It’s no secret anymore that women have tremendous power in the world of philanthropy. Women have harnessed the power of giving to make meaningful and sustainable impact around the world.
A few months after her sister Michelle Rose's death, Yvette Monachino-Wolfe decided that she wanted to honor her sister’s memory and raise awareness for those who shared Michelle's struggle. Her research led her to community foundations, which help donors build charitable funds that can support causes they care about forever. And because Yvette and her husband Will recently moved to the Baltimore area, she contacted BCF to help her create the Michelle Rose Memorial Fund, an endowed donor-advised fund.
Since 1990, The Children’s Fresh Air Society Fund has provided summer camp experiences to disadvantaged children from Baltimore. This year, the fund celebrates distributing over $3 million to provide “camperships” for thousands of Baltimore City children over the 28 years it has been housed at BCF.
Margot Shriver has a history of giving to BCF. When she wanted to give appreciated stock, she worked with BCF to set up a charitable gift annuity that would provide her income and leave a charitable legacy that her daughters could carry out.
The Maryland General Assembly's session is in full swing and BCF is advocating on a number of public policy issues, including education, transportation and philanthropy. We join BCF's Keisha Leverette and Kevin Griffin Moreno as they discuss our advocacy priorities.
"As residents of Baltimore for 45 years, we have found that it was very important to invest in Baltimore because there is a lot to be done here. Through gifts to the Civic Leadership and the Invest in Baltimore funds at BCF, we’ve been able to use the Endow Maryland tax credit to give more than we otherwise could to help Baltimore."
"I am utterly convinced that the prospect of what BCF can be is spectacular when we fully embrace the BCF value of being entrepreneurial and we decide on the Baltimore that a child born in 2018 would also choose."
Many residents in some of Baltimore's most centrally-located neighborhoods suffer from the longest commute times to jobs in the state. Why is this? For our monthly 20-Minute Update on January 18, we sit down with The Transportation Alliance's Brian O'Malley to talk about why some communities are disconnected from economic opportunity.
Baltimore Beyond Plastic is a youth-led effort to reduce solid waste pollution in our city. The youth who lead the effort are supported in part by BCF. Why empower youth to lead sustainability initiatives? Join us live on Facebook on February 20 as we examine the answer to that question and more.
Nearly 200 students from a dozen Baltimore City schools converged at City Hall on February 6 for a rally to support legislation that would ban polystyrene food containers within Baltimore.