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February 2020

WGC Donors and Friends,

I write today having just returned from Seattle and the CatalistWomen PowerUP! Conference - with our Executive Director, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz and hundreds of women from giving circles from around the country representing over $100 million+ in giving. 

We had the opportunity to learn from many women, including Keynote Speaker Tricia Raikes of the Raikes Foundation, who wrote this Op Ed in the Seattle TimesDiversity will make women’s philanthropy more impactful, and who discussed "Facing Our Blind Spots: How Women Can Change Philanthropy" - I hope you'll take a look.

The overarching theme of the conference was about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which will help to inform our work. Speaking of our DEI work, I am thrilled to announce that the WGC has received a $10,000 grant from the Horizon Foundation to help leverage our new initiative to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. We are building on our core values by implementing a DEI lens to and through our work - values that have always been important to us and that we are now prioritizing through the leadership of our DEI Committee Co-Chairs Hina Naseem and Judy Smith. Thank you for your efforts!

We had a fantastic Happy Hour on February 12 where we discussed WGC's 2020 Funding Support for Programs that Benefit Girls. As I said at the event, we fund programs that benefit women and girls because nonprofits and programs that focus on women and girls are traditionally underfunded - and, as far as our support for girls, we know that young girls benefit from programs specially designed to meet their needs. Take a look at our funding focused on girls this year. Thank you to all who joined us and to our partners at Leadership Howard County for hosting us!

As we move into Spring we are continuing to bring people together with common interests to learn about issues impacting our community and to fund programs that benefit women and girls in Howard County. We hope you can join us and/or participate in some of these upcoming events and efforts - this list will continue to be updated and can be found on our website:

As part of the Howard County community for over 19 years, we have raised over $1 million to support our efforts from over 1,000 donors, and have given over $500,000 and 150+ grants to nonprofits that support women and girls in our community. And we do this together – as a Giving Circle. It takes all of us investing our time, talent, and financial resources in various ways to ensure we are having an impact. 

Thank you - I invite your continued support of the WGC and look forward to seeing you throughout the year!!

Barb Van Winkle
WGC Chair
WGCChair@womensgivingcircle.org

WGC Upcoming Events - Join Us!

WGC is excited to participate again this year in the Visionary Women: Paving the Way Exhibit in partnership with the Columbia Art Center - Join Us!

Visionary Women is an art exhibit hosted by the Columbia Art Center - by women, for women in recognition of National Women’s History Month from March 8 - 29, 2020.

WGC has two opportunities for our donors to enjoy this fantastic exhibit:
  • Sunday, March 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: WGC Founder Barbara Lawson will represent the Women's Giving Circle this year as a juror for the beautiful artworks by over 40 incredible local female artists at the International Women's Day Reception.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 4:30 - 6:00 pm:  WGC is hosting a Happy Hour and Private Viewing for WGC Donors in Celebration of Women's History Month. ​
There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP here.

WGC is Proud to Support Dear Mama: A Black Maternal Health Art Exhibition

The Dear Mama: A Black Maternal Health Art Exhibition is an artistic representation of pregnancy and motherhood through the eyes of emerging females of color curated by local artists Kamilah House and Faye McCray. The aim of this exhibition is to create for the viewer emotional resonance as well as an understanding of health disparities impacting women of color.

Through visual 2D and 3D art, Dear Mama is designed to bring attention to issues impacting Black motherhood including alarmingly high rates of maternal and infant mortality and pregnancy-related complications. This is a group thematic exhibition to display work in a variety of mediums with representation of pregnancy and motherhood as seen through the eyes of emerging artists of African descent. The exhibition will be brought to life with a reception to include poetry and essay readings, songs and performance art.
  • The Exhibit runs April 10-30, 2020 at the Columbia Art Center
  • The Opening Reception is April 18, 2020 2-4pm
Please Join the WGC at the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pmYou can RSVP here.

WGC Grants

WGC's 2020 Funding Support for Programs that Benefit Girls

The Women’s Giving Circle is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County. 

We fund programs that benefit women and girls because nonprofits and programs that focus on women and girls are traditionally underfunded. And, as far as our support for girls, we know that young girls benefit from programs specially designed to meet their needs. Here's a look at our 2020 funding support for programs that benefit girls:

WGC is Proud to Fund Girl Power 2020!
The 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 the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.

There is no registration required. Girl Power 2020 is scheduled for March 15, 2020, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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. 

Last year Girl Power attracted over 700 elementary and middle school students for a crowd of 1,100+ . We are honored to be a long-time sponsor of this wonderful #STEM event for girls! #womenshistorymonth #girlpower
WGC is Proud to Fund Journey 2020!

The WGC is proud to fund Journey again this 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.

The idea behind Journey is to bring girls in their formative years together to learn about leadership, empowerment, and community. At Journey each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and challenges in a supportive and fun environment that fosters self-esteem and confidence.

