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Recent Reports From the Field

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, September 13, 2011
September 2011 


Building a Stronger Regional Safety Net: Philanthropy's Role (Brookings) This report finds that though suburban poverty has increased significantly across the country, nonprofits and foundations are still geared toward cities. Four types of strategies to address suburban poverty are showing promise, however.

Daring to Lead 2011 Issue Brief #2: Inside the Executive Directory Job (Meyer Foundation)
This second Daring to Lead brief provides a window into the executive role to better understand the underpinnings of job satisfaction and learn more about a leader's day-to-day work.

Daring to Lead 2011 Issue Brief #3: The Board Paradox (Meyer Foundation)

This third Daring to Lead brief examines the paradoxical nature of board and executive director relationships.

Engaging the Family in your Philanthropy (Foundation Source)

This publication shares what the writers have learned from their clients about raising a philanthropic family and provides practical ideas about how you can get children of all ages involved in charitable giving.

Kids Count Data Book (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book provides information and data trends on the conditions of children and families in the United States. The 2011 Data Book explores how children and families are faring in the wake of the recession and why it matters to help kids reach their full potential to become part of a robust economy and society. Find national and state-by-state data and rankings on 10 key indicators of child well-being.

Making the Business Case for Corporate Philanthropy (The Conference Board)
This report provides practical recommendations to companies and boards for ensuring the legitimacy of their corporate giving programs. It also discusses the role of institutional investors and questions surrounding disclosure, and highlights examples of corporate giving successes and failures.

New Rules for Grantmakers and Donors: An Overview for Private Foundations, Organizations Sponsoring Donor-Advised Funds, and Donors (GuideStar)

Reviews the steps grantors and contributors must take to comply with revised requirements published in IRS Revenue Procedure2011-33 and provides practical tools to assist.

Philanthropy: Artful Giving, Summer Issue (Philanthropy Roundtable)
The summer issue of Philanthropy is dedicated to some of the many creative funders who are looking for innovative new ways to support the arts, culture, and humanities.

Power & Influence: Top 50 for 2011 (The Nonprofit Times)

In this 14th annual Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50, we celebrate some of the sector's top executives and thinkers, including Ralph Smith of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. These executives were selected for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector.

Success by Design: How R&D Activates Program Innovation and Improvement in the Nonprofit Sector (TCC Group)

This report answers the following questions: How is R&D Different?; The Six R&D Practices; Figuring Out Our Direct Outcomes — It's Not As Easy As It Appears; and Who Owns the Conversation?

Trends Of Excellence In Employee Volunteering Series (Hands On Network) The series analyzes employee volunteer programs (EVP) to identify best practices and trends.

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September 2011: Business and Corporate Philanthropy Blog

Posted By Kim Snipes, Thursday, September 8, 2011

ABAG's monthly digest of news, information and resources for businesses and corporations. Contact Kim Snipes, for additional resources tailored to our business and corporate members.

The Business Giving Roundtable at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers provides a forum for our business and corporate members to talk candidly about what is happening in your office and our region, discuss critical issues and build relationships with your grantmaking colleagues.

We encourage you to register for the final Business Giving Lunch of the year!

Reports, Research and Resources

"Technology is Focus of IBM Philanthropy"
Great profile of ABAG Board Member Sally Scott Marietta, Program Manager for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at [ABAG Member]. Read the full article here.

"In Down Economy, Nonprofits Explore Profit-making Ventures"
The Washington Post
Nonprofits are not adorable, cute, little organizations that help the needy. At least that’s how chief executive of D.C. Central Kitchen Mike Curtin puts it when people try to shame his nonprofit’s earned-income ventures. Read the full article here

Making the Business Case for Corporate Philanthropy
Last month, I shared an article from the Harvard Law School blog about this report, released by the Conference Board in August. I encourage you to read the blog post and Director's Notes summary. If there is interest, ABAG would happily host an informal conversation about how locally - here in Baltimore - we are making the business case. Access to the full report is restricted to Conference Board members only.

9/11 Day of Service Map
I encourage you all to share your 9/11 service projects with the Business Civic Leadership Center, an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. To view the map and learn how to share your projects, visit

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Member Spotlight

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Associated Black Charities
1114 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201



  • Diane Bell-McKoy, President & CEO
  • Yvette S. Larkin, Senior Program Officer and Director of Programs and Grants

Mission Statement: Associated Black Charities creates strong, healthy, and economically viable communities in order to create a better life, especially for African American children and families.

