Our Grantees

The Goldseker Foundation makes grants primarily in the areas of community development, education, and strengthening the nonprofit sector. We seek opportunities to invest in the people, ideas, and institutions that promote the long-term economic and social progress of our city.

The foundation remains a directly engaged and active partner with our grantees in their efforts to revive and sustain vibrant neighborhoods, strengthen and market great schools, and expand and improve the effectiveness of their programs.

  • Thread

    Thread is focused on engaging the most at-risk high school freshmen by weaving together a support network of volunteers who customize support to meet student need in whatever form needed. The support network surrounds the student for a decade (all of high school plus six years post-high school graduation). Thread’s model seeks to radically reconfigure social support structures for students enrolled to “establish a wealth of human connection, permanently linked by unconditional love and support.” This Management Assistance Grant provided funds for a strategic planning consultant.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 25,000

    Date Awarded

    March 2017
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  • Venture for America

    Venture for America (VFA) is a nonprofit organization that aims to strengthen U.S. cities and promote job creation by directing highly-talented, recent college graduates into startups and growth organizations. VFA focuses on cities that typically struggle to attract top talent, but have a strong commitment to revitalizing the regional economy through entrepreneurship. VFA’s first cohort of (seven) Baltimore fellows arrived in 2013. The Baltimore cohort grew to 25 placements in 2016 due to applicants’ interest in Baltimore and increased demand from local companies. Through 2016, there are now 56 local fellows and alumni, making Baltimore home to one of VFA’s largest national presences. This grant provided funds for recruitment, training and placement of fellows in Baltimore.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 75,000

    Date Awarded

    March 2017
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  • Southeast Youth Jobs Collaborative

    The Southeast Youth Jobs Collaborative includes the Southeast CDC, Banner Neighborhoods, Creative Alliance, Friends of Patterson Park, Living Classrooms Foundation, Patterson Park Audubon Center, Breath of God Church, Patterson Park Public Charter School, and The Intersection. The Collaborative works in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s YouthWorks program to provide meaningful work experience, employment training, enrichment and community engagement to older youth living the neighborhoods around Patterson Park. This grant provided funds for the summer employment program and seed funding to launch year-round activities to keep the youth engaged beyond the summer.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 48,000

    Date Awarded

    March 2017