WGC eNews – May 2018
The Women’s Giving Circle is proud to bring together people with common interests to learn about issues impacting our community and effective philanthropy. Our pooled funds allow us to collectively make larger grants together that will improve the lives of women and girls in Howard County.
How are we doing this? We give grants to nonprofits in Howard County that focus on our mission. We raise money from donors to support our grantmaking and we have an endowment so that we will have money in perpetuity to fund programs that benefit women and girls. And, we host events and programs to engage donors and raise money to support our grantmaking.
We’ve been part of the Howard County community for over 15 years, have raised over $1 million to support our efforts from over 1,000 donors, and have given grants to over 100 nonprofits that support women and girls in our community. And we do all this together – as a Giving Circle. It takes all of us investing our time, talent, and financial resources in various ways to ensure we are having an impact. We hope you will continue to be involved, or decide to get involved – there’s lots of ways!
In fact, here’s a few upcoming opportunities, that you can read more about below:
Don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone on the WGC Advisory Board with any questions. Thank you for your partnership and support!
Alison Canning, WGC Chair
WGC Annual Celebration, October 15 – Save the Date!
Keynote Speaker: Rayna DuBose, “Strength, Power & Engagement: Growing and Giving in Our Community”
Location: Howard Community College
Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: 5:00 -7:00 pm
Keynote Speaker Rayna DuBose was a star athlete from Howard County, who earned a full scholarship to play basketball at Virginia Tech. But after contracting bacterial meningitis, she woke up from a 3-week long coma to discover her limbs had been amputated.
Now a motivational speaker, Rayna will discuss how she overcame adversity and found her purpose through strength, power and engagement, and her thoughts on growing and giving in our community.
We’ll provide registration information soon, but in the meantime, please Save the Date and plan to join the Women’s Giving Circle at our Annual Celebration!
WGC Happy Hour at Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom by Fretz- July 17
Please join the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County for Happy Hour!
Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom by Fretz, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, Columbia, MD 21046
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 5:00 -7:00 pm
Cost: $35 /includes 2 glasses of wine and appetizers
Join us for great food, drink, company and conversation! Hear a brief overview of WGC’s recent accomplishments, continued plans for 2018 including our newly enhanced Emergency Response Network, and why and how you can participate! We are looking forward to a warm, inviting and personal group conversation – we expect to sell out so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets!
The charitable portion of this event is $15. This event is a fundraiser – the net proceeds will go toward WGC grants in 2018. We’ll be doing a happy hour series this year so we can give our current donors and those who may wish to become donors an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the WGC.
We look forward to seeing you!