Areas of Interest: Programs and initiatives that represent and respond to issues of special significance to Maryland’s African American communities. Priority areas for grant making are addressing health disparities; helping families become self-sufficient through asset-building strategies in the areas of homeownership/foreclosure prevention, college readiness and retention, workforce development, small business development and financial literacy.

Associated Black Charities, in addition to its role as a grantmaker, is an important resource for fostering African American philanthropy; advocacy; public policy; and organizational capacity-building and technical assistance trainings.

Types of Support: Funding for program operations, capacity-building, and other initiatives as announced.

Restrictions: Maryland applicants only; no grants to individuals, research or capital/endowment campaigns.

Total Grants: $19,548,145
Range of Grants: $500-$500,000
Frequency of Meetings: Bi-monthly
Preferred Method of Contact: Phone or email
Application Information: Funding announcements made as applicable

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July/August 2011: ABAG Member News

Posted By Kim Snipes, Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011
We are excited to welcome two new members to ABAG. The Sheridan Foundation and its President John Sinclair and The Horizon Foundation and its President and CEO Richard Krieg. We look forward to getting to know the Sheridan Foundation and reacquainting ourselves with the Horizon Foundation. Welcome!

Kenneth M. Jones II, chief financial officer and vice president of Finance and Administration with The Annie E. Casey Foundation was recent named one of 2011-12 Career Pathways Program Fellows, an intensive one-year leadership preparation program designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's senior executives. Read More>>

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July/August 2011: Business and Corporate Philanthropy Blog

Posted By Kim Snipes, Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ABAG's monthly digest of news, information and resources for businesses and corporations. Contact Kim Snipes, for additional resources tailored to our business and corporate members.

The Business Giving Roundtable at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers provides a forum for our business and corporate members to talk candidly about what is happening in your office and our region, discuss critical issues and build relationships with your grantmaking colleagues.

 We encourage you to register for the upcoming Business Giving Lunches:

Reports, Research and Resources

"Business at its Best: Driving Sustainable Value Creation" is a June 2011 report co-authored by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and Accenture which provides practical guidance from CEOs on how to implement a Sustainable Value Creation strategy.
"The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility" is a Harvard Law School blog post based on a Conference Board Director Note by Archie B. Carroll and Kareem M. Shabana, and relates to a paper by these authors, titled "The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility: A Review of Concepts, Research and Practice,” published in the International Journal of Management Reviews. Needless to say, it is not a light read, but topical as conversations continue about the efficacy and relevance of social responsibility in the business world.


"Rise in giving signals economic rebound" from The Washington Post about the recent release of Giving USA statistics on charitable giving.

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Meet ABAG's 2011 Interns!

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, July 11, 2011

Meet Our 2011 ABAG Interns!

Simone C. Kasina
Philanthropy and Public Policy Intern, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

Simone has worked on several projects to date that have encompassed planning and co-hosting a Philanthropy Intern Breakfast for members of ABAG, researching case studies that correlate philanthropy and government policy work, and creating a spreadsheet of data on the philanthropic impact of ABAG members using the Grants Direct software. She's currently working on designing a workshop to engage ABAG members on International grantmaking practices.

Simone comes to ABAG as a Walter Sondheim Jr. Nonprofit Leadership Program Intern. A vibrant senior at Frostburg State University, Simone is graduating in December with a Bachelor's in International Development, minor in French and certificate in African Studies. She has an interest in women and children's access to education, workforce development, and human rights and she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music and hanging with friends.

"This internship is a true blessing from the unique learning experiences to the much appreciated free lunches”


Nichole Stewart
Intern, Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP)

As an intern with the Baltimore Integration Partnership Nichole assists in the implementation of a revitalization initiative funded by Living Cities focused on workforce development and capital investment in targeted Baltimore City neighborhoods. Nichole focuses on identifying and collecting programmatic and socioeconomic data capturing the impact of revitalization effo rts to support the evaluation of the initiative. She is also researching areas for collaboration and coordination between stakeholders for financing workforce training and facilitating partnerships with and among local anchor institutions to develop a public policy agenda.

Nichole is a 3rd year doctoral student in UMBC's Public Policy program in the evaluation and analytical methods track. Her research interests include evaluating the impact of mixed-income housing development and poverty de-concentration strategies, developing and intersecting socioeconomic and housing market indicators, and spatial analysis techniques using GIS.

"My internship with the Baltimore Integration Partnership through ABAG perfectly reflects an intersection of my interests— expanding housing choice and employment opportunities for low-income families and supporting community revitalization strategies through research and stakeholder collaboration.”


