Women's Giving Circle of Harford County

Women's Giving Circle of Harford County To engage women of all generations in the power of community philanthropy.

The Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County is dedicated to engaging women of all generations in the power of community philanthropy. Our contributions of time, talent and financial resources address the needs of women and families. Through education and increased awareness of local needs, we make a difference in the lives of women and their families throughout Harford County. Membership is open to women who support the Giving Circle with a minimum annual gift of $550.

Our goal is to inspire people to make a difference by demonstrating that it’s ABSOLUTELY possible! For 9 years, we’ve be...
06/04/2019

Our goal is to inspire people to make a difference by demonstrating that it’s ABSOLUTELY possible! For 9 years, we’ve been doing exactly that 🎉❤️🎉

We’ve invited a lot of amazing folks to our Happy Hour tonight & we understand not everyone can make it! Reach out to us & let’s find a better time- our goal is to have an event a month to catch up, reach out to our members, future members & local nonprofits!

July’s event is already listed as well but we’d love to come speak with your group or simply catch up by phone or email!! Want to donate without leaving the house?? You can sponsor an event or donate ANY amount (large or small) to our GrowFund link here:

Bitly.com/GiveToWGC

OR we’ll come pick up a donation if you need it! Thank you to our growing community for all the love & support- we look forward to an amazing 10 year anniversary in 2020!!

06/03/2019

Our “Brag Book” is ready! Flip through at our Happy Hour tomorrow & ask us about our favorite Grants!! Learn more about community needs & our long record of success in implementing change locally for women, children & families!!

#ItsOneThingToSeeOtOnAScreen
#TheKidsLettersAreSoMoving
#JoinUsToCarryOnTheLegacy

We're so excited for 2020! Our 10th Anniversary, new goals for donating locally, & searching for new members & non profi...
06/03/2019

We're so excited for 2020! Our 10th Anniversary, new goals for donating locally, & searching for new members & non profits to help- it's going to be an amazing year!!

It's officially time to renew your memberships & join us for the first time! We're taking donations & sponsors for upcoming events as well- make a difference big and small with us!

#WomensGivingCircle
#GivingAwayMoneyFor9YearsStrong
#LetsBreakAFewRecordsFor2020

Today, be strong- and balanced!! Then join us Tuesday at Happy Hour & tell us how you want to help lift others up! Alway...
06/02/2019

Today, be strong- and balanced!! Then join us Tuesday at Happy Hour & tell us how you want to help lift others up! Always compiling ideas to pass on the good 🎉❤️🎉

#StrongWomen
#ComeToHappyHour
#IfYouCantJoinUsPleaseShareItUp

It’s been a busy- and beautifully distracting- day!! It brings me such joy to feel the warm sun on my face!! Dreams are ...
06/01/2019

It’s been a busy- and beautifully distracting- day!! It brings me such joy to feel the warm sun on my face!!

Dreams are amazing motivators- when I joined the Giving Circle, I had a million ideas & then some! That makes prioritizing an imperative ❤️ The most important dream I have right now?!?!?

Being able to give away $50,000 next year for our 10th Anniversary!! With $500 in membership dues going straight to grants, that means we need about 100 members!!

Bonus?!?!? ANYONE can donate just to donate!! Gentlemen may not become circle members, but we will gladly take their donations!! Have a birthday? Don’t feel like shopping for someone else’s?!?!? You can donate in yours and/or their honor!!

I know we can make this small dream of mine a reality...and then maybe next year, I (& some other members) can start talking about giving to young women in middle/high schools & about how to start their own circles!!!

One thing at a time though- join us at Happy Hour & learn about joining & Giving over delicious Italian food & drinks!! ❤️🍹❤️

#DreamsIHaveDreams
#Only100
#MaybeIDidTheMathWrong
#ImAimingFor250Members
#ThankGoodnessImNotAnAccountant
#TheGrantsCommitteeOwesMeADragonNextYearIfWeHit250Members
#NoExpirationDateButVeryLittlePatience

We’re very excited about seeing everyone at the Happy Hour next week & we’ve had some members ask about doing MORE!More?...
05/31/2019

We’re very excited about seeing everyone at the Happy Hour next week & we’ve had some members ask about doing MORE!

More?!? Well you know us! We love an excuse to spend time together & give back but it’s not a requirement of being a member at all!

