• OSI 25th anniversary Logo.

    Our Shared Impact – A Collection of Reflections

    2023 marks the 25th anniversary of OSI Baltimore and our final year of operation. As we wind down, we asked our grantees and partners to share their reflections about our collective impact and lasting legacy. Over the coming weeks, we will be posting the reflections on this page and on social media. Vincent Demarco – […]

  • OSI Responsible Wind-down Update (4/21/23) – Recent Developments; Upcoming Executive Transition & the Work Ahead

     OSI-Baltimore continues to work towards a responsible wind down. Below are key updates and a overview of what to expect in the months ahead.  Our work to date has included the following:  Leveraged funds:  We identified significant funds to support a responsible wind down of OSI – namely, tie-off commitments to grantees, technical assistance, and […]

  • 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 […]

  • OSI-Baltimore welcomes four new Advisory Board members

    OSI-Baltimore recently added four new members to its Advisory Board: Ava Lias-Booker, Jamar Brown, Nupur P. Flynn, and Larry Moscow. Ava Lias-Booker is a partner, heads the Baltimore litigation practice group, and is co-chair of the Consumer and Retail Banking Industry Team at McGuireWoods. Jamar Brown is an associate in the Litigation group at Rosenberg Martin […]

  • OSI-Baltimore Statement on the Request to Delay the Baltimore Consent Decree Hearing

    Statement of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Request to Delay the Baltimore Consent Decree Hearing It is irresponsible for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump Administration to call into question the work product of key parties to the Baltimore Consent Decree and to seek to undo a […]

  • OSI-Baltimore Statement on the Consent Decree

    MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Evan Serpick 410-234-1091 The Open Society Institute-Baltimore welcomes this morning’s announcement that the City and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached agreement on a consent decree requiring reforms of the Baltimore Police Department. “The signing of this consent decree is a critical step in the process of transforming the culture and […]

  • OSI Announces New Community Fellows, Releases Network Analysis Cover

    OSI Announces New Community Fellows, Releases Network Analysis

    This morning, OSI-Baltimore announced its 19th cohort of Community Fellows. The new Fellows will each receive $60,000 over 18 months to support local projects they designed to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities. The 10 new Fellows include established activists, educators, and artists, and the proposed projects focus on a wide range of issues, including […]

  • Solutions Summit registration now open

    New details announced for Solutions Summit: Registration now open for half-day forums and December 10 Summit BALTIMORE – Open Society Institute-Baltimore proudly announces the full schedule for Solutions Summit, an effort to bring together community leaders, elected officials, issue-area experts, on-the-ground activists and concerned residents in order to come up with practical solutions to some of […]