September 13, 2017
“Josh and I have been active in a number of endeavors around Baltimore, from The Associated to Park School to Johns Hopkins Medicine,” says Genine Macks Fidler. “For a long time, the Baltimore Community Foundation really wasn’t on our radar screen.”
That changed, they say, with the 2010 BCF Strategic Plan, which focused on neighborhood development, education, and advocacy. “It became apparent that BCF was the most likely catalyst for community dialogue and change,” Josh says, “and we decided to commit ourselves to its efforts.”
Josh joined the BCF board in 2013 and “quickly identified with the education agenda.” He lobbied unsuccessfully to bring a New York-based education reform effort, Say Yes to Baltimore, but declares, “The incredible energy and dialogue that occurred around that initiative continues to motivate change throughout the education system.” He and Genine applaud BCF’s support for school leadership and for Judy Centers, which connect low-income families to essential resources to help children from birth to kindergarten with school readiness.
A regular contributor to WYPR radio’s Public Commentary series, Josh described BCF in a recent segment as “the most visible community-wide institution committed to raising up neighborhood voices and issues, advocating for policy change, and leveraging public- and private-sector funding.”
Through BCF, Josh and Genine fund another WYPR program, Future City, featuring board member Wes Moore, who analyzes urban issues and seeks proven solutions. “The board is broad-based and dynamic,” Josh says. “The members are dedicated and creative philanthropists and problem solvers who listen to many voices to help shape the future of Baltimore. Getting to know these people has been a wonderful part of my service.”