Women’s Giving Circle Fund

Womens-Giving-Circle-webPrograms, capital and operating expenses must meet the following criteria:

  • Increase life skills of women
  • Encourage the healthy development and personal authority of young girls
  • Improve the quality of life for families in Washington County
  • Improve the emotional and physical well-being of all females.

Nonprofit applicants must be based in and primarily serving Washington County, MD, and have current 501(c)(3) status. The suggested grant request amount is $2,500 to $3,500; however, applications for other amounts will not be disqualified.

The Women’s Giving Circle launched in 2003 as a way to encourage women to become more involved philanthropically in Washington County. It provides a unique opportunity for donors to join together, contributing as little as a dollar a day ($365 a year), to promote and support programs and organizations that enable and empower women. One half of all yearly contributions go to work immediately through the granting process. The other half is secured in the endowment fund to ensure growth and perpetuity.

By partnering with over 20 organizations, we have improved the quality of life for women and their families in Washington County by ensuring:WGC_Final-Logo_2016

  • Girls with incarcerated loved ones receive support.
  • Women entering the workforce obtain professional attire.
  • Homeless women sleep peacefully at a local shelter.
  • GED and English language classes are funded.
  • Transitional housing needs for women and their families are provided.
  • STEM summer camps are accessible for girls from low income families.

“The Women’s Giving Circle funding has provided opportunities, experiences and programs for girls that focus on the development of the “whole” girl; not just intellect but the development of each girl’s emotional, physical, social and artistic potential….and for that, we are so grateful!” said Maureen Grove, executive director for Girls Inc. of Washington County.

Calendar of Events

  • Washington County Gives – September 22nd: Support the Giving Circle and help maximize your donation through matching funds and prize money!
  • Antietam Brewery Happy Hour – September 22nd: And join our WGC guest bartenders for happy hour at Antietam Brewery to celebrate the day! The Brewery has generously agreed to host this event again this year. We can’t thank them enough! Proceeds benefit the WGC. More details to follow.
  • Women’s Empowerment Expo – September 26th: The Women’s Giving Circle is a presenting speaker at this exciting event at the Washington County Free Library! Join the Washington County Commission for Women for a day of empowerment and discuss topics related to health and wellness, education, finance and careers. The event is open to the public and free for attendees!

Sign up here for more information about the Women’s Giving Circle or Like Us on Facebook!

Please contact Chairperson Karen Coyne at womensgivingcirclewashco@gmail.com.