Charity is moving offices to Baltimore Incentives beat out Atlanta and Michigan

New faces

January 04, 1996|By Jay Hancock and Kevin L. McQuaid | Jay Hancock and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF

The International Youth Foundation, a growing charity that has secured pledges of $110 million in its five-year existence, said yesterday it will move its headquarters and staff of 30 from Battle Creek, Mich., to Baltimore.

With a combination of financial incentives from the state, city and private organizations, Baltimore won out over Atlanta and the state of Michigan in a competition for the foundation.

Saying that all the necessary contracts aren't signed yet, Maryland and foundation officials declined to reveal details of the incentive package or the planned location of IYF's offices.

But sources said International Youth intends to occupy about a quarter of the space -- 10,000 square feet -- in the Herget Harbor Building at 204 E. Lombard St. The city and state have agreed to team up to purchase the space for approximately $500,000 and donate it to the foundation, the sources said.

The deal includes support from local foundations and other private groups, including the Abell Foundation, the Joseph Meyerhoff Fund and the France and Merrick foundations.

Officials declined to disclose those details but said they would be forthcoming.

Local and foundation officials credited Baltimore's civic, corporate and philanthropic leadership for the city's selection as much as the financial package.

The state of Michigan "was bringing the seven largest corporations in the state to the table to try to get the financial resources to get them to stay," said Phyllis Wilkins, of the Baltimore Development Corporation. "While our offer was probably not at the same level as some of the other offers were, what we had was the human capital."

Rick Little, International Youth's chief executive, said he and his staff probably met with more than 100 Marylanders over seven months, from real estate brokers to Gov. Parris N. Glendening. The city is also grappling with issues of crime, education and quality of life that the foundation addresses, Mr. Little said.

The group also was seeking a higher-profile location than Battle Creek and one close to international airports, said Karen Gerard, a New York site-selection consultant who worked with the foundation.

International Youth was created five years ago with a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, also of Battle Creek. With $68 million in total Kellogg commitments, it is the biggest single grantee in the foundation's 65-year history.

NB The youth group took in donations and other revenue in 1994 of

$12.7 million, according to documents it filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Of that, it expended $10.9 million on youth programs in more than a dozen countries. It spent $815,125 on administration and about $1 million on fund raising.

Since 1990, it has secured commitments of $110 million from Kellogg and other groups, Mr. Little said.

William C. Richardson, Kellogg Foundation president, called International Youth "a phenomenal group. They've got an extremely effective staff. They have been very effective in working with local groups in various countries and have been very well received in those countries. We've also been impressed with their ability to attract major international leadership both on the board and in terms of philanthropy."

Until last summer, Dr. Richardson was president of Johns Hopkins University.

It was unclear how many of the foundation's 30 employee positions will be filled by people moving from Michigan and how many will be hired here. The foundation expects to be moved in by June.

International Youth concentrates on studying existing programs for youth and funneling money to the ones that work.

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