to help enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore City
Thanks to generous contributions from individuals and businesses, for the past 30 years, the Baltimore City Foundation has supported the priorities of each mayoral administration for the benefit of Baltimore citizens and visitors, enhancing quality of life in the city by addressing issues such as education, unemployment, poverty and crime.
Current Programs Accepting Donations:
Mayor’s Office of Employment Development - YouthWorks 855-00
Through YouthWorks, thousands of Baltimore City residents ages 14-21 “learn and earn” each summer – gaining basic job workforce readiness and career-specific skills. Your charitable gift to the Baltimore City Foundation will fund youth salaries, allowing YouthWorks participants to get hands-on work experiences with public and nonprofit organizations while making beneficial contributions to our community. While it costs approximately $1,500 to fund one young person in a YouthWorks summer job, donations of any amount are appreciated. Thank you for supporting Baltimore’s most valuable resource – our youth!
Mayor’s Office of Human Services – Homeless Services Program 113-00
It is estimated that there are 2,638 men, women, and children who are homeless in Baltimore on any given night. The Journey Home is the City’s plan to make homelessness a rare and brief experience in Baltimore City by serving as a catalyst for the creation of affordable housing, the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based services and community-wide advocacy. The Homeless Services Program’s network of partner providers delivers housing and supportive services to over 20,000 individuals and families. Donations made through the Baltimore City Foundation website will be used to support on-going street outreach activities by non-profit providers that work to connect street homeless to housing, mental health, addiction and other critical services.
Recreation & Parks - Play Baseball 196-00
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Play Baseball program engages youth ages 12 and under. Throughout the summer youth learn the fundamentals of the game, teamwork, commitment and good sportsmanship. Participants are provided with uniforms, equipment and transportation at no cost. Your donation is truly an investment in our youth. Your donation will ensure that the Play Baseball program continues to grow and expand. Thank you for your support.
Recreation & Parks – Great Parks/Strong Neighborhoods 111-00
Baltimore City is home to one of the nation’s most magnificent park systems; over 4,700 acres of parkland ranging in size from the majestic 1,000 acre Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, (second largest urban wilderness park in the United States!) to our many 1/2 acre community pocket parks and playgrounds. Vibrant, well maintained parks are the cornerstone for building and sustaining strong, stable neighborhoods. Our stream valley parks protect the waterways that drain into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. Much of Baltimore’s history has been preserved within parks such as Federal Hill, Patterson and Druid Hill. Your donations will directly support the stewardship of these valuable natural and cultural resources. Funds will be used to support volunteer efforts, educational/outdoor programs, or park improvement supplies and materials. To request your funds be used to support a specific park, please add the location in the “comments” box. For additional information, contact 410-396-7012.
Recreation & Parks - Rawlings Conservatory 169-00
Opened to the public in 1888, the Rawlings Conservatory features year-round displays of plants from around the world in five distinct exhibit areas: the original 1888 Palm House and Orchid Room, and the Mediterranean House, Tropical House and Desert House. The Rawlings Conservatory is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, and is a Baltimore City Landmark. Donations made through the Baltimore City Foundation will be used to make necessary repairs to the Rawlings Conservatory’s facilities, enhance the facility’s systems, and enhance our collections.
Recreation & Parks – TreeBaltimore 200-00
Everyone knows that money doesn’t grow on trees! But it is true that trees provide so many benefits to Baltimoreans that help keep us healthy, wealthy and safe! Please consider donating to help us reach our goal of increasing our tree canopy coverage to 40% by the year 2037. TreeBaltimore is a mayoral initiative led by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks that strives to increase the urban tree canopy through the planting, care and protection of trees. We partner with individual homeowners as well as communities, schools, businesses and local non-profit organizations. Your donation will directly support tree planting, care and maintenance efforts. For additional information, http://www.treebaltimore.org or contact TreeBaltimore, 410-458-7888.
Recreation & Parks - Youth Recreation Programs 188-00
Your donation will support opportunities for Baltimore City youth to experience recreational programs such as: swimming, sports, canoeing/kayaking, biking, summer camp, fishing, art, exercise and music programs. All of these activities promote a healthy lifestyle and teach our youth positive ways to relieve stress and enjoy life.
Saving lives through RECREATION – be our partner!
State’s Attorney for Baltimore City - Community Programs 206-00
The Office of the State’s Attorney is dedicated to building a future for Baltimore City where community confidence in the criminal justice system is restored, violent repeat offenders are held accountable and communities feel safe. In order to reach these goals, we’ve taken a holistic approach to fighting crime that starts with changing the drug and gang-infused, “Don’t Snitch” culture in Baltimore’s neighborhoods. First, we launched the Junior State’s Attorney Program which introduces promising middle school students to the criminal justice profession, not just the system. We also created the Aim to B’MORE program providing first-time, non-violent drug offenders with a second chance. We began hosting quarterly Community Days in Court to facilitate open dialogue between law enforcement and the community. And finally we reinstated the Community Liaison Program to provide the community with a direct connection to our Office and reorganized and expanded our Victim/Witness Unit to ensure every victim/witness receives the protection and services they deserve. Your donation will go towards growing these programs to serve as many Baltimore City residents as possible. For additional information please visit http://www.stattorney.org/.
Transportation – Born to Ride 204-00
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation has embarked on an exciting initiative designed to spark our youth’s interest in a life of cycling through its Born to Ride program. Its’ purpose is to promote bicycle awareness, safety and healthy recreational choices for local students, while strengthening the City’s commitment towards improved bicycle accessibility and safety throughout Baltimore. The idea behind the Born to Ride program is to provide free bicycles and safety helmets to students (kindergarten-8th grade) from city schools currently enrolled in the ”Safe Routes to School Program” through the use of private sponsor donations.