Mike Wissner
GIS Analyst and Research Intern, Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition (BHPC)

Mike's work this summer primarily involves GIS data mapping with Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition (BHPC). He is assisting in the production of BHPC's eNewsletter, the Data Monitor, as well as other mapping and data analysis projects involving foreclosure and housing market indicators. In addition, he is collaborating with allies of Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative in different forms including a tree mapping project with Reservoir Hill Improvement Council and research on Baltimore's 2010 Census data with Healthy Neighborhoods Inc.

Mike is a former 5th grade Bilingual Education teacher and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru 05-07). He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at UMBC as well as a participant in the Shriver Center's Peaceworker program.

His active research interests examine issues of equity and access to information technology.

"Working with BHPC and BNC has given me a unique and comprehensive perspective on how non-profits accomplish their work. Everyone I've interacted with has been incredibly helpful and friendly. I couldn't have asked for a better position.”

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ABAG's Eye on Philanthropy

Posted By Meredith Mishaga, Monday, July 11, 2011

BNIA-JFI Data Day 2011

July/August 2011

By Meredith Mishaga, Program Coordinator Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition (BHPC) Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC)

This Friday July 22nd, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute (BNIA-JFI) at the University of Baltimore is hosting Baltimore's second annual Data Day – a free conference on "all things data” for community organizations and civic or faith-based institutions.

Conference panelists, who include nonprofit representatives as well as City and University staff, will discuss where to find and how to use publicly available data for the resource-limited nonprofit.

This is a great opportunity for groups to hear from local experts about collecting and analyzing data, and to learn how other nonprofits in Baltimore are putting this information to good use. Session topics include: education, public health, neighborhood stabilization and housing, economic and workforce development, public safety, sustainability, media and grant-writing. There will also be discussions on the newly released 2010 Census data and the City's new free data website, OpenBaltimore.

It's great that nonprofits and community groups are showing interest in data. Registration numbers are nearing capacity, which indicates that many local organizations are eager to improve the effectiveness of their programs and better quantify their impact on the neighborhood.

  • Why is data important?
  • Why would a community leader or nonprofit manager set aside an entire day to learn about collecting and using data?

Here are few reasons:

  • Data better informs community work. Collecting even relatively simple statistics before and after program implementation can shed led light on its impact. Data can also help determine where the need is greatest, so we can concentrate limited resources in the most meaningful way possible.
  • Data provides support for proposals and grant applications. Both grantees and funders need to know where and how their program is having an impact. Knowing which statistics to use in proposals is crucial to provide evidence that the program has made, or is expected to make, a difference.
  • Data proves that there is a need to policymakers or the public. Numbers can tell a story. And, this story is even more powerful when presented visually. Speaking in front of City Council? Show them a map with your data divided up by council districts. Briefing your board members on last year's progress? Hand out a chart showing the percent change by quarter.

Whatever your reasons may be, knowing how to collect, analyze and use data to accurately report on the progress of your work is crucial for the success of any program, whether you represent a small community organization or a major foundation. Data Day 2011 helps make this skill a little easier to learn.

Click here for more information or to register.

ABAG's Eye on Philanthropy is a series of ongoing blog posts from ABAG's professional staff, each highlighting timely and relevant information useful to our grantmaking members and focused on the world of philanthropy. What do you think about ABAG's Eye on Philanthropy? We invite you to comment and start a dialogue about the topic!

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Recent Reports From the Field

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Monday, July 11, 2011

July/August 2011

Can Feedback Fuel Change at Foundations?: An Analysis of the Grantee Perception Report (Center for Effective Philanthropy)

Changing the Status Quo: Intentional Succession Planning Through Leadership Development (Independent Sector)

This report offers succession planning through leadership development an alternative to the status quo. Succession planning ensures the availability of experienced and capable employees, both strengthening their skills to add responsibilities within their current roles as well as preparing them for promotion.

Essentially, instead of expecting new leaders to rise to the occasion, this report proposes that, when leadership opportunities arise, organizations should dedicate resources, human and financial, to developing the talent pipeline and proactively, openly discussing succession plans at all levels of leadership, not simply the CEO/Executive Director role.

Demystifying Corporate Social Responsibility: Four Key Steps to Success (Greater Kansas City Community Foundation)

1. Fit – Must make sense for the business.

2. Return – Should resonate with target audiences to maximize return on investment.

3. Simplicity – Needs to be easy, inexpensive and streamlined.

4. Promotion – Publicize the company's good work.

Foundation Communications Today (Communications Network)

Communications professionals at America's grantmaking foundations are responding to the digital age, according to a new survey from the Communications Network. The survey of 155 foundation communicators shows U.S. foundations are making use of all forms digital communications, especially social media, a top priority. The survey results suggest the growth of social media and other emerging digital technologies is changing the way foundations communicate with target audiences.

