On Friday, May 5, BTU hosted TU’s first-ever Baltimore Nonprofit Summit, a gathering of over 130 individuals representing local funders and nonprofits that focused on strengthening and supporting Black and minority-led organizations. Among them were many TU students and alumni, nine local foundation representatives, the new president of Associated Black Charities, and staff from Maryland Nonprofits, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and East Baltimore Development Inc, among many other leaders in Baltimore’s nonprofit sector.

The day-long event kicked off with a keynote discussion on “Funding Black Futures” with Jamye Wootten from Cllctivly and Danielle Torain from Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Throughout the day, attendees engaged with curated panel discussions and workshops led by local nonprofit leaders, which included topics such as grant writing, social entrepreneurship, banking and accounting, and organizational leadership. Attendees had the opportunity to make their voices heard through sessions on decolonizing philanthropy, demystifying funding, and our listening session: “What NPOs Need Now.” 

We thank David Fakunle, executive director of WombWork Productions, who opened the event with a drum performance.
We thank Amuche Nwafor, TU Voices Alumna, for speaking to our artistic hearts and minds with her poetry performance.

Takeaways of the Summit, including opportunities to exchange resources and build community in the Black and minority nonprofit scene, were the first of their kind in the greater Baltimore area. Attendees and BTU staff shared in the excitement of this momentous event, with many participants commending Towson University for taking the lead to support Black organizations, especially considering our regional and academic history. Nonprofit leaders and funders alike left the Summit with plenty to think about and many new tools for their professional toolkits.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible.

This Summit would not have been possible without our speakers, facilitators, and panel participants. We admire their willingness to share their expertise and their knowledge of resources available among the Baltimore nonprofit community. Many, many thanks to:

Baltimore Nonprofit Summit