Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board

Uniting students' growing understanding of the critical issues facing the Baltimore community with the opportunity to effect positive change, the Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board (PLB) is one of many programs our students can engage in as a means of leading for the greater good in the world around them.The RPCS philanthropic literacy board was established in 2017 and endowed by the Smith family in 2018. Participants on this board are the decision-makers who oversee the grant proposal process, defining their mission and evaluating applications from Baltimore-area organizations.
Student board members research the local organizations and then develop a Request for Proposals that they send to those organizations. PLB members then evaluate applicants and choose which organizations they feel should be awarded the funds. Organizations that have been awarded funds in previous years are invited back to help the PLB members understand the impact of the PLB’s award on the organization’s work. 
PLB Mission Statement 2023-24


If you are a 501(c)3 whose mission matches our mission statement, as seen above, you can now apply for a $5,000 grant from the Philanthropic Literacy Board. All applications must be received by December 31, 2023. 

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PLB check presentation

The 2022-2023 Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board presents their grant to Foster the Family Baltimore. 

Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board Annual Announcements

The Smith philanthropic literacy board endowment fund

PLB Smith Family


The Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board Endowment Fund was established and endowed by Cheryl Bernard-Smith and Chip Smith P’24 in 2018 as part of the This is Our Moment Campaign. The funds from this endowment support the student run organization that administers grants annually using the interest generated by the endowment. Each year, students choose a topic, research the topic, solicit requests for proposals and evaluate applicants before ultimately selecting an organization that best fits that year’s criteria. Students also learn about the composition of non-profits and their revenue streams as part of the program. 

“Chip and I strongly believe in the value of connecting with our local and broader communities and giving back in whatever ways we can. We were excited to support the Philanthropic Literacy Board to not only help cultivate the leadership capacity of the students at RPCS, but also to encourage opportunities for learning at an early age how thoughtful decision making can truly change our world for the better.” – Cheryl Bernard Smith, P’24