Quaker Community Day is a longstanding tradition at Friends School. Held each year, it is a day where students in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools engage in community service activities both on and off campus, exemplifying the Quaker values of community and stewardship.
This year the Upper School was delighted to welcome Matt Gallagher, President and CEO of the Goldseker Foundation, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Gallagher shared with our students a perspective on how private foundations are making significant impacts in Baltimore City. His remarks demonstrated for our students another side of stewardship in Baltimore, equally as important as volunteer service.
Before joining the Foundation in 2013, Mr. Gallagher served as Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Martin J. O’Malley and was responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the executive branch of Maryland State government. He has also served as Director of Baltimore City's Citi-Stat, as Project Director for the Greater Baltimore Committee, as an assistant deputy mayor for Philadelphia under Mayor Edward G. Rendell, and in educational programs for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
The Goldseker Foundation was founded in 1975 through a bequest of $11 million from the estate of Morris Goldseker. Since that time, the Goldseker Foundation has granted $118 million to approximately 630 nonprofit organizations and projects in the Baltimore metropolitan area.