Our Guiding Philosophy

The Foundation’s work is rooted in tzedakah and the Jewish value of assisting people in need in a dignified way. Through our grantmaking programs, the Foundation aims to remove structural and institutional impediments to human development and have a positive lasting effect on people’s lives.


The Foundation was established by Fanny and Alvin Thalheimer in 1959 to perpetuate their philanthropic tradition. They were committed to the vitality of Baltimore’s cultural, educational, civic and Jewish communal institutions.

The Foundation continues their commitment to improve the lives of Baltimore residents by supporting efforts to improve quality public education. Our current efforts are directed at supporting education by improving and working on literacy initiatives. The Foundation defines literacy as the ability to read and write in an increasingly digital world, to take in information from sources and to compose text in response.

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