Statewide public policy decisions affecting many of our citizens frequently are made by very few. Maryland needs a uniquely talented network of informed leaders to emerge from a variety of sectors to address these public policy issues. It is essential that these decision-makers have a broad viewpoint acquired from a wide spectrum of experiences, as well as from interaction and communication with diverse individuals.
For the past 23 years, Leadership Maryland has identified leaders in the state and provided a yearlong program that presents and discusses the current issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the state and its diverse regions. By being better informed about these varied, interconnected and often conflicting key issues, Leadership Maryland graduates are prepared and encouraged to accept critical leadership positions.
The Leadership Maryland program has a membership of over 1,000 leaders around the state, representing the private, public and non-profit sectors. All Leadership Maryland members serve the non-profit community in some volunteer capacity, such as board membership, task forces, and committees.
The success of the Leadership Maryland program is dependent upon drawing applicants from all constituencies, and all rural and urban areas of the state. Some individuals (or the companies/organizations they represent) find it difficult to pay the tuition to participate in the program. For this reason, Leadership Maryland seeks to avoid incremental increases in its tuition so that all qualified candidates may be able to afford to participate.
The Leadership Maryland Legacy Fund was created to help maintain tuition at $6,950 by subsidizing the annual program and operations. These funds, and more importantly, the income they yield, will ensure the participation by all constituencies.
Unlike the Legacy Fund, the purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance in perpetuity. The fund provides an ongoing, permanently-restricted income stream that ensures the organization’s long-term sustainability by providing scholarships for generations of Maryland leaders.
In Kind Contributions
There are many ways to support Leadership Maryland beyond your generous financial contributions - through your ideas, volunteer time, or in-kind contributions. Help us identify a good topic or speaker. Host an event. Serve on a committee or chair a committee. Oh, the possibilities are nearly endless!
Our members are our best source of recommendations for future class applicants. Do you know someone who would benefit from or contribute to the program? Is he/she already an accomplished leader and holds a senior-level position in his or her profession? Does he/she volunteers time and energy to their community, believes in giving back and paying it forward, and recognizes the personal and professional benefits of doing so? If so, Leadership Marylandis looking for that person! A member may nominate someone, or the person may self-nominate. There is no limit to the number of people you may nominate.