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Women's Giving Circle eNews
September 2019

Dear WGC Donors and Friends,

In late July the WGC launched IMPACT 2024, our new five-year, $500,000 fundraising effort and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion for women in Howard County. And wow, what a response we've had so far! Thank you to all of you who have donated and/or who have made a yearly pledge. I know we are going to hit our goal - and we must, if we are going to build on our past and enhance our future by increasing our grantmaking to programs that benefit women and girls, as well as strengthening our infrastructure to grow the circle. Check out this article on the national grant we just received to enhance our work. We are committed to enhancing our core values to better meet our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to all of our work. Learn more and please considering joining us!

I am excited that we are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Young Women's Giving Circle (YWGC), which is sponsored by the WGC. The group is composed of girls in 7th - 12th grade who share the same passion: helping women and girls in need. Interested? Plan to join us at our Wednesday, September 18 YWGC Interest Meeting, 7 pm at the Elkridge Library to learn more.

We have many great things going on - I hope to see you at some of our upcoming activities:

- September 23: I am so excited to be honored at the JustLiving Advocacy, Inc. Bridges of Hope Leadership Luncheon, along with Beverly White-Seals, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County - what a wonderful tribute for the foundation and the WGC, thank you! Did you know the WGC is a fund of the Community Foundation? We are working to make a difference together!

 - September 24: Join us for Happy Hour from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Success in Style Charity's First Pick at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Street, minutes from Columbia - where else can you meet, drink, shop, donate, and learn more about women helping women through the WGC?! No cost to attend, please just bring a bag of clothes and/or jewelry to donate. Donations to WGC gratefully accepted - RSVP today

- October 14: Join us for WGC's 2019 Annual CelebrationA Tale of Two Women and Their Rise to Equality: Shattering Glass Ceilings in Howard County, with Keynote Speakers Lisa Myers and Christine Uhlhorn, Howard County's first female Police Chief and first female Fire Chief, at Howard Community College, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center - Purchase tickets today!

We are excited to again offer business and personal sponsorship opportunitiesLast year we had 38 sponsors! If you sponsored last year, can we count on you again? And, if you didn't but are interested in joining this amazing group of women sponsors, please take a look and see what interests you - you can easily sign up online. Contact me if you have any questions!


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!

Sincerely,

Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
WGCChair@womensgivingcircle.org

Recent WGC Events 

WGC in the Community: We had a wonderful time on August 20 at the Business Women's Network of Howard County's Happy Hour Mixer with the Women's Bar Association of Howard County at Cured 18th & 21st. It was a packed room full of women from three organizations that partnered together for greater networking and greater opportunities for partnership. Thank you to all who attended - it was wonderful to meet so many engaged women! Great networking, great partnership! #HoCoMD
Journey Delegates Honor Local Women: As they have in past years, delegates who attended Journey Camp for Girls this summer, hosted their Annual Tea in August where they honored five local women role models.

This year's honorees are: Katherine Rensin, Malynda Madzel, Diane B. Martin, Cathy Hudson, and Kim Agnor.​

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. Congratulations to the honorees and this year's Journey Delegates!


Upcoming WGC Events 

Congratulations!

We are excited that WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle will be honored at the JustLiving Advocacy, Inc. Bridges of Hope Leadership Luncheon on September 23, along with Beverly White-Seals, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County.

Did you know that the WGC is a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County? We are proud of this partnership and the work we do together to make a difference for women and girls. What a wonderful tribute to two amazing women making a difference in Howard County!
Join us for Happy Hour on Tuesday, 9/24 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Success in Style Charity's First Pick at Historic Savage Mill, co-hosted with Feldspar Studio and Gallery. Food and sweets will be provided by Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill and Sweet Cascades Chocolatier and FACES by Brandi LLC. will provide an exclusive makeover session to one lucky winner. Success in Style will provide shopping bags, $5 gift certificates and $10 gift certificates for guests who bring 1 or more donation bags. There is no cost to attend but please bring a bag of clothing. Financial donations to WGC gratefully accepted as well - RSVP Here!
Please join us on October 14 for WGC's 2019 Annual Celebration: A Tale of Two Women and Their Rise to Equality - Shattering Glass Ceilings in Howard County, with Keynote Speakers Lisa Myers and Christine Uhlhorn, Howard County's first female Police Chief and first female Fire Chief, at Howard Community College, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. Purchase your tickets today! We are excited to again offer business and personal sponsorship opportunities! Last year we had 38 sponsors - sponsor online today or contact WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle with any questions.

WGC'S IMPACT 2024!

We recently launched WGC’s new five-year, $500,000 fundraising effort and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion for women in Howard County called IMPACT 2024! We are fundraising to build on our past and enhance our future by increasing our grantmaking to programs that benefit women and girls, as well as strengthening our infrastructure to grow the circle. And, we are enhancing our core values to better meet our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to all of our work. We invite you to get involved by investing in IMPACT 2024 today! Learn more here

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

The Young Women's Giving Circle (YWGC) is comprised of girls in 7th - 12th grade who share a desire to make a difference. The YWGC raises money and makes grants to nonprofits organizations in Howard County whose missions support the needs of women and girls. We meet regularly, host fundraisers, community service, and volunteer activities, and provide grants to a variety of groups. We are currently accepting applications for YWGC members for the 2019/2020 school year and have three opportunities for girls to participate. Please join us on Wednesday, September 18 for a YWGC Interest Meeting, 7 pm at the Elkridge Library to learn more. 

WGC in the News

Take a look at this national article in a recent Philanthropy Women about the group of organizations - including us! - who have just received national funding to grow our giving circles. Our grant is going toward our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and is funded by a number of national foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funding is wonderful, but what is perhaps more important is to be part of this national cohort of collective giving changemakers who are working together to grow the field across the board. Wow, are we excited to be a part of this movement!

WGC Donors - Thank You!

Thank you to all who donated to the WGC in July and August - your financial investments of all sizes are critical to our collective success! Sue Buswell, Beatrice Dane, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Fritsch, Beth Harbinson, Beth Leaman, Beaudoin-Schwartz Family Fund, Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund, Dorothy V. Harris, Lawson Fund, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz/bbsconsulting, Megan Bruno, Gayle Gerdes, Caroline Sherman, Diana Bailey, Teresa Poole, Lynn Coleman, Jennifer T. Smith, FJC-A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, Barbara Peart, Sharon Cooper-Kerr, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Cournoyer, Rebecca Gibino, Kerry Greer, Judy Hess, Tahira Hussain, Andrea Ingram, Valerie Lash, Stephanie Lyon, Mr. and Mrs. George Mahler, Brenda Martineau, Lynda Maxwell, Jackie Melonas, April Pardoe, Partnership Resource, Lynne Rosen, Barbara Strong, Stephanie Schultz
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