Tag: philanthropy

Bloomberg’s Investment in Baltimore Goes Beyond Hopkins


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $5 million to the Open Society Institute-Baltimore for its Accelerated Pathways Initiative, a Baltimore high school program to increase graduation rates and after high school success, especially for  African-American males.

“Mayor Bloomberg shares our deep commitment to ensure that all children have access to a challenging academic program and to the support they need to graduate and be prepared for successful futures,” said Diana Morris, director of OSI-Baltimore and acting executive director of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs.

Big Fish Q&A with Diana Morris, Director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore



Almost two and a half years ago, following an engaged and engaging discussion at the central branch of the Pratt Library about how Americans talk — and don’t talk — about race, Open Society Institute-Baltimore director Diana Morris weighed in with a pithy, insightful analysis of our nation’s seemingly institutional racism.

“In America, we focus a lot on individuals; we don’t think about systems,” Morris noted in December 2009, prefiguring the current cataclysm surrounding the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. “Even in school, we don’t talk often about systems unless we happen to take a course in college about sociology. So that’s very helpful to me when I think through ‘how can we really talk effectively about the criminal justice system, which so adversely affects people of color and people who are poor.’ And that’s a system at work, and some of them are sort of unofficial or informal systems, and some of them are formal systems, but it’s more than just an individual bias. And we want to be able to convey that, because unless we can really pierce those systems, we’re not gonna really get effective change.”

Since 1997, Morris has brought a pronounced passion to effecting change in this city as overseer of the local outpost of gazillionaire philanthropist George Soros’ international Open Society Foundations. Specifically, OSI-Baltimore, according to its website, concentrates on “three intertwined problems: untreated drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. We also support a growing corps of social entrepreneurs committed to underserved populations in Baltimore.”

Millennial Media Mints Multi-Millionaires


Remember back in January when we said that the founders of Baltimore’s Millennial Media, Chris Brandenburg and Paul Palmieri, would become Baltimore’s next Kevin Planks? (See our post  IPO to Make Instant Millionaires Out of Millennial Media Founders.) Well, it has happened.  The company’s initial public offering was yesterday and shares in the company started at $13 and doubled by the end of the day.  Both co-founders are now worth, on paper, over $100 million.  Not bad for a couple of tech geeks from Baltimore and Harford counties.  Just kidding guys; we’re just jealous.

Millennial Media is an advertising network for mobile devices.  It is the third largest mobile ad network in the U.S. with offices in London, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.  Company headquarters are on Boston Street in Canton.

Read more about the IPO at TechCrunch.



Big Fish Q&A with Baltimore Community Foundation President and CEO Tom Wilcox


Since Tom Wilcox arrived here in 2000 to become president and CEO of the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF), the city has witnessed a now-you-see-‘em/now-you-don’t burlesque of changes among its top officials – at City Hall, the police department, fire department, health department, public schools – that includes a mayor and a police commissioner convicted of low crimes and misdemeanors.  Simultaneously, the city, sometimes by accident and sometimes by design, also has witnessed dramatic improvements: notably, a decreased crime rate, increased student test scores, and, probably thanks to the Internet, greater transparency at various government agencies. Partial credit, certainly, goes to a handful of forward-thinking municipal administrators, who, given a forum, loudly declaim their achievements. More quietly, the progressive policies of the BCF and its nonprofit brethren – true “BELIEVE” types – have just as demonstrably enhanced Baltimoreans’ lives.

As head of the BCF, now in its 40th year, Wilcox rides herd on 600-plus varied philanthropic funds, organizing “grants, initiatives, and advocacy around a vision of a Baltimore with a growing economy,” according to the foundation’s website. Last year, the BCF dispensed more than $20 million in grants to hundreds of local, regional, and national nonprofits. Specific to the metro area, its Invest in Baltimore agenda, co-crafted by Wilcox, “encompasses and measures coordinated efforts to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and assure a high quality of life in Greater Baltimore.” In essence, BCF shepherds donors’ charitable giving by matching benefactors to their particular areas of interest: neighborhoods, education (including scholarships), health, and the arts.

Daily Record Announces Maryland’s Most Influential


The Daily Record announced yesterday its 2012 Influential Marylanders. Since 2006, the Daily Record has honored people who have each made a significant impact in their fields and who continue to be leaders in the state. The honorees are selected by the Daily Record’s editors.

This year’s winners will be recognized at a reception March 29 at The Grand Lodge in Cockeysville.

