How Can We Help?
Director, Baker Fund Grants Program
As the COVID-19 crisis took hold a year ago, large institutions struggled to address issues ranging from food insecurity to remote learning loss to insufficient broadband. Many turned to community-based organizations for their on-the-ground expertise. Though relatively small, these grassroots organizations are largely comprised of staff who were born and raised in the communities they serve. As the pandemic unfolded, deep relationships allowed community-based organizations to identify children and families most at risk. A foundation of trust ensured that resources were accepted without hesitation. Further, these organizations had long operated with limited financial support, but a driving commitment to meeting needs. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” as the old proverb goes and their creativity has led to innovative solutions with immediate impact and the potential to be game changers long-term. Well beyond COVID-19, with sufficient support, the work of community-based organizations could be replicated and scaled to build a stronger, more equitable Baltimore—and beyond. Thankfully, BCF’s strategic plan includes a strong emphasis on community engagement, giving us a front row seat to the powerful work underway. Here, we profile just a few of the ingenious individuals and organizations that are leading the charge.
BCF operates at the intersection of grassroots organizations, civic leaders and concerned donors. As such, we have a vital role to play during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our response began in mid-March when we made emergency grants to 18 frontline organizations for distribution of food, diapers, formula and other essential products in vulnerable communities.
Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) today announced the latest in a series of grants to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals and communities in the
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October 16, 2018 As cars approach the O’Donnell Heights Community Center on Gusryan Street on the edge of southeast Baltimore City, they are greeted with a colorful new mural, featuring
BCF Celebrates $3 million in grants from The Children’s Fresh Air Society Fund April 11, 2018 Have a question about how to apply to the Fresh Air Fund? Visit our
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