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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2020.

Community Development

Black Women Build - Baltimore

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Black Women Build – Baltimore buys abandoned houses, works with Black women to restore them and then sells the houses to the women at affordable prices. The organization instructs trainees in the carpentry, electrical and plumbing trades while they work on homes they may later purchase. Trainees do not earn a license in a trade, but they are equipped with skills that they can parlay into a construction job and into savings from the knowledge of home maintenance. Grant funds will be used as down payment and closing cost assistance to support three home purchasers.

Black Women Build - Baltimore

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Black Women Build – Baltimore buys abandoned houses, works with Black women to restore them and then sells the houses to the women at affordable prices. The organization instructs trainees in the carpentry, electrical and plumbing trades while they work on homes they may later purchase. Trainees do not earn a license in a trade, but they are equipped with skills that they can parlay into a construction job and into savings from the knowledge of home maintenance. Grant funds will be used as down payment and closing cost assistance to support three home purchasers.

Black Yield Institute, Fiscally Sponsored by Maryland Philanthropy Network

$45,000
Baltimore, MD

Black Yield Institute promotes the concept of black land ownership and food sovereignty through the development of ghe Cherry Hill Urban Community Farm. The farm increases access to healthy, affordable food; fosters positive community activity on a vacant Housing Authority of Baltimore City site; offers educational, skill building, and leadership development opportunities; and promotes dialogue about food access, neighborhood development, and environmental justice. Grant funding supports staff costs, equipment and supplies to continue urban farming production.

City Life Community Builders

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

City Life Community builders is renovating and selling 53 market rate houses just south of the Henderson Hopkins School. Grant funds will be used to support down payment and closing cost assistance for police officers and others working in security staffing in the neighborhoods surrounding their Henderson Crossing redevelopment project.

Civic Works, Inc.

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore program offers weatherization, home energy efficiency, and health and safety improvements to low- and moderate-income households. Utilizing competitive Maryland Energy Administration funding, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development grants and BGE utility rebates, the program expects to complete 375 energy audits, energy efficient weatherization improvements in 70 homes, bedbug remediations in 44 homes and screen all households for property tax credits, water bill discounts, and federal nutrition benefits. The grant covers expenses for staff to promote the program, screen applicants for benefits, establish scopes of work, manage contract implementation, and ensure quality control.

Civic Works, Inc.

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Civic Works created the Affordable Produce Delivery Program where participants pay $5 for a box containing a $15-$20 value for one week of produce. Civic Works Real Food Farm (RFF) will serve approximately 5,000 Baltimore City older adults and family members, a majority of whom are African American. The grant will cover partial salaries of the food distribution manager, the Food and Farm manager and one AmeriCorp member, as well as vehicle mileage, supplies and PPE, printing and copying and phone costs of client order intake. 

Civil Justice, Inc.

$45,000
Baltimore, MD

Civil Justice expands legal services to clients of low and moderate income while promoting a network of solo, small and community-based lawyers who share a common commitment to increasing access to justice. It is a common practice that, after evicting tenants who fall behind on rent, landlords will later sue those same tenants for prospective rent and alleged damages, as well as unlwafully withhold security deposits. These suits result in millions of dollars in judgments against tenants each year in Baltimore City and further destabilize tenant households. With Abell funding, Civil Justice will increase its capacity to address aggressive landlord debt collection suits against tenants, serving 50 households in the first year either through in-house counsel or through their referral network.

Community Wealth Builders, Fiscally Sponsored by Maryland Philanthropy Network

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Community Wealth Builders (CWB) focuses on promoting and catalyzing community wealth building models and strategies in Baltimore City neighborhoods that have experienced historical disinvestment. The Maryland Neighborhood Exchange helps Baltimore neighborhoods to grow local, minority owned businesses and community wealth through investment crowdfunding via a virtual platform through which local investors and businesses can learn about crowdfunding and connect. It helps these businesses mobilize their customers, fans, and other interested residents to step forward and invest. This grant provided support for staffing efforts to support the expansion of the Exchange to target and support businesses in a second community in Baltimore City.

