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July 2020

WGC Donors and Friends,

August is Black Philanthropy Month, which is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate Black philanthropic leadership around the world - and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is excited to support it again this year as a financial sponsor, and locally in two ways:

First, tomorrow we launch our daily WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” Daily Profile Series throughout the month of August. Chaired by long-time WGC supporter and former Advisory Board member Malynda Madzel, I hope you'll follow along on our social media pages and our website to read about these inspirational philanthropists in our community!

And, we are hosting WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Virtual Happy Hour this coming Monday, August 3 at 6:00 pm, where we will celebrate our profile series and discuss women's giving in our
county. Hosted by long-time WGC supporter Candace Dodson Reed, with featured speakers Jackie Hrabowski and Cynthia Bell, this will be a wonderful way to celebrate Black Philanthropy Month together - register here today!

Read on below to learn more about WGC's Black Philanthropy Month efforts, including us having a chance to discuss on the Elevate Maryland Podcast at 2 pm - tune in! And, make sure you read our latest WGC Her Mind Magazine columns that discuss Black Philanthropy Month, and our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.

There's lots going on during the hot, hazy days of summer - please join with us and learn more about these incredible, dynamic philanthropists in our community!

Warm regards,

Barb Van Winkle
WGC Chair

WGC Events - "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Virtual Happy Hour, 8/3

Please join us on Monday, August 3 at 6 pm for a virtual happy hour to kick-off the WGC's series of “Our Giving, Our Stories!” profiles in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.

With featured speakers Jackie Hrabowski and Cynthia Bell and hosted by Candace Dodson Reed, we’ll discuss the WGC, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, and what motivates women to give.

​Register here today!

WGC in the News - Podcasts!

"Join Candace Dodson Reed and Tom Coale, hosts of Elevate Maryland as they interview two philanthropic leaders, WGC Donor and Chair of the upcoming "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Profile Series Malynda Madzel and WGC Executive Director Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, about WGC and Black Philanthropy Month!" Saturday, 8/1 at 2 pm.

"New HiJinx Podcast Episode 35: Helping Hands. In this episode, we hear from three community organizations lending their helping hands to provide various forms of relief aid during this crisis: Jessica Mahajan and Amy Brooks of Oakland Mills Online, OMO, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director, and Barb Van Winkle, Board Chair of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, and Sanjay Srivastava of the Indian Cultural Association and The Lentil."

WGC in the News - Her Mind Magazine Columns

Her Mind Magazine, July 2020
By Judy Smith, WGC DEI Committee Co-Chair

It is my hope that I have shed some light on the WGC DEI Committee and you too will see the value in joining Hina and I as we journey to be a part of WGC efforts to expand philanthropy and increase giving by local women to help local women." Read more.
Her Mind Magazine, July 2020
By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC Executive Director

"Black Philanthropy Month is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate Black philanthropic leadership, and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is excited to support it."  Read more.

WGC in the News - The Daily Record

"The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County has been working with nonprofit partners to support them as much as they can during the pandemic, including by setting up a COVID-19 fund. “We decided to set aside additional money right away knowing that the needs in the community were going to be great,” said Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, executive director. It also partnered with the Community Foundation of Howard CountyHorizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland to create Beaudoin-Schwartz said the website makes it easy for the community to donate to emergency funds. As of mid-May, the website had collected more than $400,000, with Schwartz hoping to reach half a million." Read more.

WGC Grants Update: Emergency Response Network 

Earlier this month we sent out a WGC Emergency Response Network request to support our partners at Columbia Community Care. Within an hour we hit our goal of raising $2,500. And then a donor called and asked ... "could we do more?" She donated $1,250 and challenged us to raise another $1,250 so we could donate $5,000. And we did it within a few more hours, and then some! To date, 46 donors gave over $5,300 that we are sending to CCC to help support our friends and neighbors.

As Erika Strauss Chavarria, Founder of Columbia Community Care said, "when women support one another with true compassion in the fight for justice, and in the spirit of community care and mutual aid, anything and everything is possible."  Thank you!

WGC Donors - Thank You! You Are Appreciated

Thank you to all of you who have given to the WGC this past month!

Sharice Hammond, Carlessia Hussein, Kim Agnor, Beatrice Dane, Beth Harbinson, Denee Barr, Ellen Millhollon, Louise Kiblet, Lori Fuchs, Ellen Dooley, Cheryl Griffin, Marcy Leonard, Shannon Schneider, Andrea Ingram, Kelly Powers, Buffy Illum, Emily Shreve, Stephanie Schultz, Theresa Billow-Supple, Paula Seabright, Jacqueline Melonas, Feli Sola-Carter, Della Carpenter, Carol Beatty, Katherine Tetrault, Betsy Fetchko, Barbara Fowler, Jo Ann Van Kessel, Kelly O'Connor, Arielle Karp, Georgia Bupp, Kenneth Stailey, Alice Giles, Lynne Rosen, Barb Van Winkle, Nuala Duffy, Kimberly Musser, Julia McCready, Jennifer Kubina, Louise Kiblet, Meg Meyers, Margaret Wilson, Diane O'Connor, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Rhonda Neubauer, Judy Clancy, Ulrike Jaller, Barbara Lawson, Debbie Nix, Christina Beaudoin, Linda Bolen
Barb Van Winkle, Chair
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director

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