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Open Works

Make Space for All

aka Open Works   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.openworksbmore.org

Mission

Open Works is a nonprofit makerspace whose mission is to make tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible to all.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Will Holman

Main address

1400 Greenmount Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21202 USA

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EIN

47-5535634

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The unequal distribution of tools, technology, and technical knowledge in American society are key drivers of racial, social, and economic inequality. Open Works is solving that problem by bringing tools to the people.

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?

Moms as Entrepreneurs Makers Academy

Moms as Entrepreneurs Makers Academy is a 16-week business and product-development program for working mothers in Baltimore City. We offer two cohorts of ten participants per year in partnership with Moms as Entrepreneurs and Baltimroe Etsy Sellers. Funding is generously provided by the Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation and Etsy.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Women and girls

Teen Maker Shop is a 20-week after school program for youth ages 16-19 focusing on digital and traditional fabrication techniques. We run three cohorts per year -- spring, summer, and fall. The summer session is a 5-week intensive through YouthWorks and that works with youth from THREAD.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The EnterpRISE Venture Competition is a business competition for product-based ideas that can be manufactured at Open Works. Offered once per year, we select ten companies for mentorship and business workshops over a 6-week span in the fall, and then they pitch for a shot at $18,000 in cash investment. All 10 companies receive 6 months of membership here to grow their businesses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Youth Maker Shop runs several 8-week after school programs per year in different fabrication techniques for young people ages 8-13. One session per week is in partnership with the Greenmount West Community Center, and the other session is open enrollment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Open Works Mobile is a makerspace in a van that visits schools, community centers, public events, churches, and summer camps to deliver lesson plans in STEM topics. OWM made over 50 site visits in 2018, primarily to elementary schools in Baltimore City. This program is offered free of charge to schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We offer pay-what-you-can classes and memberships for seniors. Our Senior Maker Shop classes are offered once a quarter, and run for 6-8 weeks in sewing and woodworking.

Population(s) Served
Retired people

BSTTP is a 12-week, 220-hour workforce development training program in the cut-and-sew industry.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Nation of Makers 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adult learners enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All general adult enrollments.

Membership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership as of Dec. 31st of each reporting year. Moved to a day-pass only model in 2020 due to Covid.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Open Works' mission is to make tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible to all. We aim to accomplish this mission by building a network of large-scale makerspaces that provide technical education for all ages; workforce development training; affordable studio space; community fabrication services; and public access to industrial tools. This network will be the underlying "infrastructure of production" that enables the equitable, circular, local, low-carbon economy necessary for human thriving in a rapidly changing world.

Open Works was founded in 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland with 34,000 S.F. of light industrial manufacturing space, classrooms, studios, and a coffee shop. Over the last 7 years, we have trained over 7,500 adults in our shops; taught hundreds of young people in summer camps and after-school programs; supported 338 small business starts; and organized a distributed manufacturing response to the COVID-19 pandemic that made 28,000 face shields in just 56 days using digital fabrication. We have developed a sustainable operating model built on a diversified mix of grants, earned revenue, and special projects. As of our third full year of operation (2019), a study by the Coppin State University College of Business found we were generating $9.5M of annual economic impact in the State of Maryland and created 119 jobs. A follow up study published in April, 2024, found that impact had nearly quadrupled, to $37.2M in statewide impact and 351 jobs.

Weaving together education for all ages, open access to sophisticated equipment, and a creative community atmosphere creates a new type of generative type of public institution that can help cities become richer and more resilient.

Our challenge now is to scale our impact from one location to several. To that end, in 2020 we introduced legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to help scale our success. The Maryland Makerspace Initiative Pilot (MMIP) passed on its third attempt in 2022, providing $5M over 5 years to "expand or establish" makerspaces in the state. It is the first such legislation in the United States. In June, 2023, I released the Maker Policy Playbook, a free e-book that detailed the legislative process and comes with an open-source toolkit of policy papers, email inquiries, social media graphics, and other tools to seed advocacy campaigns in other states.

Building on this success, Open Works has kicked off a capital campaign to build a second location. Working in partnership with Coppin State University (CSU), a HBCU on the westside of Baltimore City, we announced the project on April 28, 2023 at the CSU Economic Inclusion Conference. Over the next three years, Open Works will scale from a single- to a multi-branch organization. In parallel to our work within Baltimore City, Open Works will be organizing the Maryland Makerspace Association as part of the work related to the MMIP grant program. These two projects are the foundation for something that has never been attempted in the United States before -- a truly public makerspace network that makes tools as easy for Marylanders to access as library books.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

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

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Open Works

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Gilmore

CareFirst

Term: 2024 - 2026

Pam Gray

SB & Company

Stephanie Chin

Maryland Institute College of Art

Charlotte Phillips

M&T Bank

Ronald Williams

Coppin State University

Linda Gilmore

CareFirst

Lauren Kelly-Washington

Robert W Deutsch Foundation

Evan Richardson

Morgan State University

Susan Dumont

Miles and Stockbridge LLP

Matthew Youssef

Niles, Barton, and Wilmer LLP

Charlotte Phillips

unaffiliated

Leon Pinkett III

Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO)

Danielle Gooden

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE)

Marianna Pappas

Novella Center for Entrepreneurship

Audrey Van de Castle

Stanely Black and Decker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 3/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/21/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.