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August 17, 2015

Baltimore Groups Seek Coordinated Approach to City's Recovery

Since riots convulsed Baltimore in April, local nonprofits have steered $7 million to $10 million into programs aimed at addressing unemployment, poverty, and other problems underlying the unrest, reports The Baltimore Sun. The outbreak has also triggered soul-searching in the city's philanthropic community, with nonprofit leaders exploring coordinated, long-term approaches to the city's post-riot recovery.

Much of the initial financial support has come from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, one of Baltimore's largest charities, which has contributed $5 million. The Casey funding includes $300,000 to seed OneBaltimore, an organization established to coordinate public and private efforts to tackle common goals.

OneBaltimore, which is in the process of obtaining nonprofit status, has about $500,000 on hand but will not begin active fundraising until it crystallizes its mission, said Michael Cryor, a Baltimore native and former Maryland Democratic Party chairman who was tapped by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to head the new group.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article about Baltimore charities' immediate responses to the April riots.