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Baptist Community Ministries


Last Updated: 2016-07-26

At A Glance

Baptist Community Ministries

(formerly Christian Health Ministries)

400 Poydras St., Ste. 2950

New Orleans, LA United States 70130-3245

Telephone: (504) 593-2323


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $207,660,811

Total giving: $8,929,438






Established in 1996 in LA; converted from the sale of the assets of Mercy + Baptist Medical Center. In 2009, the organization changed their name following a merger with the original Baptist Community Ministries - Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) is a private, grantmaking foundation committed to a healthier Greater New Orleans area. BCM enjoys a long history of serving the physical and spiritual needs of the community which began over 75 years ago with the formation of Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans. With the endowment established after the sale of the hospital in 1995, BCM supports programs that strengthen the health of people and promote access to a good education, a safe environment, and efficient, trustworthy government. A board of trustees comprised of uncompensated community leaders governs BCM. BCM funds grants in four major areas of interest: education, health, public safety, and governmental oversight. Since the first grant was approved in 1996, more than 225 programs and initiatives sponsored by over 119 nonprofit organizations have received funding from BCM.

Purpose and Activities

Baptist Community Ministries is committed to the development of a healthy community offering a wholesome quality of life to its residents and to improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the individuals it serves.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Discretionary Donations Program

This small grants program funds requests of $5,000 or less from qualified organizations. Typically fundraising events and sponsorships are supported through discretionary donations.


The goal of the program is a healthy community which provides learning opportunities for all of its residents to develop the cognitive, vocational, social and emotional skills necessary to be successful in college, work and life.

Fund Development Consulting Initiative

The initiative is an in-kind grant program funded by Baptist Community Ministries to provide capacity building and fundraising consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the five-parish area of greater New Orleans, Louisiana. To qualify for participation, nonprofits should be 1) legally organized as 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt entities, 2) five years old or more, 3) offer sustained charitable services to the community, and 4) have the potential to gain from consultation. Organizations requesting consultation should complete the Fund Development Consulting initiative application, which is available on the BCM Web site.

Government Oversight

The foundation believes that all forms of local government (elected or appointed officials and executive, legislative, or judicial branches) should be trustworthy, open to the public, independently monitored and accountable to an informed electorate.


The foundation believes a healthy community provides its citizens an environment that creates a state of positive physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Public Safety

The foundation believes that community residents should feel secure and free from threat. Both the strongest and the most vulnerable citizens should be equally protected. A healthy community provides crime prevention measures, police prosecutorial, judicial, and correctional systems that deter crime and penalize criminal behavior.

Fields of Interest

  • Civic participation
  • Crime prevention
  • Education
  • Health
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $207,660,811 (market value)

Expenditures: $11,075,414

Total giving: $8,929,438

Qualifying distributions: $9,624,725

Giving activities include:

$8,929,438 for 177 grants (high: $1,123,833; low: $500)