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The Giving Life: Stories About the Purpose, Passion, and Power of Generosity and Service – Danista Hunte

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, January 27, 2014
January 27, 2014
 
In November 2013 we held an inspirational evening showcasing individual stories of generosity and service.

Seven people - philanthropists, activists, community, and public service workers – each told a 5-minute true, personal tale about the transformative power of leading a "giving life.”

Presented by The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund and The Stoop Storytelling Series, the evening highlighted giving and honored the goal of the Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund – to encourage and promote philanthropy in our community.

With the theatre alive from the music of Baltimore musicians Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides, The Creative Alliance at the Patterson was filled with members of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, nonprofit partners, friends and members of the community who came together to be inspired by a diverse group of people excited to share their story of giving.

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts designed to bring each story to life. Our hope is that this event and these help to catalyze more giving in our community

Everyone Has a Story. What’s Yours?
 
Danista Hunte is a local education grantmaker by day, and by nights and weekends (or whenever a baby decides to arrive) she is a doula, a labor coach. She is also an undercover poet and aspiring therapist. When she’s not making grants or helping to birth babies, she spends her time being Mama to Isaac, a partner to Karen, and trying to strike a healthy work-life balance.

"I am always moved when grantees come up to me and say thank you for taking a risk on our organization and giving us a grant .. but I really turn it around and say thank you to the nonprofits … the ones who are on the ground doing that really, really hard work … I’m grateful that the role that I get to play, is to be part of this Giving Life.”
Read our other blog posts from ABAG's The Giving Life series: 

The Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund aims to share philanthropy's message beyond the ABAG membership and to build connections between charitably-minded people, organizations and institutions to strengthen our community. As the Resource on Grantmaking, Network for Givers, and Voice for Philanthropy, the mission of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers. www.abagrantmakers.org

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ABAG by the Numbers #30: THE VOICE – 30 Years Being The Resource, Network and Voice for Philanthropy

Posted By Celeste Amato, Friday, December 20, 2013
ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Celeste Amato, President

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for the last 30 weeks, we have briefly highlighted the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on GrantmakingThe Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy – for this final, 30th blog post, we are focusing on:

THE VOICE

30 Years Being The Resource, Network and Voice for Philanthropy

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests.
 
ABAG's mission is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers.

Our members include more than 145 private and community foundations, donor advised funds, and corporations with strategic grantmaking programs - representing the vast majority of institutional giving in our area.
 
Today, as we finish celebrating our 30th anniversary year, ABAG is:  

* The Resource on Grantmaking
ABAG provides critical information and services to the philanthropic and nonprofit communities.

* The Network for Givers
ABAG convenes grantmakers and others to address issues and create lasting solutions.

* The Voice for Philanthropy
ABAG represents the philanthropic sector to key audiences, including the media, legislators, and national organizations, raising public awareness and understanding about the role and impact of philanthropy on our society.

We’ve looked forward to celebrating 30 years of philanthropy with our membership and the broader community this year, and we look forward to shaping the next 30 years of giving together!

 

Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.  



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ABAG by the Numbers #29: THE NETWORK – 162 Donors Invested in the Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund

Posted By Kim Snipes, Thursday, December 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013
ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Kim Snipes, Member Information and Operations Manager
 
As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic. 

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE NETWORK

162 Donors Invested in the Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund

To celebrate the extraordinary tenure of ABAG’s former Executive Director, Betsy Nelson, in 2012 the ABAG Board of Directors established the Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund to support the organization’s efforts to promote charitable giving and involvement in addressing community issues and challenges.

The Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund at ABAG aims to share philanthropy's message beyond the ABAG membership and build connections between charitably-minded people, organizations and institutions to strengthen our community - just as Betsy has done over the years.

When it was developed, the Board envisioned that the Fund would support activities that will promote and inspire philanthropy beyond ABAG's membership and current efforts, and that is just what ABAG did.
 
This past November, we held the first Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund event, The Giving Life: Stories about the purpose, passion, and power of generosity and service. of generosity and service. Seven people - philanthropists, activists, community and public service workers – each told a 5-minute true, personal tale about the transformative power of leading a "giving life.” We partnered with The Stoop Storytelling Series, and the evening was designed to highlight giving, to encourage and promote philanthropy in our community.

By institutionalizing Betsy's charitable values, the Fund will continue to strengthen the organization she has built, maintain its leading position as the voice of philanthropy, expand the network of givers and remain Baltimore's best resource for grantmaking. And it will be the opportunity for ABAG to share its vision to strengthen Baltimore with even more people and organizations into the future. At this time, the BNLF has almost 200 donors.

