GIVE is a nine month fellowship offered through Business Volunteers Maryland that prepares rising leaders in Baltimore for civic engagement and community leadership. Join over 280 civic-minded professionals who are making a positive impact on the community.
- To introduce young professionals to Baltimore area nonprofits and community needs.
- To develop new skills and create strong civic leaders.
- To build a personal and professional network.
- To engage young professionals in volunteerism.
- To create ambassadors of civic leadership, volunteerism, and business involvement.
Are rising leaders, motivated and passionate about making a difference in their community and career. Our diverse cohort of fellows shares a desire for personal and professional growth and a powerful vision for Baltimore’s future.
- Are professionals typically ages 25-40
- Are ready to take their community engagement to the next level.
- Are diverse in gender, ethnicity, education, profession, & experience.
- Are focused on building their personal and professional network in Baltimore.
- Have 5-10 hours a month to devote to the program.
Are you interested in applying to be a GIVE Fellow? Add your name to our interest list to stay up to date on application deadlines.
For questions about GIVE, please contact Geoff Stack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIVE Program Components
GIVE Classmates attend monthly workshops that incorate either skill development or community learning. Workshops provide classmates with knowledge and experiences to become more deeply engaged in the community.
GIVE Advisory Projects
GIVE Fellows are divided into teams of 4-6 and matched with a nonprofit. Each Advisory Team will immerse themselves in their nonprofit over a 5-month period to provide ongoing thought partnership and advisory consulting around complex organizational issues and questions. The GIVE Advisory Project exists to expose fellows to the inner-workings and challenges of nonprofits, allow fellows to think creatively and use their skills to support nonprofits, and finally, to empower fellows to engage with nonprofits on a deeper and more dynamic level.
Know a nonprofit who might like to host a GIVE Advisory Project? Check out more details and find the application here.
There are a variety of networking events that GIVE hosts each month including coffee talks with community and business leaders, happy hours, lunch gatherings, and volunteer experiences. Some events are for the current class to get to know one another on a more personal level, however, many events are open to all GIVE alumni to facilitate deeper connections among the GIVE network.
Jim Brinkley Scholarship
Jim Brinkley is a civic and philanthropic leader and true champion of community change and impact. Business Volunteers created the Jim Brinkley GIVE Scholarship Fund in recognition of his contributions and leadership in the creation of Business Volunteers 13 years ago.
The Fund supports talented young professionals with an opportunity to participate in the program and fulfill their potential to become the next generation of community leaders. We believe it is this group of future leaders who are critical to our ability to address the opportunities and challenges facing our community.
Please note that full scholarships are not available. Partial scholarships may be awarded. Our giving capacity is limited and based on need, applicant quality, and availability.
Scholarship applications are due no later than Nov 4 when GIVE applications are due. Scholarship application letters will be reviewed by a selection committee. All applicants will be notified concerning their status at the time of admission.
Meet the 2018 GIVE Fellows
Click here to see a roster of our current GIVE fellows.
GIVE Advisory Committee
The GIVE Advisory Committee is comprised of outstanding GIVE alumni who support the Business Volunteers’ GIVE Program by engaging the current class and alumni, providing suggestions to improve the GIVE program in the future, and recruiting future classes. Click here to see a list of our GIVE Advisory Committee members.