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Our roots are in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins is truly and proudly of Baltimore, and our faculty, staff, and students contribute to city life in ways both large and small.

With his bequest establishing a hospital and a university in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins ensured that helping others would be his legacy. Today, enhancing and enriching our ties to Baltimore is one of President Daniels’ key priorities for the university community. As the city’s largest anchor institution, Johns Hopkins feels the constant pull of urban issues. We are answering the call with major investments like the ongoing revitalization of East Baltimore, where the School of Education operates Henderson-Hopkins, a K-8 schoool, with the city and Morgan State University. The 90,000-square-foot facility is East Baltimore’s first new public school building in more than 20 years. President Daniels has emphasized the university’s commitment to the city throughout his tenure. In the wake of Baltimore’s unrest in 2015, he has sought to foster dialogue among government, institutions, and residents, and to enhance and expand the university’s commitment to its hometown.

Key Baltimore-Based Community Engagement

Johns Hopkins isn’t acting alone; it is committed to building community through collaborations with those vested in the improvement of Baltimore, including neighborhood leadership, business interests, nonprofits, institutions, foundations, and government.


Launched in fall 2015, this initiative is a firm commitment to leverage Johns Hopkins’ economic power to expand participation of local and minority-owned businesses in construction opportunities; increase its hiring of city residents, with a focus on neighborhoods in need of job opportunities; and enhance economic growth, employment, and investment in Baltimore through our purchasing activities. HopkinsLocal builds on existing community partnerships, projects with city schools, and job training programs to sustain healthier, safer, and more vibrant communities.


Johns Hopkins is among 25 Baltimore-area businesses and institutions that joined together in spring 2016 to commit to expanding existing programs or launch new ones to build, hire, invest, and buy locally. These commitments will infuse at least $69 million into local and minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses over the next three years.

Homewood Community Partners Initiative

This unique university-community partnership includes 10 neighborhoods and one commercial district around the Homewood campus. The goal of the partnership is to boost quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods, reduce blight, improve education, catalyze commercial and retail development, and strengthen local hiring and purchasing. In 2012, Johns Hopkins University committed $10 million to the initiative.

East Baltimore Revitalization

Johns Hopkins University, partnering with East Baltimore Development Inc., the city of Baltimore, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and others, has invested in the large-scale revitalization of areas around Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore campus. The effort seeks to reverse historical trends and transform the neighborhood into a thriving mixed-income community for families, businesses, and public institutions. Collectively, about $650 million has been invested in the project to date.


Johns Hopkins is proud to partner with Morgan State University to support Henderson-Hopkins, a K-8 school serving 550 students in East Baltimore. The Johns Hopkins University School of Education is the operator of the school, which is on a mission to unleash students’ joy and passion while preparing them for academic success and fulfillment in a rapidly changing world. The 90,000-square-foot facility shares the site with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center, operated by Downtown Baltimore Child Care.

Live Near Your Work

This program provides grants to encourage Johns Hopkins employees to purchase homes near its principal locations in Baltimore. Since 2008, Johns Hopkins has provided more than $5 million in grants to 587 of the 15,000 university and health system employees who call Baltimore City Home.

Center for Social Concern (CSC)

CSC provides a base for more than 50 student-run programs that serve Baltimore communities. In 2009–2010, more than 1,500 students performed nearly 80,000 hours of volunteer work through these programs.

Baltimore Scholars Program

Launched in 2004 to provide full-tuition scholarships to any admitted graduates of city public schools, the Baltimore Scholars Program reflects the university’s long-standing investment in Baltimore’s students and schools. The program recognizes high-potential students from the communities around Johns Hopkins campuses and has attracted more than 180 of the city’s brightest young scholars to JHU’s Homewood campus schools and the Peabody Institute. Over the last five years, Johns Hopkins has spent $11.6 million on the Baltimore Scholars Program; in the next five, it will spend more than $20 million.

President’s Day of Service

This university-wide day of service sends approximately 1,000 students, faculty, and staff to participate in volunteer projects throughout the Baltimore area. Economic Impact: Johns Hopkins is Baltimore’s largest employer, a major purchaser of goods and services, a sponsor of large-scale construction projects, and a magnet for students and visitors. In fiscal year 2019, we estimate that Johns Hopkins’ economic impact was more than $12.6 billion statewide and more than $6.2 billion in Baltimore City.

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