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News from Adam Donaldson, Member Services Director

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 11, 2015 

Dear Members,

I want to share with you the news that my family is returning to Rhode Island after ten years in Baltimore. My last day as Member Services Director is August 28, 2015. During the search for a new and even better Director, I will continue part-time as a philanthropic advisor to support the ABAG team but my primary assignment will be raising Isaiah (age 7), Norah (age 5), Opal (8 months) and my father, Henry Adam (age 72).

When I told the kids they were moving it did not go well. They were incredulous that we would abandon the Ravens and the Orioles for the cheaters (not proven) that comprise New England’s sports teams. This remains their primary concern and echoes my first impression of Baltimore in a 2005 Sun op-ed -- "the sports-fan, sentimental pride of its native citizens” – in which I admired Baltimore’s engaged citizenry. We are taking with us these loyalties and lessons about how to be fully present in a community.

It has been remarkable to learn from and assist members in efforts to continuously improve their practice and their communities. Across the national network of grantmaker associations, I tell everyone we have the most intelligent, intentional, innovative and best looking members. You will have noticed that I am generally quiet around the ABAG conference room table, but why would anyone interrupt the incredible conversations generated from members’ and presenters’ ideas.

Not enough can be said about the comradery and competence of your remaining ABAG staff team: Celeste’s judgement and capacity for cooperation; Elisabeth’s deliberateness and adherence to best practices; Kim’s innovation and random knowledge; Buffy’s professionalism and optimism; and Elyse’s dedication and candy contribute to a thriving organization! I will never find better colleagues, and you can be sure that they have edited down all the compliments I originally wrote here.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your work. I hope you will stay in touch with me through or watch my family grow on Facebook.

In Service,

Adam Donaldson

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