The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore 5/8/15 UPDATE

May 08, 2015

PRIORITIES

Our board of trustees has approved grant guidelines for The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, reflecting these priorities:  

Immediate needs of individuals, communities, and businesses negatively affected by the recent unrest, e.g.:

  • Repairing businesses damaged as a result of the unrest; 
  • Repairing/cleaning up neighborhoods damaged as a result of the unrest; 
  • Providing immediate human services to people in need as a result of the unrest.
Long term needs of communities disproportionately negatively affected by structural racism and systemic inequities, e.g.:

  • Supporting traditional nonprofit organizations that focus on creating economic opportunities for young people (broadly defined), particularly people of color;
  • Supporting traditional and grassroots nonprofits that provide disproportionately affected residents with legal education and advocacy (e.g. "know your rights" training, civil legal services);
  • Supporting grassroots and community-led efforts to provide education, training, peer-to-peer support, and advocacy among people of color and low-income communities to address systemic issues of structural racism, education policy, and economic disparity.

INITIAL ROUND OF GRANTS 

The committee has approved the following grants: 

  • Downtown Partnership: $5,000 to help businesses in the downtown corridor repair from damages incurred last week;
  • Baltimore Development Corporation: $5,000 for the Baltimore Business Recovery initiative, to help local businesses – especially small businesses located in affected West Baltimore neighborhoods – recover from property damages incurred last week;
  • Total Health Care: $5,000 to support efforts to help West Baltimore residents access needed prescription medications and other health services;
  • Baltimore Algebra Project: $5,000 to support youth training, empowerment, and self-advocacy efforts;
  • Bmore United for Change Coalition: $5,000 to support community-driven advocacy for meaningful criminal justice system reform in Baltimore.
  • No Boundaries Coalition: $5,000 for community-building efforts in affected neighborhoods, particularly in the area of police-community relations.

The Baltimore Community Foundation has a long history of working with neighborhood leaders and community organizations to strengthen neighborhoods. We have always relied on the commitment and the ideas of neighborhood residents to guide this work. The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore follows these same principles.

In the interest of transparency, we note that two of the committee members represent organizations that have been awarded grants in this initial round. These initial grants were recommended by staff prior to the committee being formed. When the committee met to approve grants, members adhered to BCF’s policy and standard practice by recusing themselves from voting on grants to organizations with which they are associated.

FUND FOR REBUILDING BALTIMORE COMMITTEE

BCF has formed a committee of BCF trustees and community members to oversee grants from The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, including these voting members:

  • Ray Bank, Raymond L. Bank & Associates and Chair, Baltimore Community Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Michaela Brown, Baltimore Algebra Project
  • Juliet Eurich, Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation, Inc., and honorary trustee of the Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Laura Gamble, PNC, and Chair-Elect, Baltimore Community Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Diane Bell-McKoy, Associated Black Charities, and trustee of the Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Tre Murphy, Bmore United for Change
  • Marsha Reeves, Secretary, Baltimore Community Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Tom Wilcox, Baltimore Community Foundation President and CEO
  • Kalima Young, Baltimore Art + Justice Project

And BCF staff (non-voting)

  • Danista Hunte, Baltimore Community Foundation VP, Community Investment
  • Kevin Griffin Moreno, Baltimore Community Foundation Senior Program Officer

SUPPORT FOR REBUILDING BALTIMORE 

We continue to receive support for the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, with more than 500 gifts and pledges coming not only from Baltimoreans but from across the country and overseas. To date, we have received gifts and pledges totaling $501,985, and numerous individuals and small businesses have pledged donations based on merchandise sales and event proceeds. Key corporate support has come from CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, CVS Health, CyberPoint International, JPMorgan Chase, and Exelon and its Baltimore-based companies BGE and Constellation.  


“The private sector has a responsibility to support the communities it serves especially in times of great need," said Matt Beardall, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase. "JPMorgan Chase is committed to investing in efforts, like the work of BCF, that will rebuild Baltimore.”

Contributions to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore may be made with a secure credit card donation online or by check. Checks should be made payable to Baltimore Community Foundation with “Rebuilding Baltimore” on the memo line and delivered to:

Baltimore Community Foundation
2 East Read Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

100% of donations will be used for rebuilding.

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