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January 2021

WGC Members, Partners, and Friends,

Welcome 2021! We have entered this new year ready to continue engaging members of our community to pool our dollars so that we can make grants to support women and girls and have a greater impact together than we might otherwise have alone. This is the value of collective giving, and we appreciate those of you who have supported the WGC the last 19 years, and welcome our many new members!

I hope all of you will join us at our upcoming 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration - "Celebrating (S)heroes Among Us" on Monday, March 8, 2021 - International Women's Day. Our Host, Candace Dodson-Reed will discuss “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving” with our Keynote Speakers, national philanthropic leaders Valaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin, on how the landscape of philanthropy is shifting, and how collective giving is continuing to play a transformational role in bringing in many more — and more representative —  women donors to the table to create more equitable communities, and make a difference through the power of giving, together. 

Tickets are available for purchase and we have numerous sponsorships available, starting at $100. Many thanks to the 70 sponsors who have already chosen to invest in our 2021 Annual Celebration! ​It takes a special individual or business to understand the value of investing in women and girls - thank you. And, we have partnered with some of Howard County’s best to provide guests with numerous food and drink options for purchase, pick-up and to consume during our March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration. We appreciate the opportunity to support local female business owners, and/or highlight female vintners, and hope you like the diversity of options from around the county for non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, appetizers, desserts, and/or entrees from our partners at Sobar, Cured | 18th & 21st, Ranazul, and the Wine Bin!

This year, we are proud to feature five (S)heroes Among Us who have led critical efforts on behalf of organizations that we have funded this year through our Emergency Response Network, who are focusing on widespread community needs affecting women, their families, and the broader community:

Jen Broderick - Bridges to Housing Stability
Erika Strauss Chavarria - Columbia Community Care
Bita Dayhoff - Community Action Council
Dr. Mariana Izraelson - Grassroots Crisis Intervention
Vanita Leatherwood - HopeWorks of Howard County

And, we are highlighting “(S)heroes Among Us” before, during, and after our Annual Celebration - all of YOU. All women are (S)heros in their own ways - women admired for their courage and outstanding achievements. This year we will be honored to acknowledge the many ways women are supporting our community through our beautiful Virtual (S)hero Mosaic. Over 350 women in our community have been highlighted by friends and family so far, and we have room for everyone! Please take a moment to highlight YOUR Howard County (S)heroes today.

I look forward to "seeing" you at our March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration - join us!

Barb Van Winkle
WGC Advisory Board Chair

WGC Upcoming Virtual Annual Celebration - March 8, 2021 - Join Us!

Get your tickets today! The WGC's 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration - "Celebrating (S)heroes Among Us" is on Monday, March 8, 2021 - International Women's Day. Our keynote speakers will discuss “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving”. Hear from national philanthropic leaders: Valaida Fullwood: Author, “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists", Creator, The Soul of Philanthropy, and Co-Architect, Black Philanthropy Month, and Sara Lomelin: Executive Director, Philanthropy Together, and Founder of the Latino Giving Circle Network™ with Event Host Candace Dodson-Reed, Chief of Staff to the President, and Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and WGC Advisory Board Member.

70 WGC Annual Celebration Sponsors To Date - Thank You!

WGC's Virtual (S)hero Mosaic Wall - Who are YOUR (S)heroes? 

Who are YOUR Howard County (S)heroes? The women in your life making a difference in so many ways? Please take a moment to add their photos on the WGC's Virtual (S)hero Mosaic - help fill in the boxes below & recognize women in our community!

WGC Featured (S)heroes Among Us

This year at our March 8, 2021 Annual Celebration we are proud to feature five (S)heroes Among Us who have led critical efforts on behalf of organizations we funded last year through our Emergency Response Network, who are focusing on widespread community needs affecting women, their families, and the broader community. Join us to help celebrate their efforts!

WGC's Annual Celebration Food & Drink Partners

WGC's Membership Mondays

Next WGC Membership Monday -
February 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Would you like to learn more about the WGC and what we're doing? Join us for a brief, but interactive Membership Monday chat on February 15 at 12:00 pm.  Once each month we are now hosting a Membership Monday 30-minute Zoom chat, where you can meet members of the WGC’s Advisory Board, hear about the WGC, how you might get involved, and have a chance to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you – register today and join us!

WGC's 2020 Grants

WGC's Emergency Response Network

Thanks to everyone who took action last month and donated $2,750+ to help our partners at the Columbia Community Care to purchase gift cards for the holidays. We appreciate every WGC member who donated to support women, girls and their families through our Emergency Response Network!

