Women’s Giving Circle Awards Grants
The Women’s Giving Circle Fund of the Foundation recently awarded four grants to the following organizations: the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, Girls Inc. and San Mar Children’s Home. Each nonprofit received $1,500 to support its programs, which included Girls Night Out 2.0, the Salvation Army Women and Children’s Emergency Shelter, Junior Leadership Program and the 2014 Life Readiness Program.
With this grant, the Boys & Girls Club will expand its Girls Night Out 2.0 program to serve more female club members through the end of the school year. With guest speakers and field trips, Girls Night Out 2.0 helps participants develop the necessary skills to overcome adversity and make a commitment to their education. The Salvation Army Women and Children’s Emergency Shelter serves mothers and their children who have been abused, forced from their home or have no means of financial or physical support. The shelter provides them with a place to stay as well as meals and assistance in obtaining housing, employment and other needs.
The Junior Leadership Program at Girls Inc. helps participants learn and practice leadership skills and make connections in the community. It also serves as a way for older girls in the program to become positive role models for the younger participants. The San Mar Children’s Home 2014 Life Readiness Program prepares girls to make meaningful connections in the context of accountability while also providing skills that they can use in the workplace and beyond the structure of residential or foster homes.
The Women’s Giving Circle launched ten years ago as a way to encourage women to become more involved philanthropically in Washington County. Minimum membership in the Circle is $100 annually and is open to area residents that support the group’s mission. One half of all yearly contributions goes towards the endowment earnings to support the current granting cycle. The group secures the remaining amount in the endowment to ensure growth and future grants. The fund makes grants to organizations working to improve the lives of women and their families in Washington County.
Registration Now Open for Washington County Gives Day
The Community Foundation will host its second 24-hour web-based, social-media-driven fundraiser, Washington County Gives, on May 6, 2014.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first Community Foundation, foundations across America will also participate in this one day of giving known nationally as Give Local America. This partnership will provide access to a nationwide pool of matching dollars in addition to local matching dollars.
Washington County Gives will start at 12:01 a.m. on May 6th and end at 12:00 midnight. Any nonprofit organization (other than a church, mosque, temple or private foundation) in Washington County, MD, with a 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter can participate in this event. Registration starts December 2, 2013, and ends April 1, 2014. All interested nonprofits must register with the Foundation, attend the training seminar hosted by High Rock Studios and create a landing page for their nonprofit on the Kimbia website.
For more information about Washington County Gives or to register, please visit www.washingtoncountygives.org.
Citi Sponsors Scholarship Web SiteDecember 9, 2013
Citi contributed $7,000 to the creation of the Foundation's new scholarship Web site; thus, becoming a major sponsor in getting the site created and launched. The Foundation intends to compile a comprehensive list of scholarships available to Washington County students for this new site. With plans to launch in February, the Web site will provide area students with access to information regarding available scholarships, and when available, links to the applications.
CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER: Free Wills & Estate Planning Seminar Dec. 10December 3, 2013
We will hold a free wills and estate planning seminar at our office on Tuesday, December 10 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Attorney Catherine A. Drummond will present the seminar. Ms. Drummond will discuss such topics as the basic components of a will and what it means to have a living trust. In addition, each attendee will receive “Planning your Legacy,” a guide to planning your will and trust. For more information on this seminar or to reserve your spot, please call us at 301-745-5210.