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Women's Giving Circle eNews
October 2018

Dear WGC Donors and Friends,

Wow – what a night on Monday!

We celebrated “WGC by the Numbers – 17 Years of Growth and Impact” and we heard from our wonderful Keynote Speaker Rayna DuBose, who discussed “Strength, Power & Engagement: Growing and Giving in Our Community.”

Rayna was an inspiration as she told us an incredibly moving story about overcoming adversity and finding her purpose. And, she shared with us her thoughts on giving in our community.

Thanks to all of you who joined us - it was wonderful to see so many new faces, and long-time supporters! The room was full, and so were our hearts and minds.


Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair

WGC in the News

"Rayna DuBose Has a Tale of Courage, Perseverance to Share with Women’s Giving Circle,” Baltimore Sun, October 5, 2018 by Janene Holzberg

Rayna DuBose owns six sets of prosthetics, but her favorite pair is her “girly girl legs.” The coach for Marriotts Ridge High School — whose hands and feet were amputated in 2002 after she contracted meningitis as a college freshman on a basketball scholarship — likes that they’re designed for 6-inch stiletto heels. DuBose, who also has prosthetic hands, is quite at ease discussing such personal aspects of her life, and sees no barriers to achieving her goals. “Without struggle, there is no progress. I say that a lot,” said the Columbia native, whose focus as an assistant football coach at Marriotts Ridge is teaching mental toughness. She’s also head coach of the Mustangs’ junior varsity boys basketball team.

The Oakland Mills High School graduate is also comfortable addressing large gatherings, which she’ll do Oct. 15 at the annual celebration of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, a philanthropy founded in 2002 to benefit women and girls. DuBose will speak on “Strength, Power & Engagement: Growing and Giving in Our Community.” The fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Howard Community College in Columbia. During a brainstorming session several months ago, DuBose’s name was suggested by a member of the Women’s Giving Circle who had heard her speak and viewed her as the personification of female strength and empowerment — two attributes integral to the nonprofit’s mission.

“Rayna is such an incredible woman and we’re thrilled she is coming to speak to us,” said Barb Van Winkle, who became chairwoman of the philanthropy’s advisory board in July. DuBose’s 35th birthday falls on the event’s date, so Van Winkle has arranged for a cake to celebrate the occasion. The annual meeting is open to women who are interested in joining or finding out more about the organization. “This is about the power of collective giving,” Van Winkle said. “Our message is that women of all incomes and at all stages of life can be philanthropists,” said Van Winkle, noting that more than 1,000 donors have raised $1 million, half of which has been distributed through 100 education-based grants.

Read the full article here …

WGC Events

WGC Leadership Attends the 2018 Regional Giving Circle Gathering

We were very excited to be represented at this year's annual Giving Circle Connector gathering in Harford County on October 18.

It was wonderful to have WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle and WGC Advisory Board Members Jillianne Crescenzi and Karen Titus learn and share together with other giving circle leaders from several states and Washington, DC.

This yearly gathering is hosted by the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and is an important opportunity to leverage our collective knowledge. 


WGC Grants

WGC's Emergency Response Network - We Did It!

Many thanks to everyone who took action on September 26 through the Emergency Response Network. We asked, and you, our network of women philanthropists, responded – and in a short period of time we raised $500 to help a woman reunite with her family!

The WGC Emergency Response Network was created to provide an opportunity for WGC donors to help women in need. When our nonprofit partners are working with a woman or girl with an immediate need, they submit a request to the WGC.

Emergency Response Network Requests:

  • Come from one of our pre-determined nonprofit partners.
  • Are for immediate needs up to $1,000.
  • Provide assistance to women and girls in Howard County.

We are making a bigger difference together than we might otherwise be able to alone – the reason for the success of our giving circle. If you have any questions about the WGC or our Emergency Response Network, please email

WGC Donors

Many thanks to all donors who gave to the WGC last month! We can't thank you enough:

Lawson Fund, Mr. and Ms. R.H. Giles​, ​Dorothy V. Harris​, ​April F. Pardoe​, ​Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz​, ​Christine Meket​, ​Della Carpenter​, ​Holly Hoey​, ​Jackie Melonas​, ​Jacqueline Taylor​, ​Jennifer Bodensiek​, ​Maureen Harris​, ​Paula Skedsvold​, ​Sarah English​, ​Sue Emerson​, ​Yoko J. Horner​, ​Yolanda Bruno​, ​The HR Team​, ​WS Jackson Family Reunion

Get Involved in the WGC

Want to get involved in the WGC? Here’s 5 ways you can participate:

  • Make a Gift. Make a gift to the WGC today in honor of the amazing women in your life! Donate Here – no amount is too small!
  • Attend an Event. From happy hours to educational events, we host a number of events that bring our donors together to network, socialize, and learn more about the good work of the WGC. Please join us!
  • Connect With Us! Help us spread the word about the WGC through social media – like, comment on, and share our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter posts.
  • Spread the Word. Forward our latest eNewsletter to your friends, family and networks and invite them to review our work and get involved.
  • Host a Coffee or Happy Hour! If you like what you see, help us connect with your friends, family and networks. Invite a few friends or neighbors over for coffee or happy hour where they can learn a bit more about the WGC. Let us know and we’ll be there to help you plan a great gathering!
Have any questions? Contact WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle any time!
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