We had a fantastic WGC Happy Hour at Success in Style in partnership with Feldspar Studio & Gallery!
Many thanks to everyone who attended tonight, donated and bought clothing, and learned more about the WGC - including our newly launched IMPACT 2024 Campaign and focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!
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What an afternoon we had today at the JustLiving Advocacy, Inc.'s Bridges of HOPE luncheon, where the Women's Giving Circle and WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle of Nancy Adams Personnel of Columbia were honored, along with Beverly White-Seals of the Community Foundation of Howard County. Thank you to all who attended the lunch, including WGC Board Members April Pardoe, Lee Rees Draminski, Kim Mann Agnor and Hina Naseem!
Thank you so much to the wonderful Nette Stokes of JustLiving Advocacy, Inc. for this honor, and for the incredibly important work you do in our community!
And, many thanks to Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, for being there, are for these wonderful pictures, and lovely statement:
"There are many members of our community who are suffering in the dark. It is why I was pleased to join Bridges of HOPE for their community Luncheon to recognize the individuals and organizations who effortlessly help our friends in need. We need to expand the flame of opportunity and feed the fires of hope. This only happens when we work together to spread the light to those around us. Congratulations to today’s honorees Nancy Adams Personnel, Community Foundation of Howard County, and Women's Giving Circle."
The Bridges of HOPE Community Leadership Luncheon is an opportunity to recognize organizations and individuals that significantly contribute to the community through their philanthropic and life sustaining endeavors for individuals and families in need, as well as aid community businesses and organizations in their efforts to help change lives for the better in Howard County.
We had a great turn out at our YWGC interest meeting Wednesday night!
We are really pumped about our YWGC Impact Team 2020 Kick off meeting on Thursday October 17th at the Elkridge Fire Station at 7pm. If you couldn’t make the meeting Wednesday night and are still interested, contact us by October 4th!
The Young Women's Giving Circle (YWGC) is sponsored by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County.
Our group is composed of girls in 7th - 12th grade who share the same passion: helping women and girls in need. What does the YWGC do? We:
We are currently accepting applications for YWGC members for the 2019/2020 school year! We have three opportunities for girls grades 7-12 to participate in the YWGC as part of Impact Team 2020.
The power of collective giving helping people in our very own community will be the focus of these philanthropic efforts with young ladies 7th through 12th grade. Join us to learn more!
Are you interested in joining the YWGC? Here's several steps you can take:
Dear WGC Donors and Friends,
In late July the WGC launched IMPACT 2024, our new five-year, $500,000 fundraising effort and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion for women in Howard County. And wow, what a response we've had so far! Thank you to all of you who have donated and/or who have made a yearly pledge. I know we are going to hit our goal - and we must, if we are going to build on our past and enhance our future by increasing our grantmaking to programs that benefit women and girls, as well as strengthening our infrastructure to grow the circle. Check out this article on the national grant we just received to enhance our work. We are committed to enhancing our core values to better meet our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to all of our work. Learn more and please considering joining us!
I am excited that we are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Young Women's Giving Circle (YWGC), which is sponsored by the WGC. The group is composed of girls in 7th - 12th grade who share the same passion: helping women and girls in need. Interested? Plan to join us at our Wednesday, September 18 YWGC Interest Meeting, 7 pm at the Elkridge Library to learn more.
We have many great things going on - I hope to see you at some of our upcoming activities:
- September 23: I am so excited to be honored at the JustLiving Advocacy, Inc. Bridges of Hope Leadership Luncheon, along with Beverly White-Seals, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County - what a wonderful tribute for the foundation and the WGC, thank you! Did you know the WGC is a fund of the Community Foundation? We are working to make a difference together!
- September 24: Join us for Happy Hour from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Success in Style Charity's First Pick at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Street, minutes from Columbia - where else can you meet, drink, shop, donate, and learn more about women helping women through the WGC?! No cost to attend, please just bring a bag of clothes and/or jewelry to donate. Donations to WGC gratefully accepted - RSVP today!
- October 14: Join us for WGC's 2019 Annual Celebration - A Tale of Two Women and Their Rise to Equality: Shattering Glass Ceilings in Howard County, with Keynote Speakers Lisa Myers and Christine Uhlhorn, Howard County's first female Police Chief and first female Fire Chief, at Howard Community College, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center - Purchase tickets today!
