Patricia P. Baum and Kurt L. Schmoke elected to Baltimore Community Foundation Board

September 12, 2014

The Baltimore Community Foundation has elected Kurt L. Schmoke and Patricia P. "Patti" Baum to its board of trustees.

The Baltimore Community Foundation was established by community leaders in 1972 to provide a way for individual philanthropists to pool resources and work together to improve this region. BCF is led by 29 trustees who provide oversight for BCF’s work to build a better Baltimore, using grantmaking, initiatives and advocacy. 

BCF Chair Raymond L. Bank said, “Ms. Baum is an award-winning investment advisor, savvy business leader, and experienced Trustee of not-for-profits. We welcome her financial acumen, her passion for community service, and her infectious energy. Mr. Schmoke is a highly accomplished and respected leader who brings a wealth of experience in public policy, higher education and community service to the mission of BCF. His knowledge, his commitment, and his understanding of the challenges and opportunities in our community will add great value. Both Ms. Baum and Mr. Schmoke will be wonderful additions to the strong tradition of trustee leadership at BCF.”

Patricia P. "Patti" Baum has been an investment advisor and wealth manager with RBC Wealth Management since 1998. She is a member of the firm’s Senior Consulting Group, and has been consistently named to the firm’s Chairman’s Council, an award which is given to the top 1% of the firm’s advisors. Ms. Baum is on the Board of Overseers for the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Board of Trustees for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in 1978, graduating summa cum laude, and earning membership to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. In 1991, she graduated from the Wharton School Securities Industry Institute program. Ms. Baum serves on BCF’s Investment Committee.

Kurt L. Schmoke is the new President of the University of Baltimore as of July 7, 2014. Mr. Schmoke served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1987-1999 and was the Baltimore City State’s Attorney from 1982-1987. Prior to joining the University of Baltimore, he was dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., from 2003-2012. Following that, he was appointed general counsel for Howard and also served as the institution’s interim provost. Mr. Schmoke earned his undergraduate degree in history from Yale University. He pursued graduate studies on a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

The Baltimore Community Foundation is a private philanthropic organization created by Baltimoreans to serve the current and future needs of the Baltimore region. Representing the common interests of a diverse pool of donors who care about Baltimore, BCF deploys grants, initiatives and advocacy to address issues facing the region today, while building a civic endowment to address the needs of future generations. BCF also offers donors customized support for their individual philanthropic goals, expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the opportunity to join others with similar interests to learn and give together. Professional advisors such as attorneys, wealth managers and financial planners consider BCF a key partner in fulfilling their clients’ charitable interests. 

Quick facts: The Baltimore Community Foundation distributed $24 million in 2013 to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore region and beyond. BCF comprises more than 600 different charitable funds created by a diverse group of individuals, families and corporations. 

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