Emerging Technology Centers, Inc.

$270,000
Baltimore, MD

In 2020, the Emerging Technology Center will competitively select up to five companies to participate in the ninth cohort of Accelerate Baltimore. The technology and innovation incubation program includes 13-weeks of hands-on instruction and workshops, access to mentors, connections to potential partners and investors, and free office space at the ETC in East Baltimore to help entrepreneurs overcome technical issues, navigate changing markets and address financial challenges to boost commercialization of new products and services. The grant supports administrative costs and initial seed funding of $50,000 to each team judged to have the greatest potential for growth.

Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Inc.

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Farm Alliance of Baltimore will continue to offer a Double Dollars program to incentivize households receiving federal food benefits to spend their dollars on fruits and vegetables at local farm stands, community centers, the Civic Works’ mobile market, and the Waverly Market stall. The target population for this project is low income adults and children who live in Healthy Food Priority Areas, or areas with high food insecurity, and who remain at a significant disadvantage as they have unequal access to resources, especially healthy nutritious food.

Food & Water Watch

$35,000
Washington, DC

In light of two decades of water rate hikes and in the face of the public health and economic crises unleashed by COVID-19, more than ever Baltimore City residents need a comprehensive water affordability program to prevent water shut offs. Food & Water Watch will advocate for timely implementation of the Water Accountability and Equity Act signed into law in January 2020. The program bases bills on household income and is designed intentionally to help vulnerable populations and communities of color who are disproportionately affected by the rising cost of water service.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Habitat Chesapeake has a 38 year track record of assisting lower-income families, primarily headed by middle-aged African-American women, in becoming first-time homeowners in historically disinvested neighborhoods. Interest in homeownership through Habitat is high. In FY2020, Habitat received more than 800 pre-qualification questionnaires. Grant funds will support costs associated with the rehabilitation and construction of 10 homes in three neighborhoods that have benefitted from significant investment by Habitat over the years: Pigtown, Woodbourne-McCabe, and Pen Lucy. 

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. (HNI) is a citywide initiative that promotes investment in “middle Neighborhoods” through resident engagement, a focus on promoting neighborhood assets, and investment in housing stock.  HNI serves 46 neighborhoods across the City. This grant provided support for core program activities and expansion to other neighborhoods.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. (HNI) is a citywide initiative that promotes investment in “middle Neighborhoods” through resident engagement, a focus on promoting neighborhood assets, and investment in housing stock.  HNI serves 49 neighborhoods across the City. This grant provided support for core program activities and expansion to other neighborhoods.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Inc. (ICIC)

$30,000
Roxbury, MA

ICIC will offer its entrepreneur training program, Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), to Baltimore businesses. The business technical assistance program started in 2005 to help urban entrepreneurs better position themselves to access capital, increase revenues, grow their businesses and create jobs. The program specifically targets companies located in low to moderate income areas, especially companies owned by people of color and by women, and they also accept businesses that draw 40 percent of their employment from low to moderate income communities. 

Jews United for Justice

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

Jews United For Justice (JUFJ) educates and mobilizes its network of over 2,000 members in the Baltimore area to participate in advocacy campaigns on a variety of social justice issues. Building on work JUFJ has done over the past three years to advocate for renters' rights in Baltimore, this grant will support JUFJ to work with other coalitions and organizations, including the Public Justice Center and Baltimore Renters United, to advocate for strengthening legal protections for renters in Baltimore City.   

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV)

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

The Social Innovation Lab incubates mission-driven companies and nonprofits to maximize their potential to become thriving sustainable ventures that contribute to increased opportunity in Baltimore. Through a six-month social venture accelerator program, the competitively selected cohort of up to ten entrepreneurs is provided programming sessions, access to an extensive network of advisors, one-on-one coaching, co-working space, and $1,000 in unrestricted funding. 

Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Healthcare Innovator Retention Program fellowship stipends enable talented Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students to continue working on promising healthcare innovations after they complete their graduate studies. These teams of Fellows operative as virtual startups creating commercially viable products, seeking follow-on funding, and creating new companies. The program maximizes the translation of discovery and invention from the University biomedical program into income-generating companies which have the potential to generate local employment.

Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Jubilee Baltimore is partnering with Property Consulting Inc. to renovate the long-vacant Odell's building located at 21 E. North Avenue to house two nonprofit organizations that serve Baltimore City schoolchildren. Following the Maryland Institute of Art's development of the Lazarus Center and reinvestment in the Centre Theatre, Motor House and Parkway Theater, the Abell grant toward the redevelopment of the Odell's building would enable a customized home for the two nonprofits, infusing new life into an historically significant building, bringing additional activitiy onto North Avenue and boosting confidence in investment in the area.

Latino Economic Development Center

$45,000
Washington, DC

Latino Economic Development Center offers access to business resources and capital to meet the needs of under served communities and communities of color in Baltimore. Their small business coaches provide one-on-one technical assistance and workshops/courses related to business planning, financial management, incorporation, licensing and permitting, accounting, marketing and technology integration. Lending staff are trained to provide micro-loans ranging from $500 to $50,000 and larger loans up to $250,000.

Made in Baltimore, Fiscally Sponsored by Baltimore Development Corporation

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Made in Baltimore supports local makers and manufacturers through promotional and marketing events, a local brand-certification program, and business development support. The 12-week Home Run Accelerator program will provide intensive business development, marketing, and peer mentoring support for 15 selected home-based makers in targeted industries. MIB will track the growth/development of participants, including jobs created, revenue growth, and production space occupied will be tracked. This grant provided support for staff and program expenses associated with the Home Run Accelerator program. 

Maryland Access to Justice Commission, Fiscally Sponsored by Maryland Bar Foundation

$65,000
Baltimore, MD

The COVID-19 pandemic has broadsided the economy and led to the filing of an unprecedented volume of civil legal actions, such as missed rent payments; disputes over medical and consumer debt; the need for protective orders; applications for unemployment insurance; drafting of wills or dealing with probate. Under this grant, the Task Force will identify, research and discuss opportunities to improve the civil legal aid delivery system, including addressing inequities in the judicial system, creating a better system of resources and warm referrals; building a triage system to provide targeted help; and engaging more pro-bono and reduced fee assistance for civil legal problems, culminating in a final report of recommendations to be completed by December 2020.

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Inc.

$45,000
Baltimore, MD

Now a program of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, the Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland is the only fair housing organization in the state. FHAC has seen an increase in calls as the economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the unprecedented number or residents have lost their jobs, been furloughed, or seen their hours or wages reduced. Low-and-moderate income households may also face a wave of eviction filings. This grant will provide support for staffing efforts to provide direct assistance to Baltimore City tenants that are having problems with their landlords, educate tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities, and research and analyze tenant issues.  

Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Fiscally Sponsored by Baltimore Civic Fund

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In response to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA) in partnership with the Baltimore Civic Fund as a fiscal sponsor, established the Emergency Relief for Immigrant Families program. Through community partners, the fund will respond to the urgent needs of undocumented immigrant families who are excluded from the CARES Act and other governmental benefits like Unemployment Insurance and SNAP. The Fund will support case management services to help households address needs and provide direct assistance to help stabilize household finances and build Baltimore as a welcoming community.

Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Fiscally Sponsored by Baltimore Civic Fund

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In response to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA) in partnership with the Baltimore Civic Fund as a fiscal sponsor, established the Baltimore Immigrant Community Fund (BICF): Emergency Relief for Immigrant Families. Through community partners, the fund will respond to the urgent needs of undocumented immigrant families who are excluded from the CARES Act and other governmental benefits like Unemployment Insurance and SNAP. Grants from the fund are intended to help stabilize household finances and build Baltimore as a welcoming community.

