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Donor Perception Survey

In the fall of 2019, the Center for Effective Philanthropy conducted a confidential survey, commissioned by BCF, of 522 of our donors, of whom 129 donors responded.

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Q&A

Q&A with Laura Gamble & Tom Buzzuto

BCF’s Board of Trustees elected new officers at the first quarter meeting of 2020. We thank Laura Gamble for her fourteen years of service on the BCF board, including the last four as board chair, and we welcome Tom Bozzuto as our new board chair. We caught up with both of them to talk about the role of the Community Foundation  in Baltimore.

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Sound Advice

Charitable Planning: Not Just a Year-end Activity

Two years have passed since the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) which forced advisors to revisit how clients go about meeting charitable goals. Thanks to TCJA, many clients for the first time in years found themselves filing their tax return with a standard deduction (for 2019, $12,200 for single and $24,400 for married filing jointly).

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Donor Stories

An Immigrant Family in Baltimore Gives Back to Those in Need

After serving in the Army in Japan during World War II, John Kovach received his masters from Harvard University’s School of Business. By that time, John had met his wife, Helen, the daughter of Sicilian immigrants, and together they settled in Oklahoma, where John was the financial vice president at a petroleum corporation. They soon moved again, with their two sons, this time to Baltimore City. In less than a decade, John would be made senior partner at Alex Brown.

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Community

COVID-19 Response Grants and the Long Road Ahead

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.

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Education

A New 21st Century School For Howard Park

“Back to school” took on a new meaning for residents of the Northwest Baltimore community of Howard Pak this winter. On January 6, nearly 800 students returned from winter break to a brand-new school facility: Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary/Middle School.

 

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Race, Equity & Inclusion

The Ongoing Fight for Race Equity

BCF operates from the knowledge that profound disparities in opportunity exist between people of color and their white counterparts; and we acknowledge the historic and ongoing role that structural racism

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Sound Advice

Sound Advice with Chas Jones

November 25, 2019 The key to connecting with millennial donors Charles B. Jones is president of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council and an attorney at Thomas & Libowitz PA where

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LGBTQ

The LGBTQ Fund at BCF

Over the course of the last three years, BCF has been listening and developing a way to fund organizations that address issues affecting young Baltimoreans who identify as LGBTQ. The

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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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