for Public Policy
Vol 1, Issue 4, Winter 2008
Lilly Endowment Inc., Awards Center 500K Grant
Schaefer Center to conduct two-year Faith and Organizations study
he Schaefer Center for Public The need for materials reflecting their with different kinds of relationships to
Policy has been awarded a specific theology, culture and practice the founding religion for each faith.
two-year, $500,000 research was raised by faith community leaders Phase two will involve an expansion
grant from the Indianapolis- during the pilot project. They also of the project to between six and nine
based Lilly Endowment Inc., to provide voiced concern that federal government additional organizations per faith for
a comprehensive study of stewardship policy reflected strategies appropriate less intensive research and testing of a
of faith-based organizations. The study for some denominations, but not all. self-assessment instrument.
entitled, Maintaining Vital Connections The current study intends to generate a
Between Faith Communities and their wider understanding of ways that faith is Schaefer Center director, Ann Cotten,
Organizations, will explore the guidance made manifest as nonprofit activity and commented about the possibilities offered
and oversight of faith based organizations the most appropriate strategies each faith by this new avenue of research for the
by their founding religious bodies and community could use to maintain the faith center. “This is a wonderful opportunity
provide concrete products specific both base for their organizations. for the center to continue to build on
to that religion, as well as more general our work in the nonprofit sector and
theologically grounded materials to The project will compare stewardship contribute to the understanding and
enhance those connections. The project among Catholics, Jews, several mainline management of this important segment
will provide concrete guidance in the form Protestant and Evangelical denominations, of the community.”
of a series of practical tools that can be used Quakers, and the African American
church. Research questions will explore: The Faith and Organizations study is
by religious leaders, people responsible for
scheduled to begin January 2007,
stewardship of faith based organizations
• How do faith communities understand and will be conducted in the Mid-
and faith based organization executives.
their practical theology, regarding Atlantic region, with sites ranging from
work in the world, and how does that Philadelphia through Northern Virginia.
Leading the project will be Schaefer Center
practical theology play out in stewardship Significant portions of the research will
Research Associate Jo Anne Schneider.
organizations? take place in or around Philadelphia,
Schneider completed a pilot study in
Wilmington, Baltimore and the
2004-2006 and, as principal investigator • How does stewardship differ among the
for the project, is looking forward to the Washington DC metropolitan area.
various branches of Christianity (mainline
opportunity to further extend her research. The expansion phase of the project will
Protestants, Evangelicals, Peace Churches,
“The project came out of the concerns also include Texas and the Midwest.
Catholics, African American churches) and
of religious and faith-based organization Jews?
leaders and we look forward to working
• What strategies can a faith community In this issue
with faith communities in this project.”
use to address concerns regarding the faith
Lilly Endowment Grant 1
base in organizations under its care or
affiliated with that religion? 2007 AIM Conference 2
Policy Choices Survey 3
The project will consist of two phases.
Phase one will develop a comprehensive Staff & Faculty News 3
understanding of how each selected faith Weinberg Fellows Graduation 4
community envisions and operationalizes
About the Center 4
stewardship, including a comparison of
stewardship practices for six organizations
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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program
Announces 2007 AIM for Excellence Award
Fuel Fund takes top honors
he Harry and Jeanette successfully utilized the knowledge and
Weinberg Fellows Program expertise they gained from the program
named the Fuel Fund of to implement positive change within
Central Maryland the winner their organizations. The Students
of its annual AIM for Excellence Award, Sharing Coalition expanded the role
during its annual AIM for Excellence of network partners and its number
conference, held at the Tremont Grand of volunteers to increase the outreach
Conference Center. of its Halloween for Hunger program.
The Maryland Mentoring Partnership
The AIM for Excellence conference applied key concepts and knowledge Keynote Speaker, Randal Pinkett.
culminates with the announcement of from the program in its executive
the AIM for Excellence Award. The director transition Executive Director, Generations
2007 winner, the process. United. The sessions focused primarily
Fuel Fund of Central “
I am grateful for the on intergenerational differences
between board members, staff and
Maryland, received The conference’s
an unrestricted vision of the trustees at keynote speaker, volunteers. The conference closed
grant for $20,000 in the foundation for de- Dr. Randal with a well-attended resource fair and
honor of its executive Pinkett, winner networking event. “This has been a
director, Mary Ellen
veloping this effective of NBC’s hit terrific opportunity to celebrate the
Vanni, for results program and the award, reality show The accomplishments of our AIM Awardees
achieved through which will be a tremen- Apprentice, gave and expand Fellows’ knowledge
the organization’s an entertaining about intergenerational engagement,”
collaboration with dous help in fulfilling and informative commented, Schaefer Center Director
BG&E and city-based our mission .”presentation, A and Weinberg Fellows Program
Director, Ann Cotten. “The addition
community outreach Tale of Two Sectors:
agencies. The project Perspectives on of Weinberg Fellows’ board members
allows people in need of Fuel Fund Nonprofit Capacity Building from a For- and staff members has allowed the
assistance to apply for aid through a Profit Social Entrepreneur. Following program to further enhance the
variety of social service providers. A his keynote address, Pinkett led an Fellows’ organizations.”
