BALTIMORE CHILDREN & YOUTH FUND CELEBRATES PROGRESS AND LOOKS TO A BRIGHT FUTURE SERVING THE CITY’S YOUNG PEOPLE

Baltimore Children & Youth Fund, Inc. (BCYF) is a nonprofit organization stewarding public funds to ensure our children and youth are healthy, ready to succeed in school and live in stable, safe and supportive families and communities.

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BCYF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Grants totaling $18.8 million were made to 79 organizations, for the first grant cycle – in addition to continuation grants for those grantees. Many of the programs funded are working in communities that have historically gone without good programming for young people. 
  • Nationwide, 3% of philanthropic dollars go to organizations led by people of color – BCYF shatters that, as 65% of organizations funded are led by POC.
  • The majority of the workforce that was supported by BCYF grantee dollars were Black people.
  • A majority of the board members of organizations funded are Black people.
  • As a whole, 35.9% of Year 2 grantees rely on BCYF funding for 50% to 100% of their operating budget.
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STRENGTHENING BALTIMORE NONPROFITS

  • BCYF’s team provided thousands of hours of technical assistance to help organizations meet grant requirements – such as obtaining insurance and background checks, submitting grant reports and documenting expenses – which will help these groups be able to attract additional funds from other grant makers.
  • BCYF is helping develop an ecosystem that strengthens nonprofits, allowing them to attract additional funding and better serve young people.
  • BCYF is committed to addressing longstanding race-based inequities in grantmaking.
  • BYCF’s community-driven process has allowed many Baltimoreans to have meaningful input into how public funds are spent – a significant change for any city.
  • BCYF developed both traditional and nontraditional compliance tools to ensure compliance within an innovative grantmaking design. In BCYF’s first year, when new decisions were made for grantees, new compliance tools had to be designed and implemented
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THE FUTURE

  • Baltimore Children & Youth Fund Inc., is fulfilling the original vision for the Fund. · An interim board has been named. That board will develop bylaws and the board will eventually be expanded to include broad representation, including young people, community leaders and government officials.
  • In July 2020, the Baltimore City Council formally established BCYF as its own entity.
  • The BCYF board is in the process of establishing policies, create an operational infrastructure and hire permanent staff.
  • The Fund for Educational Excellence is currently providing administrative support to BCYF during the transition period.
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GRANTEES

YOUTH-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

RACIAL EQUITY

TWO-THIRDS OF FIRST-ROUND GRANTEES ARE LED BY AFRICAN AMERICANS

GRANTS AWARDED

$18.8 million were made to 79 organizations over two years

APPLICATIONS

Applications for grants in the first round, requesting a total of $75 million

The Baltimore Children & Youth Fund puts the priorities of our youth first and supports leaders like you that are committed to the health and wellbeing of all our children.

And how are the children?

“And how are the children?” A traditional greeting of the Maasai people of East Africa that places the safety and wellbeing of children at the forefront of all other community matters. The response, “All the children are well,” confirms that the priorities of the community are in order.

The Baltimore Children & Youth Fund puts the priorities of our youth first and supports leaders like you that are committed to the health and wellbeing of all our children.