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Author Archives: Betsy Nelson

Betsy Nelson: Blue Water Baltimore emerges from merger

Mergers are common in the business world, but relatively rare in the nonprofit sector. That’s why I am intrigued by the story of Blue Water Baltimore. Baltimore’s four watershed associations and the Baltimore Harborkeeper pulled off a complicated feat when ...

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Betsy Nelson: Support YouthWorks, win Ravens tickets

There may be snow on the ground, but Baltimore City’s YouthWorks summer jobs program is getting ready for the summer. YouthWorks provides Baltimore City youth and young adults, ages 14-21, the opportunity to develop the essential work skills that today’s ...

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Betsy Nelson: Nonprofits should share tales of generosity

In my previous column, I outlined the public policy challenges ahead for nonprofits and philanthropy in 2011. One of my colleagues, Adam Donaldson, member services director at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, makes the point that now, as Congress ...

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Betsy Nelson: Budget cuts, tax changes worry nonprofits

Congress is back to work and, candidly, the nonprofit sector is nervous. In addition to calls to cut spending and reduce the deficit, the Obama administration is pushing a tax code overhaul over the next two years. Both efforts could ...

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IBM grant to help Baltimore deliver services

IBM recently inaugurated the Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grant program that will award $50 million worth of technology and services to help 100 municipalities across the world — including Baltimore. Teams of IBM experts will provide city leaders with ...

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Nelson: A good time to give thanks for philanthropy

Each year on Nov. 15, our country celebrates National Philanthropy Day, the occasion set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy — and those people active in the philanthropic community — have made to our ...

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Living Cities aims to create jobs and hope for Baltimore

We’ve got good news, Baltimore. Living Cities, a collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, announced last week that Baltimore is one of five cities selected to participate as part of its national Integration Initiative. The ...

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Here’s help for avoiding foreclosure scams

Frustratingly, foreclosure remains a persistent problem for residents of Central Maryland, especially Baltimore City. In the first half of 2010, there were 3,663 foreclosures filings in Baltimore compared to 2,853 filings for the first half of 2009. With changes in ...

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