Preservation Maryland

Protecting the Best of Maryland

aka Preservation Maryland   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.preservationmaryland.org

Mission

For 90 years Preservation Maryland has worked to restore, revitalize and reinvest in Maryland’s unique and irreplaceable heritage. Through programming like the ever-growing Campaign for Historic Trades, the Historic Property Redevelopment Program, and our advocacy work, we continue to make lasting change throughout Maryland and beyond.

Ruling year info

1949

President & CEO

Mr. Nicholas Redding

Main address

3600 Clipper Mill Road Suite 248

Baltimore, MD 21211 USA

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EIN

52-0609575

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Decades of disinvestment have left many rural towns and urban neighborhoods crumbling and in disrepair. Instead of restoring what we've already built, our cities have sprawled outward into once fertile farms. This poorly planned growth is damaging our rural landscapes and poisoning the creeks and streams that flow into our beloved Chesapeake Bay. Left unchecked, this vicious cycle of economic disinvestment, sprawl and environmental degradation will continue to accelerate.

Fortunately, the tools for success are right in front of our eyes. Historic Preservation – revitalizing our communities by rehabilitating older buildings using energy efficient, green and sustainable technology – is the proven path for reversing the destructive path we are currently on. Once preserved, these places also protect the storied heritage of our state -- they endow us with a sense of purpose and context for our own lives. These historic places enrich our place in the world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Old Line State Summit

Preservation Maryland convenes the preservation community together for workshops, lectures, tours, and town hall meetings throughout the year culminating in Maryland’s historic preservation conference, the Old Line State Summit.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year, Preservation Maryland distributes nearly $100,000 in grants to deserving organizations across the state to help protect, save, enhance and interpret important pieces of Maryland's past. These grants also support worthwhile education efforts, advocacy work on behalf of threatened resources, and community development.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Preservation Maryland is the statewide leader and voice for historic preservation in Maryland. The organization works on proactive issues to implement favorable policy and also fights against ill-advised projects when necessary. The organization's President & CEO is a registered lobbyist in Annapolis.

Population(s) Served

Smart Growth Maryland is a campaign of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.

Population(s) Served

Across the nation, thousands of construction jobs go unfilled – a quiet crisis that grows each day. In order to address this challenge, the National Park Service and Preservation Maryland are partnering on The Campaign for Historic Trades to increase opportunities for all Americans to enter the trades and help restore the nation’s vast and irreplaceable heritage.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults
Work status and occupations

Preservation Maryland has taken advantage of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand the organization’s preservation work by reviving its Historic Property Redevelopment Program, making direct investments and breathing new life into Maryland’s historic places through the restoration, rehabilitation, and revitalization of historic structures and the communities in which they reside.

The program was launched in 2019, with the support of many individuals and private and public funders. In 2021 Preservation Maryland hired its first full-time Historic Property Redevelopment Manager to oversee its rapidly expanding portfolio of projects.

Today, as a result of the generosity of those funders and the support of the Board of Preservation Maryland, the Historic Property Redevelopment Program is engaged in historic rehabilitation projects across the state.

Population(s) Served

Since launching in 2017, PreserveCast is the most popular historic preservation podcast with a growing group of listeners. Each Monday, your host Nick Redding interviews industry leaders in preservation with an interesting story to share about maintaining the relevancy of historic preservation in our tech-driven world.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Work status and occupations
Adults
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Adults
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Imagine a future where our communities are walkable and safe, where our farms are well-preserved, where our historic buildings are being restored at a steady pace, and where the history and culture of Maryland is one of the first things our elected leaders think about when they make their plans.

That's the future Preservation Maryland sees when we look ahead. Our organization's job is to connect the dots between those who love the places and experiences that make Maryland great, and historic preservation. Historic places make for great communities and Preservation Maryland is working hard to help Marylanders of all stripes reuse historic buildings and find ways to use our past to make a better tomorrow. Since our founding more than 4 generations ago, Preservation Maryland has expanded its mission by looking at preservation as a tool for community development. From heritage tourism to reinvesting in historic legacy communities, preservation is a proven sustainable strategy.