A Guide for Wealth Management and Living Legacies - An essential resource for inheritors, wealthy individuals, families, and their advisors (Inspired Legacies)

This collection of articles and resources from expert investment & donor advisors explores emerging trends in philanthropy, new ways data and research are being used, practical questions about investing with outcomes in mind and stories of breakthrough givers.

How Do Networks Support Scale? (GEO)
Today, as new technologies increase the awareness, reach and potential of networks, grantmakers are adopting a new network mindset, trying on some new practices to more effectively support and participate in networks and learning with and through networks to grow impact.

How Do We Approach Impact and Evaluation in the Context of Scale? (GEO)
Philanthropy has a unique role to play in supporting the evidence base needed to inform any scaling process. Choosing from among the extensive set of analytic approaches and methods used by the evaluation field over many years of practice depends on what is being scaled, its implementation stage, how results will be used and the kinds of decisions an evaluation is meant to facilitate.

Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families: Innovative Approaches for Individual Philanthropists and Small Family Foundations (Annie E. Casey Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)

This publication is ultimately about partnerships: how individuals and small family foundations can join forces with individuals, organizations, and institutions across the public and private sectors to increase impact. While partnering with foundations or the government is not for everyone, most funders, either brand new to philanthropy or seasoned givers, can benefit from breaking down silos and looking in every direction for like-minded partners.

What Makes an Effective Coalition? Evidence-Based Indicators of Success (TCC Group and The California Endowment)

This paper explores the evidence base for what makes an effective coalition with the assumption that understanding what makes them effective and how to assess and improve them will increase their effectiveness as an advocacy tool and reduce potential frustrations associated with operating in coalition.

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ABAG Committee News

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Monday, July 11, 2011

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Update – July 2011

Since 2009 a group of members formed the Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force. Led by co-chairs Pamela King and Monique Dixon of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Task Force guided ABAG through the revision of our Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy and joined together in learning about diversity and inclusiveness in philanthropy and what it means for effective grantmaking.

At its June meeting, the ABAG Board of Directors approved the revised ABAG Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy and made the Task Force a standing committee. The new ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee will move forward under the leadership of co-chairs Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Lynn Rauch of the Kentfields Foundation.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will meet quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, Inclusion and respect in our work. More specifically, the Committee will:

  • Continue learning together and support the learning of ABAG members about issues related to diversity and Inclusion; and
  • Guide, evaluate, and share information about ABAG's work toward increasing diversity and Inclusion.

We are excited to be moving forward - and invite you to join with us.

We are interested in having some new faces to our table, so if you would like to be a part of this group, please let us know. Our next Committee meeting will be on Thursday, September 1 from 9:30 until 11:00 AM.

Contact Elisabeth Hyleck with any thoughts or questions about this work.

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And Now, A Word From Our Members

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11, 2011

The Columbia Foundation's Listening Project

By Beverley Francis-Gibson, President & CEO, The Columbia Foundation


We Asked. You Spoke. We Listened.

This is how we view The Columbia Foundation's recently conducted "Listening Project” – our efforts to assess community needs so that we can learn about concerns in the community which will inform future grantmaking in Howard County.

The "Listening Project” was conducted via survey from February to April and approximately 700 Howard Countyresidents and people who work in the county responded. We undertook The Listening Project in order to reach out to parts of the county that didn't know us as well—meaning anyone outside of Columbia—and, more importantly, we wanted to know what local issues were in the community. And, most of us are not surprised by some of the findings.

We asked members of our community how they would spend $25,000 to improve the community, and a majority of respondents would like to focus on better public transportation and cheaper child care.

Since we are nestled between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, unless one has a car, it's not very easy to get around the county or two either commuter city.

Another significant finding is the dissatisfaction among those with young children at home, with available child care and adolescent programs. In fact, we talked to some families who made decisions to have one parent stay at home because it was actually cheaper than child care.

Much to consider here.

However, there is also much that survey respondents said they appreciated.

More than 80 percent of respondents were satisfied with available health care, more than 90 percent were satisfied with their access to food, and more than 90 percent withavailable education. Respondents also like our county's trails, parks and open spaces and the area's recreational activities, and they feel safe in their neighborhoods.

So, what's our next step?

We will take the results to a committee, which will undertake a review process and then recommend issues it feels the organization should tackle, possibly in early fall.

The full report is available at this link.

What do you think of our "Listening Project”? Do you have any questions? I'd love to get your feedback!

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