How BCF Works
BCF is uniquely positioned at the intersection of communities, concerned donors, and civic leaders. We build connections to address complicated issues, put our relationships and expertise to use spotlighting the best ways to support our community, and make it easy for people who are passionate about improving Baltimore to make an impact. BCF amplifies donors’ philanthropy with strategic grants, impact investments, special initiatives and advocacy to strengthen schools and neighborhoods.
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Convening People and Places
BCF was created by and for the people of Baltimore.
Community members, public and private sector representatives and concerned donors give us a broad perspective on immediate needs and long-term, systemic challenges in our region.
There are many ways to give.
BCF marshalls a wide range of resources - from generous donations, to time and talent, to lived experiences and on the ground expertise - in pursuit of a better Baltimore today and for future generations.
Stewarding Financial Support
We have the expertise to maximize impact.
For nearly half-a-century, BCF has carefully stewarded gifts of cash, securities, real assets, retirement funds, bequests and more. We work closely with donors and professional advisors to ensure financial and charitable giving goals are achieved.
Steady, sustainable growth is our strategy.
Donor's gifts are pooled with endowed assets and invested with careful oversight by experienced staff and a committee of financial planners and advisors. BCF provides quarterly updates to keep donors informed.
Strong relationships gets support where it is needed most.
Deep, ongoing engagement with school and community leaders informs discretionary grants made from BCF's endowed assets. Likewise, it allows us to advise donors on high-impact organizations and giving opportunities.
Donor-advised and discretionary grants help near and far.
Donor-recommended grants support a wide range of causes in Baltimore and beyond. Discretionary grants in support of our strategic plan are targeted to schools and neighborhoods, creating more vibrant communities where all children have the opportunity to thrive.
Strategic programmatic support digs deeper.
BCF targets a handful of communities for multi-year investments. Working closely with residents, we make grants and impact investments; advocate for policy changes; and engage other partners to build a stronger school and surrounding neighborhood.