WGC In the News: Our Latest Column in Her Mind Magazine 

WGC's Elevating the Voices of Those Making a Difference

By Malynda Madzel, for Her Mind Magazine

One way we aim to inspire philanthropic leadership and increase giving is by amplifying the voices of those making a difference in our community, including our youth. In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and in recognition of the work of this network of community activists is doing in support of racial and social justice, I recently asked the youth leaders of HoCo for Justice a few questions – here’s what they had to say.

WGC In the News: Our Latest Blog Posts

Jen Broderick, Executive Director of Bridges to Housing Stability, Recognized as a WGC Featured (S)hero
By Adora Brown, WGC Student Intern

​The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is highlighting Howard County “(S)heroes Among Us” this year as part of our March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration. Recognized as a (S)hero this year is Jen Broderick, the Executive Director of Bridges to Housing Stability. This nonprofit aims to eradicate homelessness in Howard County, MD. They have significantly amped up their efforts due to family displacement during the COVID-19 pandemic. These values have been especially important to Jen throughout her career. Read more.

WGC Donors: You Are Appreciated!

Thank You for Giving to the WGC this Past Month!

Diana Bailey, Wendy Slaughter, Sharice Hammond, Jade McDuffie McClary, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Megan Bruno, Barb Van Winkle, Valerie Lash, Joanne Brooks, Theresa Billow-Supple, Patricia Clifford, Lynne Schaefer, Robyn Peters, Paula Seabright, Beth Leaman, Lori Fuchs, Stephanie Schultz, Laura Redcay, Kelly O'Connor, Ulrike Jaller, Ilana Bittner, Heather Yeung, Cheryl Griffin, Julia McCready, Georgia Bupp, Pamila Brown, Lisa Schoenbrodt, Carolyn Kelemen, Christina Beaudoin, Melissa Mattey, Caryn Lasser, Dawn Popp, Irene MacDonald, Allison and Alan Korn and Clardy, Louise Kiblet, Colleen Cotton, Ellen Liebert, Melissa Hooper, Barbara Peart, Connie Matheson, Pam Guzzone, Cristine Fargo, Mickey Gomez, Penny Thompson, Terri Moroney, Brenda Martineau, Lisa Brown, Suzanne Colvin, Margaret Wilson, Ann Heinzer, Karen Zepp, Lori Painter, Beth Singleton, Malynda Madzel, Betsy Fetchko, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Kimberly Agnor, Kim Flyr, Wanda Riddle, Pieceful Designs Mosaics, Marian Kirley, Jordan Turner, Jeff and Sue Troll, Francine Sheppard, Margaret Kim, Joan Hash, Arielle Karp, Carlessia Hussein Minority Middle School Scholarships, Britt Spears, Marcy Leonard, Sharon Nussbaum, Carolan Stansky, Beth Harbinson, Beatrice Dane, Patrick Conte, Laura Bacon/The 3rd, Patricia Sasse, HealthCare Resolution Services, Inc., April Force Pardoe, Gayle Siegel/Siegel Law, Felicita Sola-Carter, Lauren Watson, James Beaudoin, Hina Naseem, Stephanie Blades, Horizon Foundation, Terry Dodson, Cindy Parr, Ellen Flynn Giles, Jean Lewis, Vivian Lawyer, Alicia Kong, Cynthia Campbell, Donna Wecker, Marjorie Valin, April Randall, Sarah Jacobs, Dana Sohr, Mireille Grangenois, Sobar, Roslyn Jones/Rachell L. Gray Community Foundation, Andrea Ingram, Christie Lassen, Jean Moon & Associates, Melissa Mattey, Randi Benesch, Abby Glassberg, Bonnie Bricker.

Thank You for Giving In Her Honor:
  • Lisa Schoenbrodt - In Honor of Strong Leader Marie Kerins!
  • Lisa Schoenbrodt - In Honor of Dr. Lena Caesar on Becoming a Full Professor!
  • Carolan Stansky - In Memory of Nora Griffin Bombara and in Honor of all Caregivers
  • Marian Kirley - In Honor of Jeannette, Susan and Char
  • Gayle Siegel/Siegel Law - In Honor of Shanna Davis' 1st Work Anniversary!
  • Gayle Siegel/Siegel Law - In Honor of Sarah Jacob's 2nd Work Anniversary!
  • Gayle Siegel/Siegel Law - In Honor of Kathy Munder's 3rd Work Anniversary!
Barb Van Winkle, Chair
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director

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Women's Giving Circle of Howard County
c/o The Community Foundation of Howard County
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 230, Columbia, MD 21044

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