Our Mission


The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring our founders’ legacy of generosity to strengthen our community.


Working as a family, we are guided by the following shared beliefs and values:

Understanding  and responding to the needs of our community through informed grantmaking

Respecting  the values of the Roman Catholic faith

Engaging  in the ongoing education of trustees and staff in the field of philanthropy and the nonprofit community

Ensuring  good stewardship of the resources entrusted to our use

Encouraging  open communication, compassion, respect and trust among community, staff and family

Donor Intent

To accomplish our goals and honor the legacy of our founders, the Foundation is guided by the following core principles:

Faith First – align giving with the values of the Catholic faith and prioritize the Catholic community.

Opportunity Opens Doors and Hearts – provide people opportunities to be successful and get ahead as a means to engender a spirit of gratitude & generosity.

Character Counts – look at character, and give to leaders and organizations that exude integrity and have a high standard of accountability.

Use Business Sense – make charitable giving decisions much like in business (look at financial soundness, impact, etc.), and don’t fund a sinking ship.

Strengthen the Community – give locally, in Baltimore, and in ways that both meet needs, and that grow and strengthen the local community.