Our main focus is on growing and expanding the capacity of the statewide preservation movement. In practice, that means bringing more individuals, organizations and partners into our ranks by showing them how much historic preservation means to the future of our communities. Through an increased awareness, appreciation and understanding of the role preservation can play, we are optimistic that we can expand our capacity and in turn increase our impact. Every day we lose another irreplaceable historic resource -- that's what we're fighting to prevent -- and only a diverse and innovative preservation movement can overcome that challenge.

Our primary focus of advocacy, outreach & education and funding remains the strategic and targeted set of strategies we have chosen to make this happen.

We are Maryland's oldest, largest and most effective preservation organization. As an 80+ year old organization you might think we've slowed down a bit – but we're still full of fight. Today, our mission and fight remains the same as when we started in 1931: Preserving Maryland's Heritage.

To make measurable impacts, our work has been divided into three specific, targeted and strategic efforts:

Advocacy: Speaking up and making the case for the policies, programs and funding that makes preservation possible.
Outreach & Education: Rolling up our sleeves and working to support and empower preservation efforts statewide through coordination, training and direct engagement via Maryland's Six-to-Fix.
Funding: Directly investing in preservation projects through our Heritage Fund and by working to secure additional private philanthropy in our state's historic resources.

This work is implemented by a dedicated staff of six full-time employees. Each team member oversees a different and equally compelling aspect of our mission. Though technically a 'small non-profit,' we pride ourselves on being alarmingly effective. We keep our administrative expenses low and have re-organized our organization in recent years to become increasingly more effective -- wringing every ounce of donor support we can into our programs.

Since our creation in 1931, the brief highlights of our impact include:

Participated in the creation of the National Council of Historic Sites and Buildings – the predecessor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (1947).

Spearheaded the creation of Maryland's state historic rehab 20% tax credit – leveraging over $3 BILLION in private investment since its creation in 1997 – and saving thousands of historic structures.

Provided nearly $1 million in grants, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, via our Heritage Fund – enabling the completion of $16 million worth of projects.

Advocated for the creation of Maryland's Heritage Area program – a recognized national model – that returns nearly $4 in economic activity for every $1 in state investment.

Oversaw the rehabilitation of 27 priceless tobacco barns with Save America's Treasures funding.

Funded the creation of dozens of historic districts in Baltimore City, in partnership with the Abell Foundation, via our Historic Communities Investment Fund.

Coordinated 35 straight years of professional development seminars and conferences.

Participated in countless pitched battles to defend Maryland history, including opposing an out-of-scale hotel in the Annapolis historic district (1967), defeating a planned Chestertown Wal-Mart (2001), opposition to the East-West Expressway in Baltimore's Inner Harbor (1966), supporting the expansion of the Antietam Battlefield boundaries (1992), opposition to the Baltimore Superblock (2010), efforts to save Whites Hall, Johns Hopkins boyhood home (2016), and many, many more.

MOVING FORWARD: In the years ahead, we as an organization and movement must continue to grow and expand our base of support and find innovative ways to save important places. Increasingly our work has become more community focused, with a goal of adding to the vibrancy of a neighborhood a compelling and important component of our work. By saving historic places we are also making livable, sustainable communities for the 21st century.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Preservation Maryland

Board of directors
as of 09/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Spencer

Retired

Term: 2018 - 2023

Samuel Himmelrich

Himmelrich Associaties

Thomas Spencer

Retired

Diane Caslow

Medstar Health

Ann Powell

Ziger Snead Architects

Delbert Adams

Delbert Adams Construction Group, LLC

Robert Brennan

brennan + company architects

John Leith-Tetrault

Retired

Ali Von Paris

Route One Apparel

Karla Aghajanian

Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.

Todd Anderson

Worcester Eisenbrandt

Bill Arthur

Lewis Contractors

Dean Jagusch

Wagner Roofing

David Katz

Katz Day

John Renner

Timshel

Lisa Sasser

Quid Tum Historic Structures Consulting

Ward Bucher

Encore Sustainable Architects

George Arendt

Southway Builders

Nancy Schumm

AE Group, Inc.

Eric Ober

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Mark Flemming

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/8/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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