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The Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-02-10

At A Glance

The Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Foundation, Inc.

6225 Smith Ave., Ste. B100

Baltimore, MD United States 21209-3633


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $25,079,556

Total giving: $945,000






Incorporated in 1958 in MD - Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer were dedicated civic and charitable leaders. Prior to joining the American Trading and Production Corp., Alvin Thalheimer earned a degree in philosophy, wrote a book entitled "Existential Metaphysics," and taught at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his business interests, Alvin Thalheimer was appointed by the governor to serve on the State Board of Public Welfare and a commission to study state government in Annapolis. He was a trustee and President of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and a trustee of the Baltimore Hebrew College. Alvin Thalheimer died in 1965. Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer attended Barnard College and studied architecture and interior design at Columbia University. After her marriage, she continued her art studies at the Maryland Institute and exhibited her paintings in several shows. She was a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Peabody Institute, Union Memorial Hospital, and the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She also served for thirteen years on the Maryland State Board of Education. Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer died in 1957

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily to improve the lives of Baltimore, MD, residents by supporting efforts to improve quality public education, funding workforce development and job opportunity programs, looking for ways to improve the basic needs of Baltimore’s most disadvantaged people, and supporting Jewish continuity and community development in Baltimore, Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Program Area(s)

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

Baltimore Communal Giving

This program is comprised of three areas: 1) Education and Workforce Development: the foundation believes that if all people can receive a quality education they can more fully participate in the civic life of and contribute to the economic growth of a community. The foundation feels that this effort involves more than simply support for public education, it includes work force development programs, adult literacy training, and training programs which can increase a person's earning power and provide new and better jobs. 2) Housing, Health Care and Basic Needs, the foundation feels that the neediest people in Baltimore frequently have little or no voice and few opportunities for housing, healthcare, or other basic necessities. The foundation seeks to support this population and to improve their access to organizations which deliver fundamental services to Baltimore's most disadvantaged residents. 3) Art and Culture: funding in this area is limited, and unsolicited proposals are not encouraged.

Jewish Communal Giving Program

The purpose of this program is to support programs which address unmet needs of the community and to support the growth of a rich and diverse Jewish communal life and culture. The grants program includes 3 principal program components: 1) Evolving Community Needs: to address priority needs of the Jewish Community which cannot be accommodated within the Federation’s annual budget. Geographic focus will be in Baltimore; 2) Reform Jewish Programs: strengthening the Reform and Liberal Jewish movements (and diverse Jewish communities) worldwide. Grant activities will include professional training and support for Reform Jewish professionals and community leaders (para professionals) and program support for developing reform and liberal programming in communities without strong self-sufficient reform institutions. Geographic focus will be in Europe and the Former Soviet Union; and 3) Safety and Security: assuring the safety and security of Jewish communities worldwide. Includes responding to threats of anti-Semitism as well as humanitarian or political crises threatening Jewish communities. .

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI to an organization that connects low-income workers with jobs that provide family-supporting wages and health care opportunities.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Human services
  • Reform Judaism
International Interests
  • Europe
  • Russia
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $25,079,556 (market value)

Gifts received: $140,000

Expenditures: $1,187,832

Total giving: $945,000

Qualifying distributions: $945,000

Giving activities include:

$945,000 for 57 grants (high: $135,000; low: $2,000)