What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
"I joined the Harriet Tubman Foundation in 2002. I felt that the story of the Harriet Tubman High School should be told.
Many people were unaware of the history of the Harriet Tubman High School. When the building is completed, the story will be shared with the community."
- Bessie Bordenave
Read more here - "Bessie Bordenave, Dedicated to Preserving a Legacy"
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories", a year-long series of giving profiles designed to celebrate women's philanthropy and amplify the voices of women and girls in Howard County.
Double click the profile to the right to read it as a large PDF - enjoy!
Latest news from the WGC.
Happy New Year!
2022 marks 20 years that the WGC has been working to make a difference in our community. We have so much to look forward to in 2022 as we celebrate the WGC's 20th Anniversary year and we hope you will join us along the way, including as a sponsor!
We are excited to celebrate this important year at our upcoming WGC Virtual Annual Celebration on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm - International Women's Day, with Keynote Speaker Jeannie Infante Sager, Director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute, who will discuss "Gaps and Growth in Philanthropic Support for Women and Girls". And, we'll host a conversation on "The State of Women and Girls in Howard County" as well as provide highlights of our last 20 years, and discuss what we have planned ahead. You can purchase your ticket here today.
You can learn more about our 20th Anniversary Year sponsorship opportunities here. All $500 or above sponsorships include support of our upcoming 2022 State of Women and Girls in Howard County Report and will be listed on the report. Many thanks to our sponsors to date, including our Premier Sponsor, Barbara K. Lawson. Thank you for your consideration in sponsoring our exciting 20th Anniversary year!
We invite all of you - our leaders, donors, partners and the community - to help us celebrate by sending the WGC a birthday tribute via "Tribute" - it's fun, easy, and a great way to collectively celebrate 20 years of impact in the community - we would love to hear from YOU!
Be sure to connect with us on social media and read our blog to learn more about our efforts and how you can get involved in the coming months!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
You can read the full eNewsletter here
Barb Van Winkle
WGC Advisory Board Chair
We are so honored!
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County was honored on Sunday, January 16th by the Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission and the Howard County Office of Human Rights & Equity as the recipient of the Living the Dream Organizational Award for our "steadfast commitment to preserving and promoting the teachings and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in our work and service."
"It is such a honor to have won this award and to participate in the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." said WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle. "My heart is full."
The annual “Living the Dream” Award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations (community, civic or religious) that promote the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through community involvement in Howard County.
"The program was inspiring! Many thanks to the MLK Commission for recognizing the WGC for 20 years of service to help women and girls 'Live the Dream'” said Malynda Madzel, Chair of the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories" Committee.
You can watch the full ceremony here
2022 is our 20th Anniversary Year!
This year marks 20 years that we have been a part of the Howard County community. And, by the end of 2022 we will have given $1M+ to our nonprofit partners through 250+ grants, and will have a $1.3M endowment, raised from 1,600+ donors, which will ensure that there are funds to support women and girls in our community in perpetuity.
We are excited for the year ahead ... with numerous efforts planned and many opportunities for growth this year - for the WGC, our members, our grantee partners, and our community as we celebrate 20 years of impact.
Here are five opportunities for growth and impact in 2022 as we celebrate our 20th anniversary year:
Here’s what WGC accomplished in 2021 and here’s a snapshot of 20 Years of WGC Impact by the numbers.
We look forward to continued learning, sharing, celebrating, partnership, growth and impact as we focus on supporting programs that benefit women and girls in Howard County in 2022.
Thanks for being a part of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County – we look forward to a great year in 2022, together!
Barb Van Winkle, Chair
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director
The WGC is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County, Maryland and can be found at: www.womensgivingcircle.org