Web-based application, developed and interactive breakout session, Using
maintained by Constellation Energy, Technology to Build Communities. Managed by UB’s Schaefer Center
lets applicants know immediately if they Fellows broke into teams and were then for Public Policy, The Harry and
are eligible for fuel payment assistance; given a case study to work through, Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program
those who are eligible receive immediate “hearing the different case studies is a leadership development program
assistance with BG&E payments. allowed me to understand some of for executive directors of agencies
the technology challenges in our serving disadvantaged residents of the
“The Weinberg Fellowship Program community,” commented Baltimore metropolitan area.
challenges executive directors to be several of the
more collaborative, efficient and participants.
productive,” Vanni said in accepting
the award. “I am grateful for the vision Breakout sessions
of the trustees at the foundation for continued
developing this effective program and throughout the
the award which will be a tremendous day and were led
help in fulfilling our mission.” by experienced
Other AIM winners for 2007 were, speakers: Dr.
the Students Sharing Coalition and Berit Lakey, of
the Maryland Mentoring Partnership; Board Source,
each received an unrestricted grant for Michele Wolff,
$10,000 in honor of their executive Director, Shriver
directors, Linda Federico Kohler Center, UMBC,
and Linda Stewart. Both agencies and Donna Butts, Above l-r: Larry Walton, James Calvin, Linda Kohler, Mary Ellen Vanni, Linda Stewart, Ted Gross.
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Faculty and Staff News 2008 Maryland Policy
Mary Lovegrove, assistant director, joined the The Schaefer Center for Public
center in 2003 after working as a center con- Policy released the annual Policy
sultant and accountant for several years. She is Choices Survey for 2008. The
an attorney and the principal legal researcher survey is a representative tele-
for the National Obesity Report Card. In this phone survey of eight hundred
role Lovegrove is responsible for the analysis of Maryland adults, conducted
enacted, as well as proposed, legislation in de-
November 27, 2007 through
termining the overall grade given to each state.
January 3, 2008, which assesses
Marylander’s opinions on a wide
Lovegrove oversees the day-to-day legal and
contractual obligations of the center. She is
range of policy-related issues.
the coordinator for The Harry and Jeanette
Weinberg Fellows Program, and is responsible This year, in a reversal of last year’s
for the organization and logistics involved in opinion survey, public education
the successful operation of activities and live-in slipped from the top priority facing
retreats attended by the Weinberg Fellows. the state legislature. Instead, taxes
and the state budget were seen as
the most important issues facing
the state legislature this year.
Ed Gibson, an assistant professor specializing
in public finance, joined the School of Public Respondents were asked to rate the
Affairs in Fall 2007. In addition to teaching importance of a randomized list
courses in budgeting, finance, and organiza- of priorities by program area for
tion theory, Gibson contributed a series of the State of Maryland. Controlling
questions on energy and the environment to crime (82%), improving public
the Schaefer Center’s statewide survey, Policy education (72%), and develop-
Choices 2008. He plans to incorporate the ing and keeping jobs (71%) were
survey results into research on how con- deemed “very important” priorities
cerns over global warming are impacting the by a vast majority of respondents.
environmental community’s views on nuclear
power. Gibson is also researching the recent According to Ann Cotten., Direc-
effects of federal privatization initiatives on tor of the Schaefer Center, the
the civil service’s management capacity. Other results of this year’s survey reflect
projects involve performance management a sense of increased pessimism
and social insurance policymaking. among the respondents about
Maryland’s economy and their
personal economic situation. Forty-
five percent of the respondents
Jo Anne Schneider, research associate, joined the
think Maryland’s economy will get
center in 2007. Schneider has extensive experi-
worse during the next year. This is
ence as an urban anthropologist. Her primary
more than double the percentage of
area of expertise involves the relationship among
government, nonprofits, faith communities and respondents who were pessimistic
local communities in supporting communities, about the economy in 2006 (20%)
developing and implementing policies. and 2005 (18%). Only one quarter
of the respondents think their
Schneider will be directing the national, inter- personal economic situation will
disciplinary project on faith based organiza- improve over the next year, down
tions, Maintaining Vital Connections Between from 34% as reported in last year’s
Faith and Communities and their Organizations, survey.
