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Women's Giving Circle eNews
January 2019

Dear WGC Donors and Friends,

Wow - what a year we had in 2018! We hosted events to learn together and engage our growing donor base, and we gave almost $50,000 in grants to our nonprofit partners to empower women and girls.

And, we have a great year planned ahead - our Advisory Board is not only gearing up to fund programs that benefit women and girls, but we are organizing a number of upcoming opportunities for you to engage in efforts that fall in line with WGC's mission, vision, goals and stated values.  

We had a wonderful event last week, bringing many together to hear a script-in-hand reading of the play "Making Waves" about women in the workplace, salary disparity, sex-based discrimination, and the #metoo movement. Thank you to all our donors who attended!

We look forward to many more opportunities to learn, network, and fund programs we care about together in the year ahead.


Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair

WGC News 

On Monday, January 14 the 2019 WGC Board of Directors welcomed new leadership, reflected upon our history, reviewed our successes and challenges in 2018, rolled up our sleeves, and continued planning for 2019.

We would like to extend a big welcome to our new Board Members: Maxine Clark, Lee Draminski, Alice Giles, and Karen Titus.

Among plans discussed are the bolstering of our WGC committees. WGC is a giving circle, governed by an Advisory Board, and implemented by our committees.

Interested in getting involved? Consider joining one of our committees: Donor Development, Leadership Development, Youth Development, and Grants. Contact WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle for further information!

WGC Events 

On Sunday, January 6 we had a wonderful WGC-Hosted Event, “Making Waves” by Rissa Miller at Kittamaqundi Community Church.

This script-in-hand reading of the play in partnership with Try it Out Theatre was well attended and we had a lively discussion after the play about women in the workplace that touches on salary disparity, sex-based discrimination, and the #metoo movement.

Thank you to Malynda and Rich Madzel for partnering with us! Thanks also to Steve and Patti Wecker and Vince Culotta, owners of CURED and 18th & 21st restaurants for their ongoing support and for providing attendees with coupons for brunch or lunch!

WGC will continue providing opportunities for donors and others to learn together about the WGC and the issues we fund.

WGC Grants

WGC Emergency Response Network Request - We Did It!

Many thanks to everyone who took action last week and donated to help a woman in need right here in our community. We asked, and you, our network of women philanthropists, responded - and in a short period of time we raised $1,000!

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 with an immediate need, they submit a request to the WGC ERN.

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.

Thank you for your support of women and girls in our community through the WGC's Emergency Response Network (ERN). 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

GIRL POWER – March 10, 2019!
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723
No registration required

WGC is proud to fund this amazing program again this year: JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) hosts Girl Power, a STEM expo for middle and high school girls, with support from the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.

The event features hands-on activities, cool demonstrations, and take-home material for the girls to encourage an interest in STEM careers. Girls have the opportunity to talk to professional women in STEM careers such as aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology, and space mission engineering.

Mark your calendars and help spread the word! 

WGC Donors

Many thanks to all donors who gave to the WGC last month! We can't thank you enough: Andrea Ingram, Anita Sheckells, Barb Van Winkle, Barbara Kaplan, Beth Leaman, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Caroline Sherman, Caryn Lasser, Christine Meket, Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Courtney Workman, Diana Bailey, Donna Richardson, Dorothy Plantz, Jennifer Bodensiek, Elaine Buderer, Ellen Millhollon, Erika Tyson, Frances Makino, Georgia Bupp, Helen B. Mitchell, Jennifer Cavey, Judith Clancy, Judy Smith, Karen Bryant, Karen Titus, Kathleen Hetherington, Kimberly Agnor, Kimberly Prescott, Kimberly Zorn, Kristina Giovanis, Lee Draminski, Leticia Griffin, Lori Fuchs, Lynne Schaefer, Maura Dunnigan, Maureen Harris, Mildred S. Sexton, Neil Huntley, Paula Seabright, Paula Skedsvold, Rebecca Gibino, Rosa Snouffer, Schwab Charitable Foundation, Stephanie Lyon, Stephanie Schultz, Nuala Duffy, Sue Buswell, Suzanne Matheson, Tanya Rapacz , The Associated, Theodore Giovanis, Valerie Beyers, Wendy Moomaw

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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