Dear Esteemed Grantees, Partners, Donors, and Stakeholders,
It is with a heavy heart and a hopeful spirit that I write this letter to all of you. My heart is heavy because OSI-Baltimore’s closure marks the end of an important era for our grantees, our partners, our broader social justice community, and our beloved city of Baltimore. In spirit, I remain hopeful that OSI’s closure is not the end, but instead a gateway into a new, exciting, and necessary chapter in local social justice philanthropy and community-led movement. The journey we have shared, marked by collaboration, dedication, triumph over the odds, and transformative impact, has been nothing short of remarkable. As OSI’s last director, I find myself reflecting on the incredible milestones we achieved together and the lives we touched through our collective efforts.
Since OSI’s founding 25 years ago, we have strived to make a meaningful difference in the areas that matter most to us all. From criminal justice reform to education, health equity to economic justice and everywhere in between, our grantees, community fellows, and public and private philanthropic partners have consistently tackled Baltimore’s toughest challenges and have been the stewards of our city’s most groundbreaking advancements, innovations, and opportunities. The initiatives we supported, the partnerships we forged, and the relationships we have all nurtured have left an indelible mark on the communities and people we aimed to uplift. While the decision to close was one that none of us would have wished for, we end this journey immensely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved hand in hand. Your unwavering commitment to the shared vision of a more equitable, more just Baltimore for all our valued residents has been the driving force behind our successes, and for that, we are profoundly grateful.
Let us be determined and reassured that the impact of our work will endure far beyond this moment. The relationships and bonds we have formed will continue to serve as the foundational fabric of transformative change, and the spirit of collaboration we cultivated will inspire movement for years to come. Our grantees, partners, donors, and stakeholders have been the heart and soul of this foundation, and your passion will continue to ripple through the causes we cared deeply about.
In closing, I personally extend my heartfelt gratitude for your trust, dedication, partnership, and care throughout OSI’s journey. OSI may be formally coming to an end, but the legacy we leave behind will forever remind us of the extraordinary potential that arises when we come together inspired by purpose and a desire to serve. May our paths continue to cross, and may the values and achievements of our time together continue to shine brightly in all your future endeavors.
With deep thanks and appreciation,
Former Director, OSI-Baltimore