aka GBCA   |   Baltimore, MD   |
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EIN: 26-0010594


Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) creates equity and opportunity In, Through, and For arts and culture in Greater Baltimore. Whether they are emerging or established, mainstream or underground, grassroots or institutional, GBCA believes in unifying and strengthening all members of the creative community. We do this through marketing, education, financial support, and developing innovative programs that increase equity in the cultural community and beyond.

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Executive Director

Ms. Jeannie L. Howe

Main address

120 West North Ave Suite 305

Baltimore, MD 21201 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

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NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

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

Baker Artist Portfolios

The Baker Artist Portfolios were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines. The portfolios expose area artists' work to regional, national and international audiences. The site has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics, and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe.ors Awards.

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GBCA has hosted a comprehensive city-wide cultural events calendar since 2004, first appearing as the, and relaunched in 2014 as Culture Fly.

Culture Fly is a dynamic free online tool that allows anyone to search for and share events happening in the region. Features of the Culture Fly include: searching for events by artistic discipline, venue, region, date, and more; full integration for optimal mobile device experience; geopositioning to locate events and related venues near you; and the ability to share the events you are attending with friends and social media.

The Culture Flyer is the weekly event newsletter of the Culture Fly, which lists half-priced and free ticket offers from participating GBCA members. The Culture Flyer goes out every Thursday to over 20,000 recipients.

Population(s) Served

JobsPlus is the region's most comprehensive cultural jobs board, which connects artists and administrators to opportunities, as well as to auditions, internships and more. JobsPlus is a critical resource for jobseekers and employers, listing all of the latest opportunities in the Greater Baltimore cultural sector. With nearly 100,000 unique visits each year, JobsPlus has remained one of the most visited pages on GBCA’s website for over a decade.

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Urban Arts Leadership (UAL) Fellowship, the flagship program of the GBCA’s equity and inclusion efforts,
has been operating for nearly a decade. The initiative is a workforce development fellowship awarded to high- achieving emerging leaders of color, and it champions policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation.

Working to address systemic barriers to equity, the program also focuses on tools and training for participating Host cultural organizations aimed at strengthening their ability to successfully recruit, hire, and retain a more diverse workforce.

Population(s) Served

Artists who create a Baker Artist Portfolio are automatically eligible for one of six annual Baker Artist Awards, which include significant monetary prizes, exhibition opportunities, as well as a feature on Maryland Public Televisions Artworks. These prizes are awarded to artists who exemplify excellence in three areas: mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique vision.

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The Baltimore Creative Exchange is a new initiative, which was envisioned as part of GBCA’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. It will connect businesses seeking to purchase, commission, or lease creative goods and services from artists and makers throughout Baltimore. For artists and other creative producers, it will offer equitable access to commissions/contracts, training, and capacity building, and thereby help foster a sustainable arts and culture sector and economic development.

Population(s) Served

GBCA: This Week is a weekly digital newsletter featuring news, events, opportunities, job postings from JobsPlus, and a letter from GBCA's Executive Director, Jeannie L. Howe. From critical advocacy announcements to local, national, and international arts and culture news, GBCA: This Week is a vital resource for over 6,000 subscribers.

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The Urban Arts Leadership (UAL) Field School teaches the practices of folklorists to artists and administrators, to be used as a method for authentic and ethical community engagement. First piloted in 2019 - 2020 through an exciting partnership with The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute Folklife Center -- The UAL Field School supports responsible field research that strengthens interpretive exhibitions, programming, and audience-building initiatives.

Population(s) Served

Members of GBCA receive a range of benefits, including marketing and audience engagement tools; resources for job seekers; professional development initiatives that advance equity, inclusion, and anti-racism; and new revenue generation tools.

By joining our alliance of individuals, artists, and organizations, members are part of a collective voice that supports the health and sustainability of the cultural sector in our region.

