Program Areas

In order to meet its mission of promoting and sustaining a strong Jewish community, both locally and worldwide, and securing better futures for vulnerable children and their families by connecting them to opportunities which nurture their educational, social, economic, and physical well-being, the Straus Foundation concentrates its grantmaking in three primary program areas.

Jewish Community Services

Focused on rescue and relief for unstable Jewish communities throughout the world as well as support for fragile Jewish families and children living in the Baltimore region.

Families, Children, and Youth

Focused on connecting fragile children and families living in the Baltimore region to those opportunities that can best ensure a secure and productive future.

Building Infrastructure in the Nonprofit Sector

Focused on sector-wide issues in the State of Maryland, including: encouraging and enhancing strategic philanthropic investment from under-performing pockets of wealth; increasing awareness and opportunities to connect our region’s “best and brightest” with careers in public and human service; building the management capacity of the sector; and helping nonprofits better achieve more balanced portfolios of revenues through income-generating opportunities.

Alternative Grantmaking

A fourth program area in Art and Culture does not accept unsolicited proposals and makes small, annual unrestricted operating grants to a variety of institutions which help build a vibrant Baltimore.