Educational Opportunity: Summit of Intersections

Heartly House, Inc., Mental Health Association of Frederick County, Wells House, Inc., and the Frederick County Health Department are presenting the second annual “Summit of Intersections” later this month. This one-day conference, sponsored by Precision Diagnostics, Inc., United Way of Frederick County, and Whitesell’s Pharmacy, will focus on the intersection of adverse childhood experiences, mental health disorders, sexual abuse and substance use disorders. These topic areas are ones that separate conferences are held often to address but very few seek to bring content experts together.  

Educational Opportunities: ABAG Events for Grantseekers

The Association of Baltimore-Area Grantmakers (ABAG) has announced its 2018 line-up of educational events for grantseekers. The first three are listed here, and additional announcements will be made throughout the year as events draw closer. For more information, or to register, visit ABAG's website.

What You Should -- and Shouldn't -- Do When Meeting with Our Foundation for the First Time (or Any Time)

What You Should -- and Shouldn't -- Do When Meeting with Our Foundation for the First Time (or Any Time)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently ran an Op-Ed offering fundraisers advice for first-time meetings with a potential donor. While every funder operates somewhat differently, much of the advice offered there would not apply to a meeting with the staff or board of The Helen J. Serini Foundation. Our Program Officer wrote a response adjusting these "expectations" for funders entering into first-time meetings, but we thought it could be helpful to expand upon the response to give current (or prospective) nonprofits an idea of what to expect when meeting with any of our team, be it staff or board.

Educational Opportunity: GuideStar Profile Training for Frederick County Nonprofits

Educational Opportunity: GuideStar Profile Training for Frederick County Nonprofits

We are excited to be co-hosting a GuideStar Nonprofit Profile training for Frederick County nonprofits with the Ausherman Family Foundation! This will be a hands-on workshop, led by GuideStar team members, for nonprofits interested in elevating their public GuideStar profiles. 

Educational Opportunities: Anne Arundel County Speaker Series & Guidestar Training

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County has several upcoming local events of interest to non-profits and the communities they serve, included a speaker series talk on water quality in the county, and a GuideStar Anne Arundel training for donors and nonprofits.

Educational Opportunities: ABAG Events for Grantseekers

The Association of Baltimore-Area Grantmakers (ABAG) has announced its 2018 line-up of educational events for grantseekers. The first three are listed here, and additional announcements will be made throughout the year as events draw closer. For more information, or to register, visit ABAG's website.

What You Should -- and Shouldn't -- Do When Meeting with Prospective Grantees

This article originally ran in the Chronicle of Philanthropy in response to an op-ed on what grantseekers should (and should not) do when meeting with donors for the first time.

As grant makers, we hold enormous power in relationships with nonprofits. Foundations big and small operate in a system in which nonprofits need funders (or, more precisely, our dollars) to achieve their missions. Our grantees, however, hold the answers to the questions and problems that drive us; they give our dollars meaning and effect, and their work allows us to achieve our missions. It is shortsighted, therefore, to view nonprofits simply as grant seekers. We should see them as critical partners in achieving our own missions as funders. And that partnership must be built on a foundation of mutual respect.