• OSI grantee joins White House meeting on Overdose Awareness Day

    On August 31st, Tiffinee Scott (above, third from the left) of the Maryland Peer Advisory Council, joined Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), for a meeting to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. A White House read out of the meeting is […]

  • Baltimore Entrepreneur and Leadership Network to host networking event

    On Saturday September 17th from 9am to 1pm, the Baltimore Entrepreneur and Leadership Network (BELN) will host an opportunity for emerging local entrepreneurs and leaders to get to know each other, learn about incubators, accelerators, fellowships and academic programs, and connect with financial and legal experts that can help them along in their work. OSI-Baltimore […]

  • OSI-Baltimore invests in community-based storytelling, including Baltimore Beat and police reform documentary

    BALTIMORE—Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the only US field office of Open Society Foundations, will invest in Black-led newspaper the Baltimore Beat and police reform documentary Breaking the Blue Wall, as part of an emerging effort to radically shift local and national narratives about Baltimore, our leaders, our movements, and our communities. “A key part of OSI-Baltimore’s […]

  • OSI’s Danielle Torain to receive Changemaker Award at We Give Black Fest

    During the We Give Black Fest, scheduled from August 19th to 21st, OSI-Baltimore Director Danielle Torain will receive a Changemaker Award, created to “amplify and honor the work of individuals and organizations that are driving lasting change throughout Greater Baltimore.” We Give Black Fest is a three-day festival at South Baltimore’s West Covington Park including […]

  • OSI’s Michael Camlin joins conversation about creating an equitable safety net

    Last week, the Homeless Person Representation Project hosted a virtual conversation on “Creating an Equitable Safety Net,” including Michael Camlin, OSI-Baltimore’s program manager for Wellbeing and Systems Change. Camlin talked about ways that funders can work to strengthen the social safety net, both in terms of who they choose to fund and in how they […]

  • OSI-Baltimore hiring for two positions, taking on new role within Open Society Foundations

    Over the past year, Open Society Foundations has undergone a global transformation to empower local changemakers, reinforcing the organization’s original premise that “the people closest to the problem are best suited to define the solution.” As part of that transformation, Open Society-US (OS-US) has re-shaped its structure to create and strengthen a multi-racial, pro-democracy alliance […]

  • Mayor, Health Commissioner visit BRIDGES Coalition demo Overdose Prevention Site, as advocates prepare for 2023 push

    On July 12th and 14th, the BRIDGES Coalition hosted a demonstration Overdose Prevention Site at Howard Street art gallery NomuNomu as part of its “Yes On My Block” campaign in favor of legalizing Overdose Prevention Sites across the state. OSI-Baltimore is an organizational member and financial supporter of the BRIDGES Coalition. Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore […]

  • OSI Fellow Eric Jackson, Black Yield Institute, publish book on pathways to liberation

    On Juneteenth, 2017 OSI Community Fellow Eric Jackson and his organization, Black Yield Institute, a Bmore Invested grantee, published a new book, BoOTS: Liberation in the Masses & in the Margins, which “offers up an approach to the study of historic and contemporary examples of liberation through public, massive and private, marginal methods.” You can […]

  • School violence rises elsewhere in Maryland but drops in Baltimore City, thanks to restorative practices

    The Baltimore Banner reported on data about school violence from around the state, finding large increases in fighting, threats, and suspensions throughout the state, with the largest increases in Baltimore and Ann Arundel counties. But violence in Baltimore City schools, along with those in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, has dropped. As the Banner reports, […]

  • OSI Fellow’s organization, Next One Up, moves to Belvedere Square space

    Matt Hanna, a 2013 OSI Community Fellow and founder youth mentorship organization Next One Up, announced plans to move the organization into the large, high-profile space in Belvedere Square formerly occupied by Brick Bodies gym. Since Hanna, a former captain of Johns Hopkins University’s lacrosse team and professional lacrosse player, founded Next One Up during […]