Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation was established in 2001 from the estate of Leonard Stulman, who died in 2000. During their lifetimes, Mr. and Mrs. Stulman made generous gifts to the Jewish community, the arts, and medical organizations. Mr. Stulman stipulated that the foundation would make contributions in the fields of mental health, health, and aging.

Ninety five percent (95%) of funding from The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation is reserved for programs in greater Baltimore and the State of Maryland.

Foundation Trustees: 

Shale D. Stiller, President
John P. (Jack) Machen
Walter D. Pinkard, Jr.

Foundation Staff: 
Cathy Brill, Executive Director
Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation


Organizations (or their fiscal agents) that qualify as public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, color, physical handicap, gender or sexual orientation.

Typical Grants

Range from $25,000 to $150,000


The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation supports work in four areas of interest. Ninety five percent (95%) of funding from The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation is reserved for programs in greater Baltimore and the State of Maryland.

The foundation will make a limited number of new grants each year to projects that address specific interests or issues.

Research as to causes and treatment of mental illness and services for people with mental illness and their families. Within this area, special interests include:

  1. Promoting recovery and participation in community life for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression
  2. Increasing access to mental health treatment for underserved populations. Strategies of interest include integrating mental health care into community and primary care settings and providing services to minority communities, including those with limited English proficiency
  3. Increasing the adoption of evidence-based practices in treatment settings

Initiatives for an older adult and aging population and programs for geriatric medicine. Within this area, special interests include:

  1. Supporting services and initiatives to enable senior citizens to remain in their own communities as they age
  2. Meeting unmet health and mental health needs

Programs engaged in health care treatment and prevention as well as those involved in medical research. Within this area, special interests include:


  1. Improving the prevention and management of chronic disease
  2. Increasing access to care for disadvantaged populations


Higher educational institutions  

How to apply

Read the guidelines on this page or download them in PDF format. Letters of inquiry are invited. Submit a 2-page letter of inquiry signed by the executive director and board chair, which includes: the amount you intend to request, the purpose of the request, an overview of the proposed project and some basic background on your organization.


Rolling deadline.


Cathy Brill
Stulman Foundation Executive Director

Special notes

Invited Proposals
If you are invited to submit a proposal, please refer to the Maryland Philanthropy Network Grant Proposal Format for a grant template.

Please download the PDF version of these guidelines for further instructions and a sample of recent grants.

Download the Stulman grant report form.

Cathy Brill Contact Info

Cathy Brill
Executive Director, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation


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