Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Tag Archives: Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

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 ...

Read More »

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. ...

Read More »

Betsy Nelson: No fantasy — football can improve philanthropy

Last year my colleague Adam Donaldson convinced me to join as a fun way to deepen relationships between a few foundations. Join what? Well, believe it or not, join an Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers Fantasy Football league. My team ...

Read More »

Betsy Nelson: Nonprofit groups should embrace evaluation

All donors want to know that their investment is making a difference. And we certainly should be channeling more of our scarce charitable resources into what we know gets better results. Several high-profile federal initiatives, such as the Social Innovation ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Times tough for Maryland’s nonprofits, but industry has persevered

The past few years have not been overly kind to Maryland’s nonprofit industry, which has had to deal with declines in giving, drops in government funding and market erosion of assets. The health of the nonprofit industry is vital for ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

On the Move, 5/12: Antonakos hired as director of philanthropy at Charlestown

Jim Antonakos has been hired as director of philanthropy by the Charlestown retirement community, of Catonsville. He will be responsible for all philanthropic efforts, including continuing development of the Benevolent Care Fund and Student Scholars’ Fund. Antonakos previously was health ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »