Shop Small, Give Big Challenge with The Shops at Kenilworth


This season, shop small and give big with The Shops at Kenilworth. On Small Business Saturday, November 28, from 11am – 2pm, shop online or in person at The Shops at Kenilworth. For each purchase at the local retailers*, $5 will be donated to the Kennedy Krieger Institute – up to $3, 000!

Check off your holiday list while shopping small – and for a good cause! Check in with individual businesses for hours and curbside pickup policy. Joining in-person? Stop by Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings and grab a free small coffee as a gift. After you check off your list, kick back and relax with the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Virtual Festival of Trees. This year, Festival of Trees is virtual and FREE for everyone. Visit for details.

Three Black leaders seek to break fundraising barriers for Black-led organizations with Baltimore Legacy Builders Collective

Participants in B360, a program founded by Brittany Young, one of the founders of The Collective. Photo by Javon Roye.

Three Black-led Baltimore nonprofit organizations — B360, I am MENtality and The — launched last week the Baltimore Legacy Builders Collective to fundraise and share a joint development team to increase organizational capacity, sustainability, and better serve the Baltimore community.

Eight high school student projects receive more than $90K from Philanthropy Tank


Philanthropy Tank awarded $90,000 to eight Baltimore students at its inaugural finals event last Thursday. The new initiative aims to empower students in the Baltimore area to develop social impact programs to address community issues. Along with the funding, student finalists receive one year of mentorship from local business and nonprofit leaders. 

John Waters will be a presenter at the Pornhub Awards, Dec. 15

Image via Baltimore Soundstage’s Facebook.

After donating the bulk of his fine art collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art last week, Baltimore writer and filmmaker John Waters is turning his attention to a different art form.

John Waters gives back to the BMA with pledge to donate art collection

John Waters (c) Greg Gorman

Filmmaker John Waters says his first introduction to the world of fine art came when he was a boy and his parents took him to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

OSI announces 2020 Community Fellows


Open Society Institute-Baltimore announced yesterday the 2020 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows. Each fellow will receive $60,000 over 18 months to support local projects designed to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities.

Newly launched Philanthropy Tank invites Baltimore students to become social entrepreneurs

Students competing in Philanthropy Tank with their mentors. From left to right: Emily Mayock, Dayvon Cummings, Esaiah Watson, Devin Mintz, and Jonathan Moore. Emily Mayock, program and development associate at St. Francis Neighborhood Center and Jonathan Moore, founder and CEO of Rowdy Orbit, are supporting the students in the implementation of their idea. The students will present Reducing Waste Entrepreneurship on Nov. 19.

When she was in seventh grade, Ania McNair saw a presentation by an FBI Victims Specialist that stuck with her. The Victims Specialist relayed stories of human trafficking — many involving girls Ania’s age — and Ania immediately knew she wanted to do something about it.

Ania, now in twelfth grade at Reginald Lewis High School, has been involved with initiatives to combat human trafficking in Baltimore. According to the Victims Services Committee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, major interstates through the state and its position between several East Coast cities make it a hot spot for human trafficking. The task force’s latest data found 396 survivors of human trafficking — 124 of whom were trafficked as children — in Maryland in 2014.

Recently, while working with Baltimore nonprofit HeartSmiles, Ania gave a presentation on human trafficking entitled “Not for Sale.” When she saw an opportunity to apply for a grant to put her solutions to action from the newly launched Philanthropy Tank Baltimore, Ania applied.

Local Community Tackles Food Insecurity in Baltimore


It’s first thing on a Monday morning and the kitchen at Pearlstone is already buzzing. The Executive Chef Rebecca Pauvert, along with her culinary team, are hard at work preparing 150 quarts of tasty, nutritious soup. The soup will be picked up tomorrow – Tuesday– by the nonprofit, Baltimore Gift Economy, who will distribute it to individuals facing food insecurity who are living in the Irvington neighborhood of Baltimore City.

This week it looks like carrot soup on the menu.

Join MASKerade and help raise funds for the LGBTQ community



Submission Deadline EXTENDED 
Application Deadline: Friday, October 30

Virtual Silent Auction and Exhibition 
Launches November 7, 2020

Join MASKerade Baltimore – a virtual silent auction and exhibition hosted by the Baltimore Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund to raise awareness and funds for issues facing the LGBTQ community in Baltimore. Since launching in 2018, the LGBTQ Fund has awarded nearly $100,000 to organizations fighting discrimination, providing health services, producing arts and culture events, and supporting LGBTQ youth with anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs. Funds from MASKerade will be used to establish an endowment, ensuring vital support for LGBTQ youth programs in perpetuity.

To view the silent auction, LIVE on November 7, or to register to bid click HERE

More than 100 artists and non-artists picked up canvas masks in August and September and are now in the process of transforming them into works of art!



Application Deadline: Friday, October 30
All participants must register a loan agreement (google form) with Maryland Art Place HERE

Saturday, November 7: Auction Launch 10am

Friday, November 13: Auction closes 10pm

The silent auction to view and bid on masks will be held November 7 from 10 a.m. – November 13 at 10 p.m. Register today HERE