I try to share all of our grantees events when they pop up in the feed but if you find something you’d like to invite others to, please message over so we can share it with everyone as well!! Supporting & growing our community is always a priority 🎉❤️🎉

#GrowingOurCircle
#OneOpportunityCanMakeADifference
#NotARequirementForMembership
#GoAheadIntrovertsCelebrate

It’s a heart wrenching read but an important one! The hopes to ease the suffering of others is most of our daily motivat...
05/31/2019
For Melinda Gates, heartbreak motivates philanthropy

It’s a heart wrenching read but an important one! The hopes to ease the suffering of others is most of our daily motivations- just not on this scale. It brings me comfort to know that we do what we can & we’re actively making changes to make more impact!!

Come to our Happy Hour Tuesday & learn more!!!

#WomenSupportingWomen
#WomenSupportingChildren
#WomenSupportingFamilies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/for-melinda-gates-heartbreak-motivates-philanthropy/2019/05/20/5fa14758-66a4-11e9-8985-4cf30147bdca_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ff0db025c221

“It’s what ends up fueling the work.”

It’s about time someone noticed! Thankfully now there are studies to back up the proof that Women’s Giving is making a H...
05/30/2019
Women’s Foundations and Funds Are Walking the Talk. How Can Mainstream Philanthropy Follow Their Lead?

It’s about time someone noticed! Thankfully now there are studies to back up the proof that Women’s Giving is making a HUGE difference- now its time for everyone else to catch up!

Join us Tuesday for our Happy Hour to find out more!! 🎉🍹🎉

#TheBottomLineIsSocialGood
#SavingTheWorldOneCircleAtATime
#NotSoSecretHeroes

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/womens-foundations-funds-walking-talk-how-can-follow-lead-skidmore/

Women’s Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study—the newest report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute—details the key features and funding approaches of these organizations dedicated to supporting women and girls. Although women’s foundations and funds primarily focus on grantmaking, ...

05/30/2019

Remember- every current member who brings a prospective member gets a drink on us for YOU & your guest!!
🎉❤️🍹❤️🎉

School is almost out! I keep seeing amazing programs by our library branches, learning & adventure opportunities by loca...
05/30/2019

School is almost out! I keep seeing amazing programs by our library branches, learning & adventure opportunities by local eco groups & Mom groups joining up to ensure the kids don’t get “bored”!

For those of us with fur babies & grown children, there comes a time when we dismiss bare feet as silly or frivolous when in truth, it’s an absolute necessity to stay connected to our very own inner child!

We’re lucky enough to have awarded grants to so many local non profits serving children! If you’re looking for an excuse to be a bit sillier or get a bit more dirty, seek out volunteer opportunities!! Everyone needs great mentors & changing lives for the better is what we’re known for 🎉❤️🎉

#LuckyUs
#AGreatExcuseToPlayInTheSprinkler
#OurFutureIsBrightBecauseOfThem

We got a lot done last night at the monthly Board meeting! We all have “To Do” lists so we’re holding off on our newslet...
05/29/2019

We got a lot done last night at the monthly Board meeting! We all have “To Do” lists so we’re holding off on our newsletter until we get the best directions to help our members easily renew their membership on the amazing new Growfund platform!!

We hope to have written & possibly a video How To for everyone next week! Until then, know we appreciate everything you do & that we’re working hard to make our 10th Anniversary the BEST yet for 2020!!

#ThankYou
#TechnologyDirections
#ItsEasierThanItLooks
#ImAlwaysHereToHelpOrComeToHappyHour

“Grab your backpack! Where are your shoes?!? Where are my keys? Sanity?? Kids have you seen my sanity?!?!?”It’s a “Back ...
05/28/2019

“Grab your backpack! Where are your shoes?!? Where are my keys? Sanity?? Kids have you seen my sanity?!?!?”

It’s a “Back to It” day!! Expect a few road bumps & go with the flow today- some of us have lost our sanity or worse, spilled our coffee! 🤣 We have our Board Meeting tonight to compile notes for all our members who were unable to make the meeting- newsletters should be out by the weekend!

We’re already excited about our two upcoming events- they are open to everyone & members who bring a prospective member enjoy their first drinks on us 🎉🍹🎉 Check out our Events tab & plan to join us!!

