• OSI grantee Baltimore Safe Haven featured in Dove commercial

    Recently, the director and members of OSI’s grantee Baltimore Safe Haven were featured in a commercial for Dove. The organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for every transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (TLGBQ) person in Baltimore City to live a life that is healthy, self-determined life free from stigma, violence, and oppression. Learn more about […]

  • OSI Grantees to Receive funds from Baltimore-Based Tech Firm

    Fearless, a Baltimore-based digital services firm just announced the creation of a $50,000 donation matching fund to support nonprofit organizations in Baltimore and Montgomery, Alabama, (where the company has offices) that are committed to bridging the racial gap. Baltimore organizations chosen to receive the funds include many OSI grantees Job Opportunities Task Force, CASA, Out […]

  • Watch OSI Community Fellow Shelley Halstead flip out on the Kelly Clarkson Show

    This week, 2018 OSI Community Fellow Shelley Halstead was a virtual guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. Halstead started Black Women Build Baltimore, which trains Black women in construction skills like plumbing, electrical, and carpentry by restoring vacant and deteriorating houses in West Baltimore, which the women then have an option to buy. She was […]

  • Meet Jamar Brown, the new Chair of OSI’s Advisory Board

    Jamar Brown, a partner in the Litigation group at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP, and a champion of several justice-seeking organizations in Baltimore, has stepped in as Chair of OSI’s Advisory Board, replacing William C. Clarke, III, who has chaired the Board for the last ten years and will remain an Advisory Board member. “I am […]

  • Youth Activist Fellowship – Frequently Asked Questions

    What is an “open society”? Popularized by philosopher Karl Popper, the term “open society” refers to a society based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow […]

  • OSI-Baltimore Announces RFP to Support Drug Users and Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated People at Elevated Risk as a Result of COVID-19

    Today, Open Society Institute-Baltimore releases a Request for Proposals (RFP), inviting eligible organizations to apply for rapid response funding designed to provide critical supports to individuals in Maryland who use drugs, are incarcerated, or were recently released from incarceration, and thus are at increased risks of contracting COVID-19, suffering a fatal overdose, or being re-incarcerated. […]

  • Social Justice Syllabus

    Many of these titles can be purchased through local, independent booksellers like Red Emma’s, The Ivy, and Greedy Reads. Many can also be found on audiobook sites like Audible We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander The Village Bully, Maria Broom (2004 OSI Community Fellow) The Color of […]

  • COVID-19 Information and Resources

    Please email suggested additions or updates to evan.serpick@opensocietyfoundations.org. General Information The Baltimore City Health Department Novel Coronavirus website – Includes information for general public, clinicians, community and business leaders, parents, and older adults and caregivers, travel information, infographics, and links and resources. Baltimore City Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard – Data on COVID-19 case in Baltimore City […]

  • Community Fellowships Application: Frequently Asked Questions

     What is an “open society”? Popularized by philosopher Karl Popper, the term “open society” refers to a society based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow […]

  • Writers in Baltimore Schools celebrates 10 years

    On Sunday, December 8, Writers in Baltimore Schools, an organization founded by 2008 OSI Community Fellow Patrice Hutton, celebrated 10 years of empowering the voices of students in Baltimore City Schools. Hutton founded WBS to offer provide creative writing opportunities for Baltimore City middle and high school students.  In her remarks, Hutton spoke of her […]