Business Volunteers Maryland’s

PENCIL Partnership Program

Business Volunteers builds and supports relationships between schools, businesses and nonprofits at 24 Baltimore City schools through our A+ Advisory Board and PENCIL School-Business Partnership programs.   Click here to review our 2016 PENCIL Impact Report.

A+ Advisory Boards for Schools

A+ Advisory Boards are groups of 5 to 7 professionals who lend their talents, skills and connections to support a Baltimore City school principal and their staff to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for students and families.  A+ Advisory Board Members serve in three ways as:

  • Ambassadors: By advocating for the school and leveraging networks
  • Advisors: By offering professional skills and acting as a ‘think tank’
  • Action Teams: By fundraising and providing hands-on support

Serving as an Advisory Board member is a unique opportunity to directly contribute to school communities at a time when schools are addressing historic fiscal and educational challenges. Dozens of schools have applied to be a part of the program and we are asking professionals to step up to make a tangible difference in schools across the city.

For additional information, please contact Geoff Stack at 410-366-6030 or

PENCIL School-Business Partnerships

School-Business Partnerships are strategic relationships between Baltimore City schools and corporate partners across the region.  Since 2011, Business Volunteers has been able to broker more than 85 relationships between the private sector and city schools.

To learn more about becoming a PENCIL Business Partner, please contact Geoff Stack at 410-366-6030  or

Active school-business partnerships include:

* Business Volunteers is an affiliate member of PENCIL NYC, a program which pioneered the idea of improving student achievement by developing and supporting long-term partnerships between businesses and public schools.