Building a Legacy

Mary Ruff BrushMary Ruff Brush was a tough-minded, astute businesswoman who believed in hard work and accountability. With a business degree from the University of Maryland, she took the reins of her father’s business, becoming one of the first women to serve as CEO of a real estate management company. Among other properties, she owned and managed the 465-unit Broadview Apartments for 60 years.

“She was a remarkable woman—plain spoken, unassuming, honest, and filled with great humor,” recalls Tom Wilcox, BCF president. “She was also extraordinarily generous.”

Brush established a BCF donor-advised fund and became a member of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle and the Legacy Society. A bequest in her will created an $8 million endowment to benefit education, which was a lifelong interest. “I wanted to leave my bequest to BCF because it will continue to provide people with educational opportunities,” she explained.

Brush believed that education was the surest way for individuals to advance financially, and she was particularly interested in the intersection of education, faith, and community, contributing, for example, to New Song Academy in Sandtown. Wilcox thinks she would also have been pleased with recent reforms in the public schools, which empower families to make informed choices.

“BCF is filled with people like Mary who bring a private-sector perspective to public-sector needs,” he says. “Her gift to BCF is transformational, and it ensures that her interests will be represented in Baltimore forever.”

Mary Ruff Brush trusted BCF to support the causes she cared about for generations to come. Learn how BCF can help you leave a legacy.


Youngsters in Patterson Park get a workout in the neighborhood’s youth soccer league.
One Step Up scholars Sherrone Ricks and Jeane’ Baker celebrate with donors Jonnie-Kay McLean and Norman Morrison.
A Baltimore City student soaks up the sun at North Bay Adventure Camp.
Enjoying the lake at Druid Hill Park. Photo by Middleton Evans.
Dreams do come true: Our Playground at Stadium Place, rebuilt by determined volunteers and generous donors after the original was destroyed by arson. The work was supported by a fund at BCF. 

BCF’s efforts through the Diversity Path will work to rebuild Baltimore’s black middle class.

Baltimore’s vibrant arts and cultural scene boasts innovative projects like the Contemporary Museum’s Mobtown Modern Music Series, which combines classical instruments, jarring visual components and DJ-style electronics into informal performances of works by modern composers. Photo by Robert McIver Photography.
Cyclists atop Federal Hill take in views of the city skyline and bustling Inner Harbor. Photo by Middleton Evans.
Collecting butterflies in the field for a nature study.
In the spring of 2009, an army of dedicated volunteers worked to rebuild Our Playground at Stadium Place, which had been destroyed by arson in September 2008. Photo by Kristine Buls.
Enjoying one of the simple pleasures of summer at a neighborhood camp.
BCF’s Human Services Path emphasizes health, aging, and family economic security.
Neighbors team up to beautify and reclaim a vacant lot.
Most Middle Grades Partnership scholars qualify for the city’s competitive high schools.
Rapid and reliable public transportation for our region is a central goal of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, a fund of BCF. Photo by P.A. Greene.
Children beat the heat in the waters of the Walter Sondheim Fountain at the Inner Harbor. Contributions to construct the memorial were collected through a special project fund at BCF. Photo by Will Kirk, courtesy of Homewood Photography.
Students at Great Kids Farm learn about local food production, from “seed to fork.”
Baltimore’s successful One Plus One recycling program has engaged residents in making the city cleaner and greener.
Baltimore City students and farm manager Greg Strella (far right) with the summer harvest at Great Kids Farm.
Students at Baltimore’s Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology, one of many public charter schools helping to transform public education in our city. Photo by Stephen Jones, courtesy of Baltimore City Public Schools.
BCF’s Promoting Baltimore Path works to ensure that Baltimore continues to retain and attract citizens and businesses.
Experience-Corps Baltimore places older adult volunteers in struggling city elementary schools to serve as classroom aides, mentors, and tutors. Photograph by Michael Ciesielski, courtesy of Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Inc.


Tedd is portfolio manager, managing member and founder of Credo Capital Management. 

Prior to founding Credo, he was vice president and portfolio manager/analyst at Brown Capital Management where he co-managed over $2.5 billion in institutional assets as a member of the large/mid cap investment team. 

As a sell-side analyst at Alex, Brown & Sons, and Legg Mason, Tedd conducted research on large, mid and small cap companies. Prior to that, he was an investment banking associate at E.F. Hutton.

He holds a BA in computer science from Morehouse College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


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