Contributions are currently being accepted for the Fund - you may click here to donate
 
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Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving
With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community. 
 



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ABAG by the Numbers #28: THE RESOURCE – 17 Years that BNC Has Existed

Posted By Ann Sherrill, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Ann Sherrill, Director, Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.
As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

17 Years of Funder Collaboration through BNC

Since 1996, the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC) has convened local and national funders, banks, corporate giving programs and public agencies to deepen their understanding of community development issues in Baltimore and to pool grants strategically. More than 40 funders have worked together generating more than $8.1 million in grants, which have been vital to strengthening so many of our communities.

BNC has played many other important roles in addition to grantmaking. BNC has worked with a range of community groups to help them improve how they do their work, organized community forums, funded policy research and helped to launch new programs. And, as one of the earliest and most tenured funder collaboratives in the country, BNC has served as a model for others.

BNC has helped generate discussion and action on a range of issues, including resident engagement strategies, strengthening the city’s "middle” market neighborhoods, foreclosure intervention and homeownership counseling, and transit-centered community development. From Reservoir Hill to Greenmount West to Belair-Edison, many Baltimore communities are stronger and healthier.

By the numbers in 2013, BNC grantee organizations:
  • Provided housing counseling services to 3,986 clients, helped 442 avoid foreclosure, and facilitated 496 home purchases;
  • Developed 40 housing units with another 47 in the pipeline, assisted business owners with 16 façade improvements, and organized community engagement activities including 70 block projects.
In 2014, BNC is planning to help current grantees with one final round of support but, due to changes in the environment, will then conclude its pooled grantmaking program. ABAG’s community development activities will transition to a new Neighborhood and Community Development Funders Affinity Group that will build on BNC’s work by establishing an ongoing forum for shared learning as well as create future opportunities for aligned investment.

BNC’s legacy will also live on in the organizations we helped to nurture with early support – Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition, the Baltimore Integration Partnership, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, Maryland Housing Counselors Network, and the Community Development Network of Maryland.

We look forward to celebrating and further documenting BNC’s accomplishments with you, and are confident that continued efforts to strengthen community development will emerge in Baltimore.

ABAG members interested in joining the new Neighborhood and Community Development Affinity Group should contact me at asherrill@bncbaltimore.org
 

Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community. 

 

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ABAG by the Numbers #27: THE NETWORK – 30 Regional Giving Circles

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Strategic Initiatives Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE NETWORK

30 Regional Giving Circles

As a membership organization, part of our mission is to understand and promote philanthropic giving. One of the ways we are doing this is by promoting the growth of giving circles and welcoming them as members.

Our region is home to dozens of giving circles that benefit from connecting to and learning from one another about a variety of issues important to the region's giving circle community.

A giving circle is a pooled fund, generally hosted or sponsored by a charitable organization such as acommunity foundation, through which members make grants together. They are typically organized around a particular issueor area of interest, such as women's issues, quality of life, or the environment, and are considered a high engagement form of philanthropy because donors usually participate in collective decision making and educational activities.

Thirteen years ago, ABAG was fortunate to receiving funding from the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers New Ventures in Philanthropy Project and over 20 local funders to start a region-wide effort called the Baltimore Giving Project (BGP) with the goal of promoting organized philanthropy, particularly among people who have not considered themselves "philanthropists” in the traditional sense.One of the strategies of the BGP was to bring the concept of giving circles to our region.

Thirteen years later we are proud to have played a role in the development and growth of a number of circles in our region by providing information, giving some seed funding, organizing and attending meetings, speaking publicly, working with the media, facilitating learning sessions, and developing and distributing resources for giving circles in our region, and we are pleased to continue playing a role in the development, growth and sustainability of giving circles in our region and across the country.

In fact, this year we are pleased to have hosted our 5th Annual GivingCircleConnector event in partnership with the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, which was attended by 36 participants from 9 giving circles in the region to share best practices.

Click here to learn more about ABAG’s efforts with giving circles.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community. 


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ABAG by the Numbers #26: THE RESOURCE – 16 Affinity Groups

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Thursday, December 12, 2013
ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Elisabeth Hyleck, ABAG Strategic Initiatives Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic. As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

16 Affinity Groups

Both locally and across the country intentional collaborations among funders have increased the impact of philanthropy by combining members’ knowledge and expertise.

In order to facilitate our members’ in-depth exploration of issues and impact on targeted community concerns, ABAG has established Affinity Groups. We are proud that ABAG members represent diverse funding types and funding interests, and that our affinity groups have allowed members with common interests to learn and share together through the years.

