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.

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Note that members of Maryland Nonprofits receive a discount for registration for these events.

For Grantseekers: Foundations 101 and Maryland's Philanthropic Landscape

With more than 1,450 foundations in Maryland and a growing landscape of corporate funders, donor advised funds, giving circles, and public charities, the first step to grant seeking is understanding the basic operations of organized giving. How do different types of grantmakers make decisions? What are the current local priorities in philanthropy?  How do I, or can I, get to know grantmakers?  Where can you get more information?

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers invites the staff and board members of nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations and social enterprises to our recurring program on foundations and the broader landscape of philanthropy in Maryland. This learning opportunity is most appropriate to new grantseekers and to nonprofit organizations in Baltimore and central Maryland. The webinar uses questions, or polls, to actively engage participants in building a common knowledge of foundations and other grantmakers.

Continuing Education Credit: Full participation in For Grantseekers: Foundations 101 and Maryland's Philanthropic Landscape (1/19/18) is applicable for 1 point in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

When: January 19, 2018, 9:30-10:30am

Where: Webinar

Cost: $25 (members of Maryland Nonprofits can receive $10 off by locating the discount code in the Maryland Nonprofits member portal)

For Grantseekers: Meet & Understand Green Funders

Our "Meet and Understand Green Funders" panel is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to better understand how funders interested in the environment and sustainability make grant decisions. 

Nonprofit representatives are invited to hear from ABAG members. You will hear directly from the people who manage funding requests from the community and learn how they make grant decisions.

Our speakers will share information about their grant process and their perspectives on building lasting relationships with their grantees. They will provide insight into their funding decision making and tips for writing a stellar grant proposal. Structured as a panel discussion, attendees will have ample time to ask questions and engage directly with the speakers.

This panel will be moderated by Jamie Baxter, Program Director of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network.

Our panelists will be:

  • Jack Bovaird, Director of Philanthropy, Bunting Family Foundation
  • Cathy Brill, Maryland Program Consultant for the Rauch Foundation
  • Kacey Wetzel, Program Director at the Chesapeake Bay Trust

When: February 2, 2018, 8:30-10:30am

Where: Baltimore Community Foundation, 2 E Read Street, 8th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $45 (members of Maryland Nonprofits can receive $10 off by locating the discount code in the Maryland Nonprofits member portal)

For Grantseekers: A Program Officer's Guide to Grantwriting

Presented by a program officer who reviews hundreds of proposals each year, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers invites new grant proposal writers to a step-by-step presentation to writing a full proposal grantmakers will want to receive. You will hear the “never ever do this” and the “be sure to do that”. This is a great workshop for grantseekers new to the field. The agenda includes additional information on preparing to write, stewarding a funder relationship, and presenting your budget. 

Based upon the resources available at and current insights from local foundation program officers.

Presented by Lara Hall, Senior Program Officer, Blaustein Philanthropic Group
A grantmaker for more than a decade, Lara is also an experienced educator on grant writing. In addition to many presentations, she lectures on philanthropy and grant writing at Stevenson University. She is a former member of the Board of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.  

This workshop is for grantseekers. Space is limited to 40. 

When: March 3, 2018, 8:00-11:30am

Where: Baltimore Community Foundation, 2 E Read Street, 8th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $100

The Helen J. Serini Foundation is a member of the Association of Baltimore-Area Grantmakers, but is not involved with the planning or execution of these events. Questions should be directed to Elisabeth Hyleck at ABAG: 

Current grant partners with the Helen J. Serini Foundation who are interested in attending one or all of these events but lack the financial resources to do so are encouraged to contact Kerry McHugh for scholarship opportunities.