From The Executive Director: Looking Ahead to 2020

01/06/2020
By Nicholas A. Redding

The past decade has been one of dramatic and accelerating growth for Preservation Maryland.

FROM NICHOLAS A. REDDING, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Since just 2015, the organization has accomplished a great deal, including:

  • Launching several new high-profile programs, including, Six-to-Fix, Smart Growth Maryland and a national partnership, The Campaign for Historic Trades,
  • Producing 100+ episodes of PreserveCast, a nationally recognized preservation podcast,
  • Establishing PreserveList as the go-to preservation business database for the Mid-Atlantic,
  • Growing our grant programs by 150% to support the diverse needs of the state,
  • Significantly expanding our legislative advocacy outreach in Annapolis – developing a host of preservation champions in the General Assembly,
  • Accepting the need to engage in disaster response efforts following two devastating floods in Ellicott City – and becoming a national champion for resiliency and mitigation.
  • Leading targeted battlefield preservation efforts at South Mountain, Fort Tonoloway and Falling Waters Battlefields,
  • Expanding the professional staff of the organization to meet the growing needs – and eliminating nearly all deficit spending in the process,
  • Sustainably growing the budget of the organization by nearly 260%  through an expansive and inclusive development and fundraising effort.

But, our work is far from complete. 

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A Year of Challenges and Opportunities Await

In 2020, the organization will continue to expand and accept new challenges, including:

These significant and challenging opportunities are just the ones we know about now – and as history has taught us – every year presents new and unexpected challenges. The expected and unexpected alike are why we depend on donor support – donations to our Annual Fund make this work possible and give us the confidence we need to make bold plans.

Restored WWII crane supported by our Six-to-Fix program.

Restored WWII crane supported by our Six-to-Fix program.

Despite all this success – a chorus of cynics is always ready to tell us we’re attempting too much – or that we simply can’t succeed. To them, I say you’ve never met Preservation Maryland’s steadfast and generous donors. Together, we’ll continue to prove the naysayers wrong – and in doing so – we’ll save the very best of Maryland.

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Nicholas A. Redding · Executive Director

Nicholas A. Redding is Preservation Maryland’s Executive Director and between announcing major organizational updates, he often blogs about Maryland and Civil War history.

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