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Business Volunteers Maryland connects people and businesses with nonprofits looking for support. We direct individuals to appropriate volunteer opportunities, and we help companies invest in their employees by creating and managing successful corporate volunteer programs and developing civic leaders. Business Volunteers' GIVE Fellowship is designed to raise awareness among the next generation of civic leaders about the growing need for volunteerism in their community. The curriculum educates fellows on key community issues, inspires them to make a meaningful difference, and helps them develop the necessary skills for success.

  • To introduce young professionals to Baltimore area nonprofits/community needs
  • To develop new skills and create strong civic leaders
  • To build a personal and professional network
  • To engage young professionals in volunteerism
  • To create ambassadors of civic leadership, volunteerism, and business involvement


The fellowship is a nine-month experience that begins in February and ends in November. The core components include monthly learning seminars and networking events that enhance personal and professional development. There is also a GIVE Advisory Project that is designed to create a stronger cohort experience and deepen community impact, while strengthening leadership and professional skills.


  • Friday, February 7th                 Orientation       12:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, March 11th            Session #1         2:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, April 15th              Session #2         8:15 - 11:30 AM

  • Wednesday, May 13th               Session #3         2:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, June 10th              Session #4         8:15 - 11:30 AM

  • Wednesday, July 8th                 Session #5         2:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, August 12th           Session #6         8:15 - 11:30 AM

  • Wednesday, September 9th       Session #7         2:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, October 14th         Session #8         8:15 - 11:30 AM

  • Friday, November 13th                    Graduation       3:00 - 5:00 PM


Attendance is mandatory at all workshops including the orientation in February.  Fellows are highly encouraged to attend a minimum of two networking/social events throughout the fellowship. Participants who miss more than 2 unexcused workshops may be dismissed from the program. Please review the dates/times above to ensure you can be in attendance. Tuition is non-refundable for participants who are dismissed or who voluntarily withdraw.


Tuition for participation in Business Volunteers' GIVE Program is $2,000. If selected, you will be invoiced for tuition, which covers all program expenses and learning materials. We recommend that participants personally contribute at least $250 of this fee and encourage company sponsorship of the remaining portion of the fee to demonstrate personal investment and company support of professional development. 

We offer a limited number of Jim Brinkley scholarships which support the cost of a program fee for deserving civic leaders that would not otherwise be able to participate. There is a separate scholarship application that must be completed. You should submit your scholarship application after filling out this application.

A payment plan may also be arranged after acceptance to the program.


Required monthly workshops will take place one Wednesday a month.  Outside of scheduled meetings, anticipate spending an additional 2-7 hours a month on GIVE related activities. These additional hours are more flexible.


The typical GIVE Classmate meets the following criteria:

  • Is between the ages of 25 and 40

  • Lives within Central Maryland and works in the Greater Baltimore area

  • Is a high performing career professional with leadership experience or demonstrated leadership potential

  • Is passionate about engaging in the community and giving back through service. 



GIVE fellows are selected through a competitive application, interview and selection process.  A cohort of up to 40 diverse and accomplished professionals are selected based on their career accomplishments, commitment to creating positive change, and an interest in taking on a leadership role to address community issues. 


The application process includes:

  • Completion of an online application form

  • A professional reference (a form will be sent following submission of application)

  • Application agreement signed by the participant and employer (a form will be sent following submission of application). See below for further information. 

  • Phone interview conducted by a member of the selection committee. 



Because the GIVE program requires participation during the conventional workday, we ask applicants to discuss and obtain agreement on the program requirements, including the time commitment, with their supervisors before beginning the application process. 

The Application Agreement is our way of ensuring that applicants' organizations will provide the work release time for participation in the program.  If you are the senior ranking person in your organization, please sign your own name in the section for authorization.

We will collect all pertinent data to contact your supervisor in the online application. We ask supervisors complete this section of the form by November 13th. 


Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee composed of Business Volunteers staff members and GIVE Advisory Committee members. After each application is carefully reviewed, selected applicants are invited for an interview with a member of the Selection Committee. 


Each year the Selection Committee strives to create a cohort that is diverse in experience, industry, and demographics.  In considering the diversity of the cohort and the number of applications received, qualified candidates are not always accepted.  

  • Program application, supervisor approval form, reference form, and scholarship application (if applicable) must be submitted by Wednesday, November 13th. The online application will close at 11:59 pm on November 13th.
  • Phone interviews will be conducted the first two weeks of December. 
  • Notice of acceptance into the program will be received by December 31, 2019.
  • Payment must be received by January 31, 2020.


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If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Alissa Ganser at aganser@businessvolunteersmd.org. 


Personal Information

Employer Information

*Your supervisor will be sent a form to indicate their agreement in regards to your participation in the GIVE program. We ask supervisors complete this form by November 13th.  
Short Essays
Please share your thoughts and opinions to the below prompts. Please upload one document containing responses to both prompts in the following "Attachments" section. 

Combined responses should not exceed 500 words. 

1) Look back at the GIVE website and pull out specific examples of the most important programmatic elements you are hoping to gain from participating in GIVE. Why did you select these elements? Offer details to support your response. 

2) In your opinion, what is one pressing issue in Baltimore today, and what is your role in addressing it?

Reference Check
Please provide information for one Professional Reference that can speak to your professionalism, civic engagement, and/or character. We will follow-up and send an online form for them to complete. We ask references complete their form by November 16th. 

Application Agreement

Please initial the following application requirements to show you understand and agree with the following conditions: