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2015 Grants

FOSTERING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
 
Strengthening Public Education in Baltimore City
 
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland   $150,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Education Reform Project
 
The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers   $10,000
Baltimore, MD
support for a part-time coordinator to staff the Education Funders Affinity Group
 
Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust   $50,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support to assist Baltimore City families in navigating public, independent and parochial school options
 
Baltimore Urban Debate League   $40,000
Baltimore, MD
support for the “It’s Debatable” professional development program, designed to train teachers to incorporate debate across the curriculum
 
Business Volunteers Maryland   $70,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the PENCIL Business-School partnership program
 
City Neighbors Charter School   $30,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the promotion of progressive education practices through conferences and teacher training
 
Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation   $25,000
Brookline, MA
support for programming in Baltimore City public schools
 
Fund for Educational Excellence   $100,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support to improve outcomes for Baltimore City Public Schools students
 
The Ingenuity Project   $50,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for accelerated math and science programming for Baltimore City middle and high school students
 
The Johns Hopkins University   $50,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Baltimore Education Research Consortium
 
New Leaders   $100,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for New Leaders-Baltimore, a program to recruit and train high caliber principals for Baltimore City public schools
 
Teach For America   $100,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support to recruit, train and nurture new teachers in Baltimore City schools
 
Urban Teacher Center   $80,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the teacher training and certification program in Baltimore City
 
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Arts & Culture
 
Arts Every Day   $50,000
Baltimore, MD
support to promote arts integration in Baltimore City Schools
 
Baltimore Arts Realty Corporations   $50,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
capital support for the redevelopment of a historic property located at 120 West North Avenue that will serve as a hub for the arts in Station North
 
Baltimore Clayworks   $60,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for community arts programming for underserved youth, senior adults and families
 
The Baltimore Museum of Art   $200,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
capital support for the renovation of the main building
 
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra   $100,000 over three years
Baltimore, MD
support for education programming for school and family groups
 
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra   $150,000 over three years
Baltimore, MD
support for Resounding: The Campaign for the BSO's Second Century
 
Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment   $25,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support to promote community arts programming
 
Center Stage Associates   $100,000 over three years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Campaign for Center Stage
 
Creative Alliance   $40,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support for this multi-purpose community arts center
 
The Everyman Theatre   $70,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support and support for education programming
 
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance   $35,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support to strengthen the local arts community
 
Johns Hopkins University-Peabody Institute   $40,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Tuned-In Initiative
 
Maryland Film Festival   150,000 over three years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Parkway Theatre Capital Campaign
 
Maryland Historical Society   $10,000
Baltimore, MD
support to upgrade climate control systems
 
Maryland Institute College of Art   $80,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts program
 
Museum for Contemporary Arts   $15,000
Baltimore, MD
general support
 
Single Carrot Theatre   $20,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support
 
Station North Arts & Entertainment   $30,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support to promote community arts programming
 
Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc.   $100,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for programming in Baltimore City ($80,000 over two years) and support for the Access for All program ($20,000 over two years)
 
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Special Projects
 
The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers   $10,000
Baltimore, MD
support for the School-Centered Neighborhood Investment Initiative
 
Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City   $300,000 over three years
Baltimore, MD
capital support for the Campaign for Central Library Renovation
 
Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations   $25,000
Baltimore, MD
general support
 
Maryland Center on Economic Policy   $20,000
Baltimore, MD
general support
 
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HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH
 
Mental Health
 
Active Minds   $80,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support to promote mental health awareness on college campuses
 
Active Minds   $80,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support to promote mental health awareness on college campuses
 
Adoptions Together   $50,000
Calverton, MD
support to add third-party billing capacity to support the delivery of mental health services to children and families involved with the foster care system
 
Baltimore Performance Kitchen   $15,000
Baltimore, MD
support for the New Day Campaign, an arts-based campaign to challenge stigma associated with behavioral health conditions
 
Behavioral Health System Baltimore   $225,000 over three years
Baltimore, MD
support to provide the Expanded School Mental Health program in additional Baltimore City public schools
 
Behavioral Health System Baltimore   $100,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for school-based mental health services for Spanish-speaking unaccompanied minors in Baltimore City Public Schools
 
Center for Supportive Schools   $60,000 over two years
Princeton, NJ
support for the Peer Group Connection program in Baltimore City high schools
 
