• Stop Loving the Problem: Looking to the Future
    Learn how we plan to reimagine child care after our gathering of national policy influencers.
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  • Response to the Key Bridge Collapse
    Read the full statement on how the Bainum Family Philanthropies have committed to supporting the greater Baltimore community.
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  • Educators Level Up at DC Early EdX 2024
    Read about how DC early childhood educators came together for a day of learning and affirmation.
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  • DC's Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund
    Read our response to the latest budget prosoal.
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  • WeVision: Ready for the Ideal Child Care System?
    Let's get clearer about the basics of the ideal child care system.
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  • World Environment Day: Celebrating Our Grantees
    Read about our growing list of G3 Fund grantees and the imperative work they do for the environment in communities across the globe.
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  • Bainum Foundation Farm: Embracing Fresh Opportunties
    Read about how the farm will embody new strategies to better serve local communities.
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Who We Are

Our Story

The foundation’s story began in 1968 with entrepreneur Stewart Bainum Sr. and his wife, Jane Bainum. They ​sought​ to create opportunities for children living in poverty by providing access to high-quality educational opportunities and services. Learn how our work has evolved over the years.

We Envision a Society Where All Children Thrive

We work alongside communities experiencing racial and economic disparities to create lasting systems change for the well-being of children and families.

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Our Focus Areas

We focus primarily on Early Childhood and what children need for a strong start in life. Our Legacy Programs support other issues important to the Bainum family. 

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Our Commitment to Equity

We center equity in every facet of our work and in how we operate as an organization.

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News & Updates

Bainum Family Philanthropy’s Response to the Key Bridge Collapse

Bainum Family Foundation Statement on DC’s Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund

Foundation’s Interactive 2022/2023 ‘Year in Review’ Now Available