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  • December 21, 2016

    The December Full Circle meeting provided an opportunity for Circle members to engage with several 2016 grantees — Action in Maturity, American Red Cross, The Ark Preschool, Caroline Center, CASA, Loving Arms, MCE Women’s Business Center, MCVETS, Penn North -Kids Safe Zone and Thread — and to hear from Antonia Fasanelli, the Executive Director of Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (HPRP), an expert on the issues of homelessness.

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  • December 21, 2016

    On November 10th, thirty members of the Circle met to discuss Matthew Desmond’s book Evicted, a carefully researched and deeply moving study of eight Milwaukee families living in poverty under a continuing threat of eviction and homelessness.  

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  • December 21, 2016

    The 2016-2017 cycle ushers in some important changes to the grant-making process.

    The Two-Year Impact Grant pilot was completed in the 2015-2016 grant cycle and the Circle will continue offering two two-year $50,000 grants going forward.
    The process for awarding two-year grants has been streamlined for both applicants and the Grants Committee.
    All Circle members will now have the opportunity to vote for the grant awards, both one-year and two-year.

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  • December 21, 2016

    The American Red Cross (best known to most of us for disaster relief and blood drives) also runs a Nurse Assistant Training program located in West Baltimore that the BWGC funded this past year as a first time grantee.

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  • December 21, 2016

    The Circle Advocacy Committee kicked off its first event on November 17 with a forum aptly titled “Accidental Advocates.”   Three guest speakers and two special guests shared their unexpected journeys in advocacy, the challenges they faced, and the impact of their efforts.  

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  • December 21, 2016

    On November 15 the BWGC continued its outreach to past grantees at a Grantee Connect gathering; the event fosters networking and shared learning among BWGC grantee alumnae.  Fifty-two people representing 40 grantee organizations attended the event.  Our theme of “Listen, Learn, Share and Evolve,” which covers listening campaigns and how to use them to inform and engage an organization’s many constituencies, continued. 

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  • September 12, 2016

    Stephanie DeLuca - Coming of Age in the Other America

    "An Identity Project is a source of meaning that provides a strong sense of self and is linked to concrete activities to which youth commit themselves.”

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  • June 23, 2016

    There was a packed house at the last Full Circle meeting of the 2015/16 year, for speakers Thomasina L. Hiers, the Executive Director of Baltimore’s Promise (BP) and Tom Wilcox, President/CEO of the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF), of which the BWGC is one of 800 funds.

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  • June 23, 2016

    The second BWGC CircleWorks volunteer day took place on April 16.  On a beautiful sunny spring day, we held a party for the children who participate in the CHIP program of our grantee Alternative Directions. These children, ages 6 to 14, have parents who are incarcerated and CHIP provides them with mentors and a variety of activities. Our party, with the theme of "Power in the Heart," was their April activity.

     
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  • June 23, 2016

    What better reflection of a successful program is there than a request for more?  

    Following the enthusiastic response to his presentation at December’s Full Circle Meeting, Fagan Harris, Co-founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, and three of his team met with nearly 50 BWGC members at Church of the Redeemer on April 27, for Circle Forum. After being introduced by Christine Sellers, Head of Development and Fagan’s self-described “right arm,” Fagan explained the history and mission of Baltimore Corps and the selection process and placement of the 34 talented Fellows. 

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  • June 23, 2016

    On May 3 Grantee Connect brought 54 grantee alums together with panelist Kelly Hodge-Williams, Executive Director of Business Volunteers Maryland, and Rob English, Executive Director of BUILD, to consider the importance of listening - to clients, volunteers, donors, friends and importantly those who may not understand what you do.

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  • June 23, 2016

    BWGC members and guests gathered at the Church of the Redeemer on May 18 to hear a “legislative update” from Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the House of Delegates.  She represents the 43rd district in Baltimore City.  Sue Talbott, Co-Chair of the Education Committee and Susan Anderson, the newly appointed Co-Chair of Circle Advocacy, introduced Delegate McIntosh.

    Maggie began by saying “we live in interesting times.”  She referred to the positive response by the Legislature and the Baltimore delegation to the uprising last April.  She explained that a lack of opportunity, safety, good schools and good housing were central to the uprising.  She then described the 19 bills that came from the legislature in response to these needs.

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  • June 23, 2016

    Fifty-three members gathered on the evening of May 5 to discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’s recent memoir, Between the World and Me.  Described by Toni Morrison as“required reading” for all Americans, the book has garnered considerable critical attention, winning the 2015 National Book Award for Non-Fiction and a place on the NY Times best seller list for over forty weeks.  It led to a MacArthur Fellowship for the author, a Baltimore native.   We chose this book because of our need for a greater understanding of the lives of young black men in Baltimore in the wake of the unrest in spring 2015.

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Girl Power Sparkles at Chesapeake High School

Girl Power Sparkles at Chesapeake High School

See how the BWGC has helped the GEM after-school mentoring program make young girls more confident, self-reliant, and successful.

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