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Author Archives: Betsy Nelson

Betsy Nelson: Column ends, but let stories of giving go on

In 2001, we approached The Daily Record about increasing coverage of the nonprofit sector. Eleven years and 260 columns later, I find myself writing the final column. My tenure as the president of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) comes to an end, and with it, the completion of my telling the great stories of philanthropy and stories about the role nonprofit organizations play in our community and our world. On Monday, I enthusiastically welcomed Celeste Amato to ABAG as its new president.

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Betsy Nelson: Living Cities program is gaining ground here

Fall of 2010, when we first announced Baltimore as one of five sites selected to remake America's great urban places and reconnect residents to economic opportunity, I declared that there was no more important work that we could undertake.

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Betsy Nelson: Bringing environmental literacy to school

The 2012-2013 school year will bring with it the new environmental literacy requirements passed by the legislature in June 2011. This new graduation requirement ensures that all public school students experience environmental education as part of the curriculum.

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Betsy Nelson: Award recognizes city reading campaign

I am proud to report that the National Civic League has named Baltimore an All-America City to recognize the Baltimore Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as an outstanding example of community problem solving, civic engagement and collaboration among the public, corporate and nonprofit sectors.

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Betsy Nelson: Involving the public sector, policymakers

Grantmakers commonly invest time developing and strengthening relationships with their grantees and community-based partners in their fields of interest. They value that collaboration and two-way communication as they learn what is working and expand services to meet increasing demands. Often ...

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Betsy Nelson: Author challenges donors to do more than just give

We have long said that philanthropy has more to contribute to improving community conditions than just dollars. And at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ Annual Meeting, Leslie Crutchfield, senior advisor at the nonprofit consulting group FSG and author of ...

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