Established in 1959, The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation has a rich legacy of promoting life-long educational opportunities and the vitality of the Baltimore community across many dimensions. Currently, the Foundation is continuing its grantmaking focus on the Baltimore area, awarding support to nonprofit organizations in two program areas: Youth Development and Environmental Stewardship.
- Youth Development - The Foundation provides supports and enrichment for older Baltimore City youth, with a focus on the middle through high school years. Emphasis is on enrichment programs with strong outcomes that are trauma-informed, offer holistic approaches, and integrate wrap-around services to help young people graduate high school and connect to jobs and education.
- Environmental Stewardship – In this new focus area still under development, the Foundation seeks to support small-scale environmental efforts through hands-on activities and community engagement. Guidelines for funding will be forthcoming.
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 or the arts. Funded programs must demonstrate evidence of successful outcomes including high school graduation rates, attendance and certification attainment.
The Foundation’s youth development grantmaking is limited to organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan region. Typically, the Foundation provides funding support for programs and general operations, but not capital needs.
Seeking to foster deeper connections with nature among a range of constituencies, the Foundation invests in environmental programs that focus on education and/or stewardship. In the environmental education area, the Foundation’s emphasis is on high quality programs that promote hands-on experiential activities in formal and informal K-12 educational settings to increase time spent outside in nature for youth. In the environmental stewardship area, the Foundation seeks to support the maintenance and expansion of green spaces, including parks and farms, in under-resourced neighborhoods.
The Foundation’s environmental grantmaking is limited to the Baltimore metropolitan region. The Foundation typically provides funding for general operations and/or programming, but not capital needs.