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A Child's dreams are Maryland's most valuable natural resource. That's why the Ravens Foundation for Families has helped millions of children and families in Maryland.

We invite you to join us.

For More Information Contact:

The Ravens Foundation for Families
200 St. Paul Place, Suite 2400
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 366-5906

In The Spirit of Community - Mission Statement and Goals

Baltimore Ravens Foundations for Families The Ravens Foundation for Families seeks to help change the fundamental ills that Baltimore area families deal with in the pursuit of healthy and productive lives for themselves and their community.

The Foundation's objective is to attack core problems which, when ignored or untreated, foster other social ills. Foundation resources will be applied to programs creating motivational and educational opportunities for youth before those resources would be used on programs to ease the discomforts of adult aimlessness.

The Foundation's programming and funding are intended to make a difference in the quality of life in the state and surrounding areas in which we operate. The funding priority for Ravens Foundation for Families is the physical and mental health of youth and the creation of environments for their positive social development.

RFF and The United Way of Central Maryland

The Baltimore Ravens are pleased to announce that in October 2000, the Ravens Foundation for Families formed a partnership with the United Way of Central Maryland. Friends and fans of the Ravens can now designate donations directly to Ravens Foundation for Families through the United Way.

To specify donations to RFF through the United Way of Central Maryland use agency code 977475.

A Partial List of RFF Recipients:

  • African American Community Foundation
  • American Heart Association
  • Associated Black Charities
  • Aunt Hattie's Place, Inc.
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Baltimore Community College - Science is for Everyone
  • Baltimore One to One
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Bea Gaddy Fund
  • Black Professional Men, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Central Maryland
  • Children's Chorus of Maryland
  • Chum Neighborhood Community
  • Coldstream/Homestead - Montibello Community Corp., Inc.
  • Delta Lambda Foundation, Inc. - Annual Black and Gold Ball
  • Ed Block Courage House (St. Vincent's)
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
  • Greater Waverly Community Organization
  • Grant-a-Wish Foundation
  • Greater Oella Community Association: Playground Project
  • House of Ruth
  • JHU Safe and Smart Center
  • Joe Sandusky Fund
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins University Student Arts Pavilion
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Learning Bank
  • Maryland Friends of Foster Children Foundation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Police Athletic League
  • Port Discovery
  • Science is for Everyone BCCC
  • Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Special Olympics Maryland
  • STARS Baltimore Youth Hockey
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • United Way
  • University of Maryland Foundation
  • YMCA of Central Maryland
Players in the Community

Our Ravens' players are committed to the community, serving as chairpersons, board members or celebrity fundraisers. Here's a partial list of our players and their special commitments:

Sam Adams (founder)Earthquake Foundation
Tony Banks (founder)Money In The Banks, Step Up Club
Peter BoulwareAmerican Cancer Society
Rob Burnett (founder)F.O.C.U.S. (Facing Our Children's Urban Situation)
Priest HolmesGEAR UP Program
Jermaine LewisBaltimore City Schools
Ray LewisUnderprivileged Children
Michael McCrary (founder)Mac's Miracle Fund, Special Olympics Maryland
Jonathan Ogden (founder)Jonathan Ogden Foundation
Jamie SharperPolice Athletic League
Tony Siragusa (founder)The Tony Siragusa Foundation
Duane Starks (founder)Starks Charitable Foundation
Matt StoverMission Baltimore
Harry Swayne (founder)Harry Swayne Scholarship Fund
James Trapp (founder)Preparation For Opportunity Club
Rod WoodsonRod Woodson Charities

Special Programs

Very often, organizations will contact the Baltimore Ravens with an idea of how they can team up with us and maximize a community campaign. Here are just a few:

Ravens' players pledged donations to the Police Athletic League: Offensive line, $500 for every no sack game and $500 for every Ravens' running back with a 100-yard game; DE Michael McCrary, $500 for every sack; WR Patrick Johnson, $100 for every TD catch; LB Ray Lewis, $100 for every 10 tackles.

Player Foundations

The Baltimore Ravens Foundation for Families has a mission to set the standard of excellence in community endeavors. Ravens' players demonstrate their dedication to the community by adopting favorite or specific charities. Twelve Ravens' players, including Sam Adams, Tony Banks, Rob Burnett, Michael McCrary, Jonathan Ogden, Tony Siragusa, Duane Starks, Harry Swayne and James Trapp, have their own foundations, each dedicated to helping youngsters who are ill or underprivileged.

Sam AdamsEarthquake Foundation
Through the Earthquake Foundation, Sam Adams provides a hand up not a hand out. Each game Sam gives 30 tickets to inner-city youth involved with Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement�s purpose is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Sam has developed a pledge system involving area businesses that donates money to Junior Achievement based on his defensive statistics.

Rob BurnettFacing Our Children's Urban Situation (F.O.C.U.S)
Burnett�s foundation provides money to disadvantaged youth in urban centers. FOCUS recently raised money for Make-A-Wish Foundation by promoting and coordinating a boxing exhibition last March.

Elvis GrbacElvis Grbac Foundation
Grbac�s foundation provides resources to Brave Brave Kids is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of children with chronic and life threatening illnesses by harnessing the power of the Internet. By developing a unique Internet community, provides a comprehensive directory of healthcare specialist, relevant medical information, a community chat room and an online store for children with special needs. The foundation will also provide computers to seriously ill children from low-income families so they can maintain their education.

Jermaine LewisGerinomo Lewis Foundation
The Geronimo Lewis Foundation is a financial trust that serves to support the interest of underserved families and expectant families and expectant mothers that will help to insure the health of their infants.

Chris McAlister ChrisMcAlister Foundation
Chris McAlister Foundation raises money for the Boys & Gilrs Club of Pasadena, CA and contributes food and money for area churches that provide to needy families.

Michael McCraryMac�s Miracle Fund
Mac�s Miracle Fund is dedicated to providing multi-tierd, values-based athletic and enrichment programs for Maryland Special Olympics. The Fund also supports the Baltimore City Police Athletic League.

Jonathan OgdenJonathan Ogden Foundation
Ogden helps students in inner-city schools achieve their full potential through athletics and education. Ogden established the Ogden Club to get high school students involved in community service.
Tony SiragusaTony Siragusa Foundation
Tony provides money to Make A Wish and underprivileged children organizations.

Duane StarksStarks Charitable Foundation
Starks holds an annual �Quest for Success� scholarship program which awards five high school students with $1,500 scholarships to attend the college of their choice. He also provides dinners to needy familie

Harry SwayneHarry Swayne Sponsorship Fund
Swayne provides two graduating seniors in the Baltimore area $2,500 grants

James TrappPreparation for Opportunity Club
Trapp founded the Preparation for Opportunity Club to help needy children and foster their academic, technological and spiritual growth. The club has hosted several different youth groups at each home game in 1999-2000 and will do the same in the 2001 season.

Rod WoodsonRod Woodson Charities
Rod provides money to underprivileged youth. His foundation�s goal is to have a positive impact on kids through sports and academics, education scholarships.

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