Our Giving, Our Stories!


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

The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is proud to continue our support for Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) which is observed every August.

The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives.

“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.”

One way we are doing this is through WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” Daily Profile Series.

Beginning on Sunday, August 1 and each day in August thereafter, the WGC has been sharing daily profiles of Howard County philanthropists in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month. We are highlighting these inspirational stories of women in our community, who are discussing 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.

“I am thrilled to lead the WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” Profile effort for Black Philanthropy Month” again in 2021 said Malynda Madzel, philanthropist and former WGC Advisory Board Member. “As a long-time supporter of the WGC, I am so excited to elevate the voices of women in our community who give back in so many ways.”

Building on the success of our efforts to highlight women for Black Philanthropy Month, the WGC is also profiling philanthropists in our community monthly for “Our Giving, Our Stories”. We are accepting the names of women throughout the year who may be profiled – women who are well known, as well as the many unsung (S)heroes among us.

“Elevating the important stories of how women are giving is critical as we work to engage others in collectively addressing issues in our community, and our country” said Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair. Thanks to so many women and girls in our community for your voices, your stories, and all that you do to make a difference in Howard County!”

We hope you enjoy the inspirational stories of the 31 Howard County philanthropists we are profiling through the WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories!” profiles in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month 2021.

The WGC is posting daily on social media and on our website so you can learn more about these inspirational philanthropists! www.womensgivingcircle.org

Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. She can be reached at: buffybschwartz@wgchowardcounty.org and www.wgchowardcounty.org

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