The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative (the Collaborative) has awarded $3.4 million in grants to support 88 high-quality summer programs for children and youth living in low-income families throughout Baltimore City. The Collaborative is a partnership between public, private and nonprofit institutions that aims to create summer program options for families, including academic support to reduce summer learning loss, youth work opportunities and a variety of enrichment activities.
Collaborative members – some of Baltimore’s largest public, private and nonprofit institutions – include the Abell Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Clayton Baker Trust, Constellation, Family League of Baltimore, France-Merrick Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Hinkey-Benson Family Fund, Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Under Armour and United Way of Central Maryland as funding partners..
“We know that by providing children with meaningful summer experiences we are helping them to remain engaged as students, so they return to school ready to learn in the fall,” said Rachel Duden, Program Officer, Education, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. “When we started the Collaborative as a group of three funders in 2015, we set a goal to serve more youth in Baltimore City—with greater impact—by making coordinated decisions. We are thrilled that the Collaborative is growing, and 14 partners now share that vision.”
While members of the Collaborative bring their own priorities to the table – including literacy, STEM, youth employment, environmental education, sports and arts – they work together to make complementary funding decisions with the goal of supporting a diverse set of high-quality summer programs to reduce summer learning loss and ensure more youth have the chance to reach their full potential.
“We believe access to summer enrichment opportunities plays a critical role in preparing students for future careers,” said Carrie Stockwell, Senior Manager of Corporate Relations at Constellation. “As a member of Baltimore’s business community, we joined the Collaborative in 2019 to enhance the education investments we are making across the city. It is exciting to be part of a larger collaborative strategy to provide Baltimore City’s youth with greater access to high-quality summer programs.”
The following organizations will receive funding from the Summer Funding Collaborative:
Baltimore’s Promise and Family League of Baltimore support the administrative work of the Collaborative.
This is the fifth year of summer youth funding provided by the Collaborative. Last summer, the Collaborative provided over $3.1 million in funding to 84 organizations throughout Baltimore City and served more than 7,500 students.