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Author Archives: Betsy Nelson

Betsy Nelson: Foundations provide help for city schools

Baltimore City Public Schools are back in session Aug. 29. Across the city, students are getting ready for a new year at their neighborhood school, a charter school, a specialized high school or a transformation school. Their school might be ...

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Betsy Nelson: Making connections in Israel

In May, I had the great privilege of participating in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation’s weeklong Israel Mission. What a life-enhancing experience it was! For many years the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has led prominent Marylanders on an ...

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Charitable Giving: Mental health docket makes a difference

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Gale Rasin was frustrated. Too many defendants had unaddressed mental health problems. Judge Rasin believed that creating a mental health case management docket in circuit court could have a transformative effect on certain defendants. But there ...

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Betsy Nelson: Conference focuses on continuous learning

Supporting continuous learning is one of eight guiding principles shared by local philanthropy for the continued assurance of private philanthropic money for public good. Through ongoing learning and engagement with recipient nonprofits, funders ensure that their grantmaking remains relevant, responsive ...

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Betsy Nelson: Nonprofits must speak up and get their message out

Nonprofits and foundations must share stories of their successful strategies to address community needs. This is the message Mark Sedway delivered to members of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers at our recent annual meeting. Mark leads the Philanthropy Awareness ...

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Charitable Giving: Program helps renters hurt by foreclosure

The foreclosure crisis and subsequent financial fallout for homeowners have been headline news for years now. But a less visible aspect of the crisis has quietly emerged — the plight of renters whose landlords are facing foreclosure. Real estate investors ...

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Betsy Nelson: stepUP! Baltimore will use volunteerism as a strategy

As communities across the country celebrate April as National Volunteer Month, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced details about a new comprehensive volunteer plan called stepUP! Baltimore that will leverage volunteer service as a strategy to address the most pressing challenges ...

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Betsy Nelson: Carefully consider aid to Japan

Our thoughts continue to be with those affected by the recent earthquake, aftershocks and tsunami in Japan. The preliminary numbers on those affected by these disasters are staggering. Japanese police estimate that the death toll from the quake and tsunami ...

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