The Takeaway: Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers rebrands as Maryland Philanthropy Network
For nearly 40 years, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers has been helping the philanthropic community stayed connected. But as the organization has evolved over the decades, its name has stayed the same. Now the nonprofit is unveiling a new name, Maryland Philanthropy Network, that better reflects its work.
Maryland Philanthropy Network was founded 36 years ago and currently has more than 125 members, ranging from large organizations like the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, to local community foundations, said Celeste Amato, MPN president.
Like many similar organizations, MPN started around a metropolis and then grew from there. Despite its name, the organization has actually been statewide for years, though much of its giving remains centered around Baltimore, Amato said.
When Amato became president in 2012 though, MPN began expanding its purpose. While the organization still provides a platform for its members to talk the industry, it has also began to host more special projects, do fiscal sponsorship and do more advocacy, Amato said.
Fiscal sponsors act as the financial oversight and administrative home for a project that might involve multiple organizations. MPN has also been advocating for local and state issues such as the Kirwan Commission and an accurate census count, Amato said.
“Issues like that are issues our members care about, so we are advocating for that,” she said.
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
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