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Community Grants Program

Baker Donelson supports community organizations concerned with enhancing the quality of life in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Overview

At Baker Donelson, we believe that we have a responsibility and an obligation to serve the communities in which our employees live and work. The Baker Donelson Community Grants Program, now in its 16th year, continues the tradition of supporting community organizations concerned with enhancing the quality of life in Maryland and Washington, D.C. We demonstrate our commitment to good corporate citizenship through significant financial contributions and countless volunteer hours.

The Baker Donelson Community Grants Program aids ambitious nonprofit organizations addressing children and youth education and welfare issues in Baltimore City and Washington, D.C. Two $10,000 grants and one $15,000 special grant will be awarded to community organizations that already have manpower in place but lack the financial support to implement their specific local projects.

The Baker Donelson Community Grants Program award committee, comprised of Baker Donelson employees representing various segments of the Firm, will administer the program and award the grants. Winners will be announced at an awards breakfast in late October or November.

As part of the award of the $15,000 special grant, the selected grant recipient will receive a Volunteer Supplement. This organization will receive a volunteer component to which approximately 20 of the Firm's employees can volunteer their time. Organizations will have an opportunity to apply for the Volunteer Supplement on the grant application form.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must meet the following guidelines:

  • Download a Grant Application Form.
  • Baker Donelson will consider proposals from local organizations with programs focused on educating (ie, teaching reading, math, life skills, and/or mentoring), clothing, sheltering, and/or feeding at-risk youth living in the metro Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas.
  • Baker Donelson will fund specific programs, rather than general operating expenses. The Firm will give priority to ambitious community organizations that already have manpower in place but lack the financial support to implement their specific local project. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: reading and literacy programs, after-school programs, mentoring programs, and parent-child education programs.
  • All organizations applying for assistance must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.
  • Churches, synagogues, parochial and public schools also may apply if their "umbrella" organizations have tax-exempt status.
  • The following groups are not eligible for grant consideration: Individuals, government agencies and religious organizations requesting funds for sectarian activities.
  • The following activities are not eligible for grant consideration: deficit spending, start-up funding, capital campaigns, fund raising, galas, advertising, political campaigns and sporting events/tournaments, and scholarships.
  • Do not include a cover letter.
  • All grant applications must be received by Baker Donelson no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019.
  • Grant applications should be typed, mailed, or emailed (as a single attachment) to:

    Baker Donelson Community Grants Program
    Baker Donelson
    100 Light Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    communitygrants@bakerdonelson.com
     
  • Please do not contact employees of Baker Donelson to discuss the program. All inquiries should be directed to communitygrants@bakerdonelson.com

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