Affinity groups provide a forum for funders to deepen understanding of community issues and strategies and to discuss ways use that knowledge in a catalytic way to strengthen and build capacity in the field. Some other common purposes include: act on a shared interest; discuss promising practices, lessons learned, and common challenges; increase opportunities for collaborative funding; react to a critical situation such as an opportunity or crisis; and reach out to prospective members.

Led by volunteer chairs and, in some cases, steering committees, affinity groups and ABAG staff develop educational programs and facilitate communication among members. All ABAG members are invited to participate in any affinity group educational programming and are eligible to join one or more affinity groups.

ABAG affinity groups also meet together yearly to determine how they can continue to learn and collaborate - both within their group and across groups.

I’m pleased to note that in 2013 we created a new Arts Funders Affinity group and are currently forming a new Neighborhood and Community Development Affinity Group, adding to the opportunities for members to learn more about effective programs, national and local best practices, and their colleagues' investments.

Here’s a list of ABAG’s Affinity Groups:

• Affinity Group on Aging
• Arts Affinity Group
• Basic Human Needs Affinity Group
• Education Affinity Group
• Financial Literacy and Asset Building Affinity Group
• Green Funders Affinity Group
• Health Affinity Group
• Mental Health Funders Group
• Neighborhood and Community Development Affinity Group
• Workforce Development Affinity Group

By joining an affinity group through the years ABAG members have indicated their interest in receiving specific communications about group meetings and issue-based resources, and they have joined a thoughtful and committed peer group working strategically to solve tough problems in our region.

Click here to learn more about ABAG’s Affinity Groups.
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Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving
With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.
 


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ABAG by the Numbers #25: THE NETWORK – 4 Generations Involved in Their Family’s Philanthropy

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Adam Donaldson, Member Services Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic. As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE NETWORK

4 Generations Involved in Their Family’s Philanthropy

In 2013 ABAG has over 70 family foundations and funds as members. Family Foundations make up the largest proportion of grantmaking organizations. A family foundation or fund is one whose funds are derived from members of a single family that has made a decision to commit some part of its wealth to philanthropy.

Part of ABAG’s efforts with our family foundations and funds is to provide ideas, information and resources on engaging the next generation in their good work. We help family members of all ages learn and practice effective philanthropy and we serve as an ongoing resource for our family members’ legacy of giving .

Many whom we use to call the next generation 30 years ago are now THE generation!"

We are proud to currently work with four generations of ABAG family members.

Click here to learn more about ABAG’s family foundations and funds.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #24: THE VOICE – 3,500 Connections Through Social Media

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Communications Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE VOICE

3,500+ Connections Through Social Media

As a membership organization of foundations and corporate giving programs ranging in size, staff, resources and capacity, we at The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers are continually looking at how to better our communications with and on behalf of our members.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, we provide critical information and services to the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. As The Network for Givers in our region, we convene grantmakers and others to address issues and create lasting solutions. And, as The Voice for Philanthropy, we represent the philanthropic sector to key audiences, including the media, legislators, and national organizations, raising public awareness and understanding about the role and impact of philanthropy on our society.

One of our specific goals at ABAG is to help raise the public's awareness of the role philanthropy plays – especially the work of our member funders – to improve the quality of life in our region.

In order to enhance our ability to be the resource, network and voice of and for our members, we have been utilizing social media, and in particular Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Blogging for four specific reasons: To Communicate, Disseminate, Concentrate and Participate.

· Communicate: As an additional avenue to communicate with our members.

· Disseminate: To "Tell the Story of Philanthropy” by highlighting the importance of charitable giving and how donating to one’s community can bring about real change - which is the work of our member institutions.

· Concentrate: To "listen” to what others are saying about issues we care about, and to utilize these opportunities to gather knowledge, information and resources.

· Participate: And, to be a part of, and help to shape the conversation about philanthropy that is taking place all day, every day, through social media.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #23: THE RESOURCE – 18 Projects and Collaboratives

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Strategic Initiatives Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, andThe Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

18 Projects and Collaboratives

One of the goals in ABAG’s strategic plan is to help members address critical issues and improve community conditions, engaging the public sector, national philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations to support these efforts.

ABAG has pursued this goal for years by creating opportunities for members to work proactively on identified community problems – encouraging and nurturing collaboration between grantmakers through distinct projects and funding collaboratives that work on targeted concerns.

ABAG’s has housed 18 projects and collaborative through the years, and currently supports the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, the Baltimore Integration Partnership, the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, the Maryland Community Foundation Association, and the Maryland Environmental Health Network. Former projects include the Baltimore Giving Project, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance and Supporting Public Schools of Choice, to name a few.

