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ABAG 2015 Profile of Education Giving 2015

Posted By Mari Beth Moulton, Monday, September 21, 2015
ABAG PROFILE OF EDUCATION GIVING 2015 

By Mari Beth Moulton, Baltimore Executive Director, Wright Family Foundation
ABAG Education Funders Affinity Group Chair

ABAG is excited to present our 2015 Profile of Education Giving, which aggregates data about our members’ investments in education.

In 2015, ABAG disseminated an online survey to all ABAG members. We received responses from 50 ABAG members about the education-related organizations they support and their education focus areas.
  • The full 2015 Profile of Education Giving (Members Only) provides ABAG members with a clear picture of the scope of education-related grantmaking among our membership and helps members connect with colleagues who also care about specific education issues.
  • The 2015 Highlights (Public) is a summary of the key data points.
While the data do not encompass all education-related giving in the Baltimore area, the findings provide a useful snapshot of the various types of education giving and the broad scope of community investments in local education efforts.

Here are some of the major findings from the survey:
  • In 2014, ABAG members contributed more than $49.2 million to education efforts through more than 1,000 grants to more than 475 organizations.
  • Nearly half of the respondents (27 ABAG members) fund efforts toward system-wide education reform, such as advocacy work by the ACLU of Maryland.
  • ABAG members support education efforts for all ages, with an emphasis on K-12.
  • In 2014, ABAG members gave more than $10.6 million to organizations working with Baltimore City Public Schools, to individual schools, and the district itself.
  • ABAG members support a wide array of education focus areas.
  • More than half of the survey respondents support activities for students during after school or extended school hours. Nearly half support efforts to improve teaching quality and teacher development; financial literacy; and college scholarships.
We greatly appreciate ABAG member participation in the 2015 Profile of Education Giving project!

Tags:  Education Funders  Profile of Education Giving  September 2015 Members' Memo 

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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 agdonaldson@gmail.com or watch my family grow on Facebook.

In Service,

Adam Donaldson

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News from Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Communications Director

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
September 9, 2015
 
Dear Members of ABAG,

It is with very mixed emotions that I let you know I am leaving ABAG as Communications Director at the end of the year.

After 16 years, I am ready for a new adventure!

I am still determining what I want this new adventure to be, but it will likely be in the form of a new position or taking on interesting consulting jobs within the philanthropic sector. I plan to stay through most of December, and will be working closely with Celeste and our staff through this period of transition.

I have absolutely loved my 16 year tenure at ABAG!

I began working here in a consulting role as the Director of the Baltimore Giving Project, a five-year effort to promote and increase philanthropy in the region, and then became part of the core staff as ABAG’s first Communications Director. I’ve been so fortunate to learn and grow personally and professionally through a very interesting decade and half where so much in our world has changed.
 
The professionalism and dedication of each of my colleagues during my time at ABAG has been incredibly motivating and inspiring. I cannot express enough my appreciation for the collegiality among our staff and the support within our network the last 16 years. And, I have truly enjoyed working with and for our dedicated membership. It has been wonderful working for such a strong, smart and healthy organization.

I will remain closely connected to ABAG as my husband Howard and I, and our four children, become members through the Beaudoin-Schwartz Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Howard County.

I look forward to continuing to promote the good work of philanthropy and remain fully committed to the work of the sector. Having just completed ABAG’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, and with an incredible staff and board at the helm, I’m excited to continue to be a part of the transformational work that lies ahead for ABAG and our membership.

I will leave ABAG as Communications Director having worked with the most visionary leaders, the best mentors, the strongest network of people who care about making a difference, and with many important friendships. My sincerest thanks in particular to ABAG Presidents Celeste Amato and Betsy Nelson, both of whom have been exceptional leaders, mentors and friends.

In the meantime, I’ll be here for the next three months and will look forward to being in good touch!

Sincerely,

Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz

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You Choose! ABAG Communications Update

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Communications Director 

One of the most important aspects of our network is how we connect and communicate with our membership. ABAG staff continuously seeks ways to communicate strategically and effectively providing valuable information and resources in a timely manner. In addition to meeting in person, we achieve this through our email communications, website, and social media.

We want to ensure that you have the most current information about all of ABAG's communications and how you can manage your delivery and content preferences.

Email Communications

You may have noticed that our eNewsletters have an enhanced look since the beginning of the year. We are also pleased to offer increased opportunities for managing the informationyou receive from us.

All ABAG members currently receive the monthlyMembers' Memo– our primary member communication providing the latest information on ABAG as a resource, network and voice for philanthropy.