which explores the dynamic between founding
communities and the nonprofits they create to A full copy of Maryland Policy
provide education, social services, healthcare, Choices: 2008 is available on the
senior services and community development. Schaefer Center’s website at
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2007 Weinberg Schaefer Center
T he 2007 Weinberg Fellows
graduated from the program
on October 19, 2007. The
graduation ceremony took place on
the last day of the Fellows’ fourth re-
P. Ann Cotten, D.P.A., C.P.A.
Mary E.W. Lovegrove, J.D., M.B.A.
treat of the year, at Turf Valley Resort 2007 Weinberg Graduates: l-r: Khalilah Harris, Salliann
Alborn, Joyce Smith, Virginia Knowlton, Steve Vassor, Kate
and Conference Center in Ellicott City. Farinholt, Carolyn Ames, Debra Langseth, Dale Meyer, Diane M. Aull
Lena Frankiln, Sheila Helgerson, Shelly Terranova, Margaret
The Weinberg Fellows Program, which Footner, Alfreda Robinson-Dawkins, Bonnie Bessor, Kathleen Grants and Budget Administrator
is coordinated by the University of Weiss, Lesley Smith.
Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Pamela A. Bishop
Policy, consists of a year-long profes- About the Center Business Services Specialist
sional development program designed
to enhance leadership skills and pro- he mission of the Schaefer James Bradley, M.S., B.S.E.E.
mote collaboration among the region’s Center is to serve the public Senior Systems Analyst
non-profit organizations. and nonprofit sectors of the
Baltimore metropolitan area and the John Callahan, Ph.D.
The group of 17 executive directors state of Maryland by conducting Senior Research Associate
from agencies that serve disadvantaged program evaluations, performing policy
analysis, facilitating strategic planning, Thomas A. Darling, Ph.D.
residents in the Baltimore metropoli-
tan area was selected for the program providing management training Research Associate
through a competitive process. The programs, and engaging in public
members of the 2007 Weinberg opinion research. In all of its endeavors,
Program Administrative Specialist
Fellows include Salliann Alborn the emphasis of the Schaefer Center is
of Community Health Integrated on applying the knowledge and skills Don Haynes, Ph.D.
Partnership, Inc.; Carolyn C. Ames of of the University community to real- Director of Survey Reaearch
Community Housing Associates, Inc.; world issues and producing high-quality,
Bonnie Bessor, Rebuilding Together objective, tangible and useable results. Lenneal Henderson, Ph.D.
Baltimore; Kathryn Spencer Farinholt, Senior Research Associate
The center’s services include:
NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore; Mar-
• Strategic planning Alan Lyles, Ph.D.
garet Footner, Creative Alliance; Lena
• Performance measurement Senior Research Associate
M. Franklin, Recovery in Community,
• Program evaluation
Inc.; Khalilah Harris, The Baltimore Daniel Martin, Ph.D.
• Staffing analysis
Freedom Academy Foundation, Inc.;
• Phone, mail and web surveys Research Associate
Sheila Helgerson, United Ministries,
• Focus group moderation
Inc.; Virginia Knowlton, Maryland Dennis McGrath, Ph.D.
• Policy analysis
Disability Law Center; Debra Langs- Research Associate
eth, Spectrum Support, Inc.; Dale Ei-
leen Meyer, People Encouraging Peo- Contracting the William Wells
ple, Inc.; Alfreda Robinson-Dawkins,
National Women’s Prison Project, Inc.; Center Survey Lab Manager
Lesley Anne Smith, Washington Vil- There are two ways to contract with the John Willis, J.D.
lage/Pigtown Neighborhood Planning center: Research Associate
Council; Joyce C. Smith, Operation
• For program evaluation, survey Laura Wilson-Gentry, D.P.A.
ReachOut SouthWest; Shelly Terrano-
research and general policy analysis, Director of Program Evaluation
va, Junior League of Baltimore; Steve
Vassor, Hampden Family Center; and state agencies can secure the center’s
services via an Interagency Agreement. Schaefer Center for Public Policy
Kathleen O’Donnell Weiss, BioTechni-
University of Baltimore
cal Institute of Maryland, Inc. • The center also responds to 1304 St. Paul St.
competitive solicitations. Baltimore, MD 21202
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