August is Black Philanthropy Month

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director, Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County


Black Philanthropy Month is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate Black philanthropic leadership, and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is excited to support it.

“We are excited to continue our support of National Black Philanthropy Month” said Hina Naseem and Judy Smith, co-Chairs of WGC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. “Informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership are among the goals of this annual celebration and we are committed to advancing this important work in philanthropy, both in our community and across the country.”

The WGC will highlight Black Philanthropy Month with two celebratory efforts:

WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” Virtual Happy Hour 

Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm
With Keynote Speaker Jackie Hrabowski
Joined by Cynthia Bell and Hosted by Candace Dodson Reed

Join us for a virtual happy hour to kick-off the WGC’s series of “Our Giving, Our Stories!” profiles in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month. We’ll discuss the WGC, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, and what motivates women to give. RSVP by July 31, 2020 at www.womensgivingcircle.org

“I am honored to host this important WGC Virtual Happy Hour conversation for Black Philanthropy Month” said Candace Dodson Reed, philanthropist and long-time WGC supporter. “Elevating the important stories of how women are giving in our community is critical as we work to engage others in collectively addressing critical issues in our community, and our country.”

WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” Profiles

We’ll be sharing daily profiles throughout the month of August of Howard County philanthropists in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month. We look forward to highlighting these inspirational stories of women in our community who will discuss what moves them to give their time, talent and financial resources, when they started giving to issues that are important to them, and what advice they have for those interested in giving back. Follow the WGC on social media and be sure to check our website daily to learn more about these inspirational philanthropists! www.womensgivingcircle.org

“I am thrilled to be leading the WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” Profile effort for Black Philanthropy Month” said Malynda Madzel, philanthropist and former WGC Advisory Board Member. “As a long-time supporter of the WGC, I’m excited to elevate the voices of women in our community who give back in so many ways.”

This is the second year that the WGC is supporting National Black Philanthropy Month, and is among the first giving circles to become a sponsor.  “The WGC’s continued support as a Black Philanthropy Month Sponsor is helping to lead the way nationally for giving circles to promote and invest in black philanthropic leadership during August and year-round” said BPM Co-Architect Valaida Fullwood, who founded a giving circle in North Carolina.

“We are very proud to continue our support for Black Philanthropy Month” said Barb Van Winkle, Chair of the Women’s Giving Circle. “We look forward to promoting this important work and invite the community to join us!”

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