May 2019 Members' Memo

May 2019 Members' Memo

Dear Members of Maryland Philanthropy Network,
 
It was great to see so many of you at our 36th annual meeting. Not only did we have a terrific speaker LaToya Ruby Frazier but we had a big moment in the history of our Association – we revealed our new brand and logo.
 
As most of you know, we were founded 36 years ago by Baltimore area grantmakers to increase the positive impact of philanthropy on Maryland communities. Today we represent over 126 diverse member organizations, stewarding more than $9 billion in philanthropic assets, and more than a quarter of those organizations are located outside of Baltimore City and County.
 
Our 2015 strategic plan challenged us to not only continue welcoming new types of philanthropy but to also explore and implement a rebranding that would be inclusive of the membership we already represent.
 
We have had tremendous member support in this process and want to extend our gratitude to the many members and partners who participated in focus groups and surveys. 
 
It was clear our new name needed to reflect three things:
 
• We are statewide
• We represent many types of philanthropic organizations
• We include philanthropic members, and many partners, in a network for shared learning and action
 
If Maryland Philanthropy Network is exactly what you expected – that’s exactly what we hoped!
 
We sought a name that would speak to the work, the collaboration, and the advocacy we have been growing over the last 36 years, include new philanthropists as they emerge, and reflect our mission and the strategic framework that guides us in our effort to be a leading voice and resource for all types of philanthropy in Maryland. 
 
Please share this news with friends, colleagues, and partners.
 
And next time you are at Maryland Philanthropy Network, bring quarters, not just for the parking meters. Anyone who accidentally calls us “ABAG” must put a quarter in a collection jar. So far, I am the leading donor.
 
Warmest Regards,
 
Celeste

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