Testimony for House Bill 97, the Digital Connectivity Act of 2021 by Shanaysha Sauls, BCF President & CEO
Thank you, Chair Davis and Vice Chair Dumais and members of the Economic Matters Committee, for this opportunity to speak in support of House Bill 97, the Digital Connectivity Act
BCF’s response to the COVID-19 crisis began in mid-March with a series of emergency grants for distribution of food and essential supplies. Simultaneously, the foundation launched the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund, mobilizing $2.2 million – and counting – to address the far-reaching immediate, intermediate and long-term effects of the pandemic.
In March, as a wave of novel coronavirus cases shuttered schools and businesses, BCF rapidly launched the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund. The Fund was designed to meet immediate, intermediate, and long-range needs arising from what we knew—even then—would be a challenge unlike any we had ever faced. In just a few short months, generous individuals, families, foundations, and corporations contributed nearly $2.2 million to the effort.
Generous donors make hundreds of year-end gifts in the fourth quarter – keeping our Donor Services team extremely busy! We sat down with Guy Flynn, Chair of the Development Committee and Dara Schnee, VP of Philanthropy, to talk about this exciting time, how they work together, and how philanthropy has changed this year.
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Bruce Behrens’ family didn’t have the means to be philanthropic. It wasn’t until he moved to Baltimore to work with Alex Brown and later Brown Advisory that charitable giving entered the picture.