Black Philanthropy Month 2020: Day 31
The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC) would like to express our sincere appreciation to all 31 inspirational women who participated in our first “Our Giving, Our Stories!” philanthropist profile series in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month 2020.
The WGC is proud to be a financial supporter of National Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), which is observed every August. The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives.
Starting on August 1 and each day in August thereafter, the WGC has shared daily profiles of Howard County philanthropists in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.
We have enjoyed highlighting these inspirational stories of women in our community who discussed what moves them to give their time, talent and financial resources, when they started giving to issues that are important to them, and what advice they have for those interested in giving back.
“I am thrilled to have lead the WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” Profile effort for Black Philanthropy Month” said Malynda Madzel, philanthropist and former WGC Advisory Board Member. “As a long-time supporter of the WGC, I’m excited to have elevated the voices of women in our community who give back in so many ways, and in particular, I am honored to end our profile series with Millie Bailey, a matriarch of Black philanthropy in our community.”
As we end Black Philanthropy Month, we are excited to provide an enhanced “Our Giving, Our Stories!” profile of Mrs. Vivian C. (Millie) Bailey. We’ve chosen her as our final honoree for her many years of philanthropy and service to our community, and our country. With Millie’s profile, we “saved the best ‘til last.”
As an early donor to the Women’s Giving Circle, her generosity helped to establish the foundation upon which we built our organization. We are very fortunate to have her as our own—a philanthropist who is both a local and national role model and living treasure that has served our country, state and county in multiple roles at various stages of her life.
At age 102 and six months, she is the epitome of a life dedicated to service and a force to be reckoned with. Her life is one that instills a great sense of awe of accomplishment to those that know her as she is - an inspiration to those women who are now finding their individual passion and who are reaching through barriers to connect, support and serve our community.
We look forward to many more years of Millie’s wisdom and compassion as we move forward with our efforts and follow her example to make Howard County a better place to live for all our residents, and especially - women and girls. Please read Millie’s enhanced profile here, and the 30 other “Our Giving, Our Stories!” profiles.
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC Executive Director
Melissa Curtin, WGC Advisory Board Member and Commissioner, Maryland Commission for Women
Women’s Equality Day commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920, granting women the right to vote in political elections (“suffrage”). Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1973 to commemorate the 19th Amendment.
The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. The 19th Amendment was introduced in 1878 and 45 years later, in 1920, white women were granted the right to vote. Women of color were denied this right over 45 years and barriers are still faced today.
Many courageous and tenacious women (“suffragettes”) have fought for 150 years to seek full equality. Today, we celebrate every woman who has fought, and those who are still fighting, to advance ALL women as we carry on the battle for equality. We must stay the course.
The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Howard County has been supporting women and girls in Howard County for the past 18 years. Together, we are building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to continue to help meet needs of women and girls in a variety of ways in Howard County.
Our goals are to:
Regardless of party affiliation, we believe that resources, including time, energy, expertise, and money, should be directed to critical systemic change in the political, social, and economic arenas. These systems significantly impact the present and future of every girl and woman, as well as their sons, husbands, brothers, and fathers. As women gain greater equality, the world will be a better place for boys and men, too.
It will continue to take women of concern, compassion, and generosity to hold tight to and carry forth the torch of equality and keep the fire burning.
Collective giving is one way that we can positively impact the women and girls in our community. Another way is by making our voices heard at the kitchen table, the boardroom table, in state legislatures, Congress, and everywhere in between.
And, of course, we must VOTE! If you haven’t registered to vote, please register today. If you want to request a Mail-In Ballot, please request it today. If you are unsure of your polling place, look it up today. Make a plan to vote and ensure that your vote is counted. And while you’re at it, please make sure to complete the 2020 Census as soon as you can.
We value all women who have given to WGC over the past 18 years. As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, we hope you will consider a gift to the WGC's In Her Honor Fund to honor a woman who has made a difference for all of us, including yourself.
Every woman stands on the shoulders of the women who came before us.
Here’s to strong women! May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
– Former First Lady, Michelle Obama
Learn more about the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and our efforts at: www.womensgivingcircle.org
#WomensEqualityDay #19thAt100 #19thAmendment #Vote #WomensVote100
HoCoRespond Has Already Raised $407,500 for Grants to Support
Housing, Food Security, Childcare and Healthcare
Columbia, Md. - Key Howard County funders are sustaining their strong partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing a new effort to raise and deploy an additional $200,000 to support nonprofits working on the frontlines in Howard County through HoCoRespond.
New, coordinated grant funding is urgently needed to help Howard County residents as unemployment insurance supplements and eviction protections are at risk of ending. Many vulnerable families in Howard County are increasingly unable to pay for food, rent, childcare and healthcare, and nonprofits in the county are helping address those challenges.
Under the umbrella of HoCoRespond, the Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County have been working together since March to assess community needs, accept donations and provide funding to Howard County nonprofits providing frontline support, with a focus on food security, housing, childcare and healthcare. Through HoCoRespond, Howard County funders have awarded a total of $407,500 since March to 31 nonprofits.
"This public health crisis has caused a wave of challenges for our residents - people are facing unimaginable circumstances deciding whether to keep a roof over their head or food on their table," said County Executive Calvin Ball. "We're incredibly grateful to have such dedicated organizations to help look out for our most vulnerable, and HoCoRespond has already demonstrated effectiveness in collaboration. In a time when it's imperative to help those among us most in need, this is a perfect way to support your neighbors and community. I encourage those who are able to make a charitable contribution to support this emergency fund."
On August 17 the Maryland Department of Health reported 4,089 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Howard County and 100,715 cases across the state.
“Howard County Funders are coordinating to raise and deploy critical resources to nonprofits on the frontlines of responding to the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities in Howard County” said Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County. “We continue to be here to support our community as we navigate ongoing community needs this summer and into the fall.”
A key focus of the collective grantmaking is to ensure communities of color are receiving equitable treatment.
“We are proud that our collective grantmaking is working to advance equity by focusing on cultural, racial, ethnic, geographic and ability diversity in the organizations we are funding” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “We are working closely with our partners to continue to identify urgent needs on the ground.”
HoCoRespond.org is continuing to accept donations and will announce another round of grantmaking soon. Those looking to help can donate to the following emergency funds supporting nonprofits that are assisting community members affected by COVID-19:
“The reality is that COVID-19 is continuing to harm our community,” said Nikki Highsmith Vernick, president and CEO of the Horizon Foundation. “We will continue to work closely with our funding partners to address critical housing, food, childcare and healthcare challenges in Howard County and provide emergency and ongoing support to those in need.”
The Howard County funding partners are urging county residents, donors and the community at large to take action and support the nonprofits who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We will continue exploring the path forward in providing relief to our community by leveraging our strengths and working with others to make a bigger difference together than we might otherwise make alone,” said Barb Van Winkle, chair of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.