#SecondMonday
#ShortWeek
#FinallyFeelsLikeSummer
#MySanityIsWithCarmenSandiego

In gratitude for those who have sacrificed. In gratitude for those who have served.Thank you ❤️
05/27/2019

In gratitude for those who have sacrificed.
In gratitude for those who have served.
Thank you ❤️

As a Circle who supports children, we KNOW how much school matters! There’s also statistical proof stating that students...
05/27/2019

As a Circle who supports children, we KNOW how much school matters! There’s also statistical proof stating that students in smaller classrooms do better through their school careers. We also know that exposure & experience with arts & music shape their mind & reduce stress & depression.

If you’d like to speak up, please feel free to email the folks listed to share your feelings about cutting school funding.

#AllKidsDeserveTheBest
#SchoolAndTeachersChangeLives
#CuttingFundingIsntTheAnswer
#NoPoliticsHere

In a less than 72 hours (Tuesday, May 28th) the County Council will vote on the FY20 Budget. As of today, no amendments have be introduced to fulfill the additional $15 million request from the school system. This is extremely disappointing.

The County Executive has funded a budget with 179 position cuts on top of more than 400 cuts over the last several years.

Over the last 10 years, extreme cost saving measures have resulted in larger class sizes, teacher and staff reduction and valuable program loss.

The fact is Harford County pads its budgets and over $100 million dollars currently exists in fund balance. There's still time for amendments to be made by the County Council to the proposed budget before the vote on Tuesday.

Other counties are making adjustments, reviewing budgets and making education a priority. See summary below from HCEA Budget Analysis. The numbers tell the story.

In one last push, please consider sending the County Council and the County Executive an email or call them and ASK FOR A FULLY FUNDED HCPS BUDGET.

Let them know we are watching.

County Council emails:
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

County Executive emails:
[email protected],
[email protected]

The County Council will vote May 28th 7:30pm- http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=4361

Link to full text of HCEA Budget Analysis here- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YDoiDlkp2HOw4kA8mfKUiqulIliijUIT/view?usp=sharing

#fund15 #nomore24 #saveharfordschools

Enjoy the day off & remember to honor those who served and passed in your own ways! We are grateful to live in the great...
05/26/2019

Enjoy the day off & remember to honor those who served and passed in your own ways! We are grateful to live in the greatest country ever ❤️ 🇺🇸❤️ Home of the Free BECAUSE of the brave!

As we wrap up the 2019 grant voting season, we move on to prepare for awarding the grants & focusing on growing our memb...
05/26/2019

As we wrap up the 2019 grant voting season, we move on to prepare for awarding the grants & focusing on growing our membership for the 2020 grant season!!!

We should have our newsletter out at the end of next week! We have a Happy Hour coming up June 4th & the first drink for current members and your guest is on us if you bring a potential new member with to happy hour!! 🎉🍹🎉

05/25/2019

It is important to be aware of the good & the negative things happening in our non-profit communities! The following message was posted up in a group & we wanted to let you know, we do NOT ever ask for gift cards or anything other than membership & monetary donations through our (upcoming NEW) specific website portal (details coming soon!) and by check which we are happy to pick-up from you!

Never hesitate to email us or message us here with any questions! The same would certainly be said of any other non-profit.

🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

PSA: There is now a second non-profit I know of in my local county (Harford County, MD) where scammers have targeted members of the group sending an email appearing to come from the leader of the organization asking for donations via gift cards.

In both cases the leaders did not send these emails (and neither would typically ask for donations in such a way anyway), yet at a quick glance the emails look legitimate. Spoof emails very close to the real email addresses are being set up for these nefarious purposes.

In one case, a member was unfortunately fooled and lost a few hundred dollars 😞. The email I witnessed had a very urgent need laid out to help the disadvantaged. I find it pretty sick that scammers are targeting people with good hearts who they know are particularly drawn to helping others out. 😡

I believe that names, emails and roles are being skimmed from organization websites and/or printed literature—of course not hard to do at all and not even a real hack—it's typically public information.

Do not be fooled by these scams!

If you get a solicitation email from your favorite non-profit especially involving gift cards, please send a separate email (do not simply reply) to your organization's leadership verifying whether it is a legitimate ask. And of course have your non-profit report it to the police too, although I doubt there's much they can actually do.

Please feel free to share for awareness.

I had a great post set up for today- but Facebook ate it apparently 🐶Instead, let’s think about how good we have it here...
05/24/2019

I had a great post set up for today- but Facebook ate it apparently 🐶

Instead, let’s think about how good we have it here in Harford County!! We are an amazing balance between agricultural & flourishing towns! Art is prevalent, our main streets are flush with small businesses & small restaurants supporting local foods are blossoming!!

