Each month we are speaking to our donors to learn more about how they are participating in WGC efforts, and why it’s meaningful to them. This month, please meet WGC Advisory Board Member Kim Agnor:
1. How long have you been involved with the WGC, and what is your role now?
Barb Van Winkle introduced me to the WGC about six years ago. Barb asked if my daughter Rachel would be interested in the Young Women’s Giving Circle (YWGC). Rachel was very interested and participated in the program during her sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. Through this connection, I became more familiar with the WGC and was asked in 2015 to serve as treasurer for the advisory board. I currently hold that position and am also the chair of the WGC’s Youth Development Committee.
2. What is your favorite WGC grant or effort, and why?
My favorite WGC effort is all the work we do supporting middle school and high school aged girls in Howard County. We raise funds for JA Rising Women and the Journey Camp for Girls programs. Both of these programs increase life skills of girls and encourage their healthy development and personal authority. They also provide philanthropy and mentoring opportunities for women of all ages.
3. Why should women in Howard County give to the WGC and get involved in WGC efforts?
Women have come a long way, but we have further to go. We want to reach as many Howard County women and girls as we can through our wonderful initiatives. Of course, growing any non-profit like this requires funding and volunteers. We are so grateful to those who have already generously contributed their resources, time and talents to our efforts.
Kim welcomes the opportunity to answer any questions about the WGC – feel free to contact her! Kim@KimAgnorCPA.com
Kim Agnor, Treasurer and Chair of Youth Development Committee, is an accountant with Fisher Ring LLC where she specializes in tax preparation and accounting work for small businesses and non-profits. Kim has served in assistant controller positions at St. John Properties and Questar Builders. Kim earned a BA in Economics and an Accounting Certificate from UMBC. She became licensed in MD as a CPA in 1993 and is a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to serving as treasurer of the Women’s Giving Circle, Kim is one of the current advisors to the Young Women’s Giving Circle. She has also served on the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation of Howard County and on the board of directors of the Clarksville Elementary School PTA where she held the position of Treasurer. She has also served as a volunteer at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood, Maryland, and has worked on various projects for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Kim has lived in Howard County since 1978. She currently lives in Clarksville with her husband Jeff and her two children, Rachel and Michael. She enjoys golf, running, cooking and reading when she gets the chance.
Happy National Women’s History Month!
In 1987 the US Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. This creates a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women.
Each year there is a special Theme and women whose lives exemplify that theme are selected as National Honorees – this year is:
NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.
We agree. And, it’s the foundation of the philanthropic work we’ve been doing the last 15 years. Together, we have worked to:
“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
International Women’s Day is about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. And, we are so pleased to be doing our part. Will you join us?
It’s easy – here’s 5 ways you can make a difference on this day celebrating the achievements of women across the globe, and right here at home:
Thank you for doing what you can to support women and girls in Howard County on this International Women’s Day 2018!
Alison Canning, WGC Chair
Barb Van Winkle, WGC Vice Chair
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
WGC had a great 2017 and are looking forward to an impactful 2018, together. So much good work, so many reasons to give. Take a look at what we’ve accomplished this past year. Thanks to all our donors for your support!
In 2002, a group of sixteen women decided to start the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. Now fifteen years later, with over 1,000 individual donors, and over $1 million in donations, the WGC has become a wonderful community of women with a shared purpose: to improve lives of women and girls through collective giving and grassroots action. Together, we have inspired each other to learn about the needs in the community, and have invested more than $300,000 in local community organizations that address the needs and improve the lives of women and girls.
The Women’s Giving Circle, one of the oldest giving circles in the country, is proud to celebrate the accomplishments that we have achieved together over the past 15 years, and we are looking toward fulfilling larger goals in the future!