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.

  • UpSurge

    UpSurge Baltimore is the outgrowth of an effort begun in 2021 to convene local leaders across the technology and industry sectors and academia to advance specific actionable strategies to nurture, support, attract, and retain more entrepreneurs and startups in Baltimore. Under a unifying theme of “Equitech,” UpSurge now represents a three-year, $17 million effort split between an LLC targeting $11 million in for profit investments and $6 million in start-up/annual operating expenses for the affiliated nonprofit. This grant provided core operating support.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 50000

    Date Awarded

    November 2022
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  • University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.

    The Baltimore fiscal sponsorship sector has faced challenges in recent years. The shortage of fiscal sponsor host organizations in the city constrains the growth and development of new ideas in the nonprofit sector, because founders often struggle to find a sponsor willing to host their project. After numerous conversations with stakeholders including current fiscal sponsor hosts, funders, and community groups, the University of Maryland, Baltimore Foundation (UMBF) has decided to establish a fiscal sponsor host organization (FSHO) for Baltimore-based nonprofits. This grant provided startup funds to help launch this effort, which will eventually lead to the establishment of an independent 501c-3 entity with its own Executive Director to oversee the fiscal hosting work.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 50000

    Date Awarded

    November 2022
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  • Project JumpStart

    Project JumpStart (PJS), an 87-hour pre-apprenticeship construction job training program, was launched in 2006 as a program of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Baltimore (ABC Baltimore) to provide job training and placement in the construction trades. ABC Baltimore operated the program for over fifteen years as part of a three-legged partnership with two nonprofit community partners.

    In 2022, after a strategic planning process funded by the Goldseker Foundation, ABC and PJS made the collective decision that it was time to transition JPJS to its own independent organization. PJS not only successfully made this transition but also added two new community partners—Bon Secours, serving program participants in West Baltimore, and Living Classrooms, serving participants in East Baltimore. PJS is now building up its own cadre of foundation supporters. This grant provided core operating support.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 30000

    Date Awarded

    November 2022
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