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Philanthropy at GBMC
The Promise Project

Every contribution enables us to remain an independent, community hospital offering the highest quality of care, to every patient, every time.

The Art of Philanthropy at GBMC

In 1965, GBMC HealthCare began with a promise to the community—to always place patients first. And more than 55 years later, that simple principle continues as the driving heartbeat behind everything we do.

Today, GBMC remains the only community-owned system of care to serve patients in and surrounding Baltimore. Our intentional decision to remain independent has been central to our mission and our promise to deliver the best healthcare at a better cost that meets the needs of our entire community, at all levels of income.

“To every patient, every time, we will provide the care that we would want for our own loved ones.”

We are truly your hospital— a system of care for the community. It is this perspective that guides countless decisions made by our physicians, nurses, staff, and volunteers. It is also what drives our community to become a part of the promise GBMC made, and has lived by, since our founding in their philanthropy.

Our goal has and always will be to provide the best care possible for patients, now and into the future. And we do that through the commitment and altruism of our community.

Be a part of the GBMC community

Ways To Give

Your gift will provide immeasurable benefits to the thousands of patients we care for each year at GBMC. Some of the many ways to give are cash, pledges, appreciated assets and planned gifts. Select a method below to learn more:


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Donor Recognition Levels

Investment in a healthcare system that is able to offer high-quality care while reducing cost is something we are proud to provide patients and the community. But it only comes through the generosity of the people in these giving societies and their commitment to our mission and vision. Every dollar donated to our organization ensures our patients have access to the right technologies, people and resources they need to stay well or to heal.

Cumulative Giving

The 1965 Society recognizes the extraordinary commitment and foresight of philanthropists who have created an enduring legacy for the future. The 1965 Society is named to commemorate, forevermore, the year that our founders established GBMC.

Recognizing those whose philanthropy to GBMC HealthCare and Gilchrist Hospice Care places them at the vanguard of supporters. The Society's namesake, Jospeh Keelty, is a distinguished Baltimore businessman and philanthropist, who has provided outstanding leadership and exceptionally generous support to GBMC.

The GBMC Platinum Society is comprised of donors who have given between $100,000 and $250,000, cumulatively. Many of these donors have created endowed gifts that will continue in perpetuity in support of specific programs or departments at GBMC. Other donors at this giving level have given unrestricted gifts that GBMC can put to use immediately toward the area of greatest need, at the time of the gift. Often times, Platinum Society donors have made the decision to give over many, many years consistently and through complex gifting arrangements which can involve gifts of real estate and legacy gifts. GBMC is truly fortunate to receive this substantial support from these loyal philanthropists who have positioned our healthcare system for success both now and in the future.

The 50th Anniversary Society includes GBMC benefactors who have generously given between $50,000 and $100,000, over their lifetime. This Society is named in honor of GBMC HealthCare's 50th Anniversary. Donors who have given at this have made GBMC a priority in their philanthropic planning. For that, the healthcare system is very grateful. GBMC's first 50 years are marked with many milestones. It is through the generosity of our steadfast donors that GBMC is able to maintain its standing as the community's last independent healthcare system. These gifts will help ensure GBMC remains strong over our next 50 years and beyond.

The GBMC Silver Society is named for GBMC's 25th anniversary. Much of the tradition of giving and GBMC's service excellence was firmly established in the first 25 years. Those same traditions have maintained GBMC's strength and standing in the Greater Baltimore community over the institution's lifetime. Silver Society members have made cumulative gifts to GBMC of up to $25,000. These gifts are the backbone of our fund raising efforts. From our earliest days, without the support of the community at large, GBMC would not exist. We treasure our Silver Society and are grateful that they have contributed loyally over the years.

Planned Giving

Mrs. Yaggy made the first gift to start a capital fund to purchase land and create a new suburban hospital. Her efforts, and the efforts of those who followed her, created the hospital we now know as Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Elizabeth Duncan Yaggy Society recognizes individuals who provide for GBMC in their wills, through insurance, through testamentary trusts, or through other gift planning arrangements. Members of the Yaggy Society receive special mailings and invitations to events at GBMC.

Annual Giving

The William A. & Jarnetta Kroh Society was formed in 2004 to recognize the extraordinary support of Bill and Jarnetta Kroh as well as donors of $10,000 or more annually. Donors at this level of giving are also members of the Virginia Sherwood Council and receive the benefits of the VSC: an annual pass for complimentary parking when visiting GBMC, prominent listing in the GBMC Foundation's Annual Report and on the Annual Giving Plaque, and are invited to the Annual Recognition Dinner held each Fall.

