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FSWI Founder Woodside Honored by UMB

October 19, 2018    |  

FSWI Co-Founder and Founding Chair Meg Woodside, MSW, honored by UMBF at Founder’s Week Gala

Meg Woodside Gala 2018 Meg Woodside, shown here on left, was recognized at the Founder’s Week Gala on October 13, 2018 as the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award by the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation.  Harry C. Knipp, MD, FACR, and Chair of UMBF described Ms. Woodside’s involvement in conceptualizing and guiding FSWI for 10 years in his presentation remarks.  School of Social Work Dean Rick Barth nominated Woodside, noting “I have long appreciated your service to our Board of Advisors and your wise counsel to me and am delighted that UMBF sees the great virtue in what you have done. You have changed the course of the School and the profession - and this will improve many lives."

Remarks Presented by Harry C. Knipp (shown above on right):

On behalf of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. I am pleased to award Meg Woodside the 2018 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her committed service to the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

For over a decade, Woodside has devoted her time and professional expertise as co-founder of the Financial Social Work Initiative and has made significant philanthropic and intellectual investments.

Woodside began as a student at the School of Social Work after a successful career in commercial and private banking and corporate philanthropy. Her motivation was rooted in the desire to be a more effective agent of change, recognizing an area of need at the intersection of the financial industry and the social work field. She clarified the opportunities that such an integration offers and has helped to conceptualize and sponsor an array of activities to make Financial Social Work a highly influential and visible entity. This collaboration embodies Meg’s belief that economic justice is a foundation for social justice.

This year the Financial Social Work Initiative marked its 10th anniversary and launched the first continuing education certificate program in financial social work offered at an academic institution. This initiative has gained national visibility. Students come to the School of Social Work from across the nation seeking an education in Financial Social Work, and, in turn, many have remained in Maryland, creating intellectual capital in an under-represented area. A growing number of PhD students have also joined us to study in this area—planting the seeds for future expansion.

Over the years, Meg has annually funded the initiative, established a Woodside Scholarship at the School, and has engaged other donors to follow her lead. She has also connected the Financial Social Work Initiative to many in her wide network—a network that reaches across the country.

Woodside’s outstanding insight and dedication to the initiative have propelled the University into a new field of academic expertise that will continue to grow in years to come.

Thank you Meg for your dedicated service to UMB, and congratulations on being named the 2018 recipient of the UMB Foundation Distinguished Service Award.