BCF Learning Network -- Philanthropy With Added Value
July 24, 2014
BCF’s Learning Network provides our education and neighborhoods grantees with peer learning opportunities and collegial conversations with BCF staff, consultants, and experts on a range of topics. The Network serves a dual function: grantees learn from each other—and they bring that knowledge to both their organizations and the neighborhoods they serve.
At one recent meeting, attendees discussed Baltimore City Schools’ 21st Century Building Plan and how they could partner to ensure that communities’ needs are met. The Building Plan is a 10-year plan to construct new schools and to renovate or phase out existing schools. Many of our nonprofit partners are helping to educate residents about the Building Plan and also serve as intermediaries between residents and City Schools.
Future plans for the Learning Network include rotating meeting presentations among network members, so that all participants get the opportunity to showcase their expertise.
In addition to bringing our grantees together to learn and share resources, we hope to use the Learning Network to identify key policy issues in Baltimore neighborhoods and work to develop an advocacy agenda for the Baltimore region. The network already has 25 participants who are beginning to connect and share resources and knowledge.