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Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

May 20, 2019

Grantmakers group renamed Maryland Philanthropy Network

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is no more. The organization announced Monday that it would change its name to Maryland Philanthropy Network as part of a rebrand. In a news release, ABAG announced that its mission and work  was no longer best represented by the existing name and that suggestions from focus groups, stakeholders and members […]

Oct 31, 2012

Amato named president of ABAG

Celeste Amato has been named president of The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

Oct 19, 2012

Amato to lead Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers has announced the appointment of a new president, Celeste Amato, who will bring 18 years of city government and business development experience to the position when she steps in on Dec. 3.

Sep 13, 2012

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.

Sep 9, 2012

Betsy Nelson: To grow city population, start in the middle

During her inaugural address in December 2011, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proposed an ambitious goal to grow the city by 10,000 households over 10 years.

Jul 29, 2012

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.

May 20, 2012

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 Baltimore Area Grantmakers by the end of 2012. I look around and see that in […]

May 10, 2012

ABAG’s Nelson to retire in December

Betsy Nelson, who has served as president of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers since 1990, said she will step down from the post in December. The organization, founded in 1983, has grown under Nelson’s tenure to more than 135 private and community foundations, donor-advised funds and corporations with strategic grantmaking programs, representing the majority […]

May 6, 2012

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 forum featured the release of Building from Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore’s Next Economy, […]

Apr 9, 2012

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 interest by funders in measuring the impact of their grant dollars. The desire to target […]

Jan 22, 2012

Betsy Nelson: A decade later and the stories keep coming

Ten years and 240 columns about the role philanthropy plays in our community and our world! It gives me pause as I reflect on the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmaker’s biweekly column in The Daily Record. In the initial 2001 column, I noted that while many of us are familiar with the activities of nonprofit […]

Oct 20, 2011

Betsy Nelson: Capping deductions would hurt donations

There is definite irony to the recurring proposals to decrease incentives for charitable giving. Today, nonprofit organizations need private support more than ever as they operate under increasing demands for services resulting from a stagnant economy and government budget cuts. The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers recently issued a public statement urging policymakers to support [&hellip[...]

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