Why Donate?

Together, WGC donors are harnessing our philanthropic resources, insights and acumen to help women and girls realize their potential by promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment.
We share a tremendous sense of pride in having forged a collaborative approach to philanthropy which is helping each one of us to leverage our charitable dollars to make a difference.

There are wide variety of benefits to becoming a donor to the WGC, including:

  • The opportunity to leverage your charitable dollars for change
  • Having a greater understanding of community needs and services
  • The opportunity to learn more about grantmaking
  • Networking opportunities with people of shared values
  • Receiving ongoing information, statistics and opportunities to connect
  • Receiving invitations to the WGC’s Annual Meeting, programs and other events
  • Participation in an organization of women empowering other women and girls
  • Opportunity to be a part of a powerful wave of philanthropy in Howard County

What does your philanthropic investment do? 

Here’s a brief snapshot – WGC has:

  • Invested nearly $250,000 in grants in women and girls in Howard County
  • Helped numerous women in financial crisis through emergency grants to selected nonprofit organizations
  • Reached the neediest of women through the WGC’s Emergency Response Network
  • Helped over 30 women improve their career possibilities through a financial aid fund for women taking job-related courses at Howard Community College
  • Addressed body image issues through programs like the “How Do I Look?” workshop attended by girls and their mothers
  • Taken over 240 young women on a journey of self discovery about what it means to be a woman, through the Journey summer camp for middle and high school girls
  • Introduced young women to career professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Educated girls about financial planning and independence through a Junior Achievement program
  • Attracted over 1000 donors committed to making a difference through gifts and pledges totaling over $1.1 million!


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…