When Colleen Willoughby founded the Washington Women’s Foundation in Seattle in 1995, she sought to change a philanthropic landscape where women often lacked the confidence to invest broadly and in issues important to them in their communities and were seldom seated at philanthropic board tables.
Through the Foundation and affiliated organizations, Colleen promoted the model of collective giving grantmaking that changed the face of philanthropy.
This year Philanos honored Malynda Madzel of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, a changemaker who has:
Challenged the status quo in philanthropy
Used their collective giving experience to make an impact outside her circle
Addressed needs that may not have otherwise been addressed, and
Collaborated philanthropically in her community
This year’s Philanos Willoughby Award was given at PowerUP! Baltimore National Women's Collective Giving conference to Malynda, who has helped to change the status quo for philanthropy in our community through the myriad leadership positions she has held.
Of particular importance is her work and commitment to bring more diverse voices to the philanthropic table. She has been a well-known philanthropic leader, has received prestigious awards, and has been honored several times as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.