Funding Opportunities

Your fund or foundation has an important philanthropic role to play in our community.

While the Annual Campaign is a strong safety net, it cannot cover every need in Baltimore. Please consider supporting one or more of the programs below through your fund or foundation. Click here for a philanthropic fund grant recommendation form.

1. Activities for Families with Young Children – $375

Communities liaisons reach out to Jewish families with young children who live in their neighborhoods, organizing activities and building community. Funding will purchase materials for 25 families to use in their homes, such as Jewish holiday calendars and Havdalah kits. Macks Center for Jewish Education

2. Diapers for Children in Need – $125

ShareBaby provides diapers, clothing and gear to families in need via community-based organizations. There are an estimated 25,000 children of diaper age living in poverty in Baltimore City. Funding will provide 20 packs of diapers. ShareBaby

3. Farm-Based Jewish Education for Families – $300

Pearlstone Center's monthly Family Farm Days bring families together to learn about Judaism, agriculture, and social justice through hands-on farm activities, stories, games and crafts. Funding will provide materials and supplies for one Family Farm Day. Pearlstone Center

4. Fitness Chairs for Older Adults – $350

The Myerberg Center helps older adults stay engaged, healthy and connected. The Center offers a variety of exercise classes that are designed for older adults. Funding will underwrite the purchase of a specialized fitness chair for its twice-weekly "Movement Improvement" class. Myerberg Center

5. Fresh Produce for the Hungry – $375

Pearlstone Center's sustainable farm grows a variety of nutritious vegetables and fruit with 100% of the crops donated to a homeless shelter and food pantry in Baltimore. Your donation will help to underwrite a season's worth of healthy fresh produce to families in need. Pearlstone Center

6. Grab Bars for Low-Income Older Adults – $375

CHAI assists 280 low-income seniors with home maintenance, home repairs and safety modifications. Funding will underwrite the purchase and installation of five grab bars to reduce the risk of bathroom falls. CHAI

7. Holiday Celebrations for Adults with Special Needs – $300

In partnership with Jewish Community Services, the Jewish Community Center hosts festive holiday celebrations for adults with special needs and their families and caregivers. Funding will help to underwrite the holiday celebrations. Jewish Community Center

8. Holiday Gifts for Children – $150

Toy Closet, a program of Jewish Community Services, assists parents facing financial hardship by providing holiday and birthday gifts for their children. Your gift will give 10 children a new toy. Jewish Community Services

9. Jewish Books for Young Children – $400

Each month, the PJ Library provides an age-appropriate Jewish book to more than 3,800 young children in the Baltimore Jewish community. The program helps families explore the timeless core values of Judaism through the simple act of sharing bedtime stories. Sponsor one-year subscriptions for 10 children. The Associated

10. Jewish Holiday Celebrations in Odessa – $300

Festive religious experiences take on an extra meaning in the former Soviet Union, since most Jews did not have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays when they were young. Sponsor a holiday program in Odessa and help others experience the Jewish holidays. The Associated

11. Museum Visits for Baltimore City Children – $400

The Jewish Museum of Maryland provides student tours and hands-on educational activities that connect to the themes of its exhibits. Funding will underwrite transportation and admission for 40 Baltimore City students. Jewish Museum of Maryland

12. New Clothing for Abused Children in Ashkelon – $300

Orr Shalom operates four group homes that provide a supportive and therapeutic family environment for 38 abused or neglected children and teens in Ashkelon. Funding will purchase clothes and shoes for a child who arrives with little or no personal belongings. Orr Shalom

13. Noise-Cancelling Headphones – $540

Itineris, Inc. provides opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to participate meaningfully in all aspects of adult life. Many of their clients have profound sensory issues and noise-cancelling head phones help them cope with these sensory needs. Funding will provide 6 pairs of headphones. Itineris

14. Open Society Institute (OSI) – $1,000

OSI - Baltimore focuses on the root causes of drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. A gift of $1,000 to OSI-Baltimore's Community Fellows Network will help recruit and sustain a viable cohort of social justice activists who address some of Baltimore's most pressing problems. Open Society Institute

15. Outings for 'Bigs' and 'Littles' – $250

Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister pairs 65 local Jewish children and teens in need of support with adult volunteer mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Provide passes for 'Bigs' and 'Littles' to go on a special outing during the winter months - such as ice skating, laser tag or bowling. Jewish Community Services

16. Parent Education Workshops – $300

SHEMESH provides parent education programs on learning disabilities, anxiety, ADHD and more. Funding will underwrite three workshops and facilitated discussions on the topics presented. SHEMESH

17. Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence – $200

Provide legal representation and advocacy services to victims of domestic abuse by joining with CHANA's Legal Services Program. Your gift will help a CHANA client obtain a protective order. CHANA

18. School Supplies for Low-Income Students – $350

CHAI's School-Community Partnership supports public schools in northwest Baltimore through advocacy, resource development, marketing and community engagement. Funding will enable the schools to replenish school supplies for low-income students. CHAI

19. Secure Homes of Domestic Violence Victims – $400

CHANA provides counseling and support for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Funding will help clients with urgent needs that ensure their safety, such as changing locks or moving expenses. CHANA

20. Senior Center Memberships – $480

The Myerberg Center provides education and programming for older adults living in northwest Baltimore and beyond. Funding will underwrite membership feeds for 10 low-income older adults. Myerberg Center

21. Shabbat Dinners for College Students – $500

Encourage community and inspire students' involvement in Jewish life on campus by sponsoring a festive Shabbat Dinner. Underwrite Shabbat meals for 50 students on one of the following campuses: College Park, Goucher, Hopkins, Towson, or UMBC.  Hillel

22. Shabbat Dinners for Families with Young Children – $325

Offered at a different synagogue each month, Got Shabbat features a Tot Shabbat, Shabbat dinner and activities for young children. Interfaith families, families new to the area and families interested in learning about Shabbat observance are encouraged to participate. Funding will help to underwrite an upcoming Got Shabbat. Jewish Community Center

23. Sports Equipment for Children in Baltimore City – $350

Parks People provides Baltimore City's boys and girls with the opportunity to participate in after-school sports programs. Funding will underwrite equipment, uniforms and safety gear that are provided free of charge. Parks & People

24. Subsidized Personal Care Services for Frail Older Adults – $300

Each month, Jewish Community Services supports about 144 low-income older adults with financial assistance to help them obtain personal care services from community providers. Underwrite 20 hours of care for a low-income senior. Jewish Community Services

25. Winter Care Packages for the Homeless – $350

Funding will purchase warm weather gear, toiletries and more to supplement community donations for 2,000 winter care packages for Baltimore's homeless population. Jewish Volunteer Connection 

26. Winter Relief for the Elderly in the former Soviet Union – $400

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) provides winter relief for more than 17,000 destitute Jewish seniors across the former Soviet Union. Funding will help to provide those in need with coats, boots and warm blankets. JDC

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