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

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
March 25, 2014
 
Several months ago 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.” Three audience members shared stories as well.

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.
 
Everyone Has a Story. What’s Yours? 
 
This is the full 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.

Read the 7 Giving Life Series Blog Posts: 
  1. The Giving Life: Jilliane Shear - 3/4/14
  2. The Giving Life: Mary Klopcic - 2/12/14
  3. The Giving Life: Danista Hunte - 1/27/14
  4. The Giving Life: John Provenzano - 1/15/14
  5. The Giving Life: David Warnock - 1/8/14
  6. The Giving Life: Chris Wilson - 12/19/13
  7. The Giving Life: Annette March-Grier - 12/11/13

Listen to the 7 Storyteller Stories: 

Listen to the 3 Audience Member Stories:


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

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, March 3, 2014
March 3, 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?
 
"Eight years ago when my daughter was born ... the one thing I knew I wanted to share with her in my life was running.”

Jilliane Shear is a crazy and fun coach who brings happiness and joy to children. She inspires and motivates kids even on days when she’s not feeling so inspired herself.
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

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund  BNLF  Giving  March 2014 Members' Memo  Philanthropy  The Giving Life 

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

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, February 12, 2014
February 12, 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?
 
"I’m a mom and I have 13 kids … I am going to give a 15 second snapshot of my life”

Mary Klopcic is Queen of Fun at Castle Klopcic in Bel Air. She has served her fiefdom of six princesses and seven princes alongside the generous and beneficent King Tad for the past 21 years. Occasionally, she enjoys resurrecting her apprenticed acting skills from her earlier years and spinning a yarn for an audience.
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

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  BNLF  February 2014 Members' Memo  The Giving Life 

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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

Tags:  ABAG by the Numbers  Baltimore Community Foundation  Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund  BNLF  February 2014 Members' Memo  The Giving Life 

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

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014
January 15, 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 fourth 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?

"I wanted to save Baltimore … I wasn’t really empowering anybody - then I started seeing little victories, then big victories”

John Provenzano is a 28-year-old social worker who was raised in Baltimore as well as Edgewood, MD. He attended The Ohio State University for his undergrad work and will be returning for his masters next summer. He is slightly dashing and available.
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

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund  BNLF  The Giving Life 

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

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
January 8, 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 third 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?

David Warnock is Managing Partner at Camden Partners. He grew up in Michigan and came to Baltimore as a twenty-something to manage investments at T. Rowe Price. He founded Camden Partners in 1995, and nearly two decades later, David never forgets the role his experience in Baltimore played in his success.
 
"What could I have done that could have changed the direction of that kid’s life … and it motivated me.”



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

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
December 19, 2013

Last month 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 second 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?

Chris Wilson is a Director of Community Workforce Development and a serial social entrepreneur. An admirer of Napoleon Bonaparte and arguably one of the busiest men in the city, he sleeps five hours a day and forgets to eat, but always arrives on time. He’s a diehard book worm and exercise fanatic who is committed to inclusive economic development for disadvantaged populations.

"At the age of 17, I walked around with the scars equivalent of a war veteran … despite how hard life is, the world is beautiful.”



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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The Giving Life: Stories About the Purpose, Passion, and Power of Generosity and Service - Annette R. March-Grier

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Last month 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 first 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?

Annette March-Grier is a native Baltimorean and the youngest of four children born into a family business, March Funeral Homes. She is a registered nurse, a mortician, and the visionary of Roberta’s House Inc., a nonprofit support center founded in 2007 to address high-risk families and youth with unhealthy grief in Baltimore City.

"I was raised in a funeral home … I would watch families approach a casket, someone that they loved dear … and my mother was always there to comfort them. I was so intrigued by how she did this … my mother was the epitomy of compassion and she taught me that in a simple way. "

Click here to listen to Annette R. March-Grier’s full story on The Giving Life

And, tune in to WYPR’s The Signal this Friday, December 13 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 pm when Annette and her story will be featured! 

Click here to listen to all our gifted, thoughtful and inspirational Giving Life Storytellers


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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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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