Where We Work
A Place-Conscious Strategy. The Bainum Family Foundation believes that every community has unique strengths, needs and priorities, so we strive to know and work with local communities. At the same time, we recognize that communities often change, and the challenges of poverty often require families to be highly mobile and move from place to place within a city or region. Although historically the Foundation has partnered with organizations across the United States, in 2015, the Foundation began concentrating the majority of its work in Washington, D.C., while maintaining broader commitments within Seventh-day Adventist education. Our ultimate aim is to build ladders of opportunity that will benefit children and families in poverty, regardless of where they live.
Washington, D.C. Our founder, Stewart Bainum, lived and thrived in the Washington, D.C., area since 1937. In 1988, he became one of the first local sponsors of the nationally acclaimed “I Have A Dream” program at Kramer Middle School in Southeast D.C., promising college scholarships to nearly 70 students upon their completion of high school. Almost 30 years later, we continue the commitment to Wards 7 and 8 in the District, with a renewed focus on early learning and wrap-around services for children ages 0 to 8.
Maryland, New York, Tennessee and Colorado. As a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church, and an attendee of a SDA university, Stewart Bainum held a deep appreciation for the value of faith-based education. The Foundation continues his legacy, partnering with SDA schools serving students in pre-K through 12th grade. Currently, the Foundation is working with Baltimore Junior Academy in Maryland, the Bronx Manhattan Seventh-day Adventist School in New York, Madison Academy in Tennessee, and Mile High Academy in Colorado to engage in a continuous improvement process in the areas of facilities, instruction and sustainability.