Each project and collaborative is lead funded by and led by ABAG members, is managed by ABAG staff and consultants, and brings funders together with community partners to learn, strategize, and invest in specific issue areas.

ABAG projects and collaboratives have raised and funded millions of dollars in the region through the years and are an integral part of ABAG member learning, sharing and having a greater impact together.

Learn more about ABAG projects here.


 Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community. 



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ABAG by the Numbers #21: THE VOICE - 260 Columns in the Daily Record

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, ABAG Communications Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE VOICE

260 Columns in The Daily Record

In 2001, we approached The Daily Record about increasing coverage of the nonprofit sector. Eleven years and 260 columns later, we wrote the final column last December.

Betsy Nelson’s tenure as the president of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers came to an end late last year upon her retirement, and with it, the completion of her telling the great stories of philanthropy and stories about the role nonprofit organizations play in our community and our world for the Daily Record.

With the column, we charged ourselves with presenting the wide array of issues that philanthropy touches. Our hope was that the column would not only help shed light on the efforts made by the funding community, but would also capture the interest of nonprofit organizations and those not actively involved in philanthropy so that we might together improve the quality of life in our community.

ABAG’s President Celeste Amato picked up where Betsy Nelson left off, and our monthly column on philanthropy in the Baltimore Business Journal made its debut this past June.

A core underpinning of our columns in the Daily Record and now the Baltimore Business Journal has been the recognition that we all need to be ambassadors for the organizations and issues we care about. Whether a donor, staff member or trustee of a foundation, nonprofit or business, we have a communication role to play. Communicating how foundations and nonprofits tackle some of society's most pressing problems brings increased attention to promising solutions and sparks collaborations that might make our community a better place for all of its residents.

Much has changed over these years, though the necessity of telling stories and encouraging others to join in the philanthropic arena remain today. Fortunately, the avenues for telling these stories and the recognition of the impact of the charitable sector have increased substantially. When we started the column, we hoped there would be enough stories to share, and we now know that the stories keep coming and that there are now many narrators, communicating through website postings, blogs, tweets and other social media outlets.

ABAG also hosts our "Adventures in Philanthropy blog with posts written by our staff, board, ABAG members and partners that aims to offer a glimpse into the world of philanthropy, presenting current issues and information relevant to funders, policymakers, members of the media and those interested in issues and philanthropic trends.

I invite you to visit www.abagrantmakers.org/adventuresinphilanthropy and encourage you to share your own views through this blog so we can all be ambassadors for organizations and issues we care about.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #20: THE RESOURCE - 24 Annual Meetings

Posted By Celeste Amato, Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

24 Annual Meetings

ABAG’s Annual Meeting is a key event for us each year. It’s an opportunity to review the previous year's achievements, elect board members and engage our membership on a specific and relevant topic of interest with our keynote speaker.

It’s also a time for members to connect, interact, network, learn, share and celebrate together.

The very first ABAG annual meetings were about building connections between members and included activities that were more social in nature. In the 1990’s we incorporated keynote speakers who focused their remarks on promoting philanthropy and enlarging our philanthropic networks, with Dr. Benjamin Carson discussing the "Changing the Face of Philanthropy” and Bruce Flessner describing how we need to "Draw a Broader Circle around Philanthropy.”

Grantmakers are increasingly asking themselves how to do better, how to push themselves to accomplish more for grantees and the community, which is reflected in the focus of our Annual Meeting topics this past decade, including: "Exploring what works,” "Aligning for Results,” "The Challenges of Philanthropy,” "Courage Matters More than Money,” and "How Donors Maximize Philanthropic Impact.”

What makes our annual meetings so special is the opportunity to bring diverse colleagues together to learn more about themselves, more about philanthropy, and more about improving the community. The ABAG annual meeting serves to unite the philanthropic community and challenges us to continue learning together.

It is an endeavor worth repeating year after year.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

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ABAG by the Numbers #19: THE NETWORK - 26 Corporate and Business Givers in 2013

Posted By Kim Snipes, Thursday, November 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Kim Snipes, Member Information and Operations Manager

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic. As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE NETWORK

26 Corporate and Business Givers in 2013

ABAG members represent diverse funding types, interests and geographic focus. In 2013 ABAG has over 26 Corporate and Business Givers as members.

Maryland businesses—both large and small—offer charitable support to not only projects and programs that enrich our lives, but also those programs that protect and support our most vulnerable citizens. Without local business giving many programs that serve Maryland’s neediest residents would not exist.

