We had a great night tonight at the WGC's Big Think, part of the WGC Big Give Membership!
What is the Big Give?
It's for those WGC members who want to learn more about grantmaking to women and girls through a hands-on learning and grantmaking experience. This year's inaugural Big Give has 27 women participating who are learning, sharing, and collectively giving $20,000 together to 3 WGC nonprofit partners.
At the Big Think tonight, Big Give members read through and discussed 13 proposals, and then made the decision together to invite 3 nonprofits to join them next month for the Big Give, and to learn how much funding they will receive based on their proposals.
Here's how it works:
2022 WGC Big Give Membership Structure and Timeline:
BIG KICK: Philanthropy Overview
Thursday, July 28, 2022, Community Foundation of Howard County
WGC Big Give members gathered for two hours at the Community Foundation of Howard County to meet one another and learn about the community foundation, WGC, and the broader philanthropic landscape. Pre-reading materials were sent in advance and refreshments were served.
BIG LEARN: WGC’s Grantmaking History and Future
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 pm via Zoom
WGC Big Give members participated virtually in an overview of WGC’s history, grantmaking, the Status of Women and Girls in Howard County, and our grantmaking parameters, followed by review and discussion about the pre-vetted nonprofit partners who provide programs that support women and girls in Howard County. Post-reading materials were sent to prepare for the Big Think.
BIG THINK: Giving Discussion
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Community Foundation of Howard County
WGC Big Give members engaged in the final discussion, asked questions, and voted for the final three nonprofit partners who will make a final presentation in October at The Big Give. Each of the three nonprofits will receive a grant award. Pre-reading materials were sent in advance and refreshments were served.
BIG GIVE: Big Voting/Giving Event
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Community Foundation of Howard County
WGC Big Give members will gather with all Big Give Members to hear from the three nonprofits about their proposed programs and vote on the grant award amounts. Then ... we'll celebrate!