#Maryland Philanthropy NetworkMember Baltimore Ravens. Our Team - Our Community
We are so proud of #Maryland Philanthropy NetworkMember, The Baltimore Ravens, for their big win on Saturday to clinch a chance at the AFC Championship title against the New England Patriots this coming weekend!
The team and the players are committed to bringing people together and generating goodwill in the community through their exciting play and continued wins – we are an excited #Ravensnation.
But, did you know that the team and players are committed to assisting the community throughout the year in a different way?
They are, and we are proud that the Baltimore Ravens are a member of The Maryland Philanthropy Network, and as a team, are focused on making a difference in our community in a variety of ways, including:
The Baltimore Ravens All Community Team Foundation serves as a separate nonprofit entity of the team's community outreach efforts. The Ravens All Community Team Foundation is committed to improving, encouraging, and enabling the healthy development of youth in the Baltimore area, as well as other parts of the state of Maryland and has designed grant programs to encourage healthy youth activities through:
Ravens Youth Football Grant
The Ravens All Community Team Foundation (RACTF) provides equipment and apparel to qualifying nonprofit youth football organizations through the Ravens Youth Football Grant.
Baltimore Ravens Scholarship Program
The Baltimore Ravens established this scholarship program to enable local youth to continue their education on a collegiate level. The team has a long-standing history of service to local communities and this fund supports those who do the same.
Ravens Plan in Motion
The Ravens Plan in Motion project provides grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying nonprofit organizations that create and/or continue programs or projects promoting physical fitness and nutrition education.
The Ravensalso have an All Community Team (ACT) with the mission to increase corporate and community awareness of the Ravens All Community Team Foundation, player foundations, and associated local charitable organizations through a season-long NFL football competition between area and regional Baltimore-based business leaders and companies. The All Community Team is a partnership among the Ravens organization, the players and members of the corporate community.
As former RACTF Executive Director Melanie LeGrande mentioned in a previous Maryland Philanthropy Network Adventures in Philanthropy blog post: "The Baltimore Ravens have a strong commitment to serving children and families in need in our area. As we all know, strategic philanthropy and collective impact are key to making a long-term difference. The team and its players have many such initiatives.”
Given that the Ravens have a strong commitment to the community, in addition to appearances by Ravens players, coaches and staff, the team assists hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations through in-kind donations of team memorabilia, through a variety of community programs, and through ticket give-aways to volunteers through The Honors Row effort.
And, Ravens players arevery active in the community through individual foundations and giving efforts of their own, including players like:
· Ray Lewis
· Ray Rice
· Torrey Smith
· Ed Reed
· Michael Oher
· Jameel McCLain
· Lardarius Webb
· Matt Birk
· Anquan Boldin
· James Ihedigbo
· Paul Kruger
· Vonta Leach
· Haloti Ngata
· Bernard Pollard
· LaQuan Williams
We thank the Ravens for the goodwill and cheer that theycontinue to bring our community -not just this coming week -but throughout the year.