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MdEHN - Climate Hero

Posted By Allison Rich, Monday, November 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

November 24, 2013 

By Allison Rich, 

Children's Environemntal Health Specialist, The Maryland Environmental Health Network

The Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) received recognition last week as a Climate Hero from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). The award ceremony was part of the Baltimore stop on CCAN’s Crossroads Tour. Over 230 people attended the program at MICA, to hear how the plan to export fracked gas out of Cove Point in southern Maryland threatens our environment and health, while renewable energy alternatives protect both and are economically beneficial as well.

Rebecca Ruggles, Director of MdEHN said, "Recognition from CCAN is a high compliment. Climate change is a huge threat to human health and it’s closely related to air pollution which is a major cause of preventable illness and premature death.” Rebecca shared the stage with CCAN founder Mike Tidwell and Lynn Heller of the Abell Foundation, who spoke about her role in leading Baltimore City’s Climate Action Plan work group.

For the past year, MdEHN has worked on a range of energy related issues that impact the health of Marylanders. With our partners, the Chesapeake Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, MdEHN helped insure that health implications of fracking will be well researched as part of Maryland’s Marcellus Shale Commission study process.

Maryland is the first state to research the public health implications of unconventional drilling practices by the natural gas industry, before drilling takes place.

With support from a BGE Green Grant, MdEHN’s November meeting focused on the health implications of energy choices in Maryland and ways health advocates can promote healthy energy policy. Past meeting topics focused on environmental factors that impact air quality and human health. Resources from past Network meetings are available here.

The Maryland Environmental Health Network is a project of ABAG, started with leadership and support from the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation. Additional funders supporting the Network and its publications are: the Zanvyl & Isabelle Krieger Fund, the Town Creek Foundation, the Abell Foundation and The Keith Campbell Foundation.

At our September meeting in Brooklyn/Curtis Bay, MdEHN helped connect environmental health researchers, state policy-makers, the Filbert Street Garden, and a student led advocacy group called Free Your Voice. As someone who has worked with many student groups, I am so impressed with these young people. They are mounting a campaign to stop the incinerator that would be less than a mile from their school . Check out the video these students made about the impact of industrial pollution on their neighborhood: http://vimeo.com/74501368

MdEHN will publish a report on the relationship between Maryland’s health status and air pollution problems in early 2014. Most air pollution is linked to sources that also produce greenhouse gases, so solutions such as renewable energy development are good for both health and the climate. That’s the good news – a health lens highlights policy solutions that will pay off on multiple levels.

# The Maryland Environmental Health Network convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment. www.mdehn.org MdEHN is a project of The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers www.abagrantmakers.org

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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 2013

Check out these recent reports from the field:

 

2013 Charity CEO Compensation Study (Charity Navigator)

2013 Donor-Advised Fund Report (National Philanthropic Trust)

A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems (Grants Managers Network, Technology Affinity Group, Idealware)

Doing Good in the 21st Century (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy & La Piana Consulting)- features MCF's Trista Harris

Finding a Foothold: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability (Knight Foundation)

Funding Movement Building: Bay Area Approaches (Bay Area Justice Funders Network)

Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States (Foundation Center)

Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better (Monitor Institute & Foundation Center)

Six Pathways to Enduring Results: Lessons from Spend-Down Foundations (The Bridgespan Group)

Small Steps to Big Change: Why Support for Local Latino Groups Is Critical to LGBTQ Organizing (Hispanics in Philanthropy)

 Thank you to our national membership association, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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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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The Giving Life

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Thursday, November 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 25, 2013

November 13, 2013

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, ABAG Communications Director

Last night 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, this was an everning designed to highlight giving, honoring 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.

ABAG Board Chair Beth Harber welcomed the crowd, highlighted ABAG, the work we do, and the goals of the Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund ... and set the stage for a wonderful evening. Check out some initial pictures here.

Many thanks to our gifted, thoughtful and inspirational Giving Life Storytellers:

1. David Warnock

2. Danista Hunte

3. Jillianne Shear

4. Annette R. March-Grier

5. Mary Klopcic

6. John Provenzano

7. Chris Wilson

And, several audience members took an opportunity to jump on stage and share a quick story on giving - including ABAG Board Member, Kevin Griffin Moreno of The Baltimore Community Foundation.

We look forward to bringing their stories to life in the coming weeks and months – stay tuned for additional photos and audio clips of The Giving Life: Stories about the purpose, passion, and power of generosity and service.

We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations that have partnered to present our first Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund event. In particular, we wish to thank the ABAG Legacy Event Planning Committee led by Elisabeth Hyleck, ABAG’s Strategic Initiatives Director, who thoughtfully developed a forum to highlight important stories about giving: Celeste Amato; Cathy Brill; Adam Donaldson; Lara Hall; Beth Harber; Kevin Griffin Moreno; and Stacey Van Horn.

