LEH Memorial Grants
The LEH Memorial Grants are an invitation-only fund named in honor of its long-serving previous President, LeRoy “Roy” E. Hoffberger (LEH), to honor his philanthropic legacy. In 2020, one of the results of the Foundation’s strategic planning process—beyond identifying the two areas of giving—was the creation of this new fund, which the Board unanimously voted to name in honor of their family member.
The LEH Visionary Grants Committee of the Board identifies and recommends grants each year that reflect the creative and imaginative spirit that Roy exhibited during his lifetime, which may not necessarily be restricted to the Foundation’s stated priorities of children’s mental health and trauma nor workforce development and economic mobility.
These grants seek to combat systemic issues within the most disenfranchised communities within Baltimore through innovative programs that seek to create change for those they support.
The inaugural LEH Memorial Grants were awarded in 2021 to nonprofit organizations in recognition of the family’s interest in research into experimental ways to treat a range of challenging issues such as addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and treatment-resistant depression as well as to support an inaugural community mental health fellowship to the following two organizations:
- The Johns Hopkins University Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research; and
- Open Society Institute (OSI)-Baltimore for its Community Fellows Program (for the 2022 Lois Blum Feinblatt Community Mental Health Fellow).
In addition, two other grantees focused on environmental justice and community development were awarded inaugural grants and continue to be supported:
In addition, in recognition of the family’s current interest in LGBTQIA+ and housing support as well as re-entry programs focused on women, the following two nonprofit organizations are also current grantees:
**Please do not contact the Foundation about the LEH Memorial Grant as it is an invitation-only funding opportunity.**