Donor Services

Whether you want to support a specific cause, learn more about needs in local communities, organize your giving, or leave Baltimore better for future generations, the Baltimore Community Foundation can help.

At BCF, we offer donors — individuals, families, businesses and private foundations — customized support for achieving their philanthropic goals, expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the opportunity to join others with similar interests to learn and give together.

The giving options and opportunities are endless, but here are a few ways to get started:

 

1

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 to the organizations you care about.
2

Support BCF's strategic grants to schools and neighborhoods.

Not sure where to start with your giving? Our Community Investment team is deeply engaged in communties to understand the needs on the ground. Our Invest in Baltimore Fund supports strategic grants to dozens of high-impact nonprofits across the region working to build stronger, more vibrant communities where children and families can thrive.
3

Support BCF’s operating costs and ensure that we remain a permanent philanthropic resource for the Baltimore region.

Gifts to the Civic Leadership Fund keep our lights on – ensuring that thousands of nonprofits keep theirs on, too.
4

Leave a legacy.

A legacy gift to or through the Baltimore Community Foundation in your estate plan can support the causes you care about for generations to come.

Connect With Us Today

Contact John Gilpin, Director of Planned Gifts, 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.

Already have a charitable fund at BCF?

You’ll find resources just for you on our  Manage a Fund page.

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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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Building Stronger Neighborhoods Regionwide

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.

School Leadership

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.

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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:   

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.

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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.

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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Communications Officer
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Cathy Brill

Executive Director
Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation