As I walk through my personal and professional travels each day, women who don’t know us ask me what the WGC is. My answer is simply our mission: the Women’s Giving Circle is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.
And then, they naturally ask how we are doing this, and I love to highlight our goals.
For 15 years, together, we have worked to:
These questions are exciting to me, and I believe the answers are to those I speak with, especially when I get into more specifics about how over 1,000 women have raised over $1 million and leveraged our dollars to have more of an impact on women and girls than we might otherwise have alone … or how we’ve given hundreds of grants focused on women and girls in Howard County, including grants for programs like Girls on the Run of Central Maryland and Girl Power! STEM Event … or how we’ve called upon our network of women in Howard County and raised over $50,000 through the years as part of our WGC Emergency Response Network to assist over 70 women in need … or how we started and now fund Journey Camp for Girls, that has provided leadership and empowerment skills for hundreds of rising 8th and 9th grade girls … and how we’ve funded a women’s scholarship program, providing financial aid to women seeking job-related courses, in partnership with Howard Community College … or how we gave a $100,000 multi-year grant to start JA Rising Women, a 13 week after-school entrepreneurship program for girls grades 9-12, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland … or how we started one of the first Young Women’s Giving Circles in the country … honestly, the list goes on and on, and I love to talk about the great work the WGC has done and is doing.
What is perhaps the most important question that often follows is why … why are women partnering to support programs that benefit women and girls? And my answer is this. Because:
When I’m done answering these great questions, I always have one of my own … “so, do you want to get involved?”
As I always say, it’s easy – here’s 5 ways you can participate in the good work of the WGC:
Contact me anytime with questions … I’ll be happy to provide all the answers that I can, and will always end with that question of my own – “so, do you want to get involved?” Hope so!
– Alison Canning, WGC Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all donors who gave to the WGC in 2017 – it’s a long list! We can’t thank you enough:
AFP Interiors, Aime Self, Alexander F. Ross, Alison Canning, Alison Cuomo, Allyson Lestner, Anita Anderson, Anjula Batra, Ann M. Bromery, April F. Pardoe, Arlene Sheff, Barb Van Winkle, Barbara J. Wright, Barbara K. Lawson, Barbara Kaplan, Barbara M. Peart, Barbara Worthington, Bernice Kish, Beth Harbinson, Beth K. Leaman, Bita Dayhoff, Boi Carpenter-Mellady, Brenda Martineau, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Carlethea Johnson, Carolan Stansky, Carole S. Greenhaus, Carole MacPhee, Caroline Sherman, Carolyn Bourg, Caryn Lasser, Charles E. Day, Cheryl D. Nitz, Cheryl Griffin, Christine Christoph, Christine Meket, Claire D. Sinclair – In Memory of Cindy Hankin, Community Foundation of Howard County, Courtney Watson, Courtney Workman and Aaron Tark, Cristine Zvonkovich Fargo, Cynthia M. Lifson, Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC, Dee Athey, Diana M. Bailey, Dorothy B. Plantz, Dorothy Doub, Dorothy V. Harris, Dr. and Dr. Lee Roy Bronner, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Day, Dr. Cheryl Leonardi, Dr. Diane Matuszak, Dr. Dianne M. Connelly, Dr. Irene C. Griff, Dr. Mary Ellen Duncan, Drs. Ed and Anita Dworkin, Eileen Dewey, Eileen Horowitz, Elaine Bernstein, Elaine Buderer, Eleanor A. Hunt, Ellen Flynn Giles, Erin M. Cassell, Express I DO, Farida Guzdar, Francine B. Sheppard, Gayle Gerdes, Glennor Shirley, Gretta Ferrell, Helen B. Mitchell, Ilana Bittner, Inge R. Hyder, Jackie Eng, Jackie Melonas, Janet W. Peedin, Jennifer Bodensiek, Jennifer S. W, Jessamine Duvall, Jessica Kerry, Jill S. Christianson, Jillianne Crescenzi, Judith Clancy, Julie Forman, Karen Ferguson, Karen Saunderson, Karen Titus, Kelli A. Passalacqua, Kim Agnor, Kristen E. Allen, Kyle Drummond, Kyri Jacobs, Lauren Graybeal, Lawson Fund, Lee Draminski, Linda Odum, Lisa H. Hussman, Lisa Jose Fales, Lisa Smith, Lorraine M. Jones – In Memory of Cindy Hankin, Lorraine Seelaus, Lynn Coleman, Lynne Schaefer, Marcy Leonard, Marianne Moyer – In Honor of Barbara Lawson, Marny and Don Needle, Mary Beth Sola, Mary Gardella, Mary McGraw, Marylea Moore, Maureen Harris, Maurice Simpkins, Maxine Clark, Jean Moon, Meg Moon, Melissa Hooper, Melissa Rosenberg, Mickey Gomez, Migsie Richlin, Miracle Eleven Inc., Morgan Stanley c/o Alison Canning, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nussbaum, Mr. and Mrs. B Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Craig A. Moyer, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Trennepohl, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Stein, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Goins, Mr. and Mrs. Russell McCally, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Rodgers, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent DiPietro, Nancy Adams Personnel, Paula Skedsvold, Peggy W. Alexander, Phillip Dennis, Phyllis Greenbaum, Pixel Workshop Incorporated, Priti Patel, Rajani Tadimalla Ralph L. Gumpert, Robert and Bach Jeffrey – In Support of JA Rising Women, Robin Goble, Robyn Page, Rosa Snouffer, Sheila Leaf, Shirley M. Chase, Stacie Hunt, Stephen P. and Nuala Duffy, Sue Buswell, Sue Emerson, Tracey Schutty, Trevor Gray, Valda Jungblut, Valerie Montague, Vanessa A. DiFlumeri, Vito Dragone, Wendy Lesko, Wendy Slaughter, Wendy Slaughter Real Estate Group, Whittney Carmer, William Smith, Wise Wealth Management LLC On Behalf of Christine Meket, Yoko J. Horner, Yolanda Bruno
Many thanks to the following donors who have given to the WGC so far in 2018:
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Diana M. Bailey, Jackie Eng, Maureen Harris, Mr. and Mrs. James D. Mann, Pearline Atkinson-Stewart, United Way of Central Maryland on Behalf of Lynn Coleman