New Life Food Pantry, Inc.

$9,980
Baltimore, MD

New Life Food Pantry distributes up to 100,000 pounds of food during single day community markets. Grant funds will support costs associated with a pilot camera project.

Open Works

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Open Works is an engine for grassroots economic development especially in the manufacturing sector and will actively support memberships, studio rentals, and revenue from classes and other programming once conditions are safe enough to resume those revenue generating activities. While Open Works has moved forward with a ramp up of PPE production, and will receive payment via local hospitals for those items, a number of ongoing expenses that were typically funded with membership fees or other revenue are not currently supported with that revenue. This grant provided general operating support for the organization.

Parks & People Foundation

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Parks & People Foundation offers a paid youth internship and environmental education after school and summer Youthworks program called ‘Branches’ to address two critical issues: the need for meaningful employment for economically disadvantaged youth and the need for a trained workforce caring for parks and green spaces in the City. Participants in the Branches program gain hands-on experience and skills designing and implementing projects that have a community impact while contributing to the areas where many of them live and attend school, including neighborhoods which have high levels of poverty and few opportunities for positive development of young people. 

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.

$125,270
Baltimore, MD

Water bills rates are increasingly unaffordable for many of Baltimore’s low-income residents. Discount and affordability programs and, most-recently, income-based billing created to help those struggling are generally not well-known within the low-income communities, and the programs can be challenging to access without experienced help. In partnership with Maryland Volunteer Lawyer’s Service, Pro Bono Resource Center will work with Community Action Partner (CAP) centers to assist clients at targeted legal clinics, provide intensive pro bono legal assistance where necessary, and educate the public on the availability of assistance. This grant will provide support for staff costs associated with this work.

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.

$72,000
Baltimore, MD

Pro Bono Resource Center provides legal assistance, recourse information and education to Baltimore City homeowners at risk of foreclosure to delinquent real property taxes or water bills. The Tax Sale Prevention Project includes training and engaging volunteer attorneys and housing counselors to assist Baltimore residents at risk of tax sale; citywide tax sale prevention clinics; presentations at community educational events; promotion of the TaxSaleHelpBaltimore.com online tool and targeted outreach via postcard. This grant provided support for staff and project expenses associated with the Tax Sale Prevention Project.

ReBuild Metro

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For over a decade, Rebuild Metro (formerly TRF Development Partners) has been building market stabilizing affordable housing in East Baltimore to create opportunity and wealth for low-income residents. The organization renovates vacant houses and builds new product for rent and for sale through their partnership with BUILD and local churches, sustaining both local construction jobs and small contractor businesses. Abell grant funding will be used to complement city and private funds toward implementation of the Vision Plan for Johnston Square.

Scholars Strategy Network

$11,833
Cambridge, MA

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) was created to channel the expertise of America’s top scholars to help solve the nation’s toughest policy problem. Now including 1,500 scholars in 270 universities in 48 states, SSN is poised to launch a Baltimore chapter. This grant will support SSN’s effort to organize and convene local Baltimore scholars, particularly at UMBC and Morgan State University, and connect them with training and resources to engage more effectively in local policy efforts.  

Southeast Community Development Corporation

$72,500
Baltimore, MD

Southeast CDC will continue to implement an eviction prevention program called “Family Stability for our Community Schools” in Southeast and East Baltimore. The program is based on a national model combining intensive casework, connection to resources and emergency funding, aimed at preventing families and children from the destabilizing effects of eviction, successive moves, change in schools and homelessness. The need for this type of program has become more urgent with COVID as work hours have been cut or eliminated, past due bills accumulate and compounding this, many immigrant families served through the program cannot take advantage of public benefits offered to citizens.

