Support MLW

Every individual makes a difference!

While our overhead remains low, it is increasingly costly to provide this experience to the wide range of students we serve and traditional revenue sources such as government grants are shrinking.

MLW is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit charitable organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

We need your help to close the gap! Be a part of the continuing legacy of Uncle Si, Mike Michaelson and countless program directors and staff through the years. You can make a difference with your support and keep MLW strong today and into the future!

To make a donation, complete the form and return it to P.O. Box 1792 Germantown,MD 20875.

New! You can now make secure contributions with your credit card by selecting Donate Today at the top of this page.

Check with your employer about their matching gift program which may enable your gift to go twice as far!

Whether you are a program alumnus, a corporation or a foundation, there are many ways to support MLW.

Read a unique parent perspective on the MLW experience.


Individual Donations

Did you have a life-transforming experience at MLW? Did you as a parent discover something new in your child upon his/her return from MLW? If there were a unique way to thank your team, would you do it? Now you can through our individual donor program.

You can memorialize all of these aspects of the program through a designated gift to MLW recognizing the work of a program, director, staff member, team or any other aspect you would like to acknowledge. Those recognized will be listed on our website and in our quarterly e-newsletter.

Make A Gift

Our current tuition only represents a portion of the costs of running each summer program.  Here are some examples of how your gift makes a difference for MLW delegates:

  • $1,100 –Give a scholarship to cover the full cost of a delegate’s summer program experience
  • $730 –Donate tuition (pay for one delegate to attend a summer program!)
  • $370 –Help pay the difference between the actual cost per delegate and our tuition
  • $100 –Give to our Staff Training Fund (help us cover the costs of training our volunteer team each year)
  • $50 –Cover a delegate back to school costs (subsidize the costs of supplies for a delegate, including our incrediblel guidebook!)
  • Other amount –We welcome a gift of any amount to our general scholarship fund. We put each and every dollar to good use serving our delegates, their families, and our community.

"The week I spent at MLW will forever have an impact on my life. I learned how to become a better leader and a better human being. I was introduced to a number of unique and special people that i will never forget".

- SHW delegate



Corporate Sponsorship

Staff training, financial support to underwrite outreach programs with partner organizations, and scholarships for deserving students and emerging leaders are all ways that corporations and businesses can contribute to the growth and development of the young people of Maryland.

Foundation Support

Youth leadership development and the successes of our young people in school and in the community is a benefit for all. Many foundations are eager to provide donations that make a meaningful impact for regions of the state that are underrepresented.  One such grant comes from the Mid Shore Community Foundation and has contributed to the geographic diversity of the students in our core programs. This, in turn, benefits all of the participants.

MLW is grateful for support received over the years from the following:

  • Comcast Foundation
  • DuPont
  • Frederick N. and Phyllis H. Leonard Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation
  • Hollingsworth LLP
  • Klompus Family Foundation
  • Leadership Maryland
  • Maryland State Department of Education
  • M&T Bank
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pepsi Bottling Ventures
  • Taconic Foundation Inc.


If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of Maryland Leadership Workshops, please contact our office.

Alumni Partners Campaign

No one knows better what goes into making the MLW magic happen! From staff support to providing scholarships that attract a wide range of students from around the state, our alumni have made our continued work possible through their generous contributions to support our annual operating budget.

MLW would like to thank the following individuals for making contributions to our campaign over the last few years:

Brian Baczkowski
Kenzie Bowen
Geoff Burgan
Jonathan Burr
Lisa Burr
Karen Crawford
Larry Culleen
Lori Daugherty
Arpan Duttaroy
F B Evans
Jim Jennifer Fields
Jennifer Gerardi
Rebecca Gifford Goldberg
J. David Grossman
Phillip Her
Aaron Hughes
Michael Kovalchick
Kimberly Krasnow
Annette Lane Nelms
David Naimon
Alison Serino
Ranjit Singh Dhindsa
Chrystal Stokes Williams
Sarah Talkovsky
Kevin Taylor
Mindy Nicholas Trzcinski
Charles Weber
Nina Weisbroth
Kay Lawrence Young

As a non profit organization that is committed to bringing our programs to as many students as possible, we keep our costs as low as possible. Nevertheless,there is a gap between program costs and the tuition we currently charge. Help us continue to provide effective programs to a wide range of students by supporting MLW with a financial donation.

Mike Michaelson Endowment

Established by the Policy Board in 2004, the Mike Michaelson Endowment Fund honors the contribution of lifelong educator and MLW Executive Director Emeritus Mike Michaelson. The MMEF secures a future for MLW by creating a fund to support the growth and stability of the organization. The fund achieved tremendous success when it was launched and is a testament to the strong legacy Mike Michaelson continues to embody today.

Mike Michaelson joined MLW (then called MASC Leadership Workshops) in 1965. He directed MLW´s Senior High Workshop from 1969 to 1973. Mike served as MLW´s Executive Director/Operations Coordinator from 1975-1990 and 1996-1999. In all of these positions, Mike invested his time, energy and leadership in developing youth and transforming them into confident, empowered catalysts for positive change. Further, he inspired many young people to pursue careers in public education and continues to be a true mentor and friend.

Perhaps most important, Mike has fostered in countless thousands of youth the confidence necessary to believe in themselves, pursue their dreams and passions, and succeed in every aspect of their lives. Mike´s impact is not only immeasurable but truly invaluable. He continues to stay involved in MASC and MLW.


Make Your Contribution


As a non-profit organization, MLW relies on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to provide our programs at a below market cost so that any student may attend regardless of ability to pay the tuition. Your donation provides scholarship support so that more students experience the MLW magic.