Many thanks to all of our members - long-time and new - who have given to the WGC recently. You are appreciated!
Megan Bruno, Anne Johnson, Maryland Orthodontic Specialists, Feli Sola-Carter, Horizon Foundation, Phyllis Yigdall, Margaret Wilson, Joanne Jackson, Ellen Liebert, Dee Athey, Bonnie Heneson Communications, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Jackie Crispell, Jordan Turner, Allison and Alan Korn and Clardy, Judy Barnett, Kimberly Prescott, Nette’ Stokes, Andrea Ingram, Susan Porter, Dana Delott, Laurie Scudder, Nina Yudell, Mary Jordan, Julia McCready, Jennifer Kubina, Erika Chavarria, Tanya La Salle, Lori Fuchs, Theresa Billow-Supple, Maria Ferraro, Malynda Madzel, Wendy Baird, Robyn Peters, Mary Peitz, Safa Hira, Louise Kiblet, Denise Sampson, Paula Seabright, Deirdre Mary McElroy. Rhonda Neubauer, Karen Crowder, Beverly Byron, Angela Alston, Cathy Bell, Susan Otradovec, Karen Hussey, Regina Clay Consulting Group LLC, Dawn Popp, Leslie Marsiglia, Laura Salganik, Brenda von Rautenkranz, Paula Rasera, Cheryl Griffin, Barbara Peart, Jennifer Cavey, Arlene Sheff, Robert Sheff, Katherine Zaeh, Nina and Marvin Yudell, Kathryn Haines, Mike Peduto, Karen Jensen, Barb Van Winkle, Jennifer Manner, Jason Price, Wendy Royalty, Natalie Ziegler, Jennifer Smith, Elizabeth Kromm, Gayle Siegel, Joan Hash, Alison Canning, Mary McCally, Kimberly Agnor, Janet & John Rohde, Ray Mellott, Beth Leaman, Carol Mellott, Suzie Wolfinger Schmitt, Tahira Mussarat Hussain, Robin Steele, Suriya Kaul, Naomi Slagowski, Teresa Chaconas, Hurley Group Consulting, Yolanda Bruno, Mary Cannon, Jennifer Broderick, Melissa Rosenberg, Mary Matthews, Leah Musiker, Krista Baker, Stephanie Schultz, Deborah Hurley, Lynne Schaefer, Marci Brand, Wendy Slaughter, Susan R. Buswell, Mary Peitz, Stephanie Brown, Laura Sullivan, Diana Bailey, Tanya La Salle, April Pardoe, Rebecca Gibino, Arielle Karp, Christina Beaudoin, Diane O’Connor, Gina Seyfried, Kelly O'Connor, Laura Mettle, Patricia Clifford, Sue Briggs, Susan Wilensky, Carlessia Hussein, Ellen Millhollon, Katherine Tetrault, Linda Evans, Suzanne Colvin, Patricia Wecker, Laurie Scudder, Nuala Duffy, Vickie Ethridge, Karen Crowder, Neil Davis, Judy Smith, Jean Moon, Linda and Bill Wilson, Renee Lowden, Jocelyn Apollon, Britt Spears, Ruth Japzon, Bronwyn Belling, United Way of Central Maryland, Cynthia Bell, Mary Ann Scully, Christine Meket, Sharon Runge, Joan Hash, Dana Carr, Ann Strozyk, Meg Feroli, Jaki Ulman, Hima Jain, Lisa Terry, Lois Dreisbach, Tina Broccolino, Angie Kozlowski, Sherri Witzke, Tricia Hudson, Beth Harbinson, Beatrice Dane, Linda Eggbeer, Razia Kosi, Tufton Capital Management, Ann Selnick, Amanda Hof, Michele Dudley, Berlyn & Gene Carlson, Junior League of Howard County, Ann McNary, Lynn Coleman, Kari Staddon, Caryn Lasser, Donna Richardson, Maura Dunnigan, Sharice Hammond, Jade McDuffie McClary, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Pam Foster, Howard Hughes, Sheila Young, Courtney Moon, Valerie Mathis, Rebecca Beall, Beth Ditman, Whittney Carmer, Steven Breeden, Megan Bruno, Deanna Sakellaris, James Melonas, FIRN, Inc., Lisa Schoenbrodt, Salma Kaul, Stacie Hunt, Dorothy Doub, Tonya Aikens, Laura Ciccone, Carolyn Kelemen, Sharon Nussbaum, Buffy Illum, Deb Jung, Robin Sturman, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Suellen Seigel, Robin Kittleman, Lisa Hall, Kim Drake, James Burns, Kimberly Leakey, Kristin Mentz, Suzi Padgett, National Family Resiliency Center, Inc., Elexis Lawson, Dept. Community Resources and Services, Howard County Government, Karen Pitsley, Vanessa Atterbeary, Linda Ostovitz, Linda Lamppert Leslie, Linda Kuberek, Bormel, Grice & Huyett PA, Temple Isaiah, Davis Agnor Rapaport and Skalny, Jessica Feldmark, Nina Basu, Susan Hobby, Karen Hussey, Dana Sohr, Wendy Ryan, Donna Wecker, Carol Kressen, Colleen Ratliffe, Susan Lyons, Emily Shreve, Susan Hobby, Laurie Scudder, Stephanie Schultz, Beth Singleton, Jeffrey Boutwell, Tanya La Salle, Nicole Berger, Carol Beatty, Becky Lessey, Judy Pittman, Jean Silver-Isenstadt, Margaret Shomali, Heidi Abdelhady, Kyle Reis & Sabina Taj, Deborah Gottwals, Angie Kozlowski, Barbara Fowler, Pam Long, Andrea Moore, Kristyn Berger, Roslyn Jones, Bank of America Private Bank, Crystal Konny, Lee Draminski, Donyel Bacon, Kashonna Holland, Mia Draminski, Mary Thompson
3 Questions With Philanthropist, Chiara D'Amore, Ph.D. - WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories" - In Celebration of Earth Day 2021
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
"I grew up in Howard County in a family that believes in sharing our time, talent and treasure. I watched my mom serve our community in a variety of volunteer positions and was inspired by her giving spirit. Now, the greatest inspiration for both my volunteer and professional work is my own children. I am motivated to help make our community as vibrant and healthy as I can for them as well as all of the children of Howard County. It is my deep joy to create opportunities where individuals and families gather together to share positive experiences in nature."
