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The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation makes grants to improve the lives of families and children and cultivate a “level playing field” through expanding educational opportunity and addressing human needs. Established in 1986, the Foundation funds primarily in the Baltimore metropolitan area, and supports Jewish and secular initiatives in its four program areas:

Grants generally range in size from $5,000 to $25,000.

Education and Literacy
The goal of this program is to equip children and adults with the academic and literacy skills necessary to be productive and contributing members of society. Of particular interest are adult and family literacy programs, and outreach programs that introduce children and families to the joy of reading.

The Foundation generally does not provide support for individual public, parochial or independent schools.

Recent grantees include:

One of the most important predictors of school success and high school graduation is grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Reading Partners helps elementary students in Baltimore City achieve reading proficiency by pairing them with a community volunteer who provides individualized, differentiated instruction on a weekly basis.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, one of the country’s oldest free library systems, provides access to information and services that “support and enrich all who pursue knowledge and lifelong learning”. The Foundation’s support enables children and youth to access library programs and services designed to foster literacy and a love of reading.

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Summer Camping
The goal of this program is to help disadvantaged children gain access to exceptional summer camp and summer learning experiences. Priority is given to programs with strong track records that take advantage of the summer as a time for fun, learning and enrichment.

Recent grantees include:

Both engaging for young people and offering essential 21st century skills, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs are an emerging area of interest. Digital Harbor Foundation, through its Summer Maker Camp, and Johns Hopkins University, via the Centro SOL Program, offer students hands-on experiences designed to open new career options to them.

The Farm & Wilderness Foundation and Civic Works provide summer experiences that connect disadvantaged youth to outdoor experiences and hands-on environmental stewardship.

All children, regardless of ability or health status, should have access to an engaging summer experience. Inclusive programming at the Arc of Baltimore, Horizon Day Camp and the League for People with Disabilities helps to ensure that all children can enjoy summer camp.

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Human Service
The goal of this program is to ensure that families thrive, children grow up in healthy and stable environments, and older adults remain active, engaged and valued members of the community. Preference is given to programs that are creative in responding to the needs of vulnerable children and seniors.

Recent grantees include:

Through the Maryland Benefits Center, Benefits Data Trust connects Maryland seniors to a comprehensive set of benefits including the Food Stamp Program, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, the Medicare Savings Program and Medicaid. Similarly, the Baltimore Bar Association provides pro bono legal services to senior clients related to estate planning, housing issues, consumer/debt collection and guardianship.

The Homeless Persons Representation Project, through its Homeless Youth Initiative, and the Youth Empowered Society provide support and services to teenagers and young adults without access to stable housing.

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Intergroup Understanding
The goal of this program is to promote tolerance and understanding among people of different religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds in an effort to nurture mutual respect and collaboration.

Recent grantees include:

Founded by an interfaith (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim) coalition of lay leaders and clergy, the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies focuses on the dual tasks of disarming religious hatred and establishing models of interfaith understanding. ICJS offers a variety of educational programs that highlight the legitimacy and distinctiveness of the Jewish and Christian and Muslim religious traditions.

Interfaith Youth Core works to make interfaith cooperation on college campuses a "social norm" by training young people and their adult supporters in best practices in hands-on community service.

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Contact Us:
Daniel B. Hirschhorn, President
Betsy F. Ringel, Executive Director
Lara A. Hall, Senior Program Officer


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