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Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City

The Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City was founded and incorporated in 1874 to administer a trust established under the will of Miles White, a member of the Eutaw Street Meeting, the predecessor of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Homewood. Upon the consolidation of Baltimore Yearly Meeting in 1968, oversight of this trust passed to the Yearly Meeting. The Articles of Incorporation state: "The objects of this Corporation shall be to promote piety and Christianity (especially by the dissemination of books and tracts); to extend aid to the young in their religious, moral, and intellectual training and education; and to relieve the deserving poor."

The trust is administered by the trustees of the Society who "shall annually make a written statement of its operations, and of the disposition and condition of its finances for the preceding year, and submit the same to the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends." There are eight to ten trustees, nominated by the Nominating Committee and appointed by the Yearly Meeting during its Annual Session to serve a three-year term which commences after the Miles White Beneficial Society's annual meeting in October. Appointees serve no more than two consecutive terms. Trustees meet monthly, as needed.

One of the goals of the Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City is to share its mission and work with members of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The Society has a video presentation that shares a brief history of the organization, the life and times of its founder Miles White, and a summary of recent philanthropic work of its board. Click here to view the video.


Announcement of 2022 Grants & Scholarships

Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City

2022 Grant Announcement for Non-Profit Organizations

The Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City (MWBS) is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for grants of up to $5,000. The MWBS is a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  

Grants will be given to organizations that promote social justice in the city of Baltimore.  For purposes of this application, an organization promotes social justice if it increases equal access to wealth, opportunities and privileges.

The MWBS is offering two types of organizational grants for 2022:

  1. Health and Human Services Grants:  These grants are for projects or programs designed to meet the basic human needs of the residents of Baltimore City.
  2. Education and Enrichment Grants:  These grants are for projects or programs that provide school-year or summer-focused educational or enrichment programs to young people in Baltimore City.

Please clearly indicate on your application which type of grant your organization is applying for.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ON or BEFORE MARCH 1, 2022.

Applications must include the following information to be considered. 

  1. Background: (1) A mission statement for your organization; (2) a narrative overview of your current operations; and (3) evidence of your 501(c)(3) status (e.g., copy of Internal Revenue Service letter of exemption from federal income tax or evidence of the organization’s support by a fiscal partner).
  2. Financial: Either the organization’s most recent Annual Report or its most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990.
  3. Project or program:  (1) A clear and concise statement that describes the proposed project or program that the grant money will be used for; (2) a description of how this project or program will promote social justice in the city of Baltimore; (3) a proposed budget that provides details of how the organization intends to use the grant money within one year.
  4. Impact:  A brief statement of how the organization will measure the impact of the grant program on the individuals served. Results should be shared with the MWBS by February 1, 2023.
  5. Quaker values:  A concise statement describing how your organization practices or encourages Quaker values such as peace, integrity, community, equity, or sustainability.
  6. Contact:  The postal address, email address and phone number for a representative of your organization.

Please send application materials, and related questions, to mileswhite@stonyrunfriends.org.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in April 2022.


2022 SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

The Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City (MWBS) is now accepting applications for scholarships of up to $5,000 from students who are entering, or currently attend, a college, university, or trade school. The MWBS is a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Scholarships will be awarded to qualified high school seniors and alumni from the Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore Yearly Meeting (including its schools, camps and youth programs).

The application deadline is March 1, 2022.

Please send application materials, and any related questions, to mileswhite@stonyrunfriends.org.

Applications should include full responses to the following questions: 

  1. Name, date of birth, mailing address, telephone number, and email address
  2. Current school and address
  3. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation, including at least one from a teacher, advisor or administrator at your school who knows you well. (We cannot accept letters from family members.)
  4. For high school students applying for the first time: Submit your high school transcript.
    For college or other continuing education students: Submit your most recent report card 
  5. What are your educational plans? 
  6. Submit a copy of your current FAFSA ® Student Aid Report.
  7. Please write and submit a one-page essay about how you practice or encourage Quaker values, such as peace, integrity, community, equity, simplicity or sustainability, in your school and daily life.
  8. Sign and date your application

Note: Most colleges consider the value of a Miles White scholarship in calculating their own grant-in-aid. Recipients may be included in published reports of our work.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in May 2022.

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