For those looking to support the mission of The Baltimore Banner beyond their subscription, we welcome charitable contributions as a nonprofit organization. Our founder, Stewart Bainum, Jr. provided significant philanthropic seed capital to create a runway for The Baltimore Banner to scale quickly and reach its full potential. We welcome philanthropic support from Baltimore and beyond, from readers, foundations, corporations, and other institutions.

Your contributions support the work of the newsroom. Unrestricted gifts enhance our coverage and enable important innovations in presenting the news. Donors can also support broad editorial strands set forth by our editors. As examples, foundations and corporations can support increased / more robust investigative coverage on issues we cover, underwrite digital access for populations that cannot afford subscriptions and are most in need of information, or support digital news delivery innovations.

Your gifts will translate into true impact and better outcomes for the communities we cover.

The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism is the 501(c)3 nonprofit umbrella and publisher of The Baltimore Banner. The Institute’s tax identification number is 86-1715499.

For questions about supporting The Baltimore Banner, please contact or Bill Warren, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at You can also read more in our Gift Acceptance Policy.

Founding Members: Leading the Charge for Quality Local Journalism

Dedicated individuals and organizations from our community who are supporting the mission and vision of The Baltimore Banner can become Founding Members by contributing a minimum of $2,500 annually to help us realize the mission.

Founding Members enjoy recognition on our website as those critical “first supporters” of the Banner. They also receive special early invitations to exclusive in-person and virtual events featuring our editors and reporters and local newsmakers, along with special limited-run Baltimore Banner schwag designed exclusively for Founders. Become a Founding Member today! Help us to envision a new and revitalized model for delivering local news for Baltimore and its community members.

Thanking Our Supporters

Below we are proud to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and organizations that are supporting The Baltimore Banner during our inaugural year!

This list will be updated monthly. We endeavor to ensure its accuracy; however if you notice errors or omissions, please email us at:


Bunting Family Foundation
Goldseker Foundation*


Ford Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Bainum Family Foundation
Patricia and Mark Joseph, The Shelter Foundation*


The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Sherman Family Foundation


The Barbara and Sig Shapiro Philanthropic Fund
Wildbasil Fund (via Vanguard Charitable)

$5,000+ Founding Members -- Enterprise Level

Corry Prohens
FreedomCar, Robyne Lyles and Mark Thistel
Maria and Rick Martinez
Michael Rosenbaum and Amy Kiesel
Lynn Venetoulis

$2,500+ Founding Members -- Beat Level

Susan Anthony
Bruce and Polly Behrens
Gary Ditto, Who - a staffing company
Kelly Ennis, The Verve Partnership
Connie Patel
Prugh Family Fund
Southway Builders Charitable Trust, Inc.
Priscilla and Jim Walters
Grant Whitmore


Allison Buchalter
Michael and Kristine Booth-Smets
Michael Galiazzo
J.P. Grant
Robert S. Hillman and Sandra S. Hillman Fund
Arnold R. Isaacs
The Kingston Fund
Robert E. Meyerhoff
Amy and Bill Warren
DeWayne Wickham
Leon Vainikos

* Indicates a multi-year gift