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The Trustees of the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation are in the process of reviewing and revising funding priorities. During this time, the Foundation is only considering requests from current grantees. Please check this website in January 2018 to learn about future grantmaking strategies.

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. Preference is given to programs in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City and Washington, DC.

Educational Opportunity  

The goal of this program is to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, particularly through quality teaching, summer learning and promoting policies and practices that make schools more fair and inclusive.

Recent grantees include:

The Urban Teachers, a new teacher residency program in Baltimore and Washington, DC, aims to prepare highly effective teachers who significantly accelerate student achievement in the nation’s highest-need schools. UT recruits outstanding candidates, equips them with strong training and mentoring, and links certification to their students’ performance outcomes.

The Donors’ Education Collaborative is a pooled fund of local and national organizations committed to equity, opportunity and excellence for all students – most especially those who face the greatest challenges to success. Members believe that effective school reform of New York City public schools must be grounded in research and created and sustained in partnership with informed and engaged teachers, parents, students and members of the community.

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The goal of this program is to improve health care quality and health outcomes, especially for underserved populations. The Foundation’s main emphasis is on strengthening primary care. Preference is given to programs with a public health approach of prevention and wellness, and those that are particularly responsive to the needs of underserved children, youth and families.

The Foundation seeks to promote:

  • Effective and expanded use of nurse practitioners in primary care
  • Integration of primary and mental health care
  • Links between primary care and public health

Recent grantees include:

The Foundation partners with the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to provide multi-year scholarships for Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) candidates in primary care at schools in our geographic interest areas. Doubling the number of nurses with doctoral degrees is necessary to keep pace with health care expansion, yet less than one percent of the nation's nurses currently hold this degree. The Jonas Center provides scholarships, coupled with mentoring and professional development in order 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 through programs that work to ensure equal access and advance freedoms both in the United States and abroad.

Areas of interest include:

  • Projects that use legal strategies to ensure equal justice and fair treatment of American citizens as well as immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the United States
  • Projects that respond to urgent humanitarian and/or human rights crises created by natural disasters, civil strife, or war

Recent grantees include:

Disability Rights Maryland, working in close contact with the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City, provides legal advocacy to court-involved youth with educational and/or mental disabilities. DRM’s representation allows a bridge away from the juvenile justice system into appropriate community-based settings, giving youth an opportunity to succeed.

The Fund for New Citizens is a collaborative response to the needs of immigrants and refugees in New York City. Pooled funding is distributed to organizations that help immigrants navigate through immigration laws and policies and for work to strengthen the capacity of immigrant-led organizations. The collaborative also supports advocacy and community organizing.

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Contact Us 
Jeanne P. Blaustein: President
Betsy F. Ringel: Executive Director
Tanya C. Herbick: Senior Program Officer
Michael J. Arnst: Program Associate


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