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Women's Giving Circle eNews
May 2019

Dear WGC Donors and Friends,

We've had a busy and important Spring. We had our first Educational Happy Hour of the year 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. Thanks you to all who attended!

And, we have a number of opportunities for you to get involved in WGC activities coming up:

 - 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!

 - May 31: 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 May 30 - please help us spread the word!

 - 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

- October 14: Save the Date for WGC's Annual Celebration with Keynote Speakers: Howard County's first female Police Chief, Lisa Myers and first female Fire Chief, Christine Uhlhorn at Howard Community College, Horowitz Center - stay tuned for more information!

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 Educational Happy Hour - Packed House!

We had a packed house tonight for the May 7 WGC Educational Happy Hour - "Nourishing Those Who Nourish Others: Tools to Keep Your Best Self" with our wonderful Keynote Speaker Dr. Jyothi Rao - thanks to everyone who joined us!

WGC Grants

Emergency Response Network 

We sent our latest WGC Emergency Response Network request for $1,000 to our donors to help a woman and her children secure safe housing after leaving a violent relationship, in partnership with Hope Works of Howard County.

Thank you to all who immediately responded - in less than two hours we hit our goal and were able to help!

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 May 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 Events 


The WGC is proud to be a sponsor:

June 30, 2019
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 Reading List

3 Things We're Reading:

We Are Unstoppable: Giving Circles Organize Into a Movement
- Philanthropy Women, 5/2/19

Giving by Women’s Funds Has Soared. And They’re Getting More Savvy and Strategic - Inside Philanthropy, 5/14/19

Melinda Gates Wants Nonprofits and Foundations to Put More Emphasis on Women - Chronicle of Philanthropy, 4/23/19

WGC Donors

Many thanks to all donors who gave to the WGC last month! Diana Bailey, Judy Barnett, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Yolanda Bruno, Suzanne Colvin, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Fritsch, Lori Fuchs, Kristina Giovanis, Jamie Harper, Kim Henry, Judy Hess, Eileen Horowitz, Karen Ingalls, James Ferry Photography, Cindi Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lyon, Mr. and Mrs. George Mahler, Lynda Maxwell, Nancy Pirritano, Kimberly Prescott, Felicia Salazar, Stephanie Schultz, Paula Seabright, Stephanie Silver, Erika Tyson, Barb Van Winkle, Sharonlee Vogel, Margaret Walker, Here to Help Fund, Maureen Harris

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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