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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, along with special limited-run Baltimore Banner items 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 institutions that are supporting The Baltimore Banner!

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

Institutional Supporters


Bunting Family Foundation
Goldseker Foundation*


Ford Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Bainum Family Foundation
Google News Initiative
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Patricia and Mark Joseph, The Shelter Foundation*


The Annie E. Casey Foundation*

The Richman Foundation*


Sherman Family Foundation


Wildbasil Fund (via Vanguard Charitable)

Individual Supporters

$100,000+ Founding Members

Roberta Bainum, through the Greater Washington Community Foundation
Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff

$10,000+ Founding Members—Headline Level

Barbara Shapiro, The Barbara and Sig Shapiro Philanthropic Fund

$5,000+ Founding Members—Byline Level

Susan Anthony
Nancy Dorman and Stan Mazaroff
Robyne Lyles and Mark Thistle, FreedomCar
Maria and Rick Martinez
Corry Prohens
Vicky and Brett Rogers
Michael Rosenbaum and Amy Kiesel
Lynn Venetoulis

$2,500+ Founding Members—Beat Level

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
J.P. Grant
Nancy S. Grasmick
Sandra Hess
Erik Hummel
Pat Lasher and Richard Jacobs
Kenneth and Bonny Lewis
Amy and Bill Warren
DeWayne Wickham
Leon Vainikos

* Indicates a multi-year gift