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Eddie C. and C Sylvia Brown Family Foundation


Eddie and Sylvia Brown are active philanthropists in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The Brown Family Foundation was established at the Baltimore Community Foundation in 1994 as a vehicle for the family to support charitable organizations addressing needs in the areas of health, the arts, and K-12 education.

The Brown Family Foundation will consider grants that have direct impact on the African American community in Baltimore City.


Organizations (or their fiscal agents) serving Baltimore City that qualify as public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, color, physical handicap, gender or sexual orientation.

Typical Grants:



The Brown Family Foundation will focus its grantmaking in three general areas: the arts, K-12 education, and health (HIV/AIDS and cancer). The foundation's grantmaking will support programs that:
  • Provide opportunities for youth involvement in meaningful art experiences. This can include support for arts organizations or youth serving organizations that have developed programs which expose young people to the arts. Programs that infuse the arts as a tool for leadership development, academic enrichment, and are built on strong youth development principles are encouraged to apply;
  • Provide access to educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth. This can include local organizations that work to improve K-12 public education and to offer enhancement and enrichment opportunities to Baltimore City students. Educational opportunities are defined in the broadest sense to include, but are not limited to: afterschool programs, mentoring, alternative education, computer technology, scholarship support, as well as traditional in-school K-12 programs;
  • Address the impact of HIV/AIDS on the African American community. Programs that provide direct services and intervention including testing and counseling, case management strategies, and access to treatment will be considered; and
  • Address the prevention and treatment of cancer. This can include local organizations that provide cancer screening, prevention education, and treatment modalities.

Arts and education programs that serve a core group of children and/or youth over an extended period of time rather than a large number of youth for a short period of time are encouraged to apply. Organizations with a proven track record and clear programmatic outcomes will be competitive.

The Foundation does not make grants for:
  • Start-up organizations or new programs within established organizations.
  • Capital campaigns, building construction, renovations or other capital projects
  • Individuals
  • Multiple years
  • Institution of higher education
  • Organizations outside Baltimore City

How to apply:

To apply to the Eddie C. and C Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, please follow the guidelines provided in this downloadable PDF file.

Once finished, submit your proposal to:

Maya Smith
Program Assistant
Brown Family Foundation
Baltimore Community Foundation
2 East Read Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Once you have submitted a proposal, our staff will review it and contact you if additional information is needed. After the annual foundation meeting, we will let you know whether your project has been funded.

Next Steps:

  • Submit proposal


  • August 29, 2014


Maya Smith
Program Assistant
tel:410-332-4172, ext. 142

Special notes:

Requests are reviewed on an annual basis and prior funding does not guarantee future funding. An organization may be funded for up to three consecutive years. Once an organization has been funded for three consecutive years, it may not apply for funding for the next two years.

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Prior to founding Credo, he was vice president and portfolio manager/analyst at Brown Capital Management where he co-managed over $2.5 billion in institutional assets as a member of the large/mid cap investment team. 

As a sell-side analyst at Alex, Brown & Sons, and Legg Mason, Tedd conducted research on large, mid and small cap companies. Prior to that, he was an investment banking associate at E.F. Hutton.

He holds a BA in computer science from Morehouse College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


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