genuinely interested in the enhancement and improvement of our city, as we are, so we felt an instant camaraderie with them,” says Monty Howard. “We were moved by Tom Wilcox’s appeal to support the potential of tomorrow’s leaders and decided to donate to BCF’s Civic Leadership Fund. It’s important for this city to be a good place to grow up and stay. We want young people to love this city as much as we do.”
He and Steve Howard live in Bolton Hill and have a long history of supporting youth programs, including ongoing gifts to Middle Grades Partnership, a BCF initiative, through their advised fund. “We want to provide MGP with a sense of conﬁdence that the funding will continue,” says Steve, who is working with Monty to endow their fund. “If we’re going to make a real difference in our society, it’s got to start with the youth. Privileged youth
Monty appreciates BCF for the “simplicity of making contributions in an efﬁcient manner through trusted sources with great backup.” He volunteers with ﬁrst-graders at Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School and relies on BCF to guide them to other organizations, like the Samaritan Community, in their area of interest.
“BCF does the research and due diligence that individual donors need,” Steve observes. “It adds an extra layer of protection and lets us leverage our gifts in a way that truly makes a difference.”
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