Our Impact:

Catalyzing Support

Late in 2019, BCF commissioned the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) for a confidential survey of 522 donors to gauge how well we were serving them and keeping them informed of philanthropic needs and strategies in the Baltimore region. CEP then created a report comparing the 129 responses we received to other community foundations of similar scale and scope.

The results were both enlightening and thought-provoking. We were proud to find that donors rated us highly on integrity and trustworthiness. Interestingly, we learned that our donors are more diverse than other like-sized community foundations and are more likely to give through the community foundation because of an abiding love for their community and desire to improve it. We also learned what we can do better – namely, communicate. Donors want more insight on local nonprofits working on causes they care about; guidance on giving options; and leadership from BCF in, as one donor put it, “publicizing issues and catalyzing support for solutions that can move the needle.” “Baltimore suffers from too many disparate voices,” said another donor. “We need to come together behind one loud agenda.”

The findings led us to host what we hope will be the first of many Impact Tours, showcasing  strategic investments in targeted schools and communities while allowing donors to meet grantees in person and see the impact of their gifts firsthand. We will continue to integrate feedback from the donor survey in immediate and long-term plans for donor services, communications, community engagement and impact investments to better serve you. 

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Nanyamka Hales

Donor Services Officer

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Dara Schnee

VP of Philanthropy

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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If you need assistance with Donor Central, please fill out the form below or call (410) 332-4171 with any questions you have and we will respond as soon as possible.

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BCF Community Investment Team is here to help. Please fill out the form below with any questions you have and we will respond as soon as possible.

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Melissa McC. Warlow
Director, Baker Fund Grants Program
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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 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

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

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.

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John A. Gilpin

J.D., CAP®,AEP®

Director of Planned Gifts
410-332-4171 ext. 132

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Kate Sam

Communications Officer
410-332-4171 ext. 181

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Cathy Brill

Executive Director
Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation