BCYF, Inc.  is seeking candidates who align with BCYF’s values of racial equity, community ownership, youth-empowerment and community based grantmaking. In addition to expertise in grantmaking and technical assistance – BCYF also desires candidates with roots and connectedness to the Baltimore community and experience in grassroots, community based programming.


  • Board terms are three years for adults and two years for youth members (ages 14-25 years old).


  • There are monthly meetings (Public Board, Committee, and/or Trainings).


  • We can estimate board commitments are 5 hours a month on average.


  • Youth board members must go through the Avis Ransom Institute to develop the pipeline for youth leaders on the Board.

Looking for more information? Join BCYF at one of the upcoming board recruitment interest sessions!

Board Recruitment In-person Interest Session 
Saturday, May 13th 10am – 11am
Green Street Academy


  • April 5th, 2023: Application Opens!
  • April 19th, 2023: Virtual Interest
  • May 13th, 2023: In-person Interest
  • May 31st, 2023: Application Closes
  • May 22nd – May 25th, 2023: Application Review
  • May 30th, 2023: Notification for Interview
  • June 5th – June 10th, 2023: Interviews
  • June 1st – June 12th: Reference Checks
  • June 15th, 2023: Consensus Meeting
  • June 20th, 2023: Board Vote


A:  Our Mission – 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.


Our Vision – Our vision is that children and youth throughout the city enjoy access to high-caliber enrichment and learning opportunities, and children and youth programs have the resources they need to serve all our young people equitably.

A: The application will open on April 5 and close on May 19 , 2023.

A: Nine to Twenty voting members, including two voting seats from the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success & City Council President’s designee. The Board will also include two non-voting City members (City Solicitor & Director of Finance).

A: Board terms are three years for adults and two years for youth members (ages 14-25 years old).

A: On average, board members meet monthly.

A:  We can estimate board commitments are 5 hours a month on average.

A: Youth board members must go through the Avis Ransom Institute, a pipeline for youth leaders on the Board.

A: BCYF will host two information sessions.

Virtual Date: April 19th, 2023 5:00pm – 5:45pm

In-person Date: May 13, 2023 10:00am – 11:00am

  • Be a current resident of the City of Baltimore or a current resident of Baltimore County with substantial and current educational, professional, religious, or other ties to the City of Baltimore.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
  • Have knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance: racial equity, youth development, community engagement, policy, finance, programs, personnel, and advocacy.
  • Serve on at least one committee.
  • Regularly attend quarterly Board meetings, assigned committee meetings, and trainings. 
  • Commit to professional development to support Board growth and development. 
  • Participate in annual self-evaluation of personal board service.
  • Support BCYF special events.
  • Understand financial statements or commit to learning about nonprofit financial oversight.

A: Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


  • Alignment with BCYF values, plus:
    • Commitment to centering racial equity, generally and in Baltimore specifically
    • Roots in community organizing and representing community interests, unequivocally and unapologetically
    • Demonstrated understanding and thinking in systems and systems change terms
    • Demonstrated understanding of history of Baltimore and connection to present and future
    • Navigating cross-sector relationships and accompanying power dynamics
    • Commitment to being an ambassador for BCYF
    • Connections to other spaces or community organizations in Baltimore with similar values and approach to BCYF
    • Local roots, with a national view of being a community resource and/or investment approach
  • Priority needs for the Board: 
    • Financial management: accounting, nonprofits
    • Law: general 
    • Marketing/public relations
    • Social Media
    • Advocacy/public policy
    • Disability services/resources
    • Fundraising
    • Healthcare/medicine
    • Real Estate
    • Physical plant

A:  The slate of nominees and alternates goes through the following Public Process (similar to Baltimore City’s executive nominations process, e.g., Civilian Review Board):

  • Slate of candidates and alternates are referred to the City Council
  • City Council refers the slate to the appropriate Council Committee for hearing

Baltimore Children & Youth Fund, Inc. 

  • Committee Hearing on the slate of candidates and alternates with candidates providing testimony and answering any questions; opportunity for the public to raise questions/comments
  • Committee Meeting to vote on the slate of candidates and alternates; refers slate to full City Council
  • City Council votes on the Committee’s recommendation of the slate of candidates and alternates

A: Direct all questions and concerns to Emily Cory at ecory@bcyfund.org

Contact us with Questions: Direct all questions and concerns to Emily Cory at ecory@bcyfund.org