Our hope is that last night will catalyze more giving in our community. The Giving Life is a wonderful lead-in to our partnership in BMore Gives More, Baltimore’s community-wide effort to encourage giving on #GivingTuesday, December 3. To learn more about this effort and how you can get involved, visit www.bmoregivesmore.org.

#thegivinglife

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Baltimore Integration Partnership Celebrates Accomplishments

Posted By Kurt Sommer, Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

By Kurt Sommer

Director, Baltimore Integration Partnership 

Baltimore Integration Partnership stakeholders gathered last week with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the Chesapeake Restaurant to celebrate all the work and accomplishments that have moved forward over the last three years.

View BIP highlights video here.

The project hosted by ABAG launched in 2011 to link capital investment and human capital in targeted neighborhoods to create new opportunities for area residents through developments projects and public policies.

Through the generosity of Living Cities, Baltimore was awarded nearly $3 million in grant funds and access to up to $15 million in capital debt to support revitalization projects as part of their national Integration Initiative.

Grant funds in Baltimore have supported workforce training opportunities for area residents, community based workforce access points, policy advocacy in City Hall and Annapolis, a high risk predevelopment loan fund, capacity building for area organizations, research and evaluation.

To date with activities still underway, 12 development projects have been moved forward through BIP’s lending partner TRF fostering $136 million in capital investment including 49 homeownership units, 76 units of rental housing, a grocery store, restaurant, and two school facilities. Several other development projects are still in the pipeline. 384 workforce training opportunities have also been supported in various key fields including construction, biotechnology, deconstruction, retail/hospitality, career coaching, accelerated GED preparation, job readiness training, and healthcare. Through the development projects, workforce access points, training partners, and public workforce partners, nearly 700 job placements have occurred.

To sustain these ideas and through the leadership of the partners and stakeholders of the BIP, new public and anchor institution policies have moved forward including City and State local hiring executive orders, a set aside of transportation funding for workforce investments, and the new EARN program. These legislative and public policy activities were recognized by Living Cities as standout accomplishments at a gathering in Chicago in early October with the other Integration Initiative cities. Baltimore is very proud of the accomplishments of the projects and also the public policy efforts that partners have moved forward. 

Last week BIP recognized several key organizations for their work and lifting over the last three years through a variety of awards for their efforts to advance economic inclusion in Baltimore. They include:

Courage in Economic Inclusion:

  • Humanim
  • Greater Homewood Community Corporation

Unsung Hero in Economic Inclusion:

  • Maryland Institute College of Art

Distinguished Business in Economic Inclusion:

  • Seawall Development
  • The French Companies
  • Mi Casa
  • Apples and Oranges
  • Southway Builders
  • The Chesapeake Restaurant

Outstanding Leadership in Economic Inclusion:

  • Martha Holleman
  • The Reinvestment Fund
  • Job Opportunities Task Force

Over the course of the first phase of the BIP, over a hundred individuals from more than 50 organizations played a supportive or active role in the work. It is their collective work that has made the work of the BIP so successful. The BIP staff would like extend their thanks to all of many stakeholders for their work and lifting. There are indeed too many to name individually but all have played a significant role in the work. Special thanks to the ABAG and BIP Board member organizations for their support and leadership over the last three years.

The current phase of the BIP activities will be winding down by year’s end. Local partners are working towards continuing the initiative focusing in on economic inclusion opportunities with area educational and medical anchor institutions.

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  Baltimore Integration Partnership  BIP  November 2013 Members' Memo  Workforce development  workforceMayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake 

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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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Welcome Elyse Robinson!

Posted By Celeste Amato, Friday, November 1, 2013

By Celeste Amato, ABAG President

It is my pleasure to introduce Elyse Robinson, ABAG's new Office Administrator.

Elyse has taken on the duties of Frances Morris, who recently retired.

Before joining the ABAG team, Elyse worked at the American Red Cross for 22 years as the Telecommunications' Administrative Assistant.

In this capacity she developed a broad background and deep experience providing administrative support, database and account management, office procurement, and other office administration responsibilities.

As ABAG's new Office Administrator, Elyse will work closely with our core and consulting staff to support seamless members services and programming.

Elyse will often be the first voice you hear when you call our offices, and the first smiling face you see when you visit for programs as she will be taking up residence in the office space located just off of our front reception area.

Please say hello on your next visit or during your next call.

Welcome Elyse!

You can reach Elyse at:

Elyse Robinson

Office Administrator

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

2 East Read Street, 2nd Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202

410-727-1205

erobinson@abagrantmakers.org

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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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