Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation

Established in 1959, The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation is committed to improving the human condition through promoting life-long educational opportunities and a spectrum of cultural programming.  The Foundation focuses its grantmaking primarily in the Baltimore area, awarding grants to nonprofit organizations sponsoring high quality programs in three program areas:  Arts and Culture, Youth Development, and Adult Self-Sufficiency. The Foundation provides support for programs and general operations and will occasionally consider requests for capital support.

  • In Arts and Culture, the Foundation focuses on growing and diversifying audiences, increasing access to arts across age and income levels, and engaging young people as producers and consumers of arts and arts education.
  • In Youth Development, the Foundation promotes recreation, learning and leadership development through out-of-school-time programs; supports pregnancy prevention and other policies and practices that improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.
  • In the Adult Self-Sufficiency program area, the aim is to strengthen families by supporting adult literacy training, parenting programs and industry-specific job training and preparedness programs.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Credit: Max Franz

The Foundation is committed to strengthening the vitality of Baltimore’s cultural sector, reflecting Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg’s belief in the role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life in the region. The Foundation focuses on growing audiences for Baltimore’s arts organizations through access and inclusion initiatives and cultivation of new and diverse audiences.  Believing that Baltimore’s arts treasures and experiences are for all residents to enjoy, the Foundation supports efforts aimed at increasing access to the arts for diverse populations of all ages, races and income levels. It also invests in programs that engage young people in programs as producers and consumers of art, particularly organizations that weave together arts and educational programming.

The Foundation’s arts grantmaking is limited to the Baltimore metropolitan region. The Foundation does not consider funding for individual artists’ projects. Generally, preference is given to organizations with an established track record of quality and effective programming.

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Wide Angle Youth Media

Recognizing that the teenage years are critical in the trajectory of young people, the Foundation invests in youth development programs with a focus on cultivating and honing skills that will serve them into adulthood. The Foundation’s emphasis is on out-of-school-time programs targeting high school students that either provide training in career-related “hard skills” or teach life skills through participation in athletics. Programs with a career focus endow young people with a marketable skill or certification in a specific industry, such as information technology or health care. Programs with an athletic focus support the development of well-rounded leaders and provide pathways to higher education. Funded programs must demonstrate evidence of successful outcomes including high school graduation rates, attendance and job attainment.

Complementing the Foundation’s out-of-school-time grants is an investment in holistic and comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention efforts. Reducing unintended teen pregnancy through information and services gives young people more control over their health, education and life choices.

The Foundation’s youth development grantmaking is limited to the Baltimore metropolitan region.  Generally, grants in youth development support general operations or programming, not capital needs.

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The Family Tree

The well-being of our community rests upon the health and strength of its families. The Foundation supports interventions aimed at building the self-sufficiency of adults and families in the Baltimore region, focused on three strategies: adult literacy, job training and parenting skills development. The Foundation seeks to ensure that adults can read, write and compute at levels sufficient to gain employment with family-supporting wages. Related is support for job training programs, where the emphasis is on hard skills development to prepare for jobs in local industries with demonstrated growth potential, such as health care, information technology and transportation.  In both areas, the Foundation supports programs that demonstrate evidence of success with an adult population including outcomes related to attendance, skill improvement and attainment, high school degree completion and employment.

To break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, the Foundation invests in programs that support the skills development of parents in their role as primary caregiver and educator of their children. The Foundation also supports evidence-based interventions such as home visiting and parent education classes.

The Foundation’s adult self-sufficiency grantmaking is limited to the Baltimore metropolitan region. Generally, grants in adult self-sufficiency support general operations or programming, not capital needs.

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