A Portrait of Donors to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore 5/20/15 UPDATE
May 20, 2015
In the last month, more than 500 donors have donated or pledged $501,985 to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore.
Contributions have come from individuals and companies eager to help start the healing and rebuilding process in some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.
And those donors aren’t just from Baltimore. They represent 33 different states and three countries.
In their gift messages to The Fund, donors have expressed their love for the city and deep feelings for its residents.
“Dear Citizens of Baltimore, Please know that we are with you as you begin this long, blessed road to healing and a much more just & hopeful future,” said one donor from San Bruno, Calif. “Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May our good God guide you in all your decisions and grants you the wisdom and determination you'll need. We wish you peace.”
Another, from Doha, Qatar, went straight to the point: “Rebuild a city that's as strong as its people.”
“The response to this fund has been extremely strong,” says Tom Wilcox, BCF President and CEO. “From the day we opened this fund we have had so much interest in healing our city and build it better for the future. Everyone at BCF has been touched by all of the interest from donors large and small.”
Donations to the fund are coming in many shapes and sizes: from small individual donations of just $15 up to a combined gift of $100,000 from Exelon, BGE and Constellation Energy.
More than 28 independent fundraisers have pledged to donate proceeds to The Fund.
Other corporate donors include JP Morgan Chase, CVS and CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield have each donated $50,000. Capital One has pledged $25,000.
More testimonials from individual and corporate donors to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore:
“The Exelon family of companies is part of the fabric of Baltimore and the surrounding communities. Not only do we have major business operations here, our employees and our customers live here. The recent events affected us deeply, and we knew immediately that we needed to help.” -Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane
“BGE has roots in Baltimore that go back almost 200 years. We are strongly committed to Baltimore’s stability, economic vitality and community spirit.” -BGE CEO Calvin Butler
“As we watched the events unfold in Baltimore, our hearts turned from pain to the promise of what is ahead. Our purpose as a company is helping people on their path to better health. There is no better way that we can fulfill that purpose than to reopen our doors and get back to serving the community. It is simply the right thing to do.” -CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo
“Capital One is proud to support the Baltimore Community Foundation’s Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore to help address the city’s long-term needs, and support neighborhood economic recovery and services for local residents”. –Capital One Managing Vice President of Community Affairs Carolyn Berkowitz
“[We] very concerned about recent events and believe that BCF may have one of the best perspectives on how to return our community to the right track.” -Individual donor from Baltimore
“In honor of Mr. Freddie Gray and to all those whose names we do not know who have suffered injustice in our city.” -Individual donor from Baltimore
“My donation is in honor of Baltimore which has been my home for 30 years. It deserves to be treated with love.” -Individual donor from Baltimore
“In honor of Baltimore. For all of the wonderful residents of Baltimore, coming together to respond collectively to take care of each other. I am proud to have lived and worked in Baltimore, and that I have friends and acquaintances there now who are involved. I wish I was there with you.” -Individual donor from Milwaukee, Wis.
“For the benefit of all Baltimore resident affected by poverty, racism, and lack of resources needed to better their lives.” -Individual donor from Baltimore
“Three Bryn Mawr Lower Schoolers held a lemonade stand and raised $61 dollars to rebuild Baltimore. A first grader kicked in the $15 she'd saved to spend at the school bazaar, which was cancelled out of respect for this week's events. Parents put in the last $24 for an even $100.” -Individual donor from Baltimore
“In honor of the Proud Citizens of Baltimore. Your neighbors in the state but outside the city are mourning your losses in life, in infrastructure, in faith. I have hope that you will rebuild and come back stronger than ever. You are beloved.” -Individual donor from New Market