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Women's Giving Circle eNews
December 2018

Dear WGC Donors and Friends,

At this month's WGC Advisory Board meeting (pictured) some of our board gathered to reflect on the year, and plan for 2019. What we discussed is that we’ve had a year full of impact and meaning, and it’s because of you. 

We brought people together with common interests to learn about issues impacting our community and to fund programs that benefit women and girls in Howard County.

How did we do this?

  • By giving grants to nonprofits in Howard County that focus on our mission.
  • By raising money from donors to support our grantmaking and having an endowment so that we will have money in perpetuity to fund programs that benefit women and girls, and
  • By hosting events and programs to engage donors and raise money to support our grantmaking.
We’ve been part of the Howard County community for over 17 years, have raised over $1 million to support our efforts from over 1,000 donors, and have given over 100 grants to nonprofits that support women and girls in our community. And we’ve done all 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.

Learn more here

I hope our 2018 efforts have inspired you as much as it has all of us – it fuels us to continue working together to support women and girls in our community as we look to 2019. Perhaps, it’s needed now more than ever.

Please give to the WGC during this giving season – we can’t do it without you.

Thank you!

Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair

WGC Events 

WGC Presents "Making Waves" by Rissa Miller
January 6, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Kittamaqundi Community Church
Purchase tickets today - $30 

WGC is Excited to present the play "Making Waves" by Rissa Miller in partnership with Try it Out Theater.

"Making Waves" is about women in the workplace that touches on salary disparity, sex-based discrimination, and the #metoo movement. The play will be followed by a discussion moderated by former WGC Advisory Board Member Malynda Madzel and her husband Rich Madzel.

Try It Out Theatre is a theatre company in Howard County that offers novice writers, directors and actors a chance to "try out" their skills in a real performance setting.

Great Turnout for the WGC Tour of the Undesign the Redline Exhibit 

We had a great tour of the Undesign the Redline exhibit on December 11, hosted by the Howard County Library System at the Central Branch. It was great to have so many WGC donors and supporters join us at this interactive exhibit that explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from redlining maps until today, and how we can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.

Many thanks to our tour guides - former WGC Advisory Board member Maura Dunnigan and Tina Sheets Horn. We highly encourage everyone to visit this exhibit.

WGC Grants

Grants Update:

In 2018 we have given almost $50,000 in grants to our nonprofit partners to empower women and girls:

  • JA Rising Women – our multi-year grant supporting a 13 week after-school entrepreneurship program for girls’ grades 9-12, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Central MD. Over 100 young women have gone thru this incredible program. WGC has agreed to continue our relationship for another 3 yr grant in part to a very generous donation of $25K from Bob and Bach Jeffrey.
  • Girl Power! – a one day STEM expo for middle and high school girls, in partnership with the Applied Physics Lab and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable that had over 600 girls participate this year.
  • Journey Camp for Girls – a week-long summer leadership camp for girls entering 8th and 9th grade, in partnership with Maryland Leadership Workshop. This past summer had a full group of 25 girls. In 2018, we started a Scholarship Fund in memory of our beloved former Advisory Board member Cindy Hankin and we donated over $5,000 towards scholarships this year. We had a follow-up Journey Tea in August where the girls honored five amazing women.
  • Continuing Education for Women – a women’s scholarship program, providing help to low- and moderate-income women seeking job-related courses, through our long-time partnership with Howard Community College!
  • Emergency Response Network - we launched our newly enhanced WGC Emergency Response Network – that was created 15 years ago in response to the desire of many women to provide direct help to other women in need, in our community. WGC donors have addressed the specific needs of women clients identified by our nonprofit partner agencies serving women and girls in Howard County. The past 4 months alone we’ve sent 4 requests and raised $2,850 to help women in our community. Stay tuned for a double request this week.

We look forward to what we will do, together, in 2019!

WGC Donors

Many thanks to all donors who gave to the WGC last month! We can't thank you enough:

Sue Emerson, Alison Canning, Arielle Karp, Jackie Melonas, Barb Van Winkle, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Paula Skeksvold, Susan Buswell, Arlene Sheff, Megan Bruno, Wendy Moomaw, Louise Kebler, Paula Seabright, Jenni Ferguson, Jennifer Kubina, Mickey Gomez, Beth Leaman, Kimberly Prescott, Margaret Wilson, Dawn Ebeling, Lynn Coleman, Maureen Harris, Andrea LeWinter, Jennifer Smith, Tonya Rapacz, Kelly McLaughlin, Carolan Stansky, Barbara Wright, Ilana Bittner, Christine Fargo, Elisa Fritsch, Tanya Rapacz, Diana Bailey, Suzanne Matheson, Michelle Jackson, Amanda Loudin, Erika Tyson, Melissa Hooper, Kimberly Zorn.

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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