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Author Archives: Betsy Nelson

Betsy Nelson: Living the nonprofit leadership transition

Seems to me that the much-anticipated leadership transition for nonprofit organizations is now occurring. Maybe it is reality or just my perception, since I recently announced that after 25 years I will step down as president of the Association of ...

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Betsy Nelson: Region needs to build on significant assets

Last month, I was fortunate enough to attend the first of a four-part Redefining Capital series hosted by the Federal Reserve of Richmond/Baltimore Branch and a number of community partners — including, proudly, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers. This ...

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Betsy Nelson: United Way campaign results offer hope

It’s been some time since nonprofits have had something to cheer about. They have been hit hard by proverbial one-two punches. With the economy struggling and government budgets under duress, nonprofits have been called upon to deliver even more for ...

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Betsy Nelson: Defining and measuring success with data

As a membership organization of foundations and corporate giving programs, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers has had a longstanding interest in increasing the funding community’s capacity to support and use data to inform decision making. We have seen increased ...

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Betsy Nelson: Best, worst grant requests have something in common

When asked, grantmakers had some interesting insights into the best and worst grants they have made. And the Center for Funds & Foundations at the ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers did the ...

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Betsy Nelson: Community comes through for city schools

It is an exciting time for public education in Baltimore. In late December, the United States Department of Education announced the grantees for its highly competitive Investing in Innovation (i3) grants, awarded to support the validation and expansion of innovative ...

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Betsy Nelson: Boards should spend time looking forward

In today’s environment, nonprofit organizations are faced with numerous challenges, be they financial, administrative, or programmatic. Wondering how many boards of directors are up to the task, I contacted Nancy Hall, one of my “go-to” nonprofit professionals, for her opinion. ...

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