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The Mall in Columbia
to Host City Gives!  9/13

Save the Date! September 13, 5 PM - 8 PM, The Mall in Columbia/Center Court


Please join us as The Mall in Columbia hosts "City Gives", a national philanthropic event to benefit the WGC.  The event will celebrate two women who embrace the vision of the WGC, enhance our community with their philanthropy, and enrich our legacy of leadership.   
  • Impact Honoree Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
  • Leadership Honoree - Marcy Leonard
BuffyBSchwartz Headshot2012 Marci Leonard for Award
Refreshments, music, a mall fashion show and a short program at 6 PM to honor these women are part of this fun and exciting evening event! 
All proceeds benefit the WGC. 

Online registration to follow soon! 

Journey Delegates To Honor Local Women  8/26

Save the Date! August 26


As they have in past years, delegates who attended Journey, the summer camp for middle school girls founded by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, will host a tea on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 3-4:30 pm, to honor four local women role models.


This year's honorees include Joan Athen, Ethel Hill, Becky Lessey and Linda Odum. 


All four women are members of the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame.   


The tea will be held in the Kittleman Room of the Duncan Hall Building at Howard Community College.  For reservations, contact womensgivingcircle@verizon.net


Power of the Purse Raises Funds for WGC

Caroline Sherman, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Women's Giving Circle, pondered a purchase at the Power of the Purse silent auction and sale fundraiser for The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. The event, sponsored by Her Mind magazine, generated almost $5,000 - Columbia Patch, July 22, 2012

WGC Response Network - $1,000!

Our army of women donors and friends jumped to action this month and raised $1,000 in one hour to help a young mother in need.  Thank you!

July 2012
Dear WGC Donors and Friends,


The Women's Giving Circle is thriving ... but it is working in an environment that has made what we do more important and necessary than at any time in its history.


The economy still struggles, but we continue to shore up women who need us.  Emergency grants have gone to:

  • Bridges to Housing Stability
  • Community Action Council
  • Domestic Violence Center
  • Family and Children's Services
  • Grassroots
  • and FIRN

We help these organizations intervene when a financial crisis threatens one of the women they serve.  In addition, the WGC's Response Network helps individual women get immediate financial support from our donors - just last week we raised $1,000 in less than an hour to help a young mother.


We can continue to do this work with your support and pledges to support our many programs to benefit women and girls. And, we continue to host programs, events and opportunities to engage women of all ages in our efforts. 


Won't you join us? 


Caroline Sherman, Chair

Journey Celebrates  Seventh Summer

Twenty-five rising eighth and ninth grade girls attended Journey, the summer residential camp founded and supported by donors to the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and operated by Maryland Leadership Workshops since 2006. The girls came from 13 different schools, and five received scholarships to offset some of the camp fees - Columbia Patch, July 19, 2012  

WGC Circle Team is Going Strong!

2012 Circle Team
Our team is strong and growing, as we train and compete together in a number of events, including the upcoming 2012 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon. Our fundraising is going strong too - check it out!  Want to give or join? Contact Ilana Bittner at: Ilana@PixelWorkshop.com  

YWGC Celebrates a Great Year!

The 2011/2012 Young Women's Giving Circle held an end of year gathering to celebrate their success, thank their leaders, and welcome their new co-chairs. "What a fabulous group of young women we partnered with this year" said Kathy Barnett, WGC Advisory Board member and mentor for the YWGC. "I can't wait to see what this next year holds!"

Thank You to our 2012 eNewsletter &  Website Sponsor!

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The Women's Giving Circle (WGC) is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County, MD. The WGC is a fund at The Columbia Foundation, Howard County's Community Foundation. www.womensgivingcircle.org