CHANA   $70,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support to address abuse and other forms of interpersonal trauma in the Jewish community
 
Community Conferencing Center   $100,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support to train Baltimore City school staff in restorative practices and to offer the community conferencing model as an intervention
 
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition   $70,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for Healthy Minds at Work, a mental health program for young adults enrolled in the Youth Opportunity Center
 
Holistic Life Foundation   $25,000
Baltimore, MD
support ffor mindfulness programming for Baltimore City youth
 
Intercultural Counseling Connection   $60,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support and support for medical translation services
 
Mental Health Association of Maryland   $150,000 over three years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Older Adult Program
 
Move This World   $25,000
New York, NY
support for social emotional learning programming in Baltimore City schools
 
NAMI Maryland   $15,000
Columbia, MD
cgeneral support
 
The Pro Bono Counseling Project   $30,000
Baltimore, MD
support for Caring for Caregivers, a project designed to link caregivers to mental health services
 
Roberta's House   $50,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for grief and bereavement counseling for children and families in Baltimore
 
University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation   $75,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support for the Social Work Community Outreach Service
 
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Access to Health Care
 
Advocates for Children and Youth   $75,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support to ensure that the needs of children in Maryland are addressed in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act
 
Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund   $150,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the establishment of the Faith Community Health Network in partnership with LifeBridge Health hospitals
 
National Health Law Program   $120,000 over two years
Los Angeles, CA
support for efforts to secure and protect equitable access to public health care progarms for low-income people
 
National Women's Health Network   $60,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support for the Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need project
 
Public Justice Center   $130,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Access to Health and Public Benefits Project
 
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Environmental Health
 
The Breast Cancer Fund   $120,000 over two years
San Francisco, CA
support for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
 
Environmental Integrity Project   $60,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support for the South Baltimore Environmental Justice Campaign
 
Environmental Working Group   $120,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support for the Toxics and Human Health Program
 
Friends of Baltimore City Public Schools Great Kids Farm Foundation   $30,000 over two years
Catonsville, MD
general support
 
Green & Healthy Home Initiative   $70,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the national policy agenda, including efforts to improve the health and sustainability of public housing
 
Health Care Without Harm   $50,000
Jamaica Plain, MA
general support to move the heatlh care industry toward sustainability
 
Kitchen Tables Campaigns   $50,000
Washington, DC
support for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign
 
Maryland Environmental Health Network   $120,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support to improve the health of Marylanders by promoting effective environmental policies and practices
 
Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund   $50,000 over two years
Annapolis, MD
support for the Latino Outreach program
 
Maryland Pesticide Education Network   $100,000 over two years
Annapolis, MD
general support to protect the public and environment from toxic pesticides and promote healthy alternatives
 
Maryland Public Interest Research Foundation   $60,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Toxics and Environmental Health advocacy program
 
National Caucus of Environmental Legislators   $80,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support to educate state legislators about environmental health issues and solutions
 
Physicians for Social Responsibility Chesapeake   $50,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
general support
 
Physicians for Social Responsibility Chesapeake   $20,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for a challenge grant to encourage new and increased giving to the Chesapeake chapter
 
Responsible Purchasing Network   $25,000
Oakland, CA
support for the Sustainable Purchasing Project in Maryland
 
Sierra Club Foundation   $25,000
San Francisco, CA
support for the Maryland Clean Energy Campaign
 
State Alliance for Federal Reform of Chemical Policy   $20,000
Portland, OR
general support
 
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Special Projects
 
Gilchrist Hopsice Care   $100,000
Hunt Valley, MD
capital support for the Jewish Hopsice Program endowment fund
 
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HUMAN RIGHTS
 
The American Jewish World Service   $200,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for the early and child marriage prevention program in India
 
Asylum Access   $100,000 over two years
Oakland, CA
support to assist refugees in accessing their rights in Asia, Africa and Latin America
 
Center for Reproductive Rights   $80,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for the Global Legal Program
 
Disability Rights International   $110,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide
 
Firelight Foundation   $1,000
Santa Cruz, CA
support for the International Education Funders Group
 
Fund for Global Human Rights   $200,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support to make grants to local and regional human rights groups around the world
 
HIAS   $20,000
Silver Spring, MD
support to promote US policies tht protect refugees
 
International Refugee Assistance Project   $100,000
New York, NY
support to assist refugees from Syria and the Middle East
 
