GIVE is a nine month civic leadership program, offered through Business Volunteers Maryland, designed to give skilled young professionals and leaders the knowledge and resources to make a difference in the Baltimore community. Classmates are divided into groups of 4 to 6 and matched with a nonprofit in Baltimore to complete Leadership Action Projects (L.A.P.). Each year we invite nonprofits to submit applications to host a GIVE L.A.P.
Projects fall within an 8 month time frame. Classmates are matched with a project in March and complete them by November. Here are a few requirements for the nonprofit organization:
- There must be a dedicated staff person managing the GIVE project.
- They are required to attend three workshops with their GIVE classmates.
- The project must help further the mission of the organization.
- Projects must have clear goals and deliverables.
- To accomplish the goals of the project, classmates must use specific skills such as strategizing, planning, marketing, project management, etc.
Note: While fundraising and sponsorship may be involved, they should not be the sole components of a project. Classmates are not required to donate or solicit money from their employers.
Past Successful Projects
Baltimore Community ToolBank
GIVE classmates increased awareness of the rain garden on their property. The classmates reached out to many local schools to inform them that the rain garden was open and available for field trips. They also hosted a happy hour that served as a dedication for the people who built the rain garden. (2014)
Improving Education’s Bedtime in a Box
Classmates helped promote the initiative in Baltimore. The team hosted a launch party for the organization, which included gathering food and event sponsors and creating marketing materials. (2016)
Living Classrooms Foundation
Classmates hosted a school and essential supplies drive for families in need. The classmates arranged a happy hour to raise money and set up connections with local businesses to receive donations. (2015)
Sarah’s Hope at Mount Street
GIVE classmates designed a curriculum for four adult education classes that covered searching for jobs, creating a resume, interview skills, etc. and taught one class a week for four weeks. (2016)
Learn more about GIVE today!
If you are interested in applying for the Leadership Action Project contact Jen Milam, Corporate & Civic Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-366-6030 x203
The GIVE Program helped me to understand the needs of my community while boardCONNECT introduced me to organizations most aligned with my philanthropic values.