Statement by OSI-Baltimore in Response to the Killing of Freddie Gray

OSI-Baltimore stands ready, with resources and expertise, to make certain changes are made to the underlying root causes that have troubled our city for decades. For 17 years, we have worked with hundreds of grantees, Community Fellows and other partners throughout the city to bring about just policies and practices that respect the rights and advances the potential of each resident.

Michael Bloomberg Gives $5 Million to OSI-Baltimore

During his visit to Baltimore yesterday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a gift of $5 million to the Open Society Institute-Baltimore for its Accelerated Pathways Initiative. This five-year initiative will create rigorous, supportive and accelerated high school options in Baltimore that will significantly increase graduation rates and post-secondary success, particularly for the city’s African-American […]

The truth about audacity

If you have big goals for significant and lasting change in Baltimore, you need to be audacious. But in addition, you have to partner with patience and persistence—and with the many others in our city who share the vision of opportunity for all. So our goals for 2011 are the same as they have been […]

Share your story

Have a holiday tale to tell? Our friends at the Stoop Storytelling Series are seeking storytellers for their live holiday radio shows at Center Stage. Email with your story idea. Learn more about The Stoop at

Celebrate a champion of social justice

Our dear friend Clinton Bamberger is stepping down from the OSI-Baltimore board after bringing expertise, wisdom, a sense of outrage and humor to it over the last 13 years. We can think of no better way to recognize Clinton and his many contributions to us and the broader community than to name a Baltimore Community […]

Have you seen these signs?

For the first time in many years, drug addiction treatment slots are available to city residents. For years individuals who needed treatment had to wait for long periods of time until a treatment slot became available. OSI-Baltimore grantee and partner, Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems (BSAS) has launched an outreach campaign to fill the free slots, […]

Real opportunity

A Civic Works’ retrofit crew works to make a home more energy efficient. Civic Works is one of four nonprofit organizations that received substantial grants from the Open Society Institute’s Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation. Read more about Civic Works and the grants in the latest issue of our newsletter.

Talking about race

Editor’s note: At Monday’s Talking About Race event “Can we talk about how race affects our classrooms?” with Beverly Daniel Tatum and David Hornbeck, we received an unprecedented number of questions from the audience. It was clear that audience members wanted to continue the conversation. Towards that end, we’re posting some of those questions here […]

What’s your favorite audacious idea of 2008?

What are your three favorite Audacious Ideas for Baltimore? is meant to be a forum for debate about critical ideas and solutions to our city’s most challenging problems. Please let us know which three ideas you think have the most potential for making Baltimore a city where opportunity thrives for all its residents. Just […]

More splendid ideas for Baltimore

As we mentioned last week, because there have been so many great ideas generated on the blog, it was pretty much impossible for our staff to agree on just one—or two, or three. But we are “re-posting” several more this week that we felt deserved a second read. Please take the time, as the year […]