Pat and Mark Joseph: Supporting the Future
January 10, 2017
Pat and Mark Joseph care deeply about Baltimore, the city where they met, made their home, and raised their children. Their commitment has translated into a generous program of philanthropy, particularly in the areas of education and the arts, and their interests, Pat says, “are aligned and completely in sync” with the goals of BCF.
“Mark and I have been involved in public education in the city for many years, and we support school readiness, like Judy Centers, and developing effective school leadership,” says Pat, a BCF trustee who serves on the Education and Governance committees and is a former co-chair of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle. Mark, president of The Shelter Foundation, helped found the Baltimore School for the Arts and served as president of the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners.
In recent years, their gifts have been directed to BCF, to educational efforts at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and to such organizations as Thread, CollegeBound, and Teach for America. “Baltimore has a bright future,” Mark declares. “There’s a generation of energetic, smart, creative young leaders who bring great hope and optimism to the city—and there’s an older generation who have invested heavily and continue to invest.”
The couple relies on BCF to help support their wide-ranging philanthropy. “BCF has a lot of expertise and an overview of the city and the positive things that are happening here,” Pat says. “The leadership is strong, and the program officers are very knowledgeable about the community. BCF would be a wise investment for anyone."