- Chiara D'Amore
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!
Elevating the voices and philanthropy of our members and friends throughout the year.
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has launched the "Our Giving, Our Stories" Recognition Series, a year-long series of giving profiles designed to amplify the voices of women and girls in Howard County, Maryland.
Building on the August 2020 "Our Giving, Our Stories" month-long series of giving profiles in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month, "Our Giving, Our Stories" is now enhanced as a year-long opportunity to highlight women philanthropists in our community. We are accepting the names of women throughout the year who may be profiled.
You can read our first 2021 OGOS profile of Dr. Chiara D'Amore in celebration of Earth Day, here.
"We are excited to build upon our support of National Black Philanthropy Month to develop "Our Giving, Our Stories" into a year-long philanthropic leadership recognition effort" said Hina Naseem and Judy Smith, co-Chairs of WGC's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. "Inspiring philanthropic leadership and increasing giving by amplifying the voices of women and girls are among the goals of this effort and we are committed to advancing this important work in our community."
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County is proud to elevate the voices and giving of our members and friends throughout the year, which will include, but is not limited to:
Learn more about each day/month/event for which you may submit a name for recognition here
“I was thrilled to lead the WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” profile effort for Black Philanthropy Month in August 2020” said Malynda Madzel, philanthropist and former WGC Advisory Board Member. “As a long-time supporter of the WGC, I was so excited to elevate the voices of women in our community who give back in so many ways and look forward to enhancing this effort year-round."
Please share your story and/or submit the names of women philanthropists here
We'll be promoting the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories" on an ongoing basis on our website, in our eNewsletter, and through social media to elevate the voices and actions of women in our community who give in so many ways including time, talent, and financial resources.
“Elevating the important stories of how women and girls are giving is critical as we work to engage others in collectively addressing issues in our community, and our country” said Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair. Thanks to so many women and girls in our community for your voices, your stories, and all that you do to make a difference in Howard County!"
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By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC Executive Director
For Her Mind Magazine
As we kicked-off Women’s History Month, over 200 attendees joined the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County virtually for our March 8, 2021 Annual Celebration – on International Women’s Day!
We discussed the work of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and to get involved, and we heard about “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving” from our Keynote Speakers Valaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin.
And, we focused on “(S)heroes Among Us” during our Annual Celebration, believing that all women are (S)heroes in their own ways – women admired for their courage and outstanding achievements.
We viewed our Virtual (S)hero Mosaic, highlighting over 500 local (S)heroes, and we featured five (S)heroes Among Us who have led critical efforts on behalf of organizations that we have funded this year through our Emergency Response Network, who are focusing on widespread community needs affecting women, their families, and the broader community.
If you were unable to join us you can view the recorded event here and read the event program here.
We invite you to join us for a follow-up conversation on April 14 at 8:30 am with each of our Featured (S)heroes to hear about their organizations and how you can get involved. Hear from: Jen Broderick, Erika Strauss Chavarria, Bita Dayhoff, Dr. Mariana Izraelson, and Vanita Leatherwood. Click on the links to read more about each of them, and register here to hear directly from them.
We thank all the (S)heroes Among Us in Howard County who make a difference every day in our community!
shero – /ˈSHirō,ˈSHērō/
A woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org and www.wgchowardcounty.org