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.

Building Jewish Community

1. Chanukah Celebration 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 caregivers. On Chanukah, participants dress up, dine on latkes and other holiday treats, and enjoy a DJ and dancing. Funding will help to underwrite this special celebration. Jewish Community Center

2. Chanukah Gifts for Children – $150

Jewish Community Services’ Toy Closet helps parents facing financial hardship provide holiday and birthday gifts for their children. Provide 10 children with a new toy for Chanukah. Jewish Community Services

3. Family Tu B’shevat Celebration – $325

The JCC is creating a pretend-play arboretum to celebrate the birthday of the trees with a special Tu B’shevat-themed story time, followed by a fruit-filled Family Tu B’shevat Seder. Funding will help to underwrite the family Seder and hands-on activities. Jewish Community Center

4. Holiday Celebrations in Odessa – $300

Communal holiday celebrations take on extra significance in the former Soviet Union, since most participants did not learn about the holidays in childhood. Sponsor a Chanukah program in Odessa to help families learn about the holiday and create new family traditions. The Associated

5. Jewish Books for Young Children – $400

Each month, the PJ Library provides an age-appropriate Jewish book to more than 3,600 young children in the Baltimore Jewish community. The program helps families explore Jewish values through the simple act of sharing bedtime stories. Underwrite one-year subscriptions for 10 children. The Associated

6. JTown Family Programming – $400

JTown is an innovative play space for young children featuring engaging, hands-on Jewish programming and open play. Funding will underwrite a multi-session program with specialists in children’s music, theater or puppetry. Macks Center for Jewish Education

7. Outings for ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ – $250

Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister pairs 55 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

8. Senior Center Memberships – $480

The Myerberg Center provides education and programming for older adults living in northwest Baltimore and beyond. Regardless of their ability to pay, members can participate in a wide range of programs. Funding will underwrite membership fees for 10 low-income older adults. Myerberg Center

9. Shabbat Dinners for College Students – $500

Festive Shabbat dinners build community and inspire students to become more involved in Jewish life on campus. Sponsor Shabbat meals for 50 students on one of the following campuses: College Park, Goucher, Hopkins, Towson, or UMBC. Hillel

Supporting Vulnerable Populations

10. Asthma Care for Low-Income Children – $350

The Johns Hopkins Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education addresses asthma and other health needs of low income children in the school environment to help children thrive and achieve academic success. Funding will provide inhaler medication for three children for three months. johns Hopkins Hospital

11. Fresh Produce for the Hungry – $370

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 offset the cost of providing a season’s worth of healthy fresh produce to families in need. Pearlstone Center

12. Home Repairs and Modifications for Low-Income Seniors– $360

CHAI’s Senior Home Repair program provides low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities 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

13. 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

14. Shelter Victims of Elder Abuse – $350

CHANA is opening a new safe house for victims of elder abuse, one of only a handful of safe havens in the entire country exclusively for older adult victims. Funding will underwrite a month of shelter for an older adult.  CHANA

15. 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. Volunteers will assemble the packages on Community Mitzvah Day. Jewish Volunteer Connection

16.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. The Associated

Investing in Education

17. College Visits for Low-Income Students – $625

Launched in 2009, Elev8 Baltimore (a program of Humanim) partners with students, parents and schools to ensure that students are prepared for high school, college and life. Elev8Baltimore believes that every student should be exposed to college early and often, and is planning a college tour in Spring of 2018. Funding will sponsor five students on this trip. Humanim

18. Educational Support Groups for Parents – $300

SHEMESH’s support groups help parents understand children’s behavior and acquire skills to help their children learn healthy behaviors. Funding will underwrite a series of six sessions facilitated by a Board-Certified Behavior analyst who is also a special educator. SHEMESH

19. 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 the museum’s exhibits. Funding will underwrite transportation and admission for 40 Baltimore City students. Jewish Museum of Maryland

20. SAT Prep for Future Health Care Professionals – $375

The MERIT Health Leadership Academy supports Baltimore high school students who aspire to careers in medicine. MERIT Scholars take advanced academic classes, work in hospitals and labs during paid internships, and receive long-term mentorship. Support will allow 15 scholars to get 10 hours of SAT prep. MERIT

21. School Supplies for Students from Low-Income Households – $400

CHAI’s School and Community Partnership Program supports public schools in northwest Baltimore. Students need to replenish their school supplies throughout the year, which is a hardship for many families. Funding will enable the schools to provide school supplies for students from low-income families. CHAI

22. School Uniforms for Underprivileged Students – $500

The 6th Branch supports students and teachers at Harford Heights Elementary in East Baltimore. As winter weather sets in, some students lack weather-appropriate uniforms, leading to attendance and health issues for students. Support will purchase long pants, long sleeve shirts, and other uniform necessities for students.The 6th Branch

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