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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Maryland


Each week, Charity Navigator's cross-country tour takes us to a new state where we stop and feature a few of the highly-rated charities at work there. Today we're in Maryland. 

Heading south from last week's stop in Maine, we find ourselves in the Chesapeake Bay state. Maryland boasts rural and urban areas, as well as diverse waterways and a beachfront. It is also home to nearly 150 highly-rated charities. Keep reading to learn more about a few of those organizations.



Anacostia Watershed Society (Bladensburg, MD)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Clean the water, recover the shores, honor the heritage

The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to restore and protect the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. Our ultimate vision, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, is to return the Anacostia to a fishable and swimmable river. The Anacostia Watershed Society was founded in 1989 by a small group of concerned individuals who decided that the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities required serious attention. Over the past 29 years, our staff and programming efforts have expanded significantly to encompass efforts in environmental education, stewardship, and recreation, as well as engaging the community through public affairs.

Women’s Learning Partnership (Bethesda, MD)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
For rights, development, and peace

Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) is dedicated to women's leadership and empowerment. At its essence, WLP is a builder of networks, working with 20 autonomous and independent partner organizations in the Global South to empower women to transform their families, communities, and societies. WLP's work uses the programmatic strategies of (1) leadership and advocacy curriculum development in 20 languages, (2) training at the grassroots, national, and regional levels (3) strengthening civil society, and (4) women's human rights advocacy and movement building. Our primary objectives are to increase the number of women taking on leadership and decision-making roles at family, community, and national levels, and to improve the effectiveness of feminist movements in Muslim-majority societies and globally by strengthening the capacity of our partner organizations.

Irvine Nature Center (Owings Mills, MD)
☆☆☆☆
Explore, respect, protect nature

Irvine is an environmental education organization. Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature.

At Irvine, we guide learning.
We live green.
We foster respect.
And we thrive outdoors.

Strong City Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
☆☆☆☆
Building and strengthening vibrant urban communities in Baltimore

Established in 1969, Strong City Baltimore (formerly Greater Homewood Community Corporation) is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with a mission to build and strengthen neighborhoods and people in Baltimore. We help Baltimore's citizens get jobs, live in affordable homes, send their children to good schools, and build community ties.

Much like the neighborhoods we serve, our programs support Strong City's approach to fulfilling its mission. Over the past 49 years, we have forged many successful partnerships, expanding the services we provide and widening our geographical range. 

We believe there are no quick fixes for the challenges that face Baltimore, but progress is achieved by building communities and building agency for individuals while helping them access the resources they need to improve their lives. 

Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD)
☆☆☆
Dedicated to the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts

The Academy Art Museum, which welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually, provides the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum's expanding collection, exhibitions, and a broad spectrum of arts programs.

You can use Charity Navigator's Advanced Search Tool to find even more highly-rated organization serving the people and communities of Maryland.

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