Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore Business Journal Honor Three Area Businesses with Philanthropy Award

BALTIMORE (Nov. 10, 2015) – Each year, the Maryland business community contributes millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to charitable organizations throughout Maryland.  On November 10th, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore Business Journal recognized three area businesses with the Business Philanthropy Award for their outstanding philanthropic work.  The awards were presented as part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)- Maryland Chapter’s Philanthropy Day luncheon held at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel.

Companies that provided outstanding support for local non-profits, 501(c)(3)s and/or schools between September 2014 and August 2015 were eligible for this year’s award. The 2015 awards mark the 15th year that the Maryland Chamber of Commerce has honored the philanthropic efforts of area businesses.

The awards were divided into three categories:

For the Small category, an employer with 100 or fewer employees:

The nominees were:

And the winner:

Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP

In September, 2012, the partners of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, established the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg Continuing Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation. The Fund was established to support organizations committed to education reform in Baltimore City. It is named a “continuing fund” because it is a permanent charitable endowment at the Baltimore Community Foundation, continuing to grow and distribute grants for generations to come.

During the past year, the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg Continuing Fund has supported:

“With strategic investments from Rosenberg Martin Greenberg over the past two years, New Leaders has recruited, trained and supported nearly 100 aspiring principals, new principals, assistant principals and other school leaders across Baltimore City Public Schools. … Given that New Leader schools consistency outperform district averages in reading and math proficiency and in high school graduation rates, this impact means that we are increasing the chances that our highest need students will be successful in college, careers and life.  Results like this simply would not be possible without Rosenberg Martin Greenberg’s support,” said Michael Falletti, Director of External Relations for New Leaders Maryland.

In addition to support of the Baltimore Community Foundation and the New Leaders initiative, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg’s philanthropic efforts have supported Young Audiences Arts for Learning, The Public Justice Center, Charles Street Development Corporation, Historic Charles Street Association and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  The firm also aids additional organizations via the support of its attorneys and professional staff as well as supporting its employees in their volunteer positions.

For the Medium category, an employer with 101 to 500 employees:

The nominees were:

And the winner:

Symphony Placements

medium winner

For the past several years, Symphony Placements has supported the Casey Cares Foundation, a foundation that provides uplifting programs to critically ill children and their families. For the past two years this support has included a Kammi’s Jammies holiday fundraiser. The 2014 fundraiser collected 350 pairs of pajamas and in-kind donations of over $7,500.00.

Symphony Placements Founder & CEO Wanda Smith is a member of the Casey Cares Advisory Board for Fundraising.  She is also active with the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce; serves on the advisory boards of Pathways to Autism, Fortis College Baltimore and TESST College; annual food drives with Maryland Foo Bank; works with Goodwill of Chesapeake as a Partner in Job Training – Interview/Job Placement Program.

Beginning November 1st, Symphony Placements is a drop-off location for businesses who wish to donate to the Kammi’s Jammies fundraising effort.

For the Large category, an employer with 500 plus employees:

The nominees were:

And the winner:

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

large winner

In January of this year Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, as part of their efforts to enhance safety for its customers and employees, presented $310,000 in grants to 48 nonprofit safety and emergency preparedness, response and recovery organizations through the company’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant program.

The grant monies will be used to fund equipment, programs, services, rescue boat upgrades, disaster relief, K-9 safety search, rescue tools, heart defibrillators and training programs that are critical to the safety of the communities BGE services.

“…[T]his [$10,000] grant from BGE provided us with the funding to purchase equipment, [a thermal imaging camera,] that carries a multitude of benefits in regards to saving lives, saving property, protecting the environment and protecting our emergency services first responders,” said Paul Sullivan, Jr., Senior Vice President, Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Company, Inc.  “When it comes to fire and emergency response, one of the most vital tools for our responders is the thermal imaging camera.  The new thermal imaging camera will help in searching for the occupants of a fire who may be unconscious [and] children or pets that may be hiding.  It is also used for surface water and underwater rescues.”

BGE launched the Emergency Response and Safety Grant program in early 2012 and has provided nearly $1 million to 129 nonprofit organizations since the program’s inception.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore Business Journal congratulate the award winners and all the nominees for their philanthropic efforts.

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About the Maryland Chamber of Commerce:

The Maryland Chamber is a membership organization representing businesses of all shapes and sizes from around the state. We are Maryland’s leading statewide business advocacy organization. Our 700 plus member companies employ more than 442,000 people in the State. Our mission is to support our members and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation through effective advocacy, high level networking and timely communications.

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