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Betsy Nelson: No fantasy — football can improve philanthropy (access required)

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 ...

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Betsy Nelson: Nonprofit groups should embrace evaluation (access required)

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 ...

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Betsy Nelson: Foundations provide help for city schools (access required)

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 (access required)

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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Betsy Nelson: Summer learning helps to build vital skills (access required)

For many of us, summer vacation is synonymous with summer camp or afternoons spent poolside. However, the summer months should also be a time for children to build upon the academic skills they have gained during the school year. According ...

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Charitable Giving: Mental health docket makes a difference (access required)

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 (access required)

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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Times tough for Maryland’s nonprofits, but industry has persevered (access required)

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 ...

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Betsy Nelson: Nonprofits must speak up and get their message out (access required)

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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