The Black Women and Girls Fund (BWGF) seeks to contribute to a world in which Black women and girls thrive. The BWGF awards small grants to projects that support the well-being of or dismantle barriers faced by Black women and girls. The fund is housed at the Baltimore Community Foundation.


Maria S. Johnson, Ph.D.

Founder and Chairperson

Maria S. Johnson, Ph.D. is an author, scholar, and funder who focuses on inequalities in race, gender, and family. She is currently completing a book titled Black Daughters, Black Fathers: Understanding Complex Family Relationships (under contract with NYU Press). Prior to BWGF, Dr. Johnson worked as an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice where she taught courses related to racial inequality, gender, and the politics of poverty. Dr. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan and a BA in history from Hampton University.