We envision thriving communities where all people live healthy, dignified lives regardless of means or identity.
The Helen J. Serini Foundation supports innovative interventions that remove or address the root causes of systemic barriers to health, safety, shelter and opportunity in the communities where we live and work.
We strive to rectify economic and social inequalities by providing financial support, advice, time and resources to qualified charitable organizations that demonstrate creative and innovative thinking, a spirit of collaboration and partnership, and implement models that are constituent-driven and community-led. Wherever possible, The Helen J. Serini Foundation aims to combine one or more of these areas for the benefit of its target population.
We focus our grants on organizations working to break the cycle of poverty in the communities in which we live and work.
This includes Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Frederick County, and the British Virgin Islands.
We believe that monetary grants can go a long way in effecting change, but we also believe in helping our grantees with more than financial support. We encourage all of our Board members, staff, and advisors as well as family members and spouses, to volunteer their time to help our grantees. We aim to provide a broad range of advice, guidance and hands-on support at all levels, from serving as board members to providing complimentary marketing, legal, financial and investment advice (where appropriate and requested); from working at fundraising and creative joint venture creation to tutoring children and providing educational and career advice; from providing, preparing and serving meals to helping clean, repair and renovate properties.
Areas of Focus
- Youth and families: Adverse Childhood Experiences; case management; family support services.
- Food security: Long-term solutions to food access; food deserts.
- Economic opportunity: job creation, employment training, financial education and access, workforce development.
- Community development
- Access to adequate, affordable healthcare
Our grantmaking strategies work to align the above areas of focus with our mission of supporting economic and social equity by focusing services on populations who are historically underserved.