Human services agencies in Maryland are threatened by a perfect storm of adverse conditions, a guest op-ed in the Baltimore Sun argues. As donations decrease and federal and state contributions are cut, agencies that provide care for the poor and the infirm will not be able to meet their missions. The column takes a big picture view, calling out stark stats; for example, more than half of organizations surveyed by a charities database reported a decrease in contributions.

Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.