Educational Opportunity: Diversifying Your Board

Multiple reports assessing racial diversity of nonprofit boards in the region attest to lack of racial diversity being an on-going challenge – despite a shift of values and attitudes that may support increasing racial diversity.  So, what is happening?  Why can’t nonprofit boards – despite our best intentions – recruit and keep people of color? And what can we learn from those boards that do? Join the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County in welcoming Adar Ayira from Associated Black Charities for this free Strengthening Nonprofits event.

Updates to Our Annual Grantmaking Timeline

Updates to Our Annual Grantmaking Timeline

In 2019, we’ll be piloting a new timeline for our grants program: our Spring 2019 cycle operated as usual, with LOIs accepted from any eligible organization. Our Fall 2019 grant cycle will operate by invitation only (and most invitations will be extended to renewing grant partners from previous years).

Leadership Development Grants Program Renewed for 2019

Leadership Development Grants Program Renewed for 2019

The Helen J. Serini Foundation is committed to investing in the leadership of our community's non-profits to ensure success today and into the future. In order to do so, we are excited to announce the renewal of our Leadership Development Grants Program for 2019.

Everybody Counts: What You Need to Know About the 2020 Census by Maryland Nonprofits

Everybody Counts: What You Need to Know About the 2020 Census by Maryland Nonprofits

The data collected by the census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives; where voting precincts are established; and to how to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

This upcoming session hosted by Maryland Nonprofits will bring together a variety of perspectives to discuss what the decennial census means for the nonprofit sector and our role in ensuring an accurate count.

Exponent Philanthropy's 2019 Next Gen Fellows Program

Philanthropy is not often thought of as a young person's industry. But look a little closer, and it's apparent that there are young people moving and shaking in the world of foundations and grantmaking. If you're a member of this younger generation (the Next Gen), or have a Next Gen board member or staff person in your foundation, take a look at Exponent Philanthropy's Next Gen Fellows program--a 6-month training designed exclusively for Next Gen philanthropists.

2019 Grants Processes Now Open, Plus an Explanation of Our Philosophy and Priorities

2019 Grants Processes Now Open, Plus an Explanation of Our Philosophy and Priorities

Our 2019 Major Grants Processes are now open! We are looking for organizations who bring an excitement and passion to their work, and who are working to break the cycle of poverty by addressing or removing the root causes of systemic barriers to health, safety, shelter and opportunity in the communities where we work and live

If that sounds like you, we'd encourage you to submit an LOI for our Spring 2018 Grant Cycle. We are offering grants for general operating support, program-specific support, and capacity building initiatives specifically.

January 2019 "Open House" Events

January 2019 "Open House" Events

Because we don’t have an actual office (our two employees work 100% remotely), we can’t host a typical “Open House” event to welcome you all to our space. So instead, we’re going to come to you. We’ll be hosting informal gatherings at coffee shops in each of our three main geographic areas of focus throughout the month of January. These are large chunks of time, intended to give past grantees, current grant partners, grantseekers, or any others interested in our work the opportunity to come by and meet with our Program Office, ask questions, and learn more about our work. No agendas. Nothing formal. Just a chance to meet in person and talk.

Grant Partner Survey Results & Key Takeaways

As part of our commitment to learning from our grant partners and continuing to grow and adapt as an organization, we recently distributed a survey to all of our past grant partners asking for feedback about our process and approach. Twenty-five partners responded, completely anonymously, and in the interest of full transparency, we’re capturing the response summaries below and sharing them here. In addition to responses, we’ve highlighted throughout where we have concrete plans to make changes, and where we acknowledge we need to make such plans (but have yet to finalize anything).