The winners are:

Civic Leadership
Donald C. Fry, Greater Baltimore Committee (Circle of Influence Inductee*)
Frank Gunther Jr., The Leadership
Kirkland J. Murray, Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corp.
Kaliope Parthemos, City of Baltimore
Gustavo Torres, CASA de Maryland

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN
Laura Lippman, Author
Andy Malis, MGH Inc.
Myron Randall Jr., The Frederick News-Post
Stan Stovall, WBAL-TV 11

Andres Alonso, Baltimore City Public Schools
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Mary Pat Seurkamp, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Michelle Shearer, Urbana High School
Martha A. Smith, Anne Arundel Community College

Andrew Bertamini, Wells Fargo
Patrick Kerins, NEA
Raymond A. “Chip” Mason, Legg Mason Inc.
Mary Ann Scully, Howard Bank
Rod Staatz, SECU

R. Neal Black, Jos. A. Bank
Brenda Frese, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball
Spike and Amy Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen
Leighton Moore, Seacrets
Gary Vikan, Walters Art Museum

Benjamin S. Carson Sr., MD, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (Circle of Influence Inductee*)
Peter Greenleaf, MedImmune
Elijah Saunders, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Maryland Heart Center
Cornelia Trimble, MD, Johns Hopkins Center for Cervical Dysplasia
H. Thomas Watkins, Human Genome Sciences

Theodore M. Flerlage Jr., Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos
Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland School of Law, Center for Health and Homeland Security
Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Legal Aid Bureau Inc.
Mitchell Y. Mirviss, Venable LLP
Sheila Sachs, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

James Piper Bond, Living Classrooms Foundation
Eddie and Sylvia Brown, The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation Inc.
Deborah Flateman, Maryland Food Bank
Sen. Francis X. and Janet Kelly, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group
William J. McCarthy Jr., Associated Catholic Charities Inc.

Real Estate
Thomas S. Bozzuto, Bozzuto Group
A. James Clark, Clark Enterprises Inc.
Erwin J. Greenberg, Greenberg Gibbons Commercial
Willard Hackerman, Whiting-Turner
Dianna Wilhelm, Wilhelm Business Enterprises

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA/U.S. Cyber Command
Brianna Bowling, Zekiah Technologies
Adam G. Riess, Johns Hopkins University
Robert A. Rosenbaum, Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO)
Maurice B. Tosé, TeleCommunication Systems Inc.

Maryland’s $1 Million Donors in 2011


Courtesy of Citybizlist – Of Americans who gave gifts of $1 million or more in 2011, six were Maryland residents, topped by George L. Bunting and Anne Bunting

Another five donors (who gave gifts of $1 million or more) to Maryland-based institutions resided out of state. John Malone, from Colorado, led that group with a $30 million gift to Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering.

In December, citybizlist reported that Maryland was the second most charitable state in the country.

Below are two charts with data provided by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The first represents gifts where the donor resided in Maryland, the second where the donor was out of state. When both the donor and recipient were located in Maryland, the gifts are included in the first chart. Footnotes are provided under each.

Maryland as Donor State

Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, has received a pledge of $10-million from George L. Bunting Jr. and Anne Bunting to expand graduate studies and for research. Mr. Bunting is the president of Bunting Management Group, an investment firm, and former chairman and chief executive officer of Noxell Corporation, the maker of Noxzema skin cream. He is a former longtime member of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The University of Maryland at College Park has received $10-million from Edward St. John, founder and chairman of St. John Properties, a commercial real-estate development company in Baltimore, to create and name the Teaching and Learning Center. Mr. St. John graduated from the university in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

George Washington U. (Washington): $8-million pledge from A. James Clark, chief executive of Clark Enterprises, a construction company in Bethesda, Md., to establish a scholarship fund for prospective students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Mr. Clark is a trustee emeritus, and his company is building a science and engineering complex for the university.

Dominican U. of California (San Rafael): $2-million bequest from H.B. Yin and Lillian L.Y. Wang Yin for an endowed professorship in chemistry and for a scholarship fund for students majoring in chemistry or majoring in a science while minoring in chemistry. Ms. Wang Yin coordinated efforts on human subject protection and clinical investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. She died in 2000. Mr. Yin died in 2010.

Loyola U. Maryland (Baltimore): $1-million bequest from the estate of Alexander M. Haig Jr., a former U.S. Army general who served as Secretary of State during the Reagan administration. The money will establish the Alexander M. Haig Jr. Endowment Fund for Science, Faith, and Culture. Mr. Haig died in 2010.

Baltimore School for the Arts: $1-million gift from Patricia and Mark Joseph for its endowment. Mr. Joseph is chairman of Municipal Mortgage and Equity, in Baltimore, and a co-founder of the school.

Read the rest of the story at Citybizlist

Philanthropist, Gilman Alum William P. Carey Dies at 81


William Polk Carey, a philanthropist with deep Baltimore roots who gave heavily to Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and Gilman School, among other Baltimore institutions, died yesterday afternoon of natural causes at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was surrounded by family and friends, who had traveled to be with him.  He was 81 years old.

