Stories

Meet some of our donors and community partners, and find out about progress in our priority areas of neighborhoods and education.

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Charitable gift annuities benefit donors now, Baltimore’s children forever

“When my husband Sidney and I thought about charity, it wasn’t whether or not we should give, but how, when, to whom, and how much.” 

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Charitable gift annuities benefit donors now, Baltimore forever

"We felt this was the right choice for us—giving to the charity of our choice, receiving an income for life, and receiving a charitable tax deduction at the time the annuity was established, all in full compliance with federal tax law.”  

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Sharon and Bill Reuter: Bringing community and generosity together through giving

What makes Sharon and Bill Reuter love living in Ridgley’s Delight? Its the sense of community and generosity they have felt since they relocated to Baltimore 30 years ago from New York to work as designers in the magazine industry. 

Dr. James Albrecht: Laser focused on sharing knowledge and expertise

Dr. James Albrecht is a distinguished scientist who worked at some of the world’s most famous food companies – including Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Baltimore-based McCormick. He has retired from the industry, but his passion for science and the food industry—and sharing it with young people—remains to this day. 

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Tom and Nancy Brandt: Embracing Baltimore

Tom and Nancy Brandt chose BCF for a straightforward reason: Baltimore is the place he and Nancy love. And while their zip code puts them in the Millersville area, they still consider Baltimore home.

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Judy Center at John Ruhrah recognized as Model Judy Center by State Education Department

 The Judy Center at John Ruhrah Elementary, one of the Judy Centers funded through a $6 million campaign at BCF, has been named a model Judy Center by the Maryland State Department of Education. 

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Pat and Mark Joseph: Supporting the Future

Pat and Mark Joseph's commitment to Baltimore has translated into a generous program of philanthropy, particularly in the areas of education and the arts, and their interests, Pat says, "are aligned and completely in sync" with the goals of BCF.

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Inner Harbor Project: bringing together all harbor visitors for a better Baltimore

“The Inner Harbor is the only place I can think of where teens are rubbing shoulders with business executives. There is a huge opportunity for those people to interact with one another because the major obstacle of location is removed.” 

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Creating a New Narrative

"People want to know how they can help. I’m not sure if there’s a better vehicle than BCF to get both a broad perspective of what’s happening in Baltimore and also an understanding of what is needed in direct services and direct action. BCF has a dual focus and a powerful impact," says author and BCF Civic Leadership donor Wes Moore. 

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Better than a party

In 2012, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg was preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The law firm considered a big party, but decided to do something more worthwhile: make a contribution to an organization in the community where it would have an impact.

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