The Compound

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Located in Baltimore’s Midway neighborhood, the Compound is a 20,000 square foot multi-purpose cultural space on one acre of land that provides affordable housing to 10 working artists, affordable work/studio space to 24 artists and artisans, as well as two worker-owned cooperatives and two nonprofits, the Alternative Press Center and the Black Workers Center. Residents and tenants are part of the Baltimore DIY art and music scene and the Compound is known as a venue for innovative music and cultural events. The Compound will renovate four adjacent rowhouses to expand and create 16 new affordable live/work spaces.

Venture For America

$185,000
New York, NY

Venture for America strengthens entrepreneurship, business formation, and economic growth by attracting top talent students to work in start-up and early-stage companies. Since 2013, VFA has placed 127 Fellows in Baltimore City for two-year followships with more than 60 high-growth companies and startups, and they have supported the launch of nine Fellow-founded companies. Of 15 participating cities, Baltimore is the second largest program and boasts the second highest post-Fellowship retention rate. 

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Locally, outfitters, kayak clubs, and the Baltimore Department of Recreation & Parks have seen an increased demand for paddle sports. There are currently no clear instructions and limited guidance for safe paddling in the Baltimore Harbor. With infrastructure, information, and programming the Baltimore Harbor can become an accessible destination for paddlers.  This grant provided support for costs associated with the creation of a Master Plan for water trails and paddle craft access points in the Baltimore Harbor. 

Whitelock Community Farm, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Whitelock Community Farm, over its 10 year history, has harvested over 40,000 pounds of organic produce.  Distribution sites include a Reservoir Hill farm stand, neighborhood mobile market sites, community supported agriculture (CSA) program, a city wide farmers market and local restaurants. This grant provided support for infrastructure upgrades will allow the Farm to maximize food production, minimize food waste, expand outreach to youth in the community, and increase sales. 

Criminal Justice & Addiction

Baltimore Police Department

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Funding from the Abell Foundation will assist the Baltimore Police Department and the City of Baltimore in reducing homicides and nonfatal shootings through the planning, implementation, evaluation and institutionalization of focused deterrence. Focused deterrance is a strategy based on an intensive partnership of law enforcement, community members and social service providers, who collectively engage with the small and active number of people involved in violent street groups. It pairs a credible message against violence and prior notice about the consequences of further violence with a genuine offer of help to those who want it. 

Baltimore Re-Entry Resources, Inc., Return Home Baltimore

$21,750
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Re-Entry Resources, Inc. created a reentry website, returnhome.org, to provide accessible information about critical reentry services such as healthcare, housing, jobs, treatment, etc.  The website is targeted to returning citizens from Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support two enhancements to the website:  1. Adding a geo location feature so that a map will appear on each resource's page and tie into bus schedules; and 2. Providing ongoing web scraping to ensure that the website always has the latest, most accurate information. 

Charm City Care Connection

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Abell Foundation support will allow CCCC to open a daytime Harm Reduction Drop-in Center (HRDC) for people with a substance use disorder to provide a safe space to access needed services and support.  The HRDC will include low barrier and easy to access services, including the following:syringe exchange,fentanyl test strip distribution, naloxone distribution, community meals and case management.

 

D.C. Witness

$250,000
Washington, DC

Baltimore Witness will bring the D.C. Witness model of criminal justice transparency to Maryland’s largest city. Rather than merely an arm of D.C. Witness, Baltimore Witness will be a Baltimore project with a standalone website that is driven, directed and managed by a Baltimore staff. By following violent crime cases, starting with homicide and non-fatal shootings and expanding to pretrial decisions, Baltimore Witness will provide unfiltered data to assist in devising better crime reduction policies for the City.  

