Stories

Meet some of our donors and community partners, and find out about progress in our priority areas of neighborhoods and education.

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BCF Responds to COVID-19

BCF is grateful to the wide range of donors who have given more than $2.2 million to date to address the effects of the pandemic on local families and communities.

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The Ongoing Fight for Race Equity

BCF operates from the knowledge that profound disparities in opportunity exist between people of color and their white counterparts; and we acknowledge the historic and ongoing role that structural racism plays in creating and perpetuating those disparities.

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Baltimore Community Foundation Deploys COVID-19 Response Grants

Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) announced the latest in a series of grants to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals and communities in the Baltimore region. 

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How Judy Centers make multigenerational impact in Baltimore

It’s a Tuesday morning in the gymnasium of Dorothy I. Height Elementary School—a sleek, brick and siding building now in its second year of use—and My Gym is in full swing.

How Quiet Donors Became Champions for Black Giving

Eddie and Sylvia Brown contribute to education, the arts, and health care — often stipulating that other rich African-Americans also must contribute.

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My Legacy: Elaine Ritchey

"When Chuck passed away, I wanted to make an ongoing tribute that would reflect his love and passion for all the people he worked with for so many years. "

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Donor-advised funds: A solution for streamlining your charitable giving

Believe it or not, the holidays are approaching. Time with family inspires conversations about giving. And as the year end approaches, people often consider tidying up their financial picture before the end of the tax year. 

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Parsing School Effectiveness and Leadership

We want every student in Baltimore to have the opportunity to attend a school that operates at the highest level, delivering the best possible education, led by a strong and effective leader. Defining what that actually means, and how to get there, is the challenge.

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IN MEMORIAM: Suzanne F. Cohen

Many will join in celebrating the life of Suzanne F. Cohen over the days and weeks to come. Sue was an indomitable force in Baltimore philanthropy, a valued mentor to many, and a fierce advocate for the things she believed in most: art in its many forms, young people from infants to teens, and social justice as an inviolable principle.

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Neighbors united to create this mural in diverse O'Donnell Heights

As cars approach the O'Donnell Heights Community Center on Gusryan Street on the edge of southeast Baltimore City, they are greeted with a colorful new mural, featuring a heart-shaped globe being held up by many hands. 

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