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$500,000 in grants awarded in one day as part of Employee Giving Program

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The Weinberg Foundation today hosted its 11th annual Employee Giving Program. Foundation employees—not including the trustees or the president—handle every step of their grant evaluation. This includes selection of the grantee, a site visit, collection and review of financials, and preparation of the final grant recommendation. The Foundation’s Board then reviews each recommendation to ensure that the grant is consistent with Foundation grantmaking goals and guidelines.

At this year’s event, held at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park at Living Classrooms, 25 employees each presented a check for $20,000 to a Maryland nonprofit of their choice—a total of $500,000 awarded in a single day! More than $3 million has been distributed since the inception of this professional development and mission-focused effort.

Here are this year’s grantees:

  1. Afrikan Youth Alchemy – Fusion Partnerships Shakera Tuggle, Program Assistant
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that uses African values, media advocacy, community-supported agriculture, and travel-study as tools to foster self-discovery and personal transformation among urban youth
  2. Akoben Foundation Rachel Duden, Program Associate, Libraries & General Community Support Grants
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that provides after-school literacy programs for children in West Baltimore schools
  3. A Wider Circle Kallie Wasserman, Executive Assistant, Investments
    Throughout Maryland
    to support the general operations of this organization that provides basic needs, workforce development, wraparound support, and neighborhood revitalization services for individuals and families
  4. Baltimore Design School Arlene Cox, Chief of Staff
    Baltimore
    to support the purchase of books and other resources for this school’s library with the goal of improving literacy rates
  5. Bello Machre Brian Clark, Investment Analyst 
    Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties
    to support the general operations of this organization that provides loving care, opportunity, and guidance for individuals with developmental disabilities
  6. Benjamin Franklin Center – United Way of Central Maryland Chrissy Laumann, Program Assistant Manager
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of the United Way Family Center, a day care center at Benjamin Franklin High School, that serves students who are also parents
  7. Bridges – Boys School of St. Paul Sheryl Goldstein, Managing Director, Programs & Grants/Program Director, Education (US)
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of Bridges, a year-round out-of-school time program that provides academic support, enrichment, and mentoring for Baltimore City Public Schools’ students, grade four through college
  8. Caroline Friess Center Marci Hunn, Program Director, Workforce Development
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that provides career and life skills training as either a certified/geriatric nursing assistant or certified pharmacy technician
  9. Catherine’s Cottage – The Salvation Army of Central Maryland Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs & Health
    Baltimore
    to support Catherine’s Cottage, a program that provides shelter and other services to victims of human trafficking
  10. Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake Kate Sorestad, Program Director, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Veterans Grants
    Baltimore
    to support a program focused on educating and empowering elementary and middle school girls through running and small group instruction
  11. Harford Family House Jen Banks, Graphic/Web Design Coordinator
    Harford County
    to support the general operations of this organization that helps homeless families transition into permanent housing
  12. The Ingenuity Project Rafi Rone, Program Director, Israel and Jewish General Community Support
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that provides accelerated math, science, and research programs for students, grades 6-12, in Baltimore City Public Schools
  13. The Institute for Integrative Health Megan Franey, Marketing Associate
    Baltimore
    to support this organization’s Mission Thrive programs serving youth, families, and communities by promoting lifestyle changes that will support their health and well-being
  14. Maryland SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Jack Meeker, Network Administrator/Real Estate Associate
    Throughout Maryland
    to support the Humane Education program that helps students, prekindergarten through grade 12, understand the importance of kindness, respect, and responsibility for all living beings
  15. Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood – Light Health & Wellness Comprehensive Services Kyle McNair, Controller
    Baltimore
    to support a program that provides a safe environment, mentoring services, educational activities, and character development for male youth
  16. The Middle Grades Partnership Fund at Baltimore Community Foundation David Gilmore, Managing Director of Investments
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that provides summer and after-school programs designed to improve educational outcomes and personal development, as well as increase acceptance of middle school youth into the high schools of their choice
  17. NPower Caleb Bowers, Program Assistant 
    Baltimore
    to support classroom improvements for this organization that prepares young adults to enter the field of information technology
  18. Penn-Mar Human Services Craig Demchak, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Baltimore County, Maryland and York County, Pennsylvania 
    to support the general operations of this organization that provides a variety of services, including housing and integrated employment, for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  19. Point Source Youth Aaron Merki, Program Director, Older Adults (US)
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that works to implement three interventions—Family and Kinship Strengthening, Short-Term Host Homes, and Rapid Rehousing—with the goal of preventing youth homelessness
  20. P.O.P. (Play on Purpose) Jennifer Finch, Executive Assistant
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that works to equip youth with the tools to become better scholars, athletes, and leaders on and off the court
  21. Project Safe Haven – Koinonia Baptist Church Frank Jarrell, Accounting Manager
    Baltimore
    to support Project Safe Haven, an after-school program that provides academic and recreational activities for students, pre-kindergarten through grade eight, in the Frankford, Hamilton, and Overlea communities
  22. St. Francis Neighborhood Center Angie Winston, Custodian/Maintenance Assistant
    Baltimore
    to support the Power Project, an afterschool program that addresses the educational and behavioral needs of youth in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood
  23. St. Mary’s Outreach Center Yvonne Sporrer, Special Projects Coordinator/Assistant to Director of Marketing & Communications
    Baltimore
    to support the general operations of this organization that works to help vulnerable older adults in and around the Hampden community remain independent
  24. Story Tapestries Leisel Harry, Program Associate, Library and Special Projects
    Throughout Maryland
    to support the expansion of this organization’s programs that teach children and adults to integrate arts into all aspects of their lives
  25. Urban Teachers Nakia Horton, GIFTS Administrator
    Baltimore
    to support the recruitment, selection, training, ongoing support, and evaluation of this organization's participants who teach in City schools