What We Fund
Through strategic grant making, the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation seeks to do its part in achieving three ambitious goals for Baltimore, Maryland.
Baltimore children will have access to a quality public education in pre-K through 12th grade. The Foundation has selected certain strategies to help achieve that goal:
- Support childhood literacy in the very earliest years.
- Support efforts that promote school readiness for children 0-3.
- Strengthen reading readiness instruction in pre-K and Kindergarten programs.
- Support programs that challenge motivated students in public schools.
- Promote school choice for students and parents.
- Support the recruitment, training, and mentoring of able instructional leaders for public schools.
- Support cost-effective, school-based after-school programs.*
- Support summer learning opportunities. The Foundation makes its grants for summer learning through the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative.*
*For after-school and summer learning programs, the trustees favor programs that have intense and sustained contact with the same group of students with a consistent message of high expectations.
Baltimore residents will enjoy a greener environment and a cleaner Chesapeake Bay with healthy watersheds. The Foundation has selected certain strategies to help achieve that goal.
- Support greening efforts in Baltimore that are visible to the wider community.
- Support efforts in Baltimore to improve the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds.
- The Foundation also allocates approximately 15% of the grants budget for preselected organizations that are addressing climate change. That is, the trustees do not accept unsolicited grant applications regarding climate change.
Baltimore will be a city with vibrant neighborhoods. The Foundation has selected certain strategies to help achieve that goal.
- Support community organizations that have a record of attracting financial investments for their neighborhood revitalization efforts.
- Support organizations that provide technical assistance and enhance the capabilities of groups that are working for community development in Baltimore.
What We Do Not Fund
- Higher education
- Individuals (either cash or scholarships)
- Research (academic, scientific, or medical)
- Direct mail (and membership campaigns)
- Fundraising or special events