Our Impact

Over the past 50 years, BCF has had an immense impact on the Baltimore region. Below are just a few of the ways we have connected community members, concerned donors and civic leaders to multiply impact and build a better Baltimore.

Investing In Baltimore

BCF distributed $30.7 million to 1,500+ nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore region and beyond in 2020, plus another $4 million in impact investments. We’ve distributed $500 million since our inception in 1972.

Schools & Neighborhoods

Brought our long-time focus on schools and neighborhoods together with a place-based strategy that focuses current investments along the Liberty Heights Avenue corridor, specifically its bookend neighborhoods to the east and west—Reservoir Hill/Penn North and Howard Park/ Forest Park. Along this corridor, BCF is layering grantmaking for maximum impact in three Selected School Communities: Dorothy I Height Elementary, Liberty Elementary, and Calvin Rodwell Elementary Middle School.

Education Advocacy

Successfully advocated for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, the legislation enacting the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations on education reform, which passed the General Assembly in 2020.

Judy Centers

BCF secured private, city and state funding to create nine Early Childhood Resource Centers, known as Judy Centers. Baltimore city students with Judy Center experience have consistently surpassed state and city averages for Kindergarten readiness. BCF continues to support Judy Centers with a small grants program and by funding a citywide Judy Center coordinator.


Built leadership capacity in more than 200 neighborhoods across Baltimore City and County through twenty years of collaborative planning and grantmaking.

Endow Maryland

Led the Maryland General Assembly to pass Endow Maryland, awarding donors state tax credits for gifts to permanent endowments and Maryland community foundations.

School Funding

Served as a lead private sector partner in promoting legislation leading to $1.1 billion for Baltimore City public school construction through the Transform Baltimore campaign.

Reservoir Hill & Greater Highlandtown

Developed new strategies and evaluation processes in Reservoir Hill and Greater Highlandtown to build social capital for safe, clean, green and vibrant neighborhoods, supporting rise in property values in both neighborhoods.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

Supported, grew, and spun off Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., enhancing the tax base and quality of life in 41 of Baltimore’s “middle neighborhoods.”


Oversaw Baltimore’s Sustainability Plan and helped generate $52,000,000 in funds to support it.

Youth As Resources

Seeded, supported, and spun off Youth as Resources, a youth-led grantmaking, community organizing, and leadership development organization.


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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.

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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.

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.

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.