To assist our Corporate and Business members, we’ve hosted the Business Giving Roundtable for the last 5 years. This roundtable provides a venue for corporate and business givers to exchange ideas and share their unique processes, from online grant applications to strategic planning - a network of peers to be called upon as an invaluable resource. It also includes presentations on a broad range of topics of interest to a business audience.

The Business Giving Digest is a monthly digest of relevant information about corporate citizenship, corporate social responsibility and business philanthropy.

Interested in learning more about ABAG’s programs and services for corporations and businesses? Contact me here: ksnipes@abagrantmakers.org

Click here to learn more about ABAG’s membership.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community. 

 

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ABAG by the Numbers #18: THE VOICE - 275 Issues of Philanthropy News Online

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Communications Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE VOICE

275+ Issues of Philanthropy News Online

ABAG's Philanthropy News Online eNewsletter provides information on the good work of our members and partners, and highlights the latest news and information relevant for local, regional and national philanthropy.

Published monthly for the last decade, ABAG’s Philanthropy News Online is sent to over 2,500 subscribers also provides information on ABAG programs and events open to the broader public, as well as Requests for Proposals and job announcements from ABAG members.

View the latest version of Philanthropy News Online here, and subscribe here.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #17: THE RESOURCE – 3 Funder Roundtables

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Elisabeth Hyleck, ABAG Strategic Initiatives Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

3 Funder Roundtables

As a membership organization, we are pleased to host Groups and Roundtables that bring funders together around common interest areas – be they based on the type of philanthropy or, until recently, geography.

One of the greatest values of ABAG membership is the relationships built between colleagues. Talking candidly about what is happening in each organization and the region is worthwhile and important but often hard to schedule in our busy world. To overcome those scheduling obstacles, ABAG’s Business Giving Roundtable brings our business members together on a quarterly basis for informal luncheons to ensure they can benefit from relationships with corporate peers. The agenda is always shaped by what's on the mind of those who attend and our members walk away having learned and shared together.

ABAG’s Family Philanthropy Roundtable began in April 2002 to provide an opportunity for family foundation trustees and board members to talk with each other about the joys and challenges of family philanthropy and share expertise, experiences, questions, and concerns with others in similar situations. No one pretends to have the one right answer, but there is always thoughtful discussion. Family Philanthropy Roundtables are held 3-4 times each year.

Until recently ABAG hosted the Anne Arundel County Funders Roundtable in partnership with the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. The roundtable recently transitioned to be fully organized by the community foundation and is open to private, business and federated fund grantmakers and donors making grants in their county.

Learn more about our Roundtables here and consider attending the next one that suits your interest!


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #16: THE NETWORK – 5 Operating Foundations and Other Charitable Programs in 2013

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Monday, October 21, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Adam Donaldson, ABAG Member Services Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE NETWORK

5 Operating Foundations and Other Charitable Programs in 2013

ABAG members represent diverse funding types, interests and geographic focus.

A segment of our membership is comprised of Operating Foundations and Other Charitable Programs, which includes members like The Chesapeake Bay Trust, Enterprise Community Partners, the International Youth Foundation and the Maryland Legal Services Corporation. It also includes our first giving circle that has joined ABAG as a member, The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle, and new members, The Beacon Charitable Foundation and The Family League of Baltimore.

These funds and foundations are promoters of philanthropy and champions for specific issues in our communities, across the state and country, and/or internationally - check them out!


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #15: THE VOICE – 15 ABAG Publications

Posted By Kim Snipes, Thursday, October 10, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Kim Snipes, ABAG Member Information & Operations Manager

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE VOICE

15 ABAG Publications

As a membership organization we are pleased to provide a number of resources developed for our members as well as the broader funding and nonprofit communities.

Our most recent publication in June of 2013, "Partnering for Impact: Combining National Knowledge with Regional Leverage for Local Impact," documents the experiences, successes and lessons learned during the Learning and Action Agenda Project by ABAG staff, Annie E. Casey Foundation staff, and staff from participating regional associations of grantmakers.

And, based on a desire from our membership to collaborate on a resources for the funding community, we developed ABAG's "Guide for Funding Basic Human Needs in a Challenging Economy" to inform the funding community about the scale and scope of need among Central Marylanders. The publication focuses on eight areas critical to maintaining self sufficiency, which suffer during an economic downturn.

Each year ABAG publishes our Member Directory, the #1 resource for area fundraisers and grant writers. Updated annually, our Membership Directory is the grantseeker's guide to the trustees, staff and interest areas of ABAG member foundations and corporate giving programs. The directory lists contact names and areas of interest of ABAG member organizations; a copy of the ABAG Common Grant Application Form is included.

