WHEN LUTHERAN World Relief began contemplating alternatives to its leased headquarters in Manhattan, it focused on Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Baltimore -- and New York. The latter two were finalists in the site selection which recently ended in Baltimore's favor. A key reason, according to LWR President Kathryn Wolford, was that "board members greatly appreciated Baltimore's recognition of the importance of non-profit organizations in their community."
For several years now, the Baltimore city government and the private sector have been trying to lure more non-profit organizations here. Their efforts are paying off. When LWR completes its move to Baltimore by the year 2000, it will join Catholic Relief Services, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the International Youth Foundation which all have relocated here in recent years. There is enough overlap in the things those organizations do to create a critical mass that strengthens all non-profits here.