Baltimore as a Hub for Social Innovation
"Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there." 
- Gary Snyder                             

Here at Baltimore Corps we believe that our city’s success depends on our ability to put the city’s collective interests above those of any single organization. In other words, we need to make sure that we are rigorously promoting the right values in order to perform our individual jobs effectively. We need to build common social impact sector capacity and normalize sector-wide cooperation.

This process will require people throughout the social impact sector to align efforts and outcomes, promote common agendas, share data and measurement practices or ensure continuous feedback and improvement of practices. Simply, Baltimore must work together and invest in itself if its most promising models of social change are to be taken to scale.

Today we want to share some of the ways we put Baltimore first with Baltimore Corps; through programs, collaborations, thought leadership, and more.

Fagan Harris

“Baltimore has a long history of reinventing itself. From wartime through the post-industrial era, it has tackled major social issues necessary to fulfilling its promise of a great American city in which every resident has the opportunity to live a full, meaningful life; the present day is no different.
Read Fagan Harris’ entire article on "Why Baltimore may be an unlikely leader in Social Innovation" here.

“A unified three-prong approach of collaboration, faith and trust has created a work-space for four non-profits in an effort to help Baltimore City residents. Corporate sponsors BGE and Whiting Turner have partnered with nonprofits Thread, Baltimore Corps, Center for Urban Families and Invested Impact to create TouchPoint Baltimore at Mondawmin Mall, a space for collaboration among nonprofits, corporate partners and the community.”
Continue reading this article on our collaborations in the Baltimore Times here.
You probably know that Light City is currently in full swing at the Inner Harbor. What you may not know is that our Baltimore Corps network has quite a few people who are speaking during the daytime innovation conferences, Labs@LightCity.

Earlier this week, Dr. Leana Wen and Michelle Nelson spoke at the Health Lab, and Aisha DaCosta spoke with the EduLab.

There is still time to register for the Social Labs! Our CEO, Fagan Harris, will be speaking, along with Sarah Hemminger of Thread as a part of the 'Disrupters' panel. You can also catch Molly McGrath Tierney earlier that morning on the 'Home Sweet Home' panel.

Buy tickets to the Social Labs here, and while you're there take some time to explore the light and sound installations around the harbor for free!

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Teach for America hosted a powerful summit. One of our favorites is, ‘Igniting Fire: Lessons from Student Leaders on Fostering Community Action,’ where young leaders and activists from Baltimore and DC come together to talk about their idea of leadership, action, and more. Watch more videos from the summit here.

Congratulations to Arts Every Day. They hosted their 10th anniversary celebration event in March which was a great success. Baltimore Corps Fellow, Precious Blake, played a major role in bringing this together.  Here's a link to more details.

Our Visionary Cause Leader, SparkVision, is currently embarking on a major research project on High Achieving Millennials. They are conducting quantitative and qualitative research, with carefully defined parameters, amongst hundreds of young professionals who are doing amazing things in Baltimore. On April 27th, SparkVision will be hosting its Launch Party, join them as they share their initial findings and officially launch Phase II of the project.

Our (fourth!) Visionary Cause Leader process for the 2017-2018 Baltimore Corps Fellowship will be open until April 21st. A Visionary Cause Leader (VCL) is a leader at a partner organization that is building solutions to Baltimore’s biggest challenges. A VCL can represent a nonprofit organization, for-profit social enterprise, government agency or other impact-oriented initiative that hosts a Baltimore Corps Fellow for one year, with the option to hire long-term beyond the Fellowship.

All applications due April 21st. Below find details for our Open Houses. For more information, contact

For Visionary Cause Leaders:
Information Session #2: Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00pm, Red Emma's
Information Session #3: Tuesday, April 11th at 6:00pm, TouchPoint Baltimore

For Fellows:
Open House #3: Thursday, April 6th at 5:30, Red Emma's
Open House #4: Thursday, April 13th at 5:30, TouchPoint Baltimore