History

In the fall of 2000, four Howard County women attended a meeting in Baltimore promoting women’s philanthropy, and this proved the catalyst for a two-year planning effort by 15 diverse women to create a philanthropic group targeted to the concerns of women and girls.
Several early issues emerged as historically significant: the desire to be inclusive, the commitment to creating a permanent legacy, and the reluctance to duplicate or detract from efforts elsewhere.
Decisions were made to start giving levels low to allow all women to participate, to immediately establish an endowment to ensure funds for women and girls in perpetuity, and to house this new Women’s Giving Circle within The Columbia Foundation (now the The Community Foundation of Howard County) as a Donor Advised Fund.
On February 26, 2002, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County was formally launched to the public at Kahler Hall in Columbia at a tea. More than 200 women filled the hall. Donations and pledges poured in as women opened their hearts – and their checkbooks.
A portion of all donated funds have become part of an endowment to ensure perpetuity and the balance will be immediately invested in initiatives to improve the lives, the health, the future, and the personal authority of women and girls.
WGC donors strongly believe there is a place for all women, from all incomes, and at all stages of our lives, to be philanthropists and make a difference in Howard County – and we invite you to join us!

News

The Changemaker Challenge

The Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland are looking for innovative and fresh ideas to help address some of Howard County’s most pressing social issues. The challenge: Individuals, teams and nonprofit organizations will deliver an idea that could impact local health, the environment, social justice, children, teens, older adults or any other issues….

JA Rising, who’s funding is provided by a WGC grant, participants receive a bid to nationals!

Howard County High School Students to Compete at 2017 Junior Achievement National Student Leader Summit Local group of teen entrepreneurs will go head-to-head against 14 other teams in Washington, D.C., next month Owings Mills, MD, June 1, 2017 – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Inc. (JA), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people to…

Women’s Giving Circle receives $20,000 donation for Junior Achievement

COLUMBIA, Md.—The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, which raises and distributes funds supporting women and girls, received a $20,000 donation from husband-and-wife Columbia-residents Bob and Bach Jeffrey to support Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Rising Women program, which connects high school girls with mentors who help them with entrepreneurship projects. “Years ago, Bach had…

Deadline Extended: Journey Applications Open for Summer 2017

Maryland Leadership Workshop has extended the registration deadline for the 2017 Journey Camp until June 5, 2017. — Applications are now being accepted for the Journey summer camp program for rising 8th and 9th grade girls in Howard County.  Visit the Journey page to find out more information on how to apply.  Journey is partially funded by…

The Business Monthly Spotlights JA Rising Program

The Junior Achievement Rising Program funded by a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle was featured in The Business Monthly on December 15, 2016.  In 2015, the WGC announced a multi-year grant to JA totaling $80,000. The year-long, out-of-school leadership initiative takes a cohort of young women, in grades eight through twelve, through the hands-on…

Journey Tea Honorees 2016

As they have in past years, delegates who attended Journey 2016, the summer camp for middle school girls founded by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, will host a tea to honor five local female leaders in Howard County. This year’s honorees include Courtney Watson, Mamie Perkins, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Judge Lenore Gelfman, and Mae Beale. The…

Journey 2016

Journey 2016

This July, twenty-seven young women went on an amazing journey of self discovery at the Journey Camp for middle school girls. The girls attended workshops with topics such as leadership development, empowerment, decision making and more. The program is held at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. We’d like to congratulate each and every participant for taking part in…

Journey is Back!

Journey is Back!

This July, twenty-seven young women will go on an amazing journey of self discovery at the Journey Camp for middle school girls.  The girls will attend workshops with topics such as leadership development, empowerment, decision making and more. Journey is run by the Maryland Leadership Workshops and is supported by a grant from the Women’s…

Women in Wine Raises $950 for Women and Girls

Women in Wine Raises $950 for Women and Girls

In April, The Iron Bridge Wine Company hosted a very special evening to benefit the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.  The event featured special speaker, Katie Cavanagh, owner of Cavanagh Family Imports and a special tasting for guests.  The Iron Bridge Wine Company donated a portion of ticket sales, wine sales and food an…

WGC Grants Junior Achievement $80,000

WGC Grants Junior Achievement $80,000

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Howard County, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County, is thrilled to announce that we have awarded Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc. (JA) with a three-year Special Grant worth $80,000! Jennifer Bodensiek, JA President (left) Megan Bruno, WGC Board Chair (right); Allison Canning, WGC Donor Development…