Let's Breakthrough   $50,000 over two years
New York, NY
support to promote women's rights through media campaigns
 
Tahirih Justice Center   $100,000 over two years
Falls Church, VA
support for legal aid and advocacy on behalf of women fleeing gender-based violence
 
University of California   $50,000 over two years
San Francisco, CA
support for the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies for its advocacy and litigation to protect the rights of refugee women and children
 
WITNESS   $70,000 over two years
Brooklyn, NY
support to train human rights activists in using video to document and fight abuse worldwide
 
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ISRAEL PROGRAM
 
Adam Teva V'Din-Israel Union for Environmental Defense   $150,000 over two years
Tel Aviv, Israel
support for the Chemicals of Concern initiative ($100,000) and for general environmental litigation and advocacy ($50,000)
 
Ahed The Association of the Academic Arabs in the Negev   $100,000 over two years
Hura, Israel
support for the Ahed High School for Science, a regional high school for gifted students
 
AJEEC NISPED   $185,000 over two years
Beer Sheva, Israel
support to promote development in the Bedouin community and positive intergroup relations in the Negev
 
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   $1,000,000 over four years
New York, NY
support for the David Hirschhorn Graduate Studies Fellowship Fund at the Albert Katz School of International Studies of the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
 
American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science   $200,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for Irteka, an initiative of the Council for Higher Education to provide scholarships for Arab undergraduates studying engineering, science and business
 
American Friends of Tel Aviv University   $40,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for the Environmental Justice Clinic at Tel Aviv University
 
ANU Center for Strategic Media   $50,000 over two years
Tel Aviv, Israel
support to harness the power of media to promote social justice and civic equality
 
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies   $100,000 over two years
D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel
scholarship support for Jordanian and Palestinian students
 
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel   $50,000 over two years
Jerusalem, Israel
support for activities in the Negev
 
Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights   $150,000 over two years
Jerusalem, Israel
support for activities in the Negev
 
Bizchut, The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities   $50,000 over two years
Jerusalem, Israel
support for legal aid and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities
 
Center for Women's Justice   $50,000 over two years
Jerusalem, Israel
support for legal aid and advocacy on behalf of women in the rabbinical court system
 
Desert Stars: A Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Incubator for Young Bedouins in the Negev   $100,000 over two years
Hura, Israel
support for leadership programs with Bedouin youth
 
Ecopeace Middle East Environmental NGO Forum   $60,000 over two years
Tel Aviv, Israel
support for the “Advancing Sanitation Solutions Along the Hebron-Negev-Gaza Basin” project
 
ELI, The Israel Association for Child Protection   $50,000 over two years
Tel Aviv , Israel
support for work with children who are victims of abuse
 
Green Course   $50,000 over two years
Tel Aviv, Israel
support to engage Israeli university and college students in environmental issues
 
Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality   $50,000 over two years
Beer Sheva , Israel
support for the bilingual kindergarten and elementary school
 
The Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership   $30,000
Tel Aviv, Israel
support to build environmental leadership and promote a more sustainable society
 
Hotline for Refugees and Migrants   $30,000
Tel Aviv, Israel
support for the Hotline's work with asylum seekers and refugees
 
The Israel Association of Community Centers   $120,000 over two years
Modi'in, Israel
support for the Excellence program for Bedouin high school students in the Negev
 
Israel Center for Educational Innovation   $120,000 over two years
Kfar Saba, Israel
support for programs to promote literacy in low-income elementary schools
 
Israel Religious Action Center   $150,000 over two years
Jerusalem, Israel
support to promote religious pluralism and the rule of law through advocacy, research, public education and litigation
 
Kav Mashve - Employers' Coalition for Equality for Arab University Graduates   $150,000 over two years
Tel Aviv , Israel
support for the Career Training Program for Bedouin high school students in the Negev
 
Ma'ase Center Association   $25,000
Karmiel, Israel
support for volunteer programs for low-income youth
 
Matan - Investing in the cOmmunity   $100,000 over two years
Tel Aviv, Israel
support for Collective Impact - Partnership for Arab Empolyment
 
Merchavim - Investing for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel   $50,000 over two years
Lod, Israel
support Arab Teacher Intergation Program
 
Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow   $90,000 over two years
Jerusalem, Israel
support for programs that bring together Jewish and Arab youth to explore the world of technology
 
New Israel Fund   $200,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support for SHATIL's activities in the Negev
 
