• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • OSI-Baltimore funds two new Baltimore Police Department positions

    Contact: Evan Serpick, OSI-Baltimore, 410-234-1091 T.J. Smith, BPD, 410-396-2012 Organizational Development Advisor and Social Justice and Equity Advisor will help examine and reform department culture BALTIMORE – The Open Society Institute-Baltimore (OSI) has provided a grant of $300,000 for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to establish two new staff positions that respond to Commissioner Kevin […]

  • OSI Launches Safe City Baltimore fund to support immigrants

    OSI-Baltimore to Launch SAFE CITY BALTIMORE: An Immigrant Education and Defense Fund   Fund will support local communities threatened by Executive Orders   BALTIMORE – On Thursday, April 20th, Open Society Institute-Baltimore (OSI) will host a press conference to announce SAFE CITY BALTIMORE: An Immigrant Education and Defense Fund, established in collaboration with the Mayor’s […]

  • 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 […]

  • New Survey: Marylanders Want to End the Cash Bail System

    Likely voters overwhelmingly support decisions based on risk assessment instead of economic status BALTIMORE – A new survey prepared by the Pretrial Justice Institute, with funding from Open Society Institute-Baltimore finds that 70 percent of likely voters favor using risk assessments as the determining factor for keeping someone in jail before trial, rather than their ability to […]