From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

From Prison Cells to PhD was created in 2016 to help people with criminal convictions obtain employment and/or postsecondary education (PSE).  Clients receive workforce development training, career readiness skills, college application/readiness assistance, and 1-2 years or more of mentoring.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support its Prison to Professional (P2P) program providing these services to individuals recently released from the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC). P2P will serve 80 individuals in several cohorts over the next year virtually and if restrictions allow at some point in-person.  Components of the P2P Program include the following: (1) An 8-week workshop; and (2) Ten months of case management which includes weekly peer mentoring, executive coaching, and tutoring.

Helping Oppressed People Excel (HOPE), Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.

$15,000
Baltimore, MD

HOPE is a descendant of the Public Safety Compact (PSC), a justice reinvestment agreement between the State of Maryland and the Safe and Sound Campaign. One of the PSC graduates is Antoin Quarles-El, a PSC graduate and founding member of the PSC Core Action Team – that led advocacy and peer-to-peer support for PSC participants. After the closure of the PSC, Mr. Quarles-El would not let the network falter and founded HOPE to provide continued peer support and connection to resources for fellow returning citizens.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will allow HOPE to continue its work with approximately 15-21 individuals weekl.  During the pandemic, HOPE mentorship has continued using phone calls and video-conferencing, providing an important social contact and support for its clients. Peer mentors keep in regular touch with members outside of weekly meetings too, checking-in on their status, health, and any new challenges or milestones. 

Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Dee’s Place, established in 2001, is a substance abuse recovery program in East Baltimore, developed and launched by the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC). Dee’s Place currently operates seven days per week, but they are only able to provide on-site staff support from 7am-7pm Monday through Friday (70 hours/week) and 12 hours on the weekend.  Dee’s Place continues to see the need to be open 24/7 and they have received numerous requests from clients and partner organizations to do so.  With funding and support from the Abell Foundation, Dee's Place is able to meet their goal of being open 132 hours/week.

Job Opportunities Task Force

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) works to develop and advocate policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income Maryland workers and to dismantle the criminalization of poverty.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support JOTF's management of a Community Bail Fund to release individuals being held on an unaffordable bail from the Baltimore City Detention Center and to ensure their appearance for court. In addition, JOTF case managers will provide supportive services to assist clients with successful reentry.   

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

$92,098
Baltimore, MD

Drug checking services (Check-It) will be offered in a mobile van during 4-5, 4-hour sessions a week targeting Baltimore City neighborhoods with high rates of overdose identified through mapping drug arrest and overdose data. Testing will take approximately 2 minutes per sample and the results will be provided verbally to the participant. After providing the results, staff will engage in micro-counseling around overdose risk, with information tailored to the participant’s knowledge and practices. Staff will also provide participants with ancillary services i.e., fentanyl test strips, naloxone, as well as referrals to services as needed. 

Light of Truth Center, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

The Light of Truth Center has been providing safe, supportive housing to women in recovery since 1999.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support increasing LOT's clinical staff to align with COMAR requirements for its 3.1 residential program.  This will allow LTC to bill for and provide substance abuse treatment in a residential setting.    

Marian House, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Marian House is a supportive housing program for homeless women and children located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Marian House's transitional housing program which provides housing, meals and support services to homeless women, helping to improve self-esteem and overall mental health, as well as teach skills that will enable them to attain emotional and economic independence. 

Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Education Fund

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence (MPGV) began in the mid-1980s. It educates the public, lawmakers, and criminal justice stakeholders about best practices to prevent gun violence.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support its efforts with its newly created Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition.  Project goals include educating policymakers and civic leaders about violence prevention strategies, fostering cooperation between the public, nonprofit, and public sectors,  breaking down silos, and encouraging problem-solving to improve services and public safety outcomes.

Morgan State University Foundation

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Morgan State University's evaluation of the pilot aerial surveillance program implemented by the Baltimore Police Department. The purpose of this program evaluation is to provide an objective, evidence-based evaluation analysis as to the effectiveness of aerial surveillance in support of crime and violence reduction in Baltimore City. 

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