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Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 GBCA 2020 & 2021 Audit 2019 GBCA 2019 Audit 2018 GBCA 2018 Audit 2017 GBCA 2017 Audit 2016
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.90 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GREATER BALTIMORE CULTURAL ALLIANCE’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$72,025 $26,541 -$67,626 $109,616 -$38,999
As % of expenses -6.7% 2.9% -7.1% 13.5% -4.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$115,634 -$17,441 -$112,640 $90,812 -$42,633
As % of expenses -10.3% -1.8% -11.3% 10.9% -4.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,030,176 $1,132,315 $652,217 $969,354 $867,226
Total revenue, % change over prior year -0.3% 9.9% -42.4% 48.6% -10.5%
Program services revenue 5.1% 4.2% 3.9% 2.1% 1.2%
Membership dues 8.1% 6.5% 10.9% 5.7% 6.7%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 14.7% 23.1% 23.1%
All other grants and contributions 85.7% 88.4% 69.6% 69.0% 68.9%
Other revenue 1.0% 0.8% 0.9% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,079,557 $903,249 $948,245 $814,336 $873,399
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.6% -16.3% 5.0% -14.1% 7.3%
Personnel 46.0% 51.0% 52.9% 59.1% 55.9%
Professional fees 17.1% 14.9% 19.7% 18.2% 18.8%
Occupancy 2.8% 3.5% 3.0% 4.0% 3.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 0.1% 0.7%
Pass-through 28.3% 23.9% 17.4% 15.8% 18.0%
All other expenses 5.8% 6.6% 6.7% 2.9% 2.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,123,166 $947,231 $993,259 $833,140 $877,033
One month of savings $89,963 $75,271 $79,020 $67,861 $72,783
Debt principal payment $3,197 $3,311 $0 $0 $3,677
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,216,326 $1,025,813 $1,072,279 $901,001 $953,493

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.9 7.7 4.1 7.9 6.3
Months of cash and investments 4.4 7.7 4.1 7.9 6.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 0.5 -0.4 1.1 0.4
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $350,924 $581,366 $324,401 $539,160 $457,788
Investments $49,046 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $53,384 $58,893 $32,956 $57,083 $135,307
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $254,255 $254,255 $254,255 $254,255 $254,255
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 50.5% 67.8% 85.5% 92.9% 94.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 17.9% 9.2% 19.5% 25.6% 26.1%
Unrestricted net assets $112,025 $94,584 -$18,056 $72,756 $30,123
Temporarily restricted net assets $369,589 $572,114 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $369,589 $572,114 $343,712 $389,114 $421,940
Total net assets $481,614 $666,698 $325,656 $461,870 $452,063

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Jeannie L. Howe

Leading the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Jeannie Howe is responsible for convening the region's cultural community by connecting artists and organizations to one another and to vital resources, as well as advocating for the strategic needs of the sector. Prior to joining the GBCA, Ms. Howe was founder and president of BayCliff Associates and provided management and fundraising consultation for various nonprofit clients including Everyman Theatre in Baltimore for whom she led a successful $17.7 million capital campaign. Her career has included leadership positions with a range of nonprofit organizations including the Alley Theatre, Baltimore Reads, and The Marrow Foundation (now Be the Match Foundation). Ms. Howe was president of the Everyman Theatre Board of Directors and has held many volunteer positions in the community. She received a M.A. in Theatre from Miami University in Ohio and a B.A. in Theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/30/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Kevin Apperson

Chief Information Officer, Maxim Health Care

Stacie Sanders Evans

Executive Director, Arts for Learning Maryland

Randi Benesch


John Hendricks

Dean of Arts, St. Paul's Schools

Heidi Daniel

Chief Executive Officer, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Carla Du Pree

Executive Director, CityLit Project

Garey Hyatt

Assistant Professor, Coppin State University

Julia Marciari-Alexander

Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director, The Walters Art Museum

Wendel Patrick

Out of the Blocks Co-Producer, WYPR

Anne Allen

Program Officer, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Navasha Daya

Co-Founder/Director, Healing and Performing Arts, Youth Resiliency Institute, Musician

Terri Lee Freeman

Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Amy Burke Friedman

CEO, Profiles

Lenora Henry

Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce

Anita Kassof

Executive Director, Baltimore Museum of Industry

Kimberly Moffit

Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UMBC

Charisse Nichols

Director of Engagement, The Leadership

Cara Ober

Director & Editor in Chief, Bmore Art

Amy Quarles

Art Director, Visit Baltimore

Jonathan Schwartz

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Darci Smith

Associate, Gordon Feinblatt

Tanya Terrell

Director of Corporate Community Impact, BGE

David Tohn

CEO/Owner, BTS Software Solutions

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 ? Yes
  • 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 1/30/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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