Through the years we’ve also created publications to assist our members and the field on anything from Business Giving, Giving Circles and Women’s Philanthropy, to using external evaluators and local donor collaboration. And, 5 years ago we created our Snapshots of Philanthropy in honor of our members on our 25th anniversary, which is still relevant today.

As the need and opportunity arises, ABAG will continue to collaborate on the development of philanthropic resources to assist our members, the field and the broader community.


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.



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ABAG by the Numbers #13: THE NETWORK – 18 Federated Funds and Community Foundations in 2013

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Thursday, October 3, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Adam Donaldson, ABAG Member Services Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

AsThe Resource on Grantmaking,The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE NETWORK

18 Federated Funds and Community Foundations in 2013

ABAG members represent diverse funding types, interests and geographic focus. In 2013 ABAG has 18 Federated Funds and Community Foundations as members.

These funds and foundations are champions for philanthropy in our communities and across the state. Community Foundations and Federated Funds specialize in helping individuals, families and businesses plan and carry out their charitable giving, and in building endowments to serve their regions’ changing needs. They represent the collective philanthropy of hundreds of donors, including corporate, philanthropic and civic leaders.

As a membership organization of funders, we are pleased to host the Maryland Community Foundation Association (MCFA). Maryland is home to 14 community foundations, each serving a region of Maryland in unique ways. Together, MCFA speaks with one voice in promoting philanthropy to benefit towns, cities and rural areas across the state. You can learn more about Maryland’s Community Foundations here.

Other members include Associated Black Charities, the ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and United Way of Central Maryland – all of which promote philanthropy in our region and across the state – check them out!



Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #12: THE VOICE - 100 Blog Posts

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

AsThe Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE VOICE

100 Blog Posts

ABAG has produced our "Adventures in Philanthropy” blog for the last two and a half years.

Adventures in Philanthropy blog posts are written by our staff and diverse membership and offer a glimpse into the world of philanthropy, presenting current issues and information relevant to funders, policymakers, members of the media, and those interested in current issues and giving trends.

We are committed to having an ongoing voice in the blogosphere to highlight ABAG, the work of our members, and philanthropy overall and to engage with those interested in the sector.

Interested in writing a blog post? Engage with us!

Read and subscribe to ABAG's Adventures in Philanthropy Blog


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.


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ABAG by the Numbers #11: THE RESOURCE - 1,112 Technical Assistance Requests Filled

Posted By Kim Snipes, Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Kim Snipes, ABAG Member Information and Operations Manager

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

AsThe Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

1,112 Technical Assistance Requests Filled

Members seek assistance from ABAG staff regarding grantmaking practice, technology, sector trends, communications and social media, issue-focused resources, statistics, and much more.

As a membership organization, our members gain a staff of thousands, comprised of our professional staff, our community of grantmakers, and a national network of philanthropic partners, ready to deliver personalized technical assistance to help grantmakers meet their goals.

ABAG members represent diverse funding types, interests and geographic focus and thus a wide variety of questions for and requests of ABAG’s staff – requests that we have a 30 year history of assisting with, including questions regarding foundation regulations, foundation operations (salary surveys, grants management software options), discretionary grants, governance, communications and much more.

We conduct peer benchmarking research and know the emerging trends in national philanthropy. And, ABAG staff provides members with templates and examples of policies and procedures so no one has to re-invent the wheel to improve their grantmaking process.

In fact, we even have an online technical assistance request form.

We are proud to have a 30 year history of being a technical assistance resource to our members.



Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

 



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ABAG by the Numbers #10: THE NETWORK - 73 Family Foundation Funds in 2013

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Adam Donaldson, ABAG Member Services Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE NETWORK

73 Family Foundations and Funds in 2013

ABAG members represent diverse funding types, interests and geographic focus. In 2013 ABAG has over 70 family foundations and funds as members.

Family Foundations make up the largest proportion of grantmaking organizations. A family foundation or fund is one whose funds are derived from members of a single family that has made a decision to commit some part of its wealth to philanthropy.

To assist our family members, we’ve hosted The Family Philanthropy Roundtable for the last decade, to provide an opportunity for family foundation trustees and board members to talk with each other about the joys and challenges of family philanthropy and share expertise, experiences, questions, and concerns with others in similar situations. No one pretends to have the one right answer, but there is always thoughtful discussion. Informal roundtable luncheons are held 3-4 times each year.

ABAG also publishes a monthly Family Philanthropy Digest eNewsletter, seeks to engage the next generation of leadership, and hosts programs about encouraging philanthropy among children and families.