Donors at this level of giving receive a prominent listing in GBMC Foundation's Annual Report and Annual Giving Plaque, early access to the Nearly New Sale, an invitation to the Annual Donor Recognition dinner, complimentary parking when visiting GBMC, ten percent off at the GBMC gift shop and cafeteria and two event tickets to Legacy Chase.

Created in 2012, the President's Club recognizes the generosity of hospital contributors who donate $5,000-$9,999 annually. Benefits of membership includes the contributor's name in the GBMC Foundation Annual Report, early access to the Nearly New Sale, the contributor's name on a plaque, an invitation to the Annual Donor Recognition dinner, GBMC complimentary Parking Card, 10 percent off at the GBMC Gift Shop and Cafeteria and two event tickets to Legacy Chase.

Virginia Barrett Sherwood dedicated years of service to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In 1991, a council was established to recognize the extraordinary generosity of GBMC's major benefactors. In tribute to the impressive dedication of Mrs. Sherwood, it was named in her honor.

The Virginia Sherwood Council welcomes individuals, businesses, and foundations who contribute $2,500 or more in a calendar year. Benefits of membership includes the Annual Recognition Dinner held each Fall, an annual pass for complimentary parking when visiting GBMC, prominent listing in the GBMC Foundation's Annual Report and invitations to GBMC events.

Created in 2007, the GBMC Founder's Circle recognizes the generosity of hospital contributors who donate $500-$2,499 annually. Founder's Circle members are listed in the GBMC Foundation's Annual Report, have early access to the Nearly New sale and are included on the GBMC Founder's Circle donor plaque in the hospital.

Created in 2012, the Physician's Club recognizes the generosity of physicians affiliated with GBMC who donate $1,000 or more annually. GBMC HealthCare doctors do amazing work for our patients and it is important to recognize those who go above and beyond in support of the hospital. Benefits to those physicians who donate include their name in the GBMC Foundation Annual Report, their name on a plaque in the hospital and invitations to the Physician's Club Dinner, where they will receive special recognition.

Member Benefits

Kroh Society President's Club VSC Founder's Circle
Name in GBMC Foundation Annual Report
Early Access to the GBMC Nearly New Sale*
Name on a plaque
Exclusive GBMC donor gift
Complimentary Membership/GBMC Parking Card
10% off at GBMC Gift Shop and Cafeteria*
Complimentary admittance to one PIM lecture*
Complimentary admittance to ALL PIM lectures*

Membership benefits are based on cumulative giving totals from the prior calendar year.
To receive continuing recognition and benefits, your gift must be renewed annually.
*Current membership card must be presented to receive benefits on campus.

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About GBMC Philanthropy

The mission of the Philanthropy Committee is to generate charitable funds in support of GBMC HealthCare. The Philanthropy Committee members along with the GBMC HealthCare and Gilchrist Services Board of Directors have a responsibility in carrying out this mission – with the support of Philanthropy staff – through annual appeals, fundraising events, major and planned gifts. Together, we will seek gifts from grateful patients, families and friends of the GBMC HealthCare system, as well as corporate, foundation and government grants.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center is registered as a 501(c)(3)
Tax ID Number: 52-6049658

Gilchrist Hospice Care, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3)
Tax ID Number: 52-1851251

Cash and checks can be sent to:
GBMC Philanthropy Department
6701 North Charles Street
Towson, Maryland 21204

Office: (443) 849-2773
Fax: 443-849-3739

GBMC HealthCare Philanthropy Committee:

  • Delbert Adams
  • Robert Aumiller
  • Heidi Berman, Esq., Chair
  • Robert K. Brookland, MD
  • John B. Chessare, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Jenny Coldiron, President, GBMC Foundation
  • Carville Collins, Esq.
  • Beverley C. Compton, Jr.
  • Marilyn Davis, Secretary
  • Charles C. Fenwick, Jr.
  • Jerry Focas, Esq.
  • Neal Friedlander, MD
  • Kevin Manning, PhD
  • Richard Pierce
  • Tanvi Shah, MD
  • Devon Smith, DVM
  • Jacqueline Smith
  • Bonnie Stein
  • Faith E. Thomas, Esq.
  • Alexis Thompson
  • Joan L. Wang, MD
We would also like to thank Edwin R. (Ted) Mowbray III, who died on December 15, 2021 for his contributions and leadership as Treasurer.