Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation: Grants for Maryland and D.C.

OVERVIEW: The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation supports efforts related to racism, immigrants and refugees, and climate change in Baltimore and the D.C. metro area.

FUNDING AREAS: Racism, immigrants and refugees, climate change

IP TAKE: This foundation has lots of big-picture ideas for how to make a difference but still steadily keeps its funding close to home to support local causes.

PROFILE: The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation is a family foundation based in Baltimore, Maryland. It remains active after the dissolution of the Louis & Henrietta Blaustein Foundation in 2001 and is one of several foundations that are part of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group. The Blaustein family originated from Lithuania, settled in Baltimore, founded the American Oil Company (Amoco) and is currently represented by three businesses: American Trading and Production Corporation, Lord Baltimore Capital Corporation, and Rosemore, Inc. The foundation is “guided by the principle that people develop and flourish best when they enjoy fundamental civil and political rights and live in a safe and healthy environment.” It funds local efforts to confront racism, protect against prejudicial treatment of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and mitigate climate change and its impact on vulnerable communities.

The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation prioritizes the needs of people of color and people living in low-income communities. It is a social, racial, and environmental justice foundation with a local focus. Grants to protect the rights of immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers support policy advocacy, legal services, and holistic support networks. Racism-focused grants support policy and advocacy reform and programs that decriminalize youth and reform punishment in school, especially for students of color. Climate change grants fund bi-partisan efforts at all levels and grassroots organizing in the community.

Grants range between about $15,000 and $150,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its current 990-PF. Grantmaking focuses on Baltimore, New York, and the D.C. region. Past local grantees include Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, CASA de Maryland, and Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits by mail and by email. It also encourages nonprofits to contact the foundation staff prior to submitting a proposal to determine the most appropriate Blaustein Philanthropic Group funder to request funds from. The foundation meets two to three times per year to review applications, which are accepted on a rolling basis. The program officer on staff can advise of any specific application deadlines. Direct general questions to the staff at info@blaufund.org or 410-347-7206.

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