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Women's Giving Circle eNews
April 2019

Dear WGC Donors and Friends,

Wow, what a month! Last month we celebrated Women's History Month and International Women's Day with lots of activity:

- CATALIST WOMEN: We joined Catalist Women, a national network of over 60 women's giving circles that support the creation, development, and expansion of women's collective giving nationwide to build women's leadership and amplify the power of giving together.

 - GIRL POWER!: We helped to fund Girl Power! again, where over 1,100 girls came to learn about and experience STEM careers. 

 - VISIONARY WOMEN: We helped to fund this year's powerful Visionary Women Art Exhibit at the Columbia Art Center, and attended the Gala Reception on International Women’s Day

 - WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME: We attended the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame, which honored three Howard County women having an impact in our community, including WGC founder Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, along with Cathy Hudson and Georgia Eaker. It was great to have women's philanthropy and the WGC highlighted at this event - congratulations to all!

- BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION: The WGC was represented by WGC's Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz in Seattle at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the National Giving Circle Co-Design Convening that brought together collective giving experts from across the country who are working to build a national infrastructure to strengthen and grow the giving circle movement.

And, we've got some great things coming up:

 - April 30: We are excited to fund Journey Camp for Girls each year, which is now accepting applications for another amazing week of leadership and empowerment for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls. Applications are due April 30 - please help us spread the word!

 - May 7: We have a great Educational Happy Hour coming up on May 7: Nourishing Those Who Nourish Others: Tools to Keep Your Best Self with Dr. Jyothi Rao, of the Shakthi Health and Wellness Center - purchase tickets today!

 - May 30: Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate philanthropy in our county at the Community Foundation of Howard County's Spring Party - we are proud to be a fund of the Community Foundation!

 - June 30: And, finally, join us for a viewing and discussion of Girl Rising on June 30 to salute the founding of the Columbia Film Society and HoCoPoLitSo - we are sponsoring an afternoon that celebrates the education of girls, the beauty of story, and the power of collective action - purchase early-bird tickets available exclusively for WGC donors, and enter code FEST32

Thank you for your support of the WGC! We are committed to growing a community of empowered philanthropists that are building on the past, and working today to shape the future for women and girls through the power of collective giving.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon!


Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair

WGC News 

WGC Joins Catalist Women

WGC has joined Catalist Women, a national network of over 60 women's giving circles representing over 17,000 women who have given over $125 million across the US. Catalist empowers women by supporting the creation, development and expansion of collective giving through informed grantmaking. Catalist gives a national voice to the high-impact collective giving movement and accelerate the power of our network of independent affiliate organizations.

We are excited to learn and grow with other women's giving circles across the country, and to bring shared learning and resources to the WGC, and to all of you!

WGC Represented at National Giving Circle Co-Design Convening

WGC was represented by WGC's Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz in Seattle at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the National Giving Circle Co-Design Convening that brought together collective giving experts from across the country who are working to build a national infrastructure to strengthen and grow the giving circle movement. Stay tuned for further information as WGC takes a leadership role in helping to grow the movement nationally to benefit communities, the field, and our circle!

Maryland Women in History

Charlestown Retirement Community celebrated #InternationalWomensDay by welcoming Diana Bailey, Executive Director of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, and WGC Advisory Board Member, as a guest speaker. Her enlightening presentation focused on the social, political and economic experiences and contributions of Maryland Women in history. #womenshistorymonth

WGC Grants

Journey Camp 2019 is Accepting Applications!

Journey 2019 will be held July 14-July 20.

  • Tuition for Journey is $995.
  • Financial assistance is made available by the WGC.
  • Journey applications and scholarship information can be found at mlw.orgDownload the application here.
  • Applications must be received by April 30 – don’t delay, Journey sold out last year!

Journey Camp for Girls, or “Journey” is a week-long camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls in Howard County, MD that is run by Maryland Leadership Workshops and conceived of and funded by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.

Mark your calendars and please help spread the word! 

WGC Reading List

5 Things We're Reading:

The Sweetness of Circles, Medium, March 26, 2019 - Beautiful, important piece on the history, strength and growth of black-led giving circles by authors Valaida Fullwood, Tracey Webb, and Akira Barclay.

Equal Pay Day, NBC News, April 2, 2109 - As we reflect on Equal Pay Day today, let’s take a moment for a little bit of history: A little over 30 years ago, women earned 64 cents for every dollar a man earned — a pay gap of 36 cents. 

Kresge Pledges to Increase Portion of Endowment Invested With Firms Owned by Minorities or Women, Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 4, 2019 - The Kresge Foundation has announced that by 2025, a quarter of its U.S. assets will be invested with firms owned by people of color or women.The decision is based on equity, opportunity, and returns.

Teen Girls are Leading the Way. How Can Philanthropy Support Them? Philanthropy Women, April 8, 2019 - Teen girls are becoming movers and shakers across the globe in areas like gun violence, environmental activism, and gender equality, as well as advocacy for inclusiveness and systems change of all kinds.

The Most Effective Way You Can Give To Charity, Even On A Super Tight Budget, Mindfulness, April 9, 2019 - Small donations can have a big cumulative impact. Even though the big $100 million gifts are what get the most attention, about 70 percent of all charitable giving comes from individuals.

WGC Events 

WGC is excited to host this upcoming educational happy hour:

WGC Educational Happy Hour:
​Nourishing Those Who Nourish Others: Tools to Keep Your Best Self 

May 7th, 5-7 pm
Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute)
Speaker: Dr. Jyothi RaoShakthi Health and Wellness Center
Cost: $35

We know WGC donors burn the candle at both ends trying to make our community better. In order to be at our best to keep up the important work, we are hosting this event - Nourishing Those Who Nourish Others. Dr. Jyothi Rao will discuss how our bodies strive to stay in balance but stressors from daily life can deplete our resources and create imbalances that can lead to symptoms and illness. She will help us learn about the impact stress and the hormone cortisol has on our body and what we can do to help the body stay in balance. 


The WGC is proud to be a sponsor:

2:30 - 4:30 pm
Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center
Howard Community College

Join in saluting the founding of the Columbia Film Society and HoCoPoLitSo with an afternoon that celebrates the education of girls, the beauty of story, and the power of collective action. This joint anniversary event features a talk by one of the writers of Girl Rising and a showing of the documentary film that inspired global awareness about the importance of education for girls. 

For early-bird tickets, available exclusively for Women's Giving Circle donors, visit and enter code FEST32  on the ticket purchasing page. 

WGC Donors

Many thanks to all donors who gave to the WGC last month! Diana Bailey, Maureen Harris, Lynn Coleman, Dawn Eberling, Kim Agnor, Aspiring Change, LLC, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Karen Bryant, Della Carpenter, Chelsea Hudson Photography, Suzanne Colvin, Allison Eatough, Rebecca Gibino, Ellen Giles, Leticia Griffin, Yoko Horner, Ulrike Jaller, Beth Leaman, Amanda Loudin, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lyon, Jackie Melonas, Ellen Millhollon, Kelly Powers, Kimberly Prescott, Stephanie Schultz, Laurie Scudder, Paula Seabright, Barb Van Winkle, Kimberly Zorn

Get Involved in the WGC

Want to get involved in the WGC? Here’s 4 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.
Have any questions? Contact WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle any time!

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