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.
We Give Grants
to nonprofits in Howard County that focus on our mission of growing a community of philanthropists and supporting women and girls.
We Raise Money
from donors to support our grantmaking and endowment so that we will have money in perpetuity to fund programs that benefit women and girls.
We Host Events
and programs to engage and educate our donors and raise money to support our ongoing grantmaking.
We fund programs that benefit women and girls because nonprofits and programs that focus on women and girls are traditionally underfunded.
We’ve been part of the Howard County community for
OUR GIVING CIRCLE
And we’ve done all this together – as a giving circle.
A giving circle is formed when individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money, and learn together about their community and philanthropy. There are thousands of giving circles across the country that have given millions of dollars collectively to have an impact on a wide variety of issues.
OUR RECENT GRANTS
In 2020 we gave over $124,000+ in grants to our nonprofit partners
to empower women and girls.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
There are numerous opportunities to engage in the work of the WGC:
- Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
"I hope our 2020 efforts have inspired you as much as they have all of us – it fuels us to continue working together to support women and girls in our community as we enter 2021. Perhaps, it’s needed now more than ever."
We look forward to hearing from you!
Women's Giving Circle of Howard County
The WGC is a fund of the
Community Foundation of Howard County
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite #230
Columbia MD, 21044
2021 WGC Leadership
Our 2021 Advisory Board members are philanthropists, leaders, community builders, advocates, and communicators—and a resource for our donors and nonprofit partners working to improve the lives of women and girls in Howard County. We look forward to being in touch.
Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC Executive Director