In addition, we also publish the following eNewsletters and email updates:

  • Program Update (Bi-Weekly)
  • Business Giving Digest (Monthly)
  • Family Philanthropy eNewsletter (Monthly)
  • Education Funders eNewsletter (Monthly)
  • Health Funders eNewsletter (Monthly)
  • Philanthropy News Online eNewsletter (Monthly)
  • ABAG Project Updates (Ongoing)
  • Additional News and Updates (Occasional)

Contact me to review your current preferences and update your profile with us

Website

You can control how you receive information from ABAG's website. ABAG staff updates our website daily with new programs, blog posts, and the latest news about members, issues, and the sector.

  • ABAG Programs - Register for programsand sign up for the RSS Feed.
  • ABAG Blog - Search all blog postsand sign up for the RSS Feed.
  • ABAG News - View member andphilanthropy news and sign up for the RSS Feed.

Social Media

Social media is not only a great way to receive ongoing information where you are, but it's an increasingly important way to connect with others who share common interests. ABAG's Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin pages are updated daily with information about ABAG, our members, and news from the sector.

Connect with ABAG through:

  • Facebook - Follow ABAG'sFacebook page. Be sure to set your notifications to "follow" and to "get notifications".
  • Twitter - Follow ABAG on Twitter. You can also follow our ABAG Member Twitter stream to see what your colleagues are tweeting daily.
  • Linkedin - Connect with ABAG on Linkedin.
How we communicate with you remains a top priority. As always, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Tags:  Communications  eNewsletter  March 2015 Members' Memo 

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ABAG Group Leaders Explore Collaboration Opportunities

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Programs and Initiatives Director

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ mission is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers. ABAG is committed to fulfill its mission by embracing diversity and inclusion in its membership, governance and programs.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work and is charged with guiding, evaluating, and sharing information about ABAG’s work toward increasing diversity and inclusion.

ABAG recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process and must be intentional. To that end, we are pleased to share a report on our 2014 work with the full ABAG membership as well as a dashboard report about 2014 programs through a diversity/equity/inclusion lens (Note: The data comes from the perspective of the staff person filling out the survey). We believe tracking and sharing data sheds light on our work and invites comment and suggestions for improvement, which in turn strengthens it. For instance, feedback has led us to change the categories in 2015 to align with the Census bureau classifications.

For more context about this work, I invite you to read the ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Also, ABAG is officially a member of the D5 Coalition, a five-year coalition made up of other regional associations of grantmakers, foundations, and infrastructure groups to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are proud to be a part of and learn from work at a national level.

ABAG is grateful for the leadership, expertise and guidance of dedicated committee members, especially our co-chairs, Debra Rubino of the Open Society Institute - Baltimore and Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions regarding ABAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please me via email: Elisabeth Hyleck, or 410/727-1205.

Tags:  Affinity Groups  D5 Coaltion  Diversity  Equity  February 2015 Members' Memo  Inclusion 

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Race Matters/Responsive Philanthropy in the Black Community(RPBC) Training

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Race Matters/Responsive Philanthropy in the Black Community(RPBC) Training

Thursday, February 27, 2014. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Baltimore Community Foundation’s Levi Conference Room, 2 E. Read St., 8th Floor

ABAG members are invited to a special training on the Race Matters/RPBC framework, which is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. We first offered this training to ABAG’s Board, Staff, and Diversity and Inclusion Committee in April 2013. The participants found it so compelling that we are offering it again - and there are limited spots available for interested ABAG members. Please contact Elisabeth Hyleck to register.

Outcomes:

  • To provide participants with an understanding of the Race Matters/RPBC framework;
  • To provide participants with a deeper understanding of the purpose and use of the Race Matters/RPBC tools; and
  • To brainstorm a list of ideas with participants about the use of the tools and framework in their work.

The training works toward the goal of ABAG’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy: ABAG will provide learning resources and support for ABAG member organizations to increase diversity and inclusiveness in their own programs, activities, outreach, staffing, governance, and grantmaking.

The training presents a valuable framework that will guide and inform ABAG’s work throughout 2014 and beyond Our trainers will be Paula Dressel and Greg Hodge of JustPartners, Inc. Please contact Elisabeth Hyleck for more information or to register.

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ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2013 Report to Members

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, January 21, 2014
January 21, 2014

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Strategic Initiatives Director

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ mission is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers. ABAG is committed to fulfill its mission by embracing diversity and inclusion in its membership, governance and programs.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work and is charged with guiding, evaluating, and sharing information about ABAG’s work toward increasing diversity and inclusion.

ABAG recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process and must be intentional. To that end, we are pleased to share a report on our 2013 work with the full ABAG membership as well as a dashboard report about 2013 programs through a diversity/equity/inclusion lens.

For more context about this work, I invite you to read the ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Also, ABAG is officially a member of the D5 Coalition, a five-year coalition made up of other regional associations of grantmakers, foundations, and infrastructure groups to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are proud to be a part of and learn from work at a national level.

