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About Baltimore Children & Youth Fund, Incorporated
The Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created as a dedicated fund to support programs for Baltimore’s young people. The concept of the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund was launched in 2015 by then-City Council President Bernard “Jack” C. Young as a response to the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, an event that sharply illuminated longstanding inequities in public funding in Black communities. In 2016, the Baltimore City Council and voters approved the Fund to receive an annual appropriation of assessed value of all property in Baltimore. Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, Inc. (BCYF, Inc.) was named the permanent intermediary of the Fund. BCYF, Inc.’s budget is approximately $14 million annually, with $2 million in operating expenses and $12 million in direct grantmaking investments.
BCYF, Inc. creates new opportunities that support the personal development of Baltimore’s young people to learn, thrive and succeed. BCYF, Inc. awards grants to organizations that provide programs to thousands of Baltimore’s young people — from academic support and science exploration to dance and photography. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts in Baltimore, BCYF, Inc. is committed to authentic community engagement, and our strategy and grant decisions are shaped and led by Baltimore community members and youth leaders. We partner with organizations that share our values around Racial Equity, Intergenerational Leadership, Community Ownership, and Collective Decision-Making. Learn more about our story and our guiding values and principles.