Participants in B360, a program founded by Brittany Young, one of the founders of The Collective. Photo by Javon Roye.

Ten Baltimore organizations each received $25,000 to continue their work supporting Black residents in the Baltimore area.

The Baltimore Community Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Circle fund last week awarded a total of $250,000 to its first round of grant recipients.

The 10 organizations include:

  • ABC Park Seminoles Sports Agency
  • B360
  • Baltimore Hunger Project
  • Community Housing Associates
  • Fight Blight Bmore
  • HTP Homes, Inc.
  • Our D.R.E.A.M. Foundation
  • STEM Center of Excellence, Inc.
  • UMB CURE Scholars Program
  • Weekend Backpacks

Alicia Wilson, the co-founder of Black Philanthropy Circle and vice president for economic development at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, said that in addition to financial support they also offer networking and other support to help the organizations thrive.

“[O]ur goal extends beyond providing monetary support,” Wilson said in a statement. “We also work to raise these organizations up and give them the platform and reach they deserve. We want to be a bridge, not a chasm, extending our networks and our resources.”

“We are incredibly proud to foster relationships between Baltimore-area nonprofits and BPC members,” said Black Philanthropy Circle co-founder Savonne Ferguson, who is also senior vice president, chief compliance officer of mutual funds and associate general counsel at the investment management firm Neuberger Berman.

Wilson added that the Baltimore area is home to many important organizations beyond the 10 that are receiving grants in this inaugural class of grant recipients.

“While ten organizations make up the first round of grantees, it’s important to call attention to the fact that there are many amazing organizations in our community doing work that is worthy of investment and in need of support,“ she said.

The Black Philanthropy Circle was founded in 2021 by more than 30 Black business and civic leaders as a donor-advised fund.

The fund is housed at the Black Community Foundation, which was founded in 1972 to “build a better Baltimore,” according to officials.

“The Baltimore Community Foundation’s reputation reaches far and wide as being one of the most competent stewards of donors’ capital in the region,” said Joshua Perry, a Baltimore Philanthropy Circle member and Brown Advisory partner and portfolio manager, in a statement. “It also sends a signal of the focus on the Baltimore area.”

Grant funding for 2022 is now closed, but Black Philanthropy Circle plans to announce additional funding rounds in the future.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...