But let’s not forget there are still people in need ❤️ The work we do helps so many women, children & families to be healthy, safe & secure. We may not see those in need daily as we go about our lives- but they are there & that’s why we’re HERE!!

Learn more about becoming a member at our upcoming Happy Hour on June 4th- details coming!!! 🎉❤️🎉

Shout it out!!! With women being the most consistent givers, why aren’t we getting any credit for it?!?!? Especially as ...
05/23/2019
White men shouldn’t be the only philanthropists you can name

Shout it out!!! With women being the most consistent givers, why aren’t we getting any credit for it?!?!? Especially as the popularity of Women’s Giving Circles around the world grow, we NEED to change the conversation!!!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/white-men-shouldnt-only-philanthropists-you-can-name-ackerman/

I recently came across a thought-provoking article: Is philanthropy driven by altruism, ego, or the human desire to cheat death? The title immediately piqued my interest – at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, we have read and written a lot about what drives philanthropy for women and men. The ...

I used to be a “Drop & RUN!” Mom leaving the kids at daycare/school but then schedules changed & I was able to hang out ...
05/23/2019

I used to be a “Drop & RUN!” Mom leaving the kids at daycare/school but then schedules changed & I was able to hang out with my daughter for 10 minutes or so before I had to dash!

I sit & color with the kids, read books, help the overwhelmed teachers when they needed a hand, etc. It feels great to just breathe & enjoy the morning excitement- grownups are NEVER that excited at work 🤣😂🤣 It’s refreshing!!

Today, our usual morning crew banded together at the art table & unprompted made me a handful of gifts!! What a giant blessing that we are raising such generous, loving kids!

It’s also a stark reminder that not all children have the opportunities that others do. Some children go to school hungry. Some don’t have the option to even go to Pre-K! This is why we as a Circle work so HARD to focus & GIVE to support children & families ❤️

There is still a LOT of need in our community. That also means there’s a lot of OPPORTUNITIES to give!! Grow with us- we’re officially accepting new members 🎉❤️🎉

#MembershipOpportunitiesOpen
#GiveJoyously
#AllChildrenNeedOpportunity
#GiftsMadeWithLove

Our grants help make TasteWise Kids dreams a reality!! Healthy food, chef tutorials & hands on farm experiences partly f...
05/22/2019

Our grants help make TasteWise Kids dreams a reality!! Healthy food, chef tutorials & hands on farm experiences partly funded by our grant!! 🎉❤️🎉

Through the TasteWise Kids Days of Taste program, kids learn how delicious fresh healthy food is. Healthy Harford gave the intro, but then the show started when Chef Sean Gomez from Pairings Bistro showed them how to create a hand salad combining foods that are salty, sweet, sour and bitter.

This picture of our amazing Grants Committee Co-Chairs is from yesterday. After a successful vote without too many quest...
05/22/2019

This picture of our amazing Grants Committee Co-Chairs is from yesterday. After a successful vote without too many questions, I imagine them TODAY in comfy clothes relaxing in deck chairs, appropriate drinks in hand!!! 🙌🍹🍾🏝

These two amazing women spearheaded the journey that made our vision a reality in 2019! Without this ALL volunteer Committee, I don’t know what we’d do. We are grateful & encourage all of our amazing volunteers to pat yourselves on the back & take it easy- for a few days!!

After all, I still need an update to send to the members who couldn’t attend!! Sorry ladies, the work never really ends ❤️🦄❤️

#ProudOfOurCoChairs
#ThankYouThankYouThankYou
#MakingVisionsAReality
#TurningDreamsIntoImpactfulGrants

Something to get bzzzz’d about?!? Thank you for the update! Congratulations on your newest pollinators!! 🎉🐝🎉
05/21/2019

Something to get bzzzz’d about?!? Thank you for the update! Congratulations on your newest pollinators!! 🎉🐝🎉

We would like to thank the Harford County Women’s Giving Circle for generously gifting us a grant for our bee learning project. Last night Bill and I went and picked up our bee hive. Also a big thank you to our bee expert and coach, Cybil Preston, for helping in this amazing project.

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C/O CFHC, P.O. Box 612
Bel Air, MD
21014

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Funds of the Women's Giving Circle of Harford County are held and managed by Growfund and Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) as a group donor-advised fund. Both Growfund and CFHC are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Gifts made are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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