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We invite you to join us on an educational and philanthropic journey. Whether you’re a member or a potential member, a grant recipient or in search of a grant, we hope you’ll find the information you need here.

  • June 26, 2017

    Another grants cycle has been successfully concluded!

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  • June 14, 2017

    “A Values Statement represents the core beliefs of the organization that inspire and guide its choices in the way it operates and deals with people.”              

    NH Center for Non-Profits 

    At the May 17 Full Circle meeting, Circle members ratified a statement of BWGC values; the statement represents the culmination of several conversations over the last year about what connects us and what beliefs guide us. 

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  • June 14, 2017


    Have you ever considered that the Circle is a like a big jigsaw puzzle?  Well that’s what the Circle can feel like when you reflect on the variety the activities offered to our members and try to figure out how they actually connect. 

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  • June 14, 2017

    The last Full Circle meeting of the 2016-17 year was held at Chizuk Amuno Synagogue.  The main order of business was to hear from the five organizations that were eligible for a two-year grant as they received the most votes at the April grants meeting.

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  • June 14, 2017

    It is a scant fifteen minute drive from the leafy suburbs, where single homes on sizable lots are hidden by budding trees and flowering shrubs and the streets are empty, to North Carey Street in the heart of the Sandtown-Winchester community, the epicenter of the 2015 uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.

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  • June 14, 2017

    The Circle Forum presentation of June 1 featured a panel on sex trafficking.  As defined by Homeland Security, sex trafficking is a crime committed when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel another person to perform commercial sex acts (see https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/videos/sex-trafficking). The presenters were Amanda Rodriguez, a former prosecutor who is now with the TurnAround, which provides counseling and support services to victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse and sex trafficking; Rachel Sye, a staff member at TurnAround who focuses on client training; Vaughn Harper, a special agent with Homeland Security; and Shamere McKenzie, a trafficking survivor who now works for the Salvation Army.

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  • June 14, 2017

    In the spring of 2016 the Grantee Connect Committee introduced a year-long discussion program  with grantees entitled “Listen, Learn, Share and Evolve.” The first session presented the idea of a Listening Campaign, why to conduct one, the methods to do so and its value to an organization (e-news June 2016).  The next in the session concentrated on making use of what is learned from a listening campaign (e-news Dec 2016).

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  • June 14, 2017

    For anyone with an all-too-common aversion to middle schoolers, you would have been a convert to the joys of that population if you had volunteered for the most recent Circle Works service opportunity.

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  • June 14, 2017

    On April 18, a beautiful sunny spring evening, membership committee members Jill Eisner, Dorrie Fain, Dara Schnee, Leslie Tini, Lisa Vogel, and Jen Yeagle welcomed 40 young Baltimore area women to a social gathering at Dara’s home to introduce them to the Circle.

     
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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 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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Girl Power Sparkles at Chesapeake High School

Girl Power Sparkles at Chesapeake High School

See how the BWGC has helped the GEM after-school mentoring program make young girls more confident, self-reliant, and successful.

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