Funds For Public Agencies

In the interest of transparency, on this page we list disbursements from charitable funds at BCF established to benefit public agencies. These lists are updated quarterly.

The process we have implemented for oversight of these funds is outlined in this
letter to our donors.

Baltimore City Police Department

Baltimore Police Foundation Endowment Fund

Established as a permanent endowment to support youth-related activities through the Police Athletic League or its successor, the purchase of law enforcement equipment, and/or other options as may be agreed upon annually by the Police Commissioner of the City of Baltimore and the President of the Baltimore Community Foundation. Currently, income is being reinvested annually in the corpus, so there are no disbursements to report.

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Baltimore Police Foundation Mounted Unit Fund

Established to accept donations and make distributions to be used for the care of the horses serving in the Baltimore City Police Department Mounted Unit.

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Baltimore Police Station
Collaborative Public Safety Fund

Established to accept donations and make distributions to promote and support the renovation project of the police district headquarters of the Baltimore City Police Department.

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Police Dog Fund

Established by a donor's bequest, to accept donations and make annual distributions to be used for the care of active duty and retired Baltimore Police dogs that continue to reside with the police officer with whom they were trained.

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Police Foundation Special Grants Fund

Established to provide the Baltimore Police Department with a vehicle through which it could seek funding from public and private sources for specific projects. Disbursements are made in accordance with the terms and conditions of specific gifts.

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Baltimore City Public Schools

Baltimore City Public Schools Fund

Established to promote and facilitate private donations for and to make distributions in support or programs and activities of the Baltimore City Public Schools, as requested by the Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore City Public School System.

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Baltimore City Public Schools Uniform Fund

Established to support the Baltimore City Public School system in providing uniforms to families of students who may have trouble affording uniforms.

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Judy Center Fund

This fund was created to hold supplemental dollars to support Judy Centers start-up and on-going operations, including small grants for equipment and supplies.

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Judy Center City Wide Coordinator Fund

This fund was created to hold funds meant to support a citywide Judy Center Coordinator position within the Baltimore City Public School System.

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Judy Center Start-Up Fund

This fund was created to house and distribute funds to the Maryland State Department of Education to support Judy Center start-up costs of $165,000 per year for the first three years of each new center.

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Baltimore City Office of Sustainability

Sustainable Baltimore Fund

This fund supports the goals of Baltimore’s Sustainability Plan.

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Sustainability Food Fund

This fund supports the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative.

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Baltimore County

Baltimore County Community Support Fund

Baltimore County Community Support Fund: The purpose of the fund is to promote and support County programs or other governmental purposes, functions or activities, or to benefit charitable organizations based in Baltimore County or that provide services to County residents.

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Baltimore County Youth Jobs Fund

The purpose of the fund is to promote and support the Baltimore County Youth Jobs Program operated by the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

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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.