• Celebrating 25 Years – Share Your Voice

    Dear OSI-Baltimore Community, Thank you for your ongoing support of OSI–Baltimore.   As part of our effort to document and celebrate the impact of our work over the last 25 years, we want to capture the voices of our community and stakeholders. We want to hear from you!  To share your thoughts, simply record a horizontal […]

  • A Message From OSI-Baltimore: Seeding the Future of Social Justice Philanthropy

    Dear OSI-Baltimore Partner, I am writing as a native of Baltimore and a lover and champion of her people. I am writing to you as someone who has publicly and privately celebrated your efforts to serve our community.  I am writing to let you know that, as a part of a strategic revisioning, the Open […]

  • OSF to close OSI-Baltimore after 25 years; will invest $20 million to seed the future of social justice philanthropy

    The Open Society Foundations announced today that later this year it will close Open Society Institute-Baltimore, which has operated locally for 25 years, advancing criminal justice reform, civic engagement, health equity, restorative practices, economic justice, overdose prevention strategies, and other impactful progressive initiatives in Baltimore and the region. In partnership with the leadership of Open […]

  • Could overdose prevention sites be in Maryland’s future?

    Advocates for overdose prevention sites say their yearslong effort to provide places in Maryland where people can more safely consume illegal drugs finally may be gaining traction. Also known as supervised injection sites, the facilities offer clean needles and other supplies to people who use drugs. Trained staff can intervene in opioid overdoses and connect people to treatment [...]
  • West Baltimore garage featured in Jim Crow-era ‘Green Book’ envisioned as food hall, coworking space

    -This piece features OSI Fellow Shelley Halstead- By Maya Lora and Lia Russell As Shelley Halstead gazes upon the vacant, disheveled building that once hosted a stop in the “Green Book,” all she sees is potential. “They just want to keep scraping houses and buildings. And I just, I’m a carpenter. Like first and foremost, I’m like, ‘No, [...]
  • Out for Justice: how one Baltimore organization is making change for returning residents

    -Out for Justice is a longtime grantee of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore- By Catherine Pugh, Special to the AFRO As we focus on the change makers and thought leaders continuing the work of Martin Luther King Jr., the AFRO would like to salute the work of Nicole Hanson-Mundell, the executive director of Out for Justice. [...]
  • Youth program expands to meet demand for youth engagement across Baltimore

    Wednesday’s deadly violence involving youth underscores the importance of providing a safe space for our kids here in Baltimore. Many of us have been introduced to "Uncle T" before, but now the youth advocate is putting his program on steroids to meet the demand to save our students. Terry ‘Uncle T’ Williams is not new [...]
  • Van Brooks, Ravens “Inspire Change Award” winner surprised with Super Bowl tickets

    Van Brooks was a 2014 OSI-Baltimore Fellow 

    Van Brooks, Ravens “Inspire Change Award” winner surprised with Super Bowl tickets. Watch the video to see the moment.

  • In Baltimore, Healing Trauma Is Now Official Policy

    In the year since Donna Bruce started working at the Baltimore public library’s Penn North branch, she has connected more than 400 visitors to housing programs, food assistance and substance abuse recovery options — and saved a man from dying of a drug overdose by administering the emergency treatment Narcan. Poverty is pervasive in the [...]
  • How Baltimore’s MOMCares is working to close the gaps in Black parental health

    -Ana Rodney is a 2019 OSI Baltimore Community Fellow.- While pregnant with her firstborn, Ana Rodney looked forward to a nine-month journey that culminated with a joyous return home from the hospital with her baby. Then reality hit, and Rodney found herself suffering alone. ...From the pain, Rodney created MOMCares, an organization that provides doula [...]