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.
For questions about GIVE, please contact Alissa Ganser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIVE Program Components
GIVE Classmates attend monthly workshops that incorporate either skill development or community learning. Workshops provide classmates with knowledge and experiences to become more deeply engaged in the community.
Leadership Action Projects
GIVE Leadership Action Projects are designed to challenge classmates to combine their leadership skills with their passion for volunteering to make a difference in their community. Through skilled volunteering, classmates partner with nonprofits to address various community issues that the organizations are already working on. This experience also heightens classmates’ awareness of community needs and provides exposure to the nonprofit sector to understand how these organization operate.
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 2017 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.