We are excited to again offer business and personal sponsorship opportunities. Last year we had 38 sponsors! If you sponsored last year, can we count on you again? And, if you didn't but are interested in joining this amazing group of women sponsors, please take a look and see what interests you - you can easily sign up online. Contact me if you have any questions!
Thank you for your support of the WGC! We are committed to growing a community of empowered philanthropists that are building on the past, and working today to shape the future for women and girls through the power of collective giving.
I look forward to seeing many of you soon!
Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
As they have in past years, delegates who attended Journey Camp for Girls this summer, hosted their Annual Tea in August where they honored five local women role models.
This year's honorees are: Katherine Rensin, Malynda Madzel, Diane B. Martin, Cathy Hudson, and Kim Agnor.
Journey Camp for Girls, or “Journey” is a week-long camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls in Howard County, MD that is run by Maryland Leadership Workshops and conceived of and funded by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.
The idea behind Journey is to bring girls, in their formative years together to learn about leadership, empowerment, and community. At Journey each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and challenges in a supportive and fun environment that fosters self-esteem and confidence.
Congratulations to the honorees and this year's Journey Delegates!
Posted on August 28, 2019
On August 20, 2019, an initiative to connect and catalyst the field of giving circles announced their intention to donate $32,000 to collective giving organizations. The funds, distributed in thirteen microgrants ranging from $500 to $5,000, will go toward circles and networks that “showcase, scale, strengthen, and sustain the field of collective giving.
This initiative is born out of a yearlong co-design process spearheaded by the organizations Amplifier, Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Catalist, Community Investment Network, and Latino Community Foundation.
Leading funders of the co-design process include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lodestar Foundation, and Bank of America.
The goal of the microgrants program is to empower organizations and networks committed to the concept of collective giving: a process in which interested donors join together, pool their financial resources, and invest in programs or organizations that strengthen their communities.”
Over the last year, these organizations identified four main strategies to amplify the field of collective giving:
The groups selected for the $32,000 in microgrants exemplify one or more of these four main strategies.
The first group of grantees showcase the giving circle model. Through community outreach, press relations, and scaled donation systems, these organizations seek to call attention to organizations that epitomize the concept of a “giving circle.” Grantees include (from the press release):
The next group of grantees were selected to scale the model by creating more circles and networks. Leaning on celebrated traits that draw communities together, such as cultural practices, religious beliefs, and LGBTQIA+ support, these organizations will build giving circles and networks that support members’ philanthropic and personal beliefs. Grantees include:
The third group will strengthen existing circles and networks. These grantees are committed to diversity and inclusion, education and research, and the development of toolkits and curriculum that organizations can use to spread their message. These organizations hope to boost giving across the nation by educating the public about the benefits of philanthropic networks and giving circles. Grantees include:
Finally, the fourth group of grantees sustains the collective giving movement through a mix of fundraising and campaigning. Funds will boost fundraising efforts for a wide variety of campaigns and organizations. They will also go toward the creation of databases, surveys, research projects, and online platforms that make the process of giving easier, more efficient, and more effective to spread to wider audiences. Grantees include:
When it comes down to it, this $32,000 project is really one large giving circle promoting the efforts and campaigns of multiple philanthropic network. By pooling resources — and by giving out thirteen smaller grants instead of a couple of larger ones — the twenty funders can more effectively use their collective $32,000 to make an impact in several different communities.
Many of the organizations receiving these microgrants contribute to philanthropy, giving circles, and the research and education related to them on both national and international levels. Together, these organizations will continue to expand and transform the realm of giving circles.
The focus on collective giving as a way to align with your community around key values and strategies, is an important new direction in philanthropy being driven primarily by women.
The effects of our actions, no matter how small, can have impressive and positive impacts. When we work together as a collective, we amplify the smallest of actions into something much larger.
For more information on the giving collective’s microgrants, read their press release online.
To learn more about giving circles, read about the impact of collective philanthropy as it spreads into an international movement. If you’re interested in getting more involved, sign up for “PowerUP!: The Spark that Ignites Change,” Catalist’s 2020 conference hosted in Seattle, Washington.
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