TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County and the Baltimore Community Foundation today announced that 50 local community-based organizations have received grants totaling $400,000 from the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in a collaborative effort to promote public health and support the County’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Back to school” took on a new meaning for residents of the Northwest Baltimore community of Howard Park this winter. On January 6, nearly 800 students returned from winter break to a brand-new school facility: Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary/Middle School.
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.
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.
(Baltimore, MD, 04/09/2020): A group of eight funders in the Baltimore region announced today the COVID-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore, a streamlined opportunity for nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to sustain, deepen, or pivot their operations to address critical needs in local communities resulting from the pandemic. Together these philanthropic organizations and families have committed to deploying $1.2 million to meet a wide range of urgent challenges communities are facing.
Did you hear our incredible Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing the end of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 virtually to lift our spirits? Did you read about our entrepreneurial maker community mobilizing to make face shields for medical workers? Did you see the grassroots community leaders jump into action to ensure seniors and vulnerable families have food in their pantries? Did you donate to our COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund or another local nonprofit to support our neighbors in need during this difficult time? The generosity, ingenuity, and determination of our Baltimore community is boundless. It is what sustains us at BCF, and makes our work both possible and effective. With the generosity of our donors and the ingenuity of the communities we serve, we will get through this together.
The Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will support the County’s efforts to promote public health and support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. By creating a fund that is managed by an external partner (BCF), the County will be able to accept donations from individuals as well as foundations and corporate donors in furtherance of its efforts to help County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contributions to the fund may be used to support various efforts, including providing groceries to food-insecure families and seniors, ensuring first responders and public health workers have adequate personal protective equipment, and other things the county is doing to prevent the spread of the virus and support residents.
By now, we are all aware of the magnitude of the public health crisis that our city, region, and indeed nation and world are facing due to the novel COVID-19 virus. BCF’s leadership made the decision on March 12, 2020 to move to a remote working situation beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. At the close of our first two days of teleworking, we can report that our systems are all functioning as needed, and staff are carrying on with the regular work of the foundation, including processing grants awarded last week in support of our strategic plan’s place-based grant making in selected school communities; processing donor-advised grant making; monitoring the progress of legislation to enact the Kirwan Commission recommendations in the Maryland General Assembly (which the Senate passed late last night); and carrying on with committee work.