Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board
2022 Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board Announcement
Grant applications are now open!
Deadline for applications is March 3, 2022. You will be notified by April 1, 2022 of the grant decisions.
2021 Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board Announcement
Roland Park Country School’s student-run Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board is pleased to announce that the Black Mental Health Alliance is the recipient of this year's grant.
Despite hurdles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board worked diligently to determine the recipients of the 2021 grant money. In the fall, students defined their area of focus, crafted a mission statement, and began researching organizations that might be a good fit for the grant money. After winter break the students doubled their efforts, creating the board’s first ever logo and electronic application form. After finalizing their organization research and outreach, the 2021 Smith Philanthropic Literacy Board received the most applications in a single year in the history of the program. Students carefully reviewed and presented each application to the whole board, then discussed and debated what would be the best use of their grant money.
Gain insight and self-awareness through the creative process
Process feelings and release emotions through artistic expression
Reduce stress and anxiety in a healthy and productive manner in a safe environment
Receive psycho-education about mental health disorders, trauma, post-traumatic stress, and grief
The Smith philanthropic literacy board endowment fund
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