Interested in learning more about ABAG’s programs and services for families? Contact me here: adonaldson@abagrantmakers.org

Click here to learn more about ABAG’s membership.



Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

 


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ABAG by the Numbers #9: THE VOICE - 10 Years Participating in Foundations on the Hill

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Adam Donaldson, ABAG Member Services Director

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, we are briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

AsThe Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week we are focusing on:

THE VOICE

10 Years Participating in Foundations on the Hill

As a membership organization, ABAG works to connect members to policymakers and to be a voice on local, state, and federal public policy issues that promote effective philanthropy and build stronger communities.

Since 2003, ABAG has joined with the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and others for Foundations on the Hill, an annual opportunity for grantmakers and regional associations to meet with their federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of Foundations on the Hill is:

Charitable Giving:

  • Inform and educate Congress about philanthropy
  • Create visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill
  • Advocate on issues affecting foundations and charitable giving

Philanthropy with Policymakers:

  • Encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues
  • ABAG’s efforts have deepened to a position on the Government Relations Committee for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, helping to plan the event

During Foundations on the Hill, we have participated with trustees, executives and staff of our members to schedule meetings on Capitol Hill to personally discuss their work with members of Congress.

In addition to congressional meetings, our staff and members have attended training sessions, and a public policy conference on current issues impacting philanthropy and nonprofits, and strategies for effectively advancing philanthropy with policymakers.

Click here to learn more about ABAG’s Public Policy efforts.



Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

 


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ABAG by the Numbers #8: THE RESOURCE – 1,288 Learning Programs

Posted By Celeste Amato, Monday, August 26, 2013
Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, I'm briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking,The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week I'm focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

1,288 Learning Programs

ABAG has a long history of delivering a wide variety of quality programs for ABAG’s diverse membership.

Each year we host programs on numerous topics that help ABAG members strengthen their grantmaking practice, learn more about community issues and connect with experts, leaders and peers.

In fact, by way of example, just last year we had over 1,400 attendees at our 112 learning programs, webinars and special events that covered topics ranging from nonprofit technology to a farm for kids.

ABAG programs are coordinated by our staff, with direction from our members. Member involvement has been a critical component to ensuring our many program offerings are relevant, informative, and engaging.

Our learning programs are designed to convene the best local, regional and national thinking on a variety of issues, encourage members to participate in issue-oriented programs and roundtables featuring fellow funders and policy experts, build know-how to protect the integrity of grantmaking by learning best practices and to keep apprised of top philanthropic trends and relevant public policy.

And, ABAG programs allow members to communicate and collaborate with local colleagues who share similar professional responsibilities, interests and a commitment to excellence.

Elisabeth Hyleck, ABAG's Strategic Initiatives Director and chief program planner notes that "One of ABAG's strategic goals is to help members to address critical issues and improve community conditions, engaging the public sector, national philanthropy and nonprofit organizations to support these efforts ... learning among funders helps increase the impact of philanthropy by combining members' knowledge and expertise."

We are proud to offer many diverse and informative programs each year, and look forward to the next 30 years of learning opportunities!

Click here to learn more about ABAG programs.


 


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

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ABAG by the Numbers #7: THE NETWORK – 144 Overall Members in 2013

Posted By Celeste Amato, Monday, August 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, I'm briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week I'm focusing on:

THE NETWORK

144 Overall Members in 2013

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is the region’s premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community. ABAG was founded in 1983 to provide a forum in which colleagues could address common problems, approaches and interests.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post about our 12 Founding Members, ABAG was started in 1983 as a membership organization by and for funders because they knew they could work more effectivelyif they knew others in the broader funding community, knew the issues surrounding different program areas, and worked together to solve problems.

Today, our members include more than 145 private and community foundations, donor advised funds, and corporations with strategic grantmaking programs - representing the vast majority of institutional giving in our area.

So, what do our current members do here at ABAG? Well, they learn, share and gain:

Knowledge.

ABAG members …

  • Convene to access the best local, regional and national thinking on a variety of issues.
  • Participate in issue-oriented programs and roundtables featuring fellow funders and policy experts.
  • Build know-how to protect the integrity of grantmaking by learning best practices.
  • Keep apprised of top philanthropic trends and relevant public policy.

Connections.

ABAG members …

  • Learn, share and are inspired by peers at educational programs and networking events held throughout the region.
  • Meet the people and partners—philanthropic, nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders—that help grantmaking be as effective as possible.
  • Tap into national grantmaking networks for new ideas and perspectives.
  • Communicate and collaborate with local colleagues who share similar professional responsibilities, interests and a commitment to excellence.