Journey 2020 will be held July 12-July 18 at Washington College:
  • Tuition for Journey is $995, including a $100 deposit with the application
  • Financial assistance is made available by the WGC
  • Journey applications and scholarship information can be found at mlw.org
  • Download the application here
  • Applications are due by May 15, 2020

WGC News

WGC Represented at the Catalist Women PowerUp! Conference in Seattle

WGC was represented by WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle and WGC Executive Director Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz at the Catalist Women PowerUP! Conference February 23-25 in Seattle, that brought together women's giving circles from all over the country. We met with old friends, made new ones, and spent time with our friends and colleagues from the Baltimore Women's Giving Circle, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, and Giving Circle of Hope in Northern, VA. There was lots of sharing and learning among hundreds of women doing similar work to us. 

The overarching theme of the conference was about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. There were many great speakers, including welcoming remarks from Melinda Gates, and some great break-out sessions. Two women in particular, provided some important information for us: Tricia Raikes, Co-founder of the Raikes Foundation who wrote this great Op Ed, Diversity Will Make Women’s Philanthropy More Impactful, in the Seattle Times and who discussed "Facing Our Blind Spots: How Women Can Change Philanthropy," and Ijeoma Oluo, who wrote the book “So You Want to Talk About Race.” 

WGC is a member of Catalist, which supports the creation, development, and expansion of women's collective giving nationwide to build women's leadership and amplify the power of giving together.

Women's Giving Circle of Howard County Receives $10,000 to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has received $10,000 from the Horizon Foundation to help leverage our new initiative to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion for women in Howard County. This grant is building upon funding the WGC received last year from the National Giving Circle Infrastructure Initiative to support efforts to undertake foundational internal work to operationalize our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

“We are building on our core values to enhance our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to and through our work - values that have always been important to us and that we are now prioritizing” said WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle.

The WGC, through the Community Foundation of Howard County, is among the grantees that received a community opportunity grant to support local nonprofits in carrying out their missions. 

“We are proud to work in partnership with the Women’s Giving Circle to help make Howard County a place where everyone has an opportunity to thrive” said Nikki Highsmith Vernick, president and CEO of the Horizon Foundation.

“Having an investment of support and financial resources from the Horizon Foundation will be an invaluable catalyst for our efforts to undertake foundational internal work that operationalizes our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion” said WGC DEI Committee Co-Chairs Hina Naseem and Judy Smith. "We are looking forward to strengthening the Women's Giving Circle for the future through this important work."
WGC is Participating in Her Mind Live 2020! - Get Your Discounted Tickets Today!

The Women's Giving Circle is excited to participate in the Her Mind Live event on March 5, 1:00-7:30 pm at Laurel Park! A number of WGC Advisory Board members and donors will take part in the day and we will be providing information about the WGC at the event. And, WGC will be featured in Her Mind Magazine, in the Helping Howard section!

And, we have a special discounted rate for WGC! Sign up now with the special code "WGC" for the discounted ticket rate of $85 . 

As the Her Mind Live website states: Her Mind Live is part networking, part personal & professional growth and part fun and will offer: 
  • Educational and inspirational keynote: “You Uncorked: Recipe for a Delicious Life" and empowerment sessions and an inspiring and educational panel,
  • Recognition of Her Mind Community Heroes, and 
  • Networking, and happy hour with hors d’oeuvres & craft beverage tasting.

WGC's Young Women's Giving Circle (YWGC)


The WGC's Young Women's Giving Circle Feminine Product Collection Continues Through March!

As part of their efforts they are also collecting funds to help purchase these items. Thanks to the many businesses and organizations that are serving as collection sites! You can find a full list of here.

Please help spread the word! You can follow the YWGC Collection drive Instagram page @YWGCdrive, and spread the word to friends. And, you can find more info. on the YWGC here. If you have any questions, please contact YWGC co-chairs Lee Draminski and April Force Pardoe at youth@wgchowardcounty.org. Thank you!

WGC Recent Efforts

WGC Happy Hour Focused on Our Funding for Girls

We had a fantastic Happy Hour on February 12 where we discussed WGC's 2020 Funding Support for Programs that Benefit Girls.

As WGC Chair, Barb Van Winkle said at the event "The Women’s Giving Circle is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County. We bring women together to learn about issues impacting women and girls in our community, and pool our dollars to fund programs that address those issues so we can have a greater impact together than we might otherwise have alone. And, we fund programs that benefit women and girls because nonprofits and programs that focus on women and girls are traditionally underfunded. As far as our support for girls, we know that young girls benefit from programs specially designed to meet their needs." 

Thank you to all who joined us and to our partners at Leadership Howard County for hosting us!

WGC's Emergency Response Network (ERN) 

This month we sent an Emergency Response Network request from our partners at HopeWorks that raised $1,000 in less than an hour to help a woman in need in our community. The WGC's Emergency Response Network was created in response to the desire of many women to provide direct support to other women in need - and WGC donors have done just that by supporting women identified by our nonprofit partner agencies who serve women and girls in Howard County. Thank you!

Honor Someone Special - Donate to the WGC

Recognize someone special, celebrate a milestone, honor someone important to you, or give in memory of a lost loved one by making a special gift in their name to the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County.

Want to honor someone special during Women's History Month? Thinking about Mother's Day?

Giving a gift that supports women and girls is a way to celebrate and honor the women and girls in your life and/or memorialize a lost loved one while making a lasting impact for women and girls in Howard County, now and in the future.  Learn more here
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