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As a membership organization we are pleased to provide a number of resources developed for our funding and nonprofit communities. We look forward to continuing to provide you with quality publications to assist you in your good work.

For information on receiving copies of any of the ABAG-produced publications below, please contact Elyse Robinson, ABAG Office Manager.



Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC)

1. Strengthening Baltimore's Workforce: Reflections and Lessons Learned

2. A Call To Action: Creating New Opportunities for Baltimore City's Disconnected Youth 

3. Connecting Baltimore's Opportunity Youth To Careers

4. Expanding Sector Employment Opportunities for Young Adults in Baltimore 


Click here to read ABAG's Baltimore Forward Report: The Funding Community's Response to the April 2015 Baltimore Uprising. A brief summary highlighting actions taken by ABAG and its members.

Baltimore Forward: The Funding Community’s Response to the April 2015 Baltimore Uprising

This is a brief summary highlighting actions taken by the Association and by its members and is a working document intended for regular updates.

Spotlight on Civil Legal Aid

ABAG Member, the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) has partnered with the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers to increase awareness and understanding of the value of civil legal aid among the members of Maryland’s philanthropic community.

MLSC, which administers Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and other funds for civil legal services to low-income persons throughout the state, is one of 10 national recipients of grants from the National Association of IOLTA Programs. The grant to MLSC is being used to increase awareness and understanding of the value of civil legal aid among the members of Maryland’s philanthropic community.

Incorporating ABAG member input and interests, MLSC and ABAG are working together to develop and conduct a series of four educational programs with ABAG members, each with a corresponding "funder brief.” Our programming is focused on emphasizing the importance of civil legal aid in meeting basic human needs of vulnerable populations and integrating legal aid throughout foundations’ portfolios.

Download the ABAG Funder Briefs:

2015 Profile of Education Giving - Highlights
ABAG is excited to present our 2015 Profile of Education Giving Highlights, which provides a summary of key data points about our members’ investments in education.

This report documents the experiences, successes and lessons learned during the Learning and Action Agenda Project by ABAG staff, Annie E. Casey Foundation staff, and staff from participating regional associations of grantmakers.

ABAG's Membership Directory
The 2015 ABAG Membership Directory is available. The directory is the #1 resource for area fundraisers and grantwriters and costs $65.

ABAG's "Guide for Funding Basic Human Needs in a Challenging Economy"
To inform the funding community about the scale and scope of need among Central Marylanders, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) has produced the Guide for Funding Basic Human Needs in a Challenging Economy, which focuses on eight areas critical to maintaining self sufficiency, which suffer during an economic downturn.

Adventures in Philanthropy - A 2011 Philanthropy Snapshot
Adventures in Philanthropy is our bi-weekly column in the Daily Record, which offers a glimpse into the world of philanthropy, presenting current issues and information in our sector. By telling our stories to a broader audience, we hope to shed light on the role of the nonprofit community and the funders that support this important work. We believe that through communicating how foundations and nonprofit organizations tackle some of society's most pressing problems, we can bring increased attention to promising solutions and spark collaborations that will make our community a better place for all its residents.

ABAG's Snapshots of Philanthropy
The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers marked its 25th year by highlighting philanthropy's impact on our community with the Snapshots of Philanthropy ePostcard series.

ABAG's "Maryland Business Giving Workbook"
The Maryland Business Giving Workbook is designed to assist the many businesspeople in Maryland who are interested in learning how their giving programs can be more effective, as well as to assist those who wish to start a charitable giving program.

ABAG's "Maryland Guide to Creating Matching Gift Programs"
ABAG produced this guide to provide a roadmap for companies interested in starting a matching gift program as well as to help companies that already have a matching gift program to strengthen their efforts.

ABAG's "The Value-Add of Philanthropy for Public Relations"
Philanthropy can be an effective strategy in successful public relations and marketing initiatives. We know that contributing funds and time in the community is the "right” thing to do. But can it be the "smart” thing to do, too?

"Growing Philanthropy through Giving Circles: Lessons Learned from Start Up to Grantmaking"
This report, published by ABAG, is entitled "Growing Philanthropy through Giving Circles: Lessons Learned from Start-up to Grantmaking” explores and communicates the lessons learned from two giving circles initiated in Maryland - the Baltimore Women's Giving Circle at the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County at the Columbia Foundation, Howard County's Community Foundation.

The Do's and Dont's of Working with Local Funders
This report offers "rules for engagement" for national funders interested in investing in local communities and partnering with local funders.

"Local Donor Collaboration: Lessons From Baltimore and Beyond"
This report summarizes how collaboratives get started, what sustains them, and effective principles and practices. The report was prepared for ABAG by Alice C. Buhl with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

"A Plan of One's Own: A Woman's Guide to Philanthropy"
Practical advice on how women from all age groups and economic backgrounds can create a charitable giving plan and use their financial resources to effect lasting social change.

"When and How to Use External Evaluators"
This publication written by Tracey Rutnik of ABAG, and Marty Campbell, is designed for program officers fairly new to evaluation who might be called upon to advise grantees about contracting an external evaluator or to directly commission evaluations on behalf of their foundations.

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