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New fund will help small business owners in Baltimore

Baltimore small business owners will soon start getting advice and assistance to help them take their businesses to the next level through The Baltimore Small Business Technical Assistance Fund hosted by BCF with support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, PNC Bank, and other partners.

Regional Transit Planning

Maryland's lawmakers approved legislation last year that requires the Maryland Transit Administration to lay out a long-term plan for the region. What does that mean? On January 29, we'll sit down with the Central Maryland Transportation to find out how this plan is progressing.

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Pro or Con? In the case of Gil Sandler, there was no debate

Gil Sandler, lover of words, was always thinking ahead to the next chapter. He understood how story lines progress and appreciated a delightful twist to a tale. His friends had never seen him speechless—until March 30, 2008, when their generosity caught him totally by surprise.

Equity in School Funding: Education Trust report

BCF recently commissioned a report on equity and school funding in Maryland from The Education Trust which shows deep gaps in funding across Maryland, particularly in districts that serve students of color. We’re sitting down with Robert Ruffins of The Education Trust on December 20 to discuss the report and how equity can be included in the effort to reform education in Maryland. View the report here.

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

Has the Thanksgiving holiday inspired you to talk about charitable giving with your family and friends? How about tidying up your financial picture before the end of the tax year? These are the two big topics that, every year, bring people to BCF to find out about donor-advised funds, the go-to giving strategy for year-end. 

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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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Sound Advice with Susan Hovanec

We live in an era of apps. Apps keep track of what we do and want to do in our daily lives. It’s gotten to the point where you can wear a mini-Mayo Clinic on your wrist. And yet, there’s no app to assist with charitable giving – determine the best uses for your donation, or measure its impact on the community. There’s no app for finding your personal passion for philanthropy.

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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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