Philanthropy

The Plank Family Foundation supports effective programming in education, local workforce development, entrepreneurship, and access to sport, with a primary focus in Baltimore City and the state of Maryland. Select a category below to learn more.

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  • CollegeBound Foundation

    CollegeBound works exclusively in Baltimore City public schools to encourage and enable students to pursue a postsecondary education, and to improve the social and economic fabric of the community through an educated workforce. Since 1988, CollegeBound’s nationally recognized college advising model has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of high school students. Through a partnership with CollegeBound, The Plank Family Foundation has donated $1M to support scholarships for Baltimore City school students who are pursuing a college education.

    WATCH: Highlights from Kevin Plank’s remarks at the 29th Annual CollegeBound Scholars Luncheon.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Maryland – Sutton Scholars

    The Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program provides high school students with valuable life and soft skills such as effective communication, money management, dealing with peer pressure and more. In partnership with Morgan State University, the program introduces students to people, places and activities that help them to be well-rounded to better prepare them for college, a trade, and life in general.

  • Archdiocese of Baltimore - Partners in Excellence

    Established in 1996, the Partners In Excellence Scholarship program of the Archdiocese of Baltimore was founded on the core belief that every child deserves a quality education and it is through education that we, as a society, will break the cycle of poverty for the families of our most marginalized and disadvantaged. The Partners In Excellence Scholarship program addresses this belief by providing tuition assistance funding to low- and very low-income families who wish to send their children to a Catholic school in Baltimore City. Through a $1 million donation from the Plank Family Foundation, over 80 “Plank Scholars” were named, whose scholarships are directly funded by the Plank Family.

  • St. Johns College High School

    St. John’s College High School is an independent, private, Lasallian Catholic coeducational school located in Chevy Chase, DC, whose mission is to provide a quality education to young men and women from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Kevin Plank has pledged a $16 million gift to St. John’s, his alma mater, to fund campus improvements including state-of-the-art athletics facilities, as well as the new Entrepreneurial Center for Innovation and Leadership and tuition assistance for students who need it. The donation is the largest in the history of the school.

  • The Bridges Program at St. Paul’s School

    Bridges opened in 1993 on the grounds of St. Paul’s School as a two-summer-long enrichment program for 16 elementary school students attending Coldstream Park Elementary. Bridges has evolved since that time to better support student success, now providing an innovative year-round support system that Baltimore City students enter at the end of third grade and participate in through high school and beyond.

  • Living Classrooms Foundation

    The Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation has grown into an educational and economic force that combines one of the city’s most cherished assets – its beautiful and historic harbor – with some of its most overlooked – the thousands of bright, ambitious children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds.

  • Baltimore YouthWorks

    YouthWorks is an initiative of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development that connects thousands of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to summer jobs with private, nonprofit, and city and state government employers throughout Baltimore. Participants work in a variety of industries and gain basic workforce readiness and career-specific skills. In the summer of 2017, the Plank Family Foundation funded over 100 summer YouthWorks jobs for Baltimore City residents.

  • Plank Foundation for Entrepreneurship

    The Plank Foundation for Entrepreneurship (PFE) is a non-profit subsidiary of Plank Industries dedicated to fostering the American spirit of entrepreneurship in a new generation. The signature platform of PFE is Cupid’s Cup, a nationwide competition with a ten-year history of identifying and supporting extraordinary young entrepreneurs. PFE also supports entrepreneurship through nonprofit programs and events in Baltimore, particularly at City Garage.

  • University of Maryland – Cole Field House

    The University of Maryland is the flagship campus of the state’s higher educational system and a top-ranked public research institution. Kevin Plank, an alumnus of the University, has pledged $25 million to fund the new Cole Field House, which houses an indoor football facility, sports medicine center and entrepreneurial lab.

  • Greater Washington Partnership

    The Greater Washington Partnership is a team of civic-minded CEOs, comprised of leading businesses and entrepreneurs, committed to making the Greater Washington region – from Baltimore to Richmond – one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. Strategic priorities include infrastructure solutions, education and training, building long-term leadership positions in high-growth industries, and increasing recognition of the region.

  • Associated Black Charities

    Associated Black Charities (ABC) is a public foundation that advocates and facilitates the creation of measurably healthier and more prosperous communities through responsible leadership and philanthropic investment throughout the State of Maryland. Founded in 1985 to represent and respond to issues of special significance to Maryland’s African American communities, ABC is leading the charge to close the wealth gap for African American families.

  • Baltimore City Branch of NAACP

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was created to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. The Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP was founded April 4, 1912, by a group of influential community leaders. It holds the noteworthy distinction of being the second branch chartered in the United States.

  • Bet on Baltimore

    Over eight weeks at City Garage in Port Covington, the Bet on Baltimore program introduces interns from Green Street Academy in the process of design thinking, the skills of making, the tools of entrepreneurship, and the benefits of networking. After exploring community issues and business challenges through an inquiry, ideation, and prototype process, and meeting with startup CEOs, social entrepreneurs, and community leaders, interns create their own business or social enterprise which they launch following their summer experience during the school year. The Plank Family Foundation funds summer stipends for the interns through Baltimore City YouthWorks.

    WATCH: The Bet on Baltimore video series to follow their journey.

  • Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp

    Launched in the fall of 2016, the Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is a first-of-its-kind workforce development pre-apprenticeship program. It was created to teach Baltimore-area residents a broad range of skills and offer exposure to building trades, with the goal of better equipping participants to explore manufacturing job opportunities. The Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is one of many programs that will ensure that the economic success of Port Covington is share by Baltimore’s residents and workers. The six-week program requires participants to take classes four days a week at The Foundery, located at City Garage in Port Covington. Classes focus on a wide variety of skills, including woodworking, welding, CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinery, textiles, 3D printing, and more.