Baltimore Corps entered into an innovative partnership with Thread, Invested Impact and The Center for Urban Families with the goals of creating a workforce pipeline and scaling collective social impact by leveraging the strengths of each organization. The organizations plan to work within a model of collaboration where sharing is paramount—sharing resources, information, access to talent, and access to networks, as well as coordinating day-to-day to be able to provide services across constituencies. To efficiently facilitate coordination, staff from all four organizations will be housed at TouchPoint Baltimore. Financially supported by corporate partners Whiting Turner and BGE, this will be the first TouchPoint Center of its kind with the goal of scaling the model citywide and potentially nationally once the efficacy of the model is proven.
In partnership with the White House and Aspen Institute, Baltimore Corps convened local change makers and national leaders for an evening of conversation at the White House. Featuring remarks from Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and presentations by some of Baltimore's most promising innovators, watch the video of event:
Or read this recap on the White House Blog by Broderick Johnson (Assistant to the President, Cabinet Secretary, and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force) and Walter Isaacson (President and CEO of the Aspen Institute):
"A city where everyone thrives will be defined, in part, by what we build together: the relationships, communities and institutions that break from our history to tap everyone's potential. It will also be defined by what we change, repair or even tear down: systems that hurt and divide by perpetuating generations of injustice."
- Baltimore Corps CEO Fagan Harris, Thread Co-Founder and CEO Sarah Hemminger, and The Shelter Foundation President Mark Joseph on bringing Baltimore together.
Read the full op-ed in The Sun: Bringing Baltimore together
Today's edition of The Huffington Post's new original show, "Now What With Ryan Duffy," focuses on organizations dedicated to creating opportunities for people here in Baltimore.
The episode, called "Rebuilding Baltimore," features our own Fagan Harris, Sarah Hemminger (Thread) and Chris Wilson (Barclay Investment Corporation).
Watch the episode here: Rebuilding Baltimore