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Background/History

When 52 women with a shared vision of what our region could be started the Giving Circle in 2001, little did they imagine that, by word of mouth, the Circle would soon grow to more than 400 members.

Each member represents a link in an ever-growing chain that enables the Circle to do collectively what none of us could achieve individually. Together, we have invested nearly $4.5 million in organizations that focus on promoting self-sufficiency for women and their families in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

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By partnering with more than 150 programs we have helped:

  • Abused women and children
  • Babies at risk for HIV transmission
  • Pre-teens whose mothers are or were incarcerated
  • Young women who are illiterate, have drug and alcohol addictions, mental illness, and/or unwanted pregnancies
  • Middle-aged women who attend GED classes, learn job, life and interview skills, and attain financial literacy
  • Older women who learn about nutrition, the importance of exercise