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The Giving Life: Chris Wilson

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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 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 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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