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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Judy Centers showing success in school readiness

Ensuring Baltimore’s children are ready for kindergarten is a crucial goal for BCF, and for our city. After identifying Judy Centers an intervention that delivered results, a small group of very generous donors enabled us to open eight additional Judy Centers in Baltimore City. Now, new kindergarten readiness results from across Maryland are showing that strategy has been effective – and school principals around Baltimore want to replicate Judy Centers in their own schools. 

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The Michelle Rose Memorial Fund

A few months after her sister Michelle Rose's death, Yvette Monachino-Wolfe decided that she wanted to honor her sister’s memory and raise awareness for those who shared Michelle's struggle. Her research led her to community foundations, which help donors build charitable funds that can support causes they care about forever. And because Yvette and her husband Will recently moved to the Baltimore area, she contacted BCF to help her create the Michelle Rose Memorial Fund, an endowed donor-advised fund.  

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Charitable gift annuities can provide income and a charitable legacy

Margot Shriver has a history of giving to BCF. When she wanted to give appreciated stock, she worked with BCF to set up a charitable gift annuity that would provide her income and leave a charitable legacy that her daughters could carry out. 

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Baltimore Beyond Plastic rally at City Hall

Nearly 200 students from a dozen Baltimore City schools converged at City Hall on February 6 for a rally to support legislation that would ban polystyrene food containers within Baltimore. 

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A caring spirit

“I’ve always had a social conscience and a social consciousness. I grew up in the city and cared about my surroundings from the time I was a child. The Women’s Giving Circle is a perfect place for me to utilize my interests, my knowledge, and my skills on behalf of disadvantaged women and children,” says Ann Kahan.

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Shaping the future of Baltimore

BCF trustee and Baltimore attorney Stu Simms and his wife Candace have long supported BCF’s Civic Leadership Fund, which, he says, strives to make Baltimore a “competitive, first-class community.” 

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Strategic vision

"BCF is the most likely catalyst for community dialogue and change and we decided to commit ourselves to its efforts," says Josh Fidler. 

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Charitable planning: A family matter

“We’d always heard about BCF, but our financial advisor connected the dots for us. We gave charitable gifts every year but in a haphazard way. He suggested setting up a family fund, partly to be more organized and thoughtful about our giving but also to use some inherited stock to benefit the community.” 

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Charitable gift annuities benefit donors now, Baltimore’s children forever

“When my husband Sidney and I thought about charity, it wasn’t whether or not we should give, but how, when, to whom, and how much.” 

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