This year, in 2022, the WGC is celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2022, through our grantmaking, fundraising, events, and through our storytelling!
One way we are telling our story is by providing highlights of the past two decades through "WGC's 20 Years, 20 Stories." We are excited to publish stories of our impact through 20 stories - two per month - from March through December 2022.
These 20 stories are among many that have made the WGC what it is today, and are representative of the efforts of hundreds of women choosing to pool our dollars to have a greater impact together than we might otherwise have alone.
We have collectively supported numerous nonprofit partners who are focused on women and girls and have engaged many along the way to try and make a difference.
What makes those who serve on the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County’s Advisory Board so exceptional? Central to the Giving Circle model is donor empowerment: engaging and encouraging donors (as represented by the Advisory Board) to choose how to allocate funds. And who leads this process?
The WGC Advisory Board Chairs & Members.
Their WGC Advisory Board Chair’s primary role is to maintain a keen focus on fulfilling the mission of the WGC: building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County. They facilitate board meetings, exemplify strong leadership, and practice effective governance.
And the WGC Advisory Board is very much a working board, with Advisory Board Members supporting the Chair by turning ideas into actions and putting change into motion.
Over the last 20 years, the WGC Advisory Board has welcomed a diverse group of women from all sectors of our community who work together to promote philanthropy in order to support programs focused on women and girls. We are so proud that through the years, the women who have served on the WGC Advisory Board have not only given time and talent, but also financial support to further the WGC’s mission.
“Each person will have their own unique path to philanthropy and there are many different ways to give. For me, as a long-time advocate for vulnerable children and victims of domestic violence, I felt a distinct responsibility to contribute to my local community, especially in ways to support women and girls. This is why I became a founding member of the WGC, and then stepped up to serve as Advisory Board Chair. For me, serving with this group of women who are decision makers sustained my passion to strengthen the lives of at risk women and girls in Howard County.” - Dorothy Harris