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The Giving Life: Annette March-Grier

Wednesday, January 8, 2014   (0 Comments)
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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 Fundand 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

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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