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  • April 6, 2017

    Imagine walking into a room of 200 women and feeling as if each one of them could become your new best friend. That’s how we and recent Co-Chair Peggy Schapiro felt as we met our fellow philanthropists at the national leadership forum sponsored by the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmaking Network (WCGN) the weekend of March 12-14.  Since we became Circle Co-Chairs we have been speaking about the importance of connections with our members, our grantees and our community. At the conference we experienced the power of connection at an entirely different level.

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  • April 6, 2017

    Members met March 22nd, at a new venue, the Chizuk Amuno synagogue on Stevenson Lane for the third Full Circle meeting of the year. The engaging and dynamic speaker was Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO of the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS), since July of 2016.

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  • April 6, 2017

    Cindy Williams, ED of Loving Arms, never planned to run a shelter for homeless and runaway youth.  At a conference on Park Heights Revitalization in 2006 she heard a disturbing statistic: the most recent “Point In Time” count to calculate the number of homeless on any given day found more than 300 homeless and runaway youth in Baltimore.  After watching a young man spread blankets on the street late one snowy January night, she decided to act.  With initial funding from Family and Youth Services Bureau Ms. Williams and her husband, Darroll Cribb, started Loving Arms, the only emergency shelter that specifically serves runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 24 in the state of Maryland.

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  • April 6, 2017

    It was “the time they gave me,” Ms. Charleatha Cherry said.  The time to figure out what happened “out there” to bring me ”in here.”   “Out there” is homelessness; “in here” is MCVET, the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training Inc., a new BWGC grantee in 2016.   MCVET ‘s mission is to provide veterans, particularly those who are homeless, with comprehensive services to help them re-enter their communities as active and productive citizens.

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  • February 8, 2017

    The first class of sixth grade girls who enrolled in 2009 at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW, pronounced "Bliss") graduated in 2016.  These young women were the pioneers at one of the newest public charter schools in Baltimore and this class had a 100% graduation rate and college acceptance.  

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  • February 8, 2017

    The adage “a hand up, not a hand out” couldn’t be truer for the women entrepreneurs of the Maryland Capital Enterprise (MCE) Women’s Business Center.  

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  • February 8, 2017

    Part of the Circle’s mission has always been to educate our members and to help connect them to local non-profit organizations in ways other than financial.  Whether it’s joining the board of a local non-profit or volunteering time to mentor or tutor, the exposure the Circle provides to a vast number of community organizations has proven to be an important pipeline to service for many of our members.  Read the stories of our members connecting with grantees, below.

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  • December 21, 2016

    The December Full Circle meeting provided an opportunity for Circle members to engage with several 2016 grantees — Action in Maturity, American Red Cross, The Ark Preschool, Caroline Center, CASA, Loving Arms, MCE Women’s Business Center, MCVETS, Penn North -Kids Safe Zone and Thread — and to hear from Antonia Fasanelli, the Executive Director of Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (HPRP), an expert on the issues of homelessness.

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  • December 21, 2016

    On November 10th, thirty members of the Circle met to discuss Matthew Desmond’s book Evicted, a carefully researched and deeply moving study of eight Milwaukee families living in poverty under a continuing threat of eviction and homelessness.  

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  • December 21, 2016

    The 2016-2017 cycle ushers in some important changes to the grant-making process.

    The Two-Year Impact Grant pilot was completed in the 2015-2016 grant cycle and the Circle will continue offering two two-year $50,000 grants going forward.
    The process for awarding two-year grants has been streamlined for both applicants and the Grants Committee.
    All Circle members will now have the opportunity to vote for the grant awards, both one-year and two-year.

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  • December 21, 2016

    The American Red Cross (best known to most of us for disaster relief and blood drives) also runs a Nurse Assistant Training program located in West Baltimore that the BWGC funded this past year as a first time grantee.

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  • December 21, 2016

    The Circle Advocacy Committee kicked off its first event on November 17 with a forum aptly titled “Accidental Advocates.”   Three guest speakers and two special guests shared their unexpected journeys in advocacy, the challenges they faced, and the impact of their efforts.  

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  • December 21, 2016

    On November 15 the BWGC continued its outreach to past grantees at a Grantee Connect gathering; the event fosters networking and shared learning among BWGC grantee alumnae.  Fifty-two people representing 40 grantee organizations attended the event.  Our theme of “Listen, Learn, Share and Evolve,” which covers listening campaigns and how to use them to inform and engage an organization’s many constituencies, continued. 

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College Dreams Come True

College Dreams Come True

Working with young children in after-school and summer programs has fostered Jade Williams' (above) interest in studying child psychology.

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