The Baltimore Community Foundation is celebrating the most successful fundraising campaign in the organization’s 44-year history – the Campaign for BCF and Baltimore. The three-year effort has raised $103.7 million, generating more than $30 million to support immediate needs and almost $70 million in endowment for long term goals in Baltimore.
“BCF set a bold goal to raise $100 million during this campaign,” said Laura Gamble, co-chair of the Campaign and chair of BCF’s board of trustees. “This was a huge undertaking for us, but we knew it would pay untold dividends both in the immediate impact it would have in Baltimore and in ensuring that BCF would be able to continue its great work for years to come.”
Wes Moore served as Campaign co-chair with Ms. Gamble. George Bunting, Eddie Brown and Suzanne Cohen served as the honorary chairs. Ray Bank served as board of trustees chair for most of the campaign. Their leadership and outreach was instrumental to the success of the Campaign.
“What we set out to do was to raise one hundred million dollars for Baltimore,” Wes Moore said. “It really says something that Baltimore trusted BCF with that gift.”
The Campaign’s 250 major donors represent a diverse cross section of individual Baltimoreans, business owners, private foundations and many others who care deeply about the future of our city. Major gifts ranged from $10,000 to $16 million. Twenty-eight donors made gifts of $1 million or more.
Gifts to the Campaign for BCF and Baltimore will be used to support grants and endowment. Some gifts are already being used for immediate needs in BCF’s priority areas of neighborhoods and education. Other gifts will help build permanent endowments to strengthen BCF and ensure its ability to respond to Baltimore’s evolving needs today and in the future.
“All of this generosity is driven by BCF’s vision that Baltimore boasts a growing economy where all have the opportunity to thrive,” said Tom Wilcox, BCF President & CEO. “Because of the Campaign’s success, we now can dare – not just to dream – but to assert that this community foundation can achieve what Baltimore deserves.”
Source: Baltimore Community Foundation