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 donor-advised fund grant recommendation form.

Caring for Each Other

1. Art Class Scholarships – $1,000
The Myerberg Center provides education and programming for older adults, including an array of art classes that allow participants to develop new skills and express themselves creatively. Funding will provide 10 scholarships for older adults who wish to take a Myerberg art class but cannot afford the full fee. Myerberg Center

2. Career Opportunities Education for At-Risk Baltimore City Students – $750
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland exposes students to career opportunities in Maryland while helping them create their individualized pathway to success. Funds will provide 15 at-risk students with the opportunity to participate in experiential programs that help them develop 21st century skills. Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

3. English Enrichment Over the Summer for Students in Ashkelon – $750
Through the TALMA program, 12 teachers from Baltimore live in Ashkelon and teach English as part of the public summer school offered in Israel at no charge to any child who wishes to attend. Funding will underwrite summer English enrichment for three students. Talma/The Associated

4. Fresh Produce for Shelters and Food Pantries – $500
Pearlstone Center’s sustainable farm grows a variety of nutritious vegetables and fruit. Every year, at least 10% of the crops are donated to homeless shelters and food pantries in Baltimore. Funding will help to offset the cost of providing healthy fresh produce to families in need. Pearlstone Center

5. Home Repairs and Modifications for Low-Income Seniors – $750
CHAI’s Senior Home Repair program provides low-income seniors with home repairs and modifications that support their independence. Funds will underwrite safety modifications such as stair railings, bathroom safety chairs and bathroom grab bars. CHAI

6. Hot Kosher Meals Delivered – $500
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. serves seniors, disabled individuals and other vulnerable adults to keep them living safely and independently in their communities, help prevent hospitalization, and avoid premature institutionalization. Funding will provide 50 home-delivered kosher meals. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland

7. Services for Children with Disabilities in the Former Soviet Union – $800
There is no safety net for children with disabilities who live in the former Soviet Union. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) provides resources and support for 10,000 vulnerable children and their families. Funding will underwrite assistance with therapy and medications for children in need. JDC/The Associated

8. Shelter for Victims of Elder Abuse – $700
CHANA provides crisis intervention, counseling and legal advocacy to address the needs of people experiencing abuse and trauma. CHANA’s family safehouse and older adult safehouse offer safety and support for people seeking safety. Funding will cover two months of operating costs at one of CHANA’s shelters, underwriting utilities, security and maintenance. CHANA

9. Sponsor a Student's Multi-State College Tour Trip – $750
MERIT Health Leadership Academy is a comprehensive academic and career mentorship program that supports underrepresented Baltimore high school students who aspire to be doctors, nurses, and researchers. Sponsor a student to tour 15 colleges across four states, enabling the scholar to gain exposure to a variety of college settings. MERIT Health Leadership Academy

10. Subsidized Personal Care Services for Frail Older Adults – $960
Each month, Jewish Community Services provides financial assistance to 180 low-income older adults to help them obtain personal care services from community providers. Underwrite 80 hours of care for low-income seniors. Jewish Community Services

11. Summer Education for Baltimore City Students – $640
The Jewish Museum of Maryland offers onsite and offsite educational programs interpreting the American Jewish experience for Maryland public school students including tours of its exhibitions and historic synagogues. Funding will underwrite admission and buses for 80 Baltimore City summer school students. Jewish Museum of Maryland

12. Supplies for Hygiene and Snack Kits for People in Need – $750
JVC’s Live With Purpose projects engage volunteers in meeting vital community needs by ensuring that volunteer activities can happen anywhere at any time. Each month, JVC sponsors a different themed project including Hygiene Kits for residents of area shelters and Healthy Snack Kits for participants in after-school programs that serve youth at risk. Funding will help to offset the cost of supplies. Jewish Volunteer Connection

13. Training Parents and Teachers to Help Children Learn to Read – $875
Springboard Collaborative closes the literacy gap by closing the gap between home and school. Its summer and afterschool programs combine personalized instruction for PreK-3rd graders, workshops training parents to teach reading at home, and professional development for teachers. Funding will enable a Baltimore student to participate in programming, putting them on the path to grade-level reading. Springboard Collaborative

14. Tutoring for At-Risk Ethiopian-Israeli Children – $610
The Ethiopian National Project’s School Performance and Community Empowerment (SPACE) program provides low-income Ethiopian-Israeli students with academic support and enrichment to improve their scores on Israel’s matriculation exams. Funding will underwrite one year of SPACE programming for a student in Ashkelon. Ethiopian National Project/The Associated

Jewish Living and Learning

15. Field Trips for Students with Disabilities – $900
Gesher LaTorah is the Macks Center for Jewish Education's Hebrew school for students with significant developmental and physical disabilities. Field trips provide students with hands-on, interactive experiences that deepen learning, but specialized transportation is needed on top of typical expenses. Funding will underwrite a field trip for 30 students and 15 staff. Macks Center for Jewish Education

16. Financial Aid for Campers from Latin America – $1,000
Or Haner Summer Camp brings Latin American teens to Baltimore for a one-month summer camp experience that exposes the teens to Jewish life in North America and deepens their Jewish identities. Campers also interact with Baltimore youth and leadership in meaningful ways during their time in Baltimore. Funding will help to underwrite financial aid for campers. Or Haner/The Associated

17. Jewish Summer Camp for Children in Odessa – $400
Jewish Agency camps in Odessa help more than 350 Jewish children learn about Judaism, Jewish culture and Israel through fun educational programming. Provide supplies and materials for upcoming one-week summer camps. Jewish Agency for Israel/The Associated

18. Resources for Jewish Day Schools – $900
SHEMESH is working with Jewish day schools to implement the “Good Behavior Game,” a highly effective classroom management tool that promotes a positive learning environment by rewarding good behaviors. Funding will underwrite training and materials for three day school classrooms. SHEMESH

19. Scholarships for Jewish Camp – $500
The Jewish Community Center’s J Camps engage children in fun, Jewish experiences that emphasize Jewish learning and values, highlight Israeli culture and integrate Jewish community service projects. Provide a scholarship for a child whose family cannot afford to pay the camp fees in full. Jewish Community Center

20. Shabbat Dinners for College Students – $500
Shabbat celebrations at Hillel enable Jewish college students to connect with each other and the rhythm of the Jewish calendar. Funding will sponsor Shabbat dinner for 50 students at one of the five campus Hillels supported by The Associated – Goucher, Hopkins, Towson, University of Maryland and UMBC. Hillel

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