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.
'Tis the season for gratitude, and this year, as we are each year, we are grateful for our partners in community. Whether you are staff, volunteer, or board member of a nonprofit, supporting organization, or funder, we are grateful for all that you do each and every day to tackle our communities' largest problems.
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.
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.
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).
The Rotary Club of Frederick has just released its grant guidelines and application for its 2019 Service Partnership Grants. Eligible 501(c)(3) organizations who provide services in Frederick County may submit a grant application for work that aligns with one (or more) of their six service areas.
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.
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.