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The Morton and Jane Blaustein Foundation makes grants in the United States and abroad. Support is provided in the program areas of educational opportunity, health, and human rights and social justice. Please refer to each program for specific geographic focus.
The goal of this program is to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, particularly through quality teaching and advancing summer learning. Preference is given to initiatives in Baltimore and New York City.
Recent grantees include:
The National Council on Teacher Quality launched a review of the nation’s 1,400 education schools, looking at the quality of teacher preparation programs — their selectivity, the knowledge required for graduation, and the way they prepare students for the demands of the classroom. The aim is to improve the quality of these schools, which will impact new teachers and ultimately the teaching profession as a whole.
The Urban Teacher Center, a new teacher training and certification program, aims to prepare highly effective teachers who significantly accelerate student achievement in the nation’s highest-need schools. UTC recruits outstanding candidates, equips them with state of the art training, and links certification to their students’ performance outcomes.
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The goal of this program is to improve health care quality and health outcomes, especially for underserved populations. Preference is given to programs in Baltimore and New York City, and those that are particularly responsive to the needs of vulnerable children, youth and families.
The main emphasis is on strengthening primary health care through:
- Effective and expanded use of health care professionals, such as nurse practitioners
- Links between primary care and public health
- Integration of primary and mental health care
- Health care reform advocacy that advances primary care, public health and/or mental health
The Foundation also supports advocacy and policy initiatives that advance these goals.
Recent Health grants include:
Based on the successful implementation of a program to improve health outcomes of children in 15 states nationwide, seed money was provided to start the Maryland Performance Improvement Partnership. Led by the Maryland Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics, and in close collaboration with an ongoing pediatric quality improvement project at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, this first year's focus will be to improve care of pediatric asthma patients statewide.
Partnering with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, funding was provided for two-year nursing scholarships for Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) candidates. Based on research at the Institute of Medicine doubling the number of nurses with doctoral degrees is necessary to keep pace with health care expansion. Less than one percent of the nation's nurses currently hold this degree - the Jonas Center aims to provide scholarships, which are matched by schools, in all 50 states, as a way to build capacity for quality health care delivery.
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Human Rights and Social Justice
The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad.
Areas of interest include:
- Equal justice for US citizens, as well as immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States through legal strategies, advocacy and policy reform
- Responses to urgent human rights crises created by natural disasters, civil strife, or war
- Social justice initiatives particularly around impoverished women and children, and vulnerable youth.
Recent grantees include:
The Immigration Representation Project, established by the Fund for New Citizens at the New York Community Trust, is a model collaboration among legal agencies in New York City that represents indigent immigrants and asylum seekers facing deportation.
The Tahirih Justice Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. Utilizing in-house attorneys and leveraging pro bono attorneys, Tahirih empowers its clients to achieve justice and equality through holistic direct legal services and national public policy advocacy.
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Mary Jane Blaustein: President
Betsy Ringel: Executive Director
Tanya C. Herbick: Senior Program Officer