Johns Hopkins, making healthy neighborhoods

(BALTIMORE, Md. – November 12, 2018) With the 10th best overall university in the United States and one of the top medical institutions in the world, you may think Johns Hopkins is already doing enough by educating the future workforce and saving lives. However, beyond the classrooms, labs, and operating tables, it is also leaving its mark in the community—through countless initiatives, grants and thousands of volunteer hours.

One of its long running initiatives, the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, was created in 2007 to support non-profits that address the needs of community revitalization, education, employment, health and public safety in the communities near Hopkins campuses.  In 2017 alone, JHNF granted $221,845 to 20 non-profits and since its inception, $2 million to more than 100 local organizations.

Examples of other community efforts include:


HopkinsLocal is a commitment to increase design and construction contracts with local businesses that are minority and women-owned and expand employment opportunities to those in Baltimore City neighborhoods, and to build relationships with city-based vendors.


BLocal is a partnership with 28 other Baltimore-owned businesses to create more economic opportunities in the city.

United Way of Central Maryland

In 2017, Johns Hopkins contributed $2.7 million to United Way and other non-profit institutions through their United Way campaign.

The East Baltimore Development Initiative

The East Baltimore Development Initiative is a partnership between the university, the City of Baltimore, and other institutions to revitalize areas in East Baltimore near the Johns Hopkins campus.

Center for Social Concern

Center for Social Concern is an office dedicated to volunteerism and community engagement that provides a base for more than 50 student-led programs. In 2016-2017, volunteers provided more than 96,000 hours of work through these programs.

Johns Hopkins received the Maryland Chamber’s 2018 Business Philanthropy Award





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