Hoffberger Family Philanthropies in Baltimore has announced new giving priorities and a new executive director for the Hoffberger Foundation, one of the two multi-generational entities comprising the philanthropy.
The foundation's new giving priorities include economic mobility and childhood mental health across the greater Baltimore region. The announcement is the result of a year-long strategic planning process in which the foundation engaged GMA Foundations and talked to philanthropic leaders across the region about connecting long-held family values to emerging community needs. According to the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, as many as one in three adults in multiple Baltimore City ZIP codes were unemployed before the pandemic, 19 percent of adult Baltimore residents experienced sexual abuse as a child, 29 percent experienced or witnessed domestic violence, and 42 percent had three or more adverse experiences as children. The Hoffberger Family Fund, an allied charity, will continue to focus its grantmaking on Jewish causes.
Terrill North, former executive director of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families, and a former board vice president of ACLU of Maryland, has been named the foundation's executive director.
"This is an exciting new direction," said Hoffberger Foundation president Alison Fass. "Our long-range goal is for local children and families to enjoy greater economic prosperity and personal stability, both individually and among generations."