Mr. Carey founded W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, a company that manages a global investment portfolio of approximately $11.8 billion in real estate assets. According to public filings and the current value of the stock, his holdings in the company approach $500 million. The W.P. Carey Foundation, which Mr. Carey established in 1988, will be the primary beneficiary of Mr. Carey’s estate, the foundation announced.

In addition to Gilman School, where he was an alumnus, Carey made gifts to Boys Latin, Bryn Mawr School, the Baltimore School for the Arts and Calvert School. Carey’s grandmother, Anne Galbraith Carey, founded Gilman in 1897.

“We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Carey.  Bill and the Carey Family have been inextricably linked with Gilman since our founding by his grandmother, Anne Galbraith Carey,” said John Schmick, Gilman headmaster. “Bill has always been there to support the school in so many different ways –  through his generous philanthropic commitment, his outstanding business sense, his constant push for excellence in all facets of the school, and his care and commitment to Gilman students worldwide.  We will greatly miss Bill Carey, as will so many educational institutions and the city of Baltimore.  We have lost a wonderful and generous friend,” he added.

In 2006, Carey gave a $50 million donation to Johns Hopkins to establish its business school, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. (The business school has a video tribute to Carey on its website.) Just nine months ago, Carey announced his donation of $30 million to The University of Maryland School of Law. The school is now named after Carey’s grandfather, Francis King Carey, who was a graduate of the law school (Class of 1880).

In 1988, Mr. Carey established the W. P. Carey Foundation, which supports education. His brother, Francis J. Carey, who is a member of the board of trustees of the W.P. Carey Foundation, said, “Bill was not only an insightful businessman but a wonderful brother and a good citizen. He always felt grateful that he was raised in a family committed to public service — and he worked passionately to uphold that tradition.” Mr. Carey was a direct descendent of President James K. Polk. 


Hometown Girl


Over 500 people showed up last Saturday night at the Irvine Nature Center to eat, drink and gawk at “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen, and to raise money for a good cause. Truth be told, many in attendance were family and friends of the Emmy-winning actress. She played the part of auctioneer that night, cajoling bidders to pay upward of $20,000 for a lunch date with her and raising a record amount for the night. 

Photos by Lee Kriel. Style spotting and questions by Kate Mott.

 Julie Bowen and her parents Susie and Jack Luetkemeyer

Which “Modern Family” episode is your favorite?

“Strangers on a Treadmill,” when I have to tell Cam he looked bad in the bikers shorts, and “Regrets Only” (when she and Phil fight and he doesn’t know why and she is upset about the wedge salad).

How did you pick the dress you wore to the Emmys? You looked great.

I never do this but I took pictures and showed them to the girls on the show. There was a Carolina Herrera that was beautifu,l but Sophia thought it was too conservative so I picked the Oscar de la Renta.









Rebel with a Cause

Great style is all about expressing individuality, and it turns out Chris Warren’s clothing tells a very personal story. The hip and trendy South Moon Under men’s department manager (spotted outside the Harbor East boutique) uses his fashion savvy to hook people into giving to causes he cares about. Giving while getting. That’s the best style.


Chris Warren, 26

You look like you’re going to class not work!

Yeah, I like to dress in jeans and a T -shirt most of the time and sometimes a woven.
A woven? You speak a designer’s language. Are you a fashion designer?

I design T-shirts with a friend. We are just starting our company.
Did you design the one you’re wearing? What do the letters stand for?

TSP?  The Shift Project. We design T-shirts now but hope to get into wovens and sweaters.
Where did you get the name?

We both believe you have to contribute to change the world and when you hit the shift button on your keyboard everything changes.  And it’s a project. So, The Shift Project. 
Have you sold any T-shirts?

We are now on Facebook and developing a website.  But we’re trying to keep the cost down so we can donate six or seven percent of what we bring in to a different charity or institution each month. The first one is personal. We hope to give to Kennedy Krieger because my brother is there in rehab after a football accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. At 15. And the next month it will be the Susan G. Komen Foundation because my friend’s mother had breast cancer.  Selling our collection will hopefully allow us to give to many causes we believe in. 

I wish you great success. And how is your brother today?

He’s great. He’s 23.  And he wears our T-shirts all the time!

Give Corps and Enoch Pratt Hold Tweet-a-Thon for E-Readers


GiveCorps and the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold one of Baltimore’s first Tweet-a-Thon’s today from 5 – 7 p.m.  The Pratt’s e-reader program is one of the first in the nation and the two groups hope to raise awareness (and money) to purchase additional e-readers. The hashtag for the Tweet-a-Thon is #Nooks4Pratt. 

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