MISSION: To enlist talent to advance social innovation in Baltimore and establish a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice.
VISION: Our greatest and most persistent challenges have been caused by people — they can and will be solved by people.
All over the world, we can see things getting better—freedoms being protected, opportunities being sown, loves being defended, dreams of better futures being bravely preserved. We also bear witness to extraordinary individuals doing the hard work, everyday, to make it so. We know that progress is won, as it has always been, by the countless, tireless, unnamed champions who persist in the face of enormous obstacles and monumental cynicism. Their vocations, their movements, their sweat, their unbending sense of justice, are more than our reason to hope. They form the foundation of our playbook as we look to mount the next step in that winding, never-ending staircase of Progress: to create a future for Baltimore—and cities everywhere—that is more equitable, just, healthy, and as full of potential as the people who live here.
Baltimore Corps was founded in 2013 with a simple premise in mind: We need better ways for the most talented people to go to work solving the world's most important challenges.
Why focus on talent? On the surface, we recognized the well-documented struggles of social sector leaders to recruit and retain the contributors they need to scale the most effective solutions. We also appreciate the tremendous opportunity represented by the coming of age of Millennials—the largest, most diverse and, perhaps, most purpose-driven generational cohort in history. Ultimately, though, we invest in talent because we continue to be moved by a simple but fundamental observation:
Our greatest and most persistent challenges have been caused by people—they can and will be solved by people.
Baltimore Corps is a network powered by an organization. We believe that networks are best positioned to drive change because complex challenges require convening diffuse sets of actors to activate the widest reaching solutions.
Baltimore Corps builds robust, equitable pipelines to enlist talent in advancing Baltimore’s most promising social innovations.