ABAG is grateful for the leadership, expertise and guidance of dedicated committee members, especially our co-chairs, Lynn Rauch of the Kentfields Foundation and Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions regarding ABAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please me via email: Elisabeth Hyleck, or 410/727-1205.

Tags:  Diversity  Diversity and Inclusion  January 2014 Members' Memo 

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2013 Annual Program Survey Results - Report for Membership

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Sunday, January 19, 2014
January 2014

ABAG's mission is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers.

As the Resource on Grantmaking, Network for Givers and Voice for Philanthropy, we take great pride in offering quality programs for our diverse membership throughout the year.

In 2013 we held 117 programs and webinars, all designed to assist and inform members to be more effective grantmakers.

In December 2013, we conducted the Fourth Annual Program Survey. The survey was designed to gather feedback to improve the quality of our work and capture the impact our programs may have had on your grantmaking and the community.

Here’s what we learned:

• Our educational programs are consistently the most popular we offer.
• Members continue to value the "right” speakers and information.
• Timing and vibrant discussion with peers is important.
• Grantmaking practice programs are highly valued.
• This year we should support further discussions with peers about working together on specific issues.
• This year members want additional programs on grantmaking practice, education issues and neighborhoods and community development issues.

A personalized email was sent to 117 members who had attended three or more programs between January – December 6, 2013. 41 people responded. The full report has been shared with the full ABAG staff and board. It will also be shared with the ABAG program committee and group leaders.

I am pleased to work closely with our staff and members to conceptualize and coordinate our weekly programs, and thank our membership for taking the time and effort to provide us with ideas and suggestions so we can provide the best possible educational programs in 2014.

If you have ideas for program topics and speakers, we encourage members to use the Program Nomination Form.

For further information on ABAG's events and programs, please contact me, Elisabeth Hyleck, Special Initiatives Director.

Tags:  January 2014 Members' Memo  membership  Programs  report 

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2013 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Monday, July 15, 2013

July 2013

By Adam Donaldson, Member Services Director

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is pleased to partner with the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers on the 2013 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey, which collects data on compensation, staff demographics, and benefits costs across a wide range of positions and grantmaking entities, including organizations, federations, and community, private, and public foundations. Thank you for your organization’s past participation.

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is once again using the Council’s online benchmarking tool to generate customized reports for our members once the data is available later this summer. All online survey respondents will receive:

  • Early access to a compensation summary for their foundation type with data on 34 positions
  • Access to online benchmarking, including customized reports on a choice of peer groups
  • A PDF copy of the full 2013 report

It is in our mutual best interests to gather as much data as possible so this survey is useful and reflective of the field. With your help, the 2013 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report will provide critical information needed to determine fair compensation across multiple organizational levels.

Because the survey is conducted at an organizational level, you will need to designate an appropriate staff person as the survey contact. To request a user account, the survey contact should e-mail the Council’s Research Department (resrchdept@cof.org). This email should include the contact’s name, title, and phone number with your organization’s name, type, and address. Once an account has been established, the survey contact will receive his or her personal log-in information and a link to the survey.

The Council continues to conduct this survey in partnership with the Foundation Center and your primary contact will be a Foundation Center staff person who will answer questions about the survey and user accounts.

TheGrantmakers Salary and Benefits Surveyremains aninitiative of the Council,and the data confidentiality and usage policies are unchanged.

The deadline for the survey is July 31, 2013. For more information, including a copy of the survey instrument, visit www.cof.org/salarysurvey.

This annual survey is one of the most important and effective tools produced for our field and we encourage you to participate. Many ABAG members request this data annually.

Thank you!


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Your ABAG Colleague Directory

Posted By Kim Snipes, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013

April 15, 2013

We are excited to share with members that your newly updated and expanded Colleague Directory will arrive in your mailboxes in the coming weeks!
 
Members tell us that one of the most valuable benefits of ABAG membership is their relationships with their ABAG colleagues. The connections made, facilitated by our network, result in more collaborative grantmaking, best practices shared and inspiration gained.

The first edition of the Colleague Directory, printed in 2008, contained the missions and grant interests of members, contact information for our entire membership and our unique First Name directory that allows you to easily search for that colleague you met at an ABAG program. This expanded third edition is now your complete guide to all-things ABAG.
 
In addition to the directory, it includes information about ABAG’s professional staff and board of directors, affinity groups and projects, member benefits and a section for the various policies that guide our work. Members tell us it is a valued resource, and we are committed to regularly updating and improving the directory with your feedback.

The Colleague Directory will be sent to participating staff and trustees of each member organization. If you need additional copies of the directory for your organization, please contact Adam Donaldson.
 
Recognizing that emails, personnel and positions change throughout the year, you can always call the office for a member’s most up-to-date information. We also encourage you to send us corrections, comments and suggestions.

Tags:  April 2013 Members' Memo  Colleague Directory 

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