The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County

WGC eNews – July 2018

WGC eNews – July 2018

Dear WGC Donor and Friends,

How exciting, this is my first message to you as the Chair of the WGC! 

It is my honor to serve as Chair for the next two years, and to work closely with our wonderful Advisory Board, Community Foundation of Howard County leadership and staff, and WGC donors, partners, and grantees to improve the lives of women in girls in our community. I am so grateful to Alison Canning, Immediate Past Chair, for her incredible efforts to help move the WGC forward!


As I said at our wonderful happy hour on Tuesday, it is exciting to start leading our giving circle that has been part of the Howard County community for over 15 years, has raised over $1 million to support our efforts from over 1,000 donors, and has given grants to over 100 nonprofits that support women and girls in our community. What I reminded everyone there – all the old and new faces – is that the WGC:

  • Gives grants to nonprofits in Howard County that focus on our mission.
  • Raises money from donors to support our grantmaking, and we have an endowment so that we will have money in perpetuity to fund programs that benefit women and girls
  • Hosts events and programs to engage donors and raise money to support our grantmaking.

Thanks to everyone who attended the happy hour – it was great to meet and speak with so many women who want to partner for change in our community. I’m looking forward to working with all of you to continue to nurture and grow our wonderful giving circle, and hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!


Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair

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