The Trustees of the Combined Baker Trust are pleased to report that they are now making grants from a Trust established by the philanthropist Gertrude B. Baker, as described below.
Before her death in 1973, Baker was for several years a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Her will created a trust that would provide aid to individuals in need in the Germantown community. She charged her trustees with
making grants each year to benefit the education of boys and girls up to age 21 and to benefit elderly and handicapped persons. Recipients are primarily residents of Germantown and in need of financial assistance. Grants to individuals are up to $5,000. Grants to nonprofits that serve eligible individuals in the Germantown community can be larger.
Recent beneficiaries of the Combined Baker Trust include:
- Community scholars (local Germantown students in need of financial aid) at Germantown Friends School
- Community scholars (local Germantown students in need of financial aid) at William Penn Charter School
- Individual Germantown residents provided with assistance by Center in the Park
- Individual Germantown residents provided with assistance by Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry
- Individual Germantown residents provided with assistance by Human Good, PA
- Individual Germantown residents provided with assistance by Urban Resources Development Corps (URDC)
If you know of an individual resident of Germantown or nonprofit organization working in Germantown that might align with the mission of the Trust, please contact the Trustees of the Combined Baker Trust, c/o Kevin Cannon, BNY Mellon, 1735 Market Street, 9th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the name of the eligible individual or organization and the amount and purpose of the requested grant.
About the Combined Baker Trust
The present Trust combined Gertrude Baker’s own estate with a trust established in the name of her parents, the George and Hannah Bricker Memorial Fund. Baker directed BNY Mellon Bank to manage the Trust’s assets. She directed that the Trust’s board consist of members appointed by First Presbyterian Church in Germantown; by the Presbytery of Philadelphia; and by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
About Gertrude Baker (1884-1973)