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. The WGC is a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County.
We bring women together to learn about issues impacting women and girls in our community, and pool our dollars to fund programs that address those issues so we can have a greater impact together than we might otherwise have alone.
We fund programs that benefit women and girls because nonprofits and programs that focus on women and girls are traditionally underfunded. And, as far as our support for girls, we know that young girls benefit from programs specially designed to meet their needs.
We’ve been part of the Howard County community for 19 years, have raised over $1 million to support our efforts from over 1,000 donors, and have given over $500,000 through over 100 grants to nonprofits that support women and girls in our community. In 2019 we gave over $55,000 in grants to our nonprofit partners to empower women and girls.
And we’ve done all this together – as a giving circle. A giving circle is formed when individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money, and learn together about their community and philanthropy. There are thousands of giving circles across the country that have given millions of dollars collectively to have an impact on a wide variety of issues. We are so proud to be an early participant in this growing trend of collective giving.