We are beyond grateful to our many generous donors who have been critical partners in our work. In 2005, George Soros challenged the Baltimore community to partner with Open Society Foundations by making a financial investment in the mission to ensure an open society at the local level. Our philanthropic community and individual donor community generously heeded the call to match the organization’s contribution. Making donations ranging from $10 to hundreds of thousands, our community invested millions of dollars in OSI-Baltimore. One hundred percent of these private funds flowed to our grantees and partners. Without this financial investment, which complemented the core support from Open Society Foundations, our accomplishments would not have been attainable. It’s impossible to list every donor, but please know that we greatly appreciate your commitment to fairness and justice and the faith you placed in our expertise and strategies.
First convened in 2007, the Leadership Council was an eclectic, engaged group of civic and community leaders who shared a commitment and passion for Baltimore and who wanted to be a part of solutions for the future. The Council involved participants in active discussion with experts, policymakers and advocates who were implementing strategies for change. Council members met quarterly to learn about OSI’s strategies and campaigns and served as our ambassadors throughout the region. The Leadership Council’s membership has evolved over the years, making it impossible to share a complete list. Please know that we valued and benefited from your active engagement.
Open Society Foundations
It is with tremendous warmth and gratitude that we acknowledge the unwavering support we have received from our many colleagues and friends throughout Open Society Foundations. Our hyper-local work has been unique, which necessitated extra attention and accommodations from many individuals and units within the network. We appreciate your patience with our distinctive needs and your creativity in wrangling the internal systems to help us achieve our goal of making an impact locally. You have truly been our partners and, although they haven’t always been aware of your role, our community has benefited from your invaluable contributions. We will miss you and will treasure memories of our relationships!