WGC eNewsletter - March 31, 2021
The last year has seen an increase in racist and xenophobic assumptions, rhetoric, behaviors and reported attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, in particular the recent horrid events in Georgia. Hate, racism, misogyny and violence are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and therefore have no place in our society.
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County condemns these actions and stands in support of our AAPI families, friends, and colleagues. As stated in our DEI charter, the WGC promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion among our Board, professional staff, and members of the Women’s Giving Circle, as well as the community at large.
The WGC will continue to demonstrate our commitment to the AAPI community through our philanthropic activities and will continue our work in the community to realize equity, inclusion and justice. We are committed to working collaboratively through our programs and activities to promote a community where all residents are free and comfortable to work, play and live.
- The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County Advisory Board
TODAY: There is a Solidarity Rally in Support of the AAPI Community planned at the Columbia Lakefront on Wednesday, March 24 at 5:30 pm. Learn more here.
Thank You for Joining Us!
Wow, what a night!
Thanks to the over 200 attendees last night who joined us for the WGC's March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration on International Women's Day!
We hope you enjoyed hearing about the work of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and how you can get involved, listening to the conversation about “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving” from our Keynote Speakers Valaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin, and viewing our Virtual (S)hero Mosaic, highlighting over 500 local (S)heroes.
And, we hope you enjoyed learning more about our five Featured (S)heroes, the important work their organizations are doing on the ground in Howard County, and how you can support them.
If you were unable to join us you can view the recorded event here, read the event program here and watch an event snippet here.
We appreciate the wonderful feedback! Here's just a few thoughts from several attendees:
If you are as inspired as we are to continue making a difference collectively, here are 5 Actions Steps you can take today:
Once again, we thank our incredible sponsors - all 118 of you! It takes a special person and individual to understand the value of investing in the WGC and supporting women and girls by sponsoring events such as ours tonight, and we appreciate you! Take a look at the goodies in our Virtual Swag Bag from some of our sponsors.
Many thanks to our fabulous Keynote Speakers, Valaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin - you can learn more here about Philanthropy Together and Black Philanthropy Month. And, thank you to the WGC Advisory Board and Committee members, including our terrific Membership & Events Committee who made tonight possible, our partners at the Community Foundation of Howard County, our food and drink partners throughout Howard County, our five Featured (S)heroes, and all of you - so many (S)heroes Among Us, for taking the time last night to GIVE | JOIN | CONNECT with the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County to make things happen in our community.
We truly believe that women’s philanthropy is shaping the future for women and girls through the power of diversified and democratized collective giving.
Thank you for being a part of it.
Vanita Leatherwood, Executive Director of HopeWorks, Recognized as a WGC Featured (S)hero
Dr. Mariana Izraelson, Executive Director of Grassroots Crisis Intervention, Recognized as a WGC Featured (S)hero