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Recommended Charitable Giving 2012

As you’re contemplating the many deserving charities for your end of the year giving, here are some of our favorites — they’re all local, and they all work hard to make Baltimore a better city, despite the odds.  Give often, and give generously!

A few new additions to the list for 2012, some of the same great groups from 2011:

Why these charities and not others that might be equally as deserving?  I have experience with all of them in some way.  I know the executive directors, or I’ve watched them carefully over the years.  These organizations have a few qualities in common:

  • They spend more on programs and/or direct services than they do on swank office space or fundraising/admin costs.
  • They’re organizations that work on the ground, directly making a difference — they “do” more than they “talk”.

So please — be generous.  Without these organizations, Baltimore would surely suffer even more than it already suffers now.  We can’t build a better city without them.

Troubled Nonprofit-Owned Apartment Building Condemned

An apartment building owned by Prisoners Aid Association of Maryland was condemned last month and residents were ordered to move immediately — housing inspectors found the building, located at 6010 Marjorie Lane in NE Baltimore to be uninhabitable.  The building is also being foreclosed on, one of many properties owned by Prisoners Aid that are being foreclosed on.

Frank Marchant, the director of Prisoners Aid, is also the owner of another company that has been sued by creditors — A Top 1, Inc. (not in good standing, corporate charter has been forfeited), he is also the owner of Marchant Media in Cockeysville, which appears to not be registered with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Baltimore City funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to Marchant’s organization, yet for many of the properties Prisoners Aid owns in Baltimore, including emergency shelters — many of the mortgages have gone unpaid.  According to an April 2012 Baltimore Sun article, the City stopped paying Prisoners Aid because Marchant refused to provide documentation for how and where the money was spent.

2203 Liberty Heights Avenue

Property Address:  2203 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner:  Catholic Immigration Service, Inc., same address

Registered Agent for Catholic Immigration Service, Inc.:  Jack Massengale, 7105 Steed Court, Hyattsville, MD 20872 (Corporate charter has been forfeited)

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

2203 Liberty Heights Avenue


Link Roundup

Milton Tillman and his son have struck a plea deal with the feds, according to the Maryland Daily Record.  Tillman Jr. is throwing himself on the sacrificial altar so his son can plead to a simple misdemeanor and serve no jail time.  You can also read more about the Tillmans here, and in the Baltimore Crime blog (scroll down to “4 Aces”).

The deadline for public comments on the draft zoning plan for Baltimore City has been extended until February 15, 2011.  You have the opportunity to shape how the city looks — make sure your voice is heard!

A group of property owners have banded together to stop the State Center development project from moving forward — with a lawsuit.

What does your neighborhood really look like?  Use this cool map to find out.

Columbus, Ohio now has a Slumlord Watch — check it out, and if you know people in Columbus, send them the link and tell them to get on board!

A Baltimore City housing inspector is in deep trouble for accepting bribes, according to Peter Hermann in the Baltimore Sun.

It’s almost the end of the year, and the time many of us make our end of the year charitable contributions.  In no particular order, we’d like to offer a few options if you’re in the mood to give:

If you know of other nonprofits we should look at, please let us know!