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.

  • Patterson Park Public Charter School

    Patterson Park Public Charter School opened in 2005 as a K-4 elementary school located in the building left vacant when St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School closed in Southeast Baltimore. It now occupies three buildings serving 725 students in grades PreK-8. PPPCS also serves 125 students in after-school programming focused on literacy as well as more than 150 youth during the summer. During the 2017-2018 academic year, PPPCS was awarded a 5 year charter renewal by the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, the longest possible renewal. The student retention rate is 95 percent. For the 2018-2019 school year, the school received 613 applications for approximately 50 seats. Despite the overall decline in enrollment across City Schools, Southeast Baltimore has a 1,800 seat deficit which has led to overcrowding and large class sizes in neighborhood schools. Southeast has the highest school building utilization rate in the city, with a 111 percent average utilization rate for K-8 schools. This grant provided funds for community engagement, communications, and planning for facilities and instruction as the PPPCS board and staff prepare to open a second school in Southeast.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 156,800

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of multi-use trails that enhance the environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people. RTC’s work is magnified in urban areas, where one mile of trail can completely redefine the livability of a community. More than just recreational amenities, trails create opportunities for active transportation and improved health and wellbeing as they connect people to jobs, schools, businesses, and their community. In Baltimore, RTC and the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, comprising nearly sixty local organizations and agencies, seek to create a 35-mile world-class network of urban trails that link together diverse neighborhoods, cultural amenities, and outdoor resources.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 50,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Civil Justice

    Civil Justice is a nonprofit organization formed in 1998 for the purpose of increasing the delivery of legal services to clients of low and moderate income while promoting a statewide network of solo, small firm, and community-based lawyers who share a common commitment to increasing access to justice. Civil Justice traditionally assists clients who are low-income but earn too much to qualify for Legal Aid. Civil Justice staff believe that predatory car financing practices targeting low-wage workers in distressed neighborhoods in Baltimore is a systemic problem, harming individuals and stymieing workforce development efforts. This grant provides funds for staffing and data collection to explore the extent of the problem and develop an appropriate response.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 25,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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