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Our Committees

ABAG Committees are standing working committees of the Board of Directors, each with specific responsibilities that support implementation of our strategic plan and ongoing operations.

Depending on the charge of the committee, membership may be open to non-Board members as well. ABAG Task Forces are ad hoc committees formed periodically to support initial exploration of targeted issues or to support special projects.

There are 6 working committees, including the executive committee, and one task force. Assigned ABAG staff supports each committee and task force.

Program Committee
Responsible for guiding ABAG staff and board about the educational needs of ABAG members and helping to design and implement programs to meet those needs. Specifically, the committee:

  1. Provides ideas and guidance about programs, including new topics, program design and format, and priorities;
  2. Reviews the program feedback tools and use the information they provide in our decision-making about programming; and
  3. Guides ABAG practice and protocols regarding programs and events.

The Member Services Committee partners with the Program Committee to expand and strengthen its member relations. The committee usually meets two times a year.
Chair: Kelly Medinger, Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation

Management and Finance Committee
Responsible for developing and monitoring ABAG's annual budget and for advising on financial and administrative policies and practices. This committee also oversees maintaining ABAG's Standards of Excellence Accreditation and monitoring progress on the strategic plan. This committee meets four times a year.
Chair: Vernon Wright, Wright Family Foundation

Member Services Committee
Responsible for identifying and recruiting new members and developing strategies for retaining existing members. Members are asked to take on limited individual recruitment assignments. The committee oversees surveys of member needs and designs activities to support on-going member involvement (e.g., mentoring for new members, peer to peer networking). This committee meets three/four times a year.
Chair: Brooke Hodges

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is committed to fulfill its mission by embracing diversity and inclusion and focusing on racial equity in its governance and programs. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee meets quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work.
Co-Chairs: Tracey Barbour-Gillett, The Abell Foundation and Nonet Sykes, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

More specifically, the Committee is:

  • Continuing to learn together and support the learning of ABAG members about issues related to diversity, racial equity, and inclusion; and
  • Guiding, evaluating, and sharing information about ABAG’s work toward increasing diversity, racial equity and inclusion.

Please click here to read the ABAG Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy, and click here for a list of committee members.

Leadership Development/Nominating Committee
Responsible for developing opportunities to build future board leaders from among ABAG's members and for annually nominating directors and officers for the board. The committee meets two times a year.
Chair: Pamela King, Open Society Institute-Baltimore 

Executive Committee
Responsible for leadership of the board of directors and overall governance of ABAG. Members of the Executive Committee are the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairs of the Nominating, Program and Member Services Committee. Members of the Executive Committee may be asked to join discussions of the Management and Finance Committee and will meet independently as needed.
Chair: Cathy Brill, Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation

Public Policy Committee
Confirmed in 2013 as the newest Board Committee, the Public Policy Committee serves as a clearinghouse of policy information, responsible for informing members on government policies affecting the charitable sector and member interest areas; a resource on philanthropic practice, responsible for advancing members’ public leadership and policy advocacy; and an advocate, responsible for advising ABAG on local, state, and federal legislation that impacts foundations and nonprofit organizations.
Chair: Kevin Griffin-Moreno, Baltimore Community Foundation


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