Olim Beyahad: Rising Up Together   $30,000
Herzliya, Isreal
support for programs to promote integration of Ethiopian-Israelis in the workforce
 
Sapir Academic College   $75,000
Sderot, Isreal
support for the Gateway to the Academy Program for Bedouin students
 
Yad L'isha Legal Aid Center and Hotline   $50,000 over two years
Talpiyot, Jerusalem
support for the Legal Aid Center ($20,000 over 2 years) and for ICAR, the International Coalition for Aguna Rights ($30,000 over 2 years)
 
Yedid - The Association for Community Empowerment   $120,000 over two years
Jerusalem, Israel
support for a network of Citizens' Rights Centers around the county
 
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JEWISH LIFE
 
The American Jewish Committee   $200,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for global Jewish advocacy
 
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee   $55,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues
 
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore   $1,300,000
Baltimore, MD
general support for the 2015 annual campaign
 
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore   $90,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for Hillel campus programs in the Baltimore metropolitan area
 
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps   $150,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for volunteers working to alleviate poverty in New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Washington DC
 
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice   $200,000 over two years
New York, NY
support to engage Jews in promoting economic opportunity and social justice
 
Encounter Programs   $90,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for programs that promote nuanced discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
 
Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs   $40,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for the "Keruv Initiative" aimed at making synagogues more welcoming to intermarried families
 
Hazon   $70,000
New York, NY
support for educational programs about Judaism and environmental sustainability
 
Hillel International   $135,000
Washington, DC
renewed support for the Resetting the Table Fellowship, a program to promote nuanced discussion about Israel on college campuses
 
InterfaithFamily.com   $25,000
Newton, MA
support for programs to make the Jewish community more welcome to intermarried families
 
Jewish Council for Public Affairs   $50,000
New York, NY
support for Resetting the Table, a program to promote nuanced discourse about Israel within the Jewish community
 
Jewish Social Justice Roundtable   $25,000
New York, NY
support to promote collaboration that advances social justice as a core expression of Jewish values
 
Jews United for Justice   $80,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support for programs in Baltimore City
 
JOIN for Justice   $50,000 over two years
Boston, MA
support to train Jewish social justice activists
 
Pearlstone Conference and Retrat Center   $500,000 over FIVE YEARS
Reisterstown, MD
capital support for improvements to its facilities
 
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism   $140,000 over two years
Washington, DC
support for activities that provide a Jewish religious voice of concern on issues of social and economic justice
 
Repair the World   $150,000 over two years
Baltimore, MD
support for year-long volunteer placements for Jewish young adults in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Philadelphia
 
Shalom Hartman Institute   $40,000
New York, NY
support for the Campus Professionals Program
 
Temple Oheb Shalom   $180,000 over six years
Baltimore, MD
support for the Pathways endowment campaign
 
Tevel B'Tzedek   $35,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for year-long volunteer placements for Israeli and American Jews in Nepal and Burundi
 
Tivnu Building Justice   $35,000
Portland, OR
support to pilot a gap year program in community housing and development for Jewish young adults
 
Union for Reform Judaism   $50,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for the Just Congregations Initiative to train Reform Jewish synagogues to address the root causes of economic and social injustice
 
World Union for Progressive Judaism   $220,000 over two years
New York, NY
support for the young leadership development program in the former Soviet Union
 
Yeshivat Maharat   $40,000
Riverdale, NY
support to educate and train women as Jewish spiritual leaders
 
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MEMBERSHIP
 
The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers   $8,250
Baltimore, MD
general support through membership
 
Confluence Philanthropy   $1,000
New York, NY
general support through membership
 
Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights   $1,250
Rockville, MD
general support through membership
 
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees   $1,000
Sebastopol, CA
general support through membership
 
Grantmakers for Education   $2,250
Portland, OR
general support through membership
 
Grantmakers in Health   $3,160
Washington, DC
general support through membership
 
Health and Environmental Funders Network   $1,500
Silver Spring, MD
support through membership
 
International Human Rights Funders Group   $2,500
New York, NY
general support through membership
 
Jewish Funders Network   $8,000
New York, NY
general support through membership
 
National Center for Family Philanthropy   $2,500
Washington, DC
general support through the Friends of the Family program
 
 
TOTAL GRANTS PAID IN 2015: $8,170,710
 
 
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