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WGC Donors and Friends,

As we all know, 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, and we have been focused on doing what we can to provide funding and support to women, girls and families in our community through our nonprofit partners on the ground. We are proud to welcome four new WGC Advisory Board members who will help to guide our efforts in the coming year. Welcome to Candace Dodson-Reed, Mireille Grangenois, Lynne Schaefer, and Nette’ Stokes

As we enter the season of giving and look forward to Thanksgiving this year, all of us at the Women's Giving Circle want to say thank you for all you have done to be a part of our collective efforts to support our community this year. And, we are making plans for 2021.

One of the things we are planning for is our 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration - "Celebrating (S)heroes Among Us" on Monday, March 8, 2021 - International Women's Day. Our keynote speakers will discuss “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving”. Hear from national philanthropic leaders Valaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin how the landscape of philanthropy is shifting, and how collective giving is continuing to play a transformational role in bringing in many more — and more representative —  women donors to the table to create more equitable communities, and make a difference through the power of giving, together. 

And, we will be highlighting “(S)heroes Among Us” this year during our Annual Celebration. All women are (S)heros in their own ways - women admired for their courage and outstanding achievements. This year we will be honored to acknowledge the many ways women are supporting our community through our (S)hero Snapshots - stay tuned for how you can highlight your (S)heroes!

We are excited to offer a number of terrific sponsorship opportunities for individual women and businesses of all sizes - take a look at our online Sponsorship Center. I would love to talk to you about the chance to sponsor the WGC - please don't hesitate to contact me. Many thanks to the numerous sponsors who have already chosen to invest in our 2021 Annual Celebration! ​It takes a special individual or business to understand the value of investing in women and girls - thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving. Warm regards,

Barb Van Winkle
WGC Chair

WGC Upcoming Virtual Annual Celebration - March 8, 2021 - Join Us!

The WGC's 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration - "Celebrating (S)heroes Among Us" will be on Monday, March 8, 2021 - International Women's Day. Our keynote speakers will discuss “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving”. Hear from national philanthropic leaders: Valaida Fullwood: Author, “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists", Creator, The Soul of Philanthropy, and Co-Architect, Black Philanthropy Month, and Sara Lomelin: Executive Director, Philanthropy Together, and Founder of the Latino Giving Circle Network™

WGC Grants Update: HoCoRespond Announces $200,000 in Funds 

The Women's Giving Circle, Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, and United Way of Central Maryland have announced another $200,000 in COVID-19 funds to support nonprofits working on the frontlines in Howard County through HoCoRespond. Organizations must apply by midnight on Monday, November 23, 2020 - tonight!. Grant applications can be submitted here

WGC Grants Update: Emergency Response Network 

Next WGC Membership Monday -
December 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

We have a lot of great things going on - would you like to learn more about the WGC and what we're doing? Join us for a brief, but interactive Membership Monday chat on Monday, December 21 at 7:00 pm.  Once each month we are now hosting a Membership Monday 30-minute Zoom chat, where you can meet members of the WGC’s Advisory Board, hear about the WGC, how you might get involved, and have a chance to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you – register today and join us!

Thanks to everyone who took action this month and donated $2,500+ to help our partners at the Community Action Council "Bring the Holidays Home" to over 50 families in our community, who will have a full holiday meal. We appreciate every WGC member who donated to support women, girls and their families through our Emergency Response Network!

WGC In the News: WGC Welcomes Four New Advisory Board Members 

The WGC is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to our Advisory Board, as well as the full slate of Executive Committee and Advisory Board members for 2021. The newly elected Advisory Board members are Candace Dodson-Reed, Mireille Grangenois, Lynne Schaefer, and Nette’ Stokes. “I am thrilled to welcome these four talented women, each of whom bring diverse experience and unique backgrounds to the Women’s Giving Circle” said Women’s Giving Circle Advisory Board Chair, Barb Van Winkle. 

WGC In the News: Our Latest Column in Her Mind Magazine 

Creating Spaces Where People Can Show Up as the Best Version of ThemselvesBy Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC ED, for Her Mind Magazine. The 3rd is a new space opening in Columbia where the community can “chill, work, eat and shop while supporting Women of Color entrepreneurs.” Founded by CEO Laura Bacon, the mission is to build a space that fosters dreams, creates community, and provides mentorship, which enables Women of Color to turn their ideas into economic power and freedom. 

WGC Donors: You Are Appreciated!

Thank You for Giving to the WGC this Past Month!

Sharice Hammond, Jade McDuffie McClary, April Pardoe, Melissa Curtin, Nette’ Stokes, Ayesha Holmes, Malynda Madzel, Megan Bruno, Kashonna Holland, Alison Canning, Arlene Sheff, Barb Van Winkle, Paula Seabright, Nina and Marvin Yudell, Pam Mack, Ellen Flynn Giles, Barbara Fowler, Kelly O'Connor, Valerie Montague, Maria Ferraro, Karen Dye, Margaret Wilson, Joan Hash, Susan Helsel, Diane OConnor, Jennifer Bodensiek, Kathryn Ariano, Rae Millman, Theresa Billow-Supple,, Stefanie Feldman, Susan Hobby, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Karen Crowder, Jennifer Kubina,, Felicia Fleming, Kate Hetherington, Stephanie Stull, Linda Odum, Lynne Schaefer, Kimberly Agnor, Kimberly Henry, C. Pardoe, Elaine Pardoe, Christina and Jim Beaudoin, Yoko Horner, Yolanda Bruno, Stephanie Schultz, Jennifer Meckes, Britt Spears, Nirit Roddy, Laura Ciccone, Mickey Gomez, Beth Harbinson, Beatrice Dane

Thank You for Giving In Her Honor this Month:
  • Barb Van Winkle - In Memory of Bob Moon and in Honor of Jean Moon
  • Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz - In Memory of Bob Moon and in Honor of Jean Moon

WGC Sponsors: Thank You! 

​It takes a special individual and business to understand the value of investing in women and girls by sponsoring the WGC's Annual Celebration. Today's virtual world provides an easy opportunity to align your personal and business name and brand with your community interests and involvement. WGC's active social media presence, broad reach, and important efforts give you a relevant and meaningful way to support women and girls in Howard County. Join other local businesses and invest in the success of the WGC's 2021 Annual Celebration with a sponsorship! Please visit our Sponsorship Center if you would like to join our growing list of sponsors.
Barb Van Winkle, Chair
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director

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