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.
Five months ago, BCF launched the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund to meet immediate, intermediate and long-range needs arising from the pandemic. Since then, generous donors have contributed nearly $2.2 million and we have sped $912,000 to 88 organizations providing food assistance, credible information distribution, remote learning technology, mental health and community coping, among others. To ensure that we are meeting the most critical needs going forward, we have established a COVID-19 Response Task Force made up of six BCF board members and staffed by Laurie Latuda Kinkel, BCF's Vice President of Strategy. With the Task Force's guidance, we are focused on the educational equity implications of COVID-19 given the already dramatic racial gaps in student outcomes identified in a report last year by the Education Trust for BCF.
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.