Leadership.

ABAG members …

  • Are part of a dynamic community of philanthropic leaders.
  • Engage in critical dialogue with local, state and national government officials who shape public policy.
  • Participate in telling our collective story about philanthropy.
  • Influence the ideas that drive grantmaking and the quality of life in our region.
  • Align work to strengthen the collective power of philanthropy and build stronger communities.

We are proud that our membership is strong and continues to grow - and we look forward to the next 30 years together! 

Click here to view our full membership.



Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

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ABAG by the Numbers #6: THE VOICE - 8 Guiding Principles

Posted By Celeste Amato, Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, I'm briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week I'm focusing on:

THE VOICE

8 Guiding Principles 

As a community of grantmakers, we uphold eight governance principles that seek to maximize private philanthropic money for the public good.

It is our hope that these principles will inspire all grantmakers to pursue new levels of effectiveness in their work. And, we promote these principles through grantmaker education programs and maintains published resources and sample policies to help grantmakers.

They were developed by ABAG’s diverse membership with the leadership of our Ethics & Accountability Task Force. Our members and the Task Force took great care to ensure that the Guiding Principles be both informative and inclusive. We believe there is great value in these pages for all grantmakers, regardless of size or type.

The following eight Principles reflect aspirations and legal requirements for good governance and stewardship, and the continued assurance of the use of private philanthropic money for public good:

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

  1. Serve the public good.
  2. Recognize and fulfill all fiduciary and legal responsibilities, and abide by state and federal laws that govern nonprofit and grantmaking organizations.
  3. Adhere to the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior.
  4. Operate with an active governing body that is responsible for establishing and implementing policies and procedures, and for reviewing and revising them on a regular basis.
  5. Establish and follow policies and procedures that support clear, purposeful, and informed grantmaking.
  6. Be accessible and open, and make available basic information about grantmaking priorities, programs, funding guidelines, application requirements, and grant monitoring/reporting procedures.
  7. Maintain constructive relationships with applicants, grantees, donors, colleagues, and the public based on mutual respect and candor.
  8. Support continuous learning and engagement by members of the governing body, staff, and grantees.

They are broad statements of responsibilities that ABAG members aspire to uphold.

You can download our Guiding Principles & Implementation Options brochure here.



Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

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ABAG by the Numbers #5: THE RESOURCE - 12 Board Chairs

Posted By Celeste Amato, Monday, August 12, 2013
Updated: Monday, August 12, 2013

ABAG BY THE NUMBERS

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

As ABAG celebrates 30 years of philanthropy and seeks to help shape the next 30 years of giving, we've told some of our story through our 30th anniversary infographic, ABAG By the Numbers.

Each week, for 30 weeks, I'm briefly highlighting the 30 numbers in this infographic.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, The Network for Givers, and The Voice for Philanthropy - this week I'm focusing on:

THE RESOURCE

12 Board Chairs

As a membership of foundations, ABAG is governed by a board elected by its membership.

Over the last 30 years our organization has been led by 12 outstanding Board Chairs – each brought a unique leadership style and vision that shaped the success of our Association.

Many thanks to our dedicated Board Chairs and our current and past Board Members. I must say, I am so impressed with the leadership and strength of the board throughout all these years. 

1. Sheldon Goldseker, The Goldseker Foundation

2. Jan Rivitz, The Aaron & Lillie Straus Foundation

3. Sita Culman, The Abell Foundation

4. Margaret Mauro, The Rouse Company Foundation

5. Diana Morris, Open Society Institute-Baltimore

6. Betsy Ringel, Blaustein Philanthropic Funds

7. Mary Wieler, The Wieler Family Foundation

8. Mike Riley, M & T Charitable Foundation

9. Penny Anderson, United Way of Central Maryland

10. Lynn Rauch, The Kentfields Foundation

11. Bob Waldman, Venable

12. Beth Harber, The Abell Foundation

When Sheldon Goldseker, ABAG's first Board Chair, was starting the Goldseker Foundation in the 1970's it didn't take him long to realize that Baltimore lacked a professional philanthropy presence. "There were philanthropies here and there but very few people were talking to each other" says Sheldon. "It's both rewarding and exciting to see how meaningful ABAG has become to philanthropy." 

Here's a recent video clip of Sheldon discussing ABAG’s 30th anniversary.

Click here to learn more about our current Board of Directors.

 


Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy: Shaping the Next 30 Years of Giving

With vision and persistence, a group of leading foundations and corporations founded the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in 1983 as a forum in which colleagues could address common problems and interests. Today, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary with 145+ members, ABAG is the region's premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community.

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