• B’more Invested announces first round of grants to 10 organizations led by people of color to support restorative approaches to community safety and healing

    New grantmaking strategy relies on community members and funders to make decisions on grants BALTIMORE, MD – Launching an innovative approach to community-driven grantmaking, the B’more Invested initiative is awarding $1.5 million in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations that are led by people of color and involved with promising efforts to promote community safety and […]

  • OSI-Baltimore partners with The Rockefeller Foundation on Campaign to Increase Covid-19 Vaccination Rates among Communities of Color

    Baltimore among Five U.S. Cities Selected by Rockefeller to Help Meet its National Equity Vaccination Goal of 70 Million Vaccinations to People of Color by July BALTIMORE | April 13, 2021 – The Rockefeller Foundation has selected Baltimore as one of five pilot cities to launch a historic $20 million Equity-First Vaccination Initiative to improve […]

  • New report chronicles path to reduced incarceration and crime in Maryland, offers road map to other states

    BALTIMORE—Maryland has reduced its projected prison population by 25% over the last eighteen years thanks to a series of incentive-based reforms that can serve as a model for correctional systems nationwide, according to a new report released today by Open Society Institute-Baltimore and JFA Institute. The report, Safely Reducing Prison Populations: The Maryland Story, notes […]

  • Introducing the 2020 cohort of OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows

    BALTIMORE – In a virtual press conference this morning, Open Society Institute-Baltimore announced the 2020 cohort of OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows. The new Fellows will each receive $60,000 over 18 months to support local projects designed to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities. In addition to our regular cohort of up to 10 Community Fellows, this […]

  • New report indicates major impact of restorative practices in Baltimore City Schools

    Read Baltimore Sun story on the report. BALTIMORE—Baltimore City Schools that have adopted restorative practices since 2018 have seen dramatic drops in suspensions, improved school climate, and better relationships between students and teachers, according to a new report released today by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, […]

  • OSI to support community-based projects marking the fifth anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising

    BALTIMORE—Open Society Institute-Baltimore will support 13 community-based events and projects marking the fifth anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprising in 2015. Proposals were selected from among dozens submitted in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) announced in February. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the proposed […]

  • Danielle Torain to lead Open Society Institute-Baltimore

    BALTIMORE—The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Torain as the new director of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, effective Jan. 21, 2020. A proud Baltimore native, Torain brings a decade’s experience in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to the job. A graduate of the University of Richmond and the University […]

  • Introducing the 2019 cohort of OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows

    BALTIMORE—Open Society Institute-Baltimore is proud to announce the 2019 cohort of OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows. The new Fellows will each receive $60,000 over 18 months to support local projects designed to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities. The new Fellows, listed below, come from a wide range of backgrounds and serve a wide range of communities, […]

  • Open Society Institute-Baltimore Statement on the Resignation of Mayor Pugh

    Now that Mayor Catherine Pugh has decided to resign, Baltimore can focus on the important issues facing its residents. Open Society Institute-Baltimore wishes Mayor Pugh well and thanks her for her years of service to Baltimore City. We appreciate the steady presence of Mayor Ex Officio Bernard “Jack” Young throughout this ordeal. We also appreciate […]

  • OSI-Baltimore Director Diana Morris to Depart

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2019 CONTACT: Evan Serpick, OSI-Baltimore                     410-234-1091 BALTIMORE – Diana Morris will officially step down from her position as director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore in June to pursue new opportunities. Deputy Director Tracy Brown will serve as acting director in her absence. “Diana’s deep, tireless […]