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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.   

The Baltimore City Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of our current financial statement is available upon written request to Baltimore City Foundation, Inc., 7 E. Redwood Street, 9th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202. Documents submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage


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City Council – Artist /District 229-00

Artist/District is a grant-making program for artists living in Baltimore City’s 3rd Council District, represented by Councilman Ryan Dorsey. Our mission is to provide unrestricted funding to any artist with a creative practice, as we believe artists to be a vital and often undervalued part of our communities. Four artists, selected by lottery, will receive $3,000 each with a required community presentation. We anticipate having applicants diverse in race, gender identity, and other factors and we strongly encourage all eligible artists to apply. 


City Council President – Productive Lives, Active Youth (P.L.A.Y.) 176-00 

The  P.L.A.Y. account was established with the Baltimore City Foundation to  allow Council President Young to provide Baltimore’s youth and seniors  with opportunities for social, recreational and rehabilitative programs.    

These programs include the Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Reception, President’s Cup at Camden Yards and Senior Symposiums. 


City Council - School Supplies 8th District 243-00

This fundraising campaign will assist Baltimore City-District 8 School staff with replenishing much needed school supplies half-way through the school year. Donations will go to assist Baltimore City teachers with a variety of classroom items including paper, pens, notebooks, folders markers for use in the classroom. Additionally, this fundraiser will also support students in need as well, with donations going to support book bags and other essential items. For additional information, please contact Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, District 8, at, or at 410-396-4818.


Mayor’s - Back to School Rally 187-00

The Mayor's Back to School Rally is an annual event held in August to help Baltimore City Public School students and their families get motivated and prepared for a new successful school year. Thousands of students leave the event with backpacks filled with new school supplies. During the event, families take advantage of numerous services such as childhood immunizations, health and wellness screenings, informational resources, fun activities and more.


Mayor’s - B’More & Beyond 237-00  

B’More & Beyond is an initiative that was designed to assist youth and young adults. The initiative is consistent with Mayor Pugh’s 5 pillars to reduce violence in Baltimore City. B’More & Beyond focuses on expanding programs that provide targeted, effective and meaningful support for youth. This initiative will allow citizens, businesses, and philanthropic organizations with a mechanism to invest in the youth of Baltimore City. 



Mayor’s-Squeegee CORPS 226-00 

Squeegee Corps is a six week entrepreneurial leadership accelerator that will identify up to 100 former window washers who have an expressed interest in local business development. Through this program participants will be introduced to professional mentors and receive technical support and business training in order to develop a proof of concept and business plan of their very own. Squeegee Corps aims to be a catalyst for entrepreneurial talent that may otherwise be disengaged from traditional youth programming. Nevertheless, participants not only possess untapped talent but the desire and dedication to succeed personally and professionally.



Mayor’s-Teen BIZ Challenge 227-00

Mayor Pugh’s Teen Biz Challenge is an entrepreneurial accelerator program for Baltimore youth. This youth works program seeks to enhance entrepreneurial skills through a partnership with The Our D.R.E.A.M Foundation’s Youth Entrepreneurship Startup (Y.E.S.). The Teen Biz Challenge provides youth with five weeks of business development training and technical assistance. At the conclusion of the five week’s participants will present their BIG ideas to potential investors for an opportunity to win a $5,000.00 investment and a mentor to further assist in their business development.  


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 help 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 $1,600 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 

The Mayor’s Office of Human Services provides a continuum of housing, shelter, homeless prevention, and supportive services to over 20,000 people each year.  Services are available for those facing eviction, experiencing homelessness, or living with HIV/AIDS.  We support the City’s most vulnerable citizens achieve housing stability by integrating behavioral health services, income and employment support, case management, and financial assistance into services.  Your donations support critical safety net services such as street outreach, emergency shelter, and emergency rental assistance to prevent homelessness.


Recreation & Parks - B’More Summer Camp 215-00   

Baltimore City Recreation & Parks provides the youth of Baltimore City the opportunity to participate in Camp Baltimore. Camps will run June-August at various city recreation centers and special facilities. The camps are open to children ages 5-13 and includes outdoor recreation, arts & crafts, swimming, sports, environmental studies, field trips and much, much more. It also includes breakfast and lunch. 


Recreation & Parks – Great Parks/Strong Neighborhoods 111-00   

Baltimore City is home to one of the nation’s most magnificent park systems!  Vibrant, well maintained parks are the cornerstone for building and sustaining strong, stable neighborhoods. Our stream valley parks protect the waterways draining into the Chesapeake Bay. Much of Baltimore’s history is preserved within parks such as Patterson, Druid Hill and Federal Hill. Your donations will support the stewardship of these valuable cultural and natural resources through volunteer and outdoor programs, and the purchase of needed materials. For additional information, contact 410-396-7012.


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.Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.


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 

Trees provide many benefits to Baltimoreans. Our goal is to increase 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, 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 for Baltimore City (SAO) is dedicated to building a future where community confidence in the criminal justice system is restored, violent repeat offenders are held accountable, and communities feel safe.  The SAO takes a holistic approach to fighting crime investing in Baltimore’s youth before they encounter the criminal justice system, providing second-chance opportunities to first-time nonviolent offenders, and supporting the immediate needs of victims of crime.  Your donation will support sustaining and growing these efforts. Learn more at


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.


Transportation - Bike Share 208-00   

The following fund was established to help finance increased access to shared mobility, active transportation and recreation opportunities. Examples include infrastructure improvements, affordable pass programs, free safety equipment distribution, and outreach into low-income and underserved communities throughout Baltimore City. Your donation will ensure that the City's multimodal and active transportation options are available to everyone, regardless of income, the communities they are a part of or the neighborhoods they live in. 


Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement – Civil Rights Week 080-00

The Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement is celebrating our annual Civil Rights Week on September 27 through October 5, 2019.  The week will start off with our 28th Civil Rights Breakfast on Friday, September 27th, with our guest speaker, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and culminating on October 5th, with our Annual Civil Rights Black-tie Gala at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Every day in between, the office has planned civil rights activities and events in and around Baltimore City.   This year’s Civil Rights Week theme is “B.I.A.S. – BRINGING INHERENT ASSUMPTIONS TO THE SURFACE”.  The purpose of this year’s week is to provoke interest and energy around the relevant civil and human rights issues of our day, including, but not limited to, policing vulnerable communities, health disparities, environmental discrimination, the 2020 Census, etc.  To learn more about the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement and this year’s Civil Rights Week, please visit our website at:


Department of Planning - Sustainability Plan 245-00

A sustainable Baltimore is one that maintains the balance between meeting the needs of people today without diminishing the ecosystems upon which future generations rely.  The city-wide 2019 Sustainability Plan uses an equity lens, a transformative tool to improve planning, decision-making, and resource allocation, to create more sustainable and racially equitable policies and programs.  Donations will be used by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability to support implementation of the 70 strategies and 244 actions in the Plan, and progress on all aspects of the Plan will be documented and shared publicly through annual reports and Open Houses.  Additional information can be found at