Baltimore Site Session

Participants will travel to Baltimore for a daylong look at the work that Baltimore's philanthropic and civic leaders are doing to move the city forward. The programming will focus on the ecosystem of factors impacting the long-term vitality of a great American city.

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Baltimore Site Session

Baltimore is a much-discussed city impacted by many myths. This immersive site session is intended to help participants understand key aspects of a vibrant city’s philanthropic and civic life. The programming will focus on the ecosystem of factors impacting the long-term vitality of a great American city, and participants will leave with a better understanding of how Baltimore’s leaders are working to address the challenges facing the city.

The day begins with an immersive look at the Center for Urban Families, a nationally recognized center for supporting fathers and families in achieving stability and economic success. The center’s work has been recognized by the White House, CNN, and a range of other major institutions for its significant work. That work has been shaped by the expertise and guidance of supportive foundations, and program experts will speak with the head of the center about building a strong grantmaker/grantee relationship.

The Council wishes to acknowledge that this preconference was made possible by a grant and support from:

At the Center, participants will also hear from a preeminent public historian who is working to help city leaders understand the history of structural racism in Baltimore. Her work is currently being translated by Baltimore City Police Department for new police trainings.

Participants will then take a bus tour of the city’s neighborhoods led by three leading civic innovators.

The visit to Baltimore will end with a discussion at the historic Orianda House at the Crimea Estate in the heart of Gwynn Falls Leakin Park. The historic site is now home to the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School, which is working to change lives through challenge and discovery. After an overview of juvenile justice challenges in Baltimore, participants will learn about Outward Bound’s Police Youth Challenge, an innovative program with the Baltimore Police Department aimed at building stronger relationships between police and youth.

The day will end with an open discussion led by Michael Cryor, the man chosen to chair, OneBaltimore, the initiative created to unite business, not-for-profits, and other groups working to help the city recover following the civil unrest in April 2015.

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*Council events are not opportunities for solicitation of any kind, including asking for business, fund management, or grants. All types of solicitation are strictly prohibited. For more information, read our no solicitation policy.