• OSI-Baltimore’s 2017 Year in Review

    It has been a remarkable 2017 for Baltimore and for Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Some highlights: *  In January, the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Baltimore agreed on a consent decree requiring reforms of the Baltimore Police Department (read OSI’s statement). OSI and its grantees played a pivotal role in the process, ensuring that community voices were heard and hosting public meetings with Department of Justice officials. * […]

  • WYPR profiles two more OSI Community Fellows

    WYPR’s On the Record with Sheilah Kast continued its series of profiles of OSI’s 2017 cohort of Community Fellows with segments yesterday on Shantell Roberts, founder of Touching Young Lives, and Asar Daniels, who a farmer based in Sandtown who will use his Fellowship to expand the Greater Mondawmin Empowerment Project. You can find links […]

  • OSI Community Fellows Featured on WYPR and in the Sun

    Four of OSI-Baltimore’s most recent cohort of Community Fellows have been featured in the Baltimore Sun and WYPR over the last few days. Shantell Roberts (top left) and her organization, Touching Young Lives, which provides baby boxes to young families, was featured on the cover of the Baltimore Sun on Christmas Day. The same day, Ryan Flanigan (top […]

  • Consider OSI-Baltimore for Your Year-End Giving

    As you may have heard, the recently-passed federal tax bill will effectively eliminate the charitable tax deduction for many taxpayers. (Contact your tax advisor to learn how the new law will specifically affect you). As a result, many analysts suggest increasing donations in 2017, before the new tax law takes effect. As the Washington Post’s […]

  • Clinton Bamberger remembered in year-end Sun story

    The Baltimore Sun included Clinton Bamberger, a lawyer, professor, a tireless advocate for human rights and the founding member of OSI-Baltimore’s Advisory Board, in its round up of notable deaths in 2017. “Clinton was a rigorous thinker who had high ethical standards and was fearless,” OSI Director Diana Morris says in the Sun’s story. “When […]

  • OSI Fellow weighs in on police sexual abuse in Think Progress piece

    Recently, 2002 OSI Community Fellow Jacqueline Robarge, who founded Power Inside, an organization that serves survivors of gender-based violence, was quoted in an article appearing on the Think Progress website, “Police sexual abuse isn’t just the case of a few ‘bad apples’ — it’s systemic” Robarge, who has worked with people who have been harassed or […]

  • Incoming OSF President Patrick Gaspard on ABC This Morning

    Patrick Gaspard, the former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa who was recently tapped as president of Open Society Foundations, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, as part of the “Powerhouse Roundtable” segment. Gaspard discussed public perception of the GOP tax bill and Republican prospects for the 2018 elections. “African-American women have […]

  • OSI Fellow’s Baby Pantry gets big donation from Huggies

    This week, WMAR ABC 2 news reported that 2016 OSI Community Fellow Eliseba Osore’s project, ShareBaby Baby Pantry received a donation of 250,000 diapers from Huggies. Osore’s Baby Pantry is part of the established Maryland nonprofit ShareBaby, which provides diapers, clothing and other basic goods to organizations such as House of Ruth, Sarah’s Hope and the […]

  • WYPR discusses OSI’s immigrant defense project, Safe City

    OSI-Baltimore Deputy Director Tracy Brown was a guest of host Sheila Kast on yesterday’s edition of WYPR’s On the Record, to discuss OSI-Baltimore’s Safe City Baltimore initiative, establish to provide legal representation and education to local immigrants threatened by stepped up immigration enforcement. Brown and OSI Director Diana Morris recently joined Mayor Catherine Pugh at […]

  • OSI Fellow participates in youth learning exchange

    Recently, 2014 OSI Community Fellow Shawn Burnett participated in a learning exchange, Opportunity Youth: A Cross-Border Dialogue, hosted by the International Youth Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The meeting brought together participants from RWJF’s (Re)Connecting Youth learning exchange between three Baltimore City agencies (The Baltimore City Public […]