(May 16, 2024) The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) is among 95 Maryland nonprofit organizations that received grant funding for general operations needs from Maryland Humanities’ Marilyn Hatza Memorial SHINE (Strengthening the Humanities Investment in Nonprofits for Equity) program. 

Operational funds are critical to nonprofits,” says Diana M. Bailey, MWHC Executive Director. “When we are confident that we are prepared to meet our infrastructure, rent/utilities, and other critical operational expenses, we can focus more on our core mission of recognizing the achievements of Maryland’s women.”

MWHC’s 2024 programs include Memories of the Woman’s Industrial ExchangeWomen Rising: Stories of Strength Courage and ResilienceFascinating Women Buried in Baltimore’s Historic Cemeteries as well as ongoing exhibitions and free receptions that feature the works of current Maryland women artists. At its Baltimore event venue, MWHC offers an interactive exhibit of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. 

View MWHC’s 2023 Annual Report: Building a Future Where Maryland’s Unforgettable Women Make History

Ms. Bailey adds that “Maryland Humanities has been an important partner for the MWHC and has supported several past programs that celebrated Maryland’s women. This grant is invaluable to our ability to “add HERStory to history to tell OURstory.”

Previously known as SHINE Grant Program, Maryland Humanities renamed it the Marilyn Hatza SHINE Grant Program in honor of Maryland Humanities’ late Director of Grants and Community Engagement, Marilyn Hatza. 

Marylyn Hatza  was central to the creation of this program, and much of Maryland Humanities’ other racial equity work,” says Lindsey Baker, Executive Director at Maryland Humanities. “I am excited to award nearly twice as many SHINE Grants as our original round. The number of first-time applicants honors Marilyn’s legacy well.” 

See the full list of grantees and learn more about SHINE Grants  https://www.mdhumanities.org/grants/

Maryland Humanities SHINE GRANT has been financed in part with state funds from the Maryland Historic Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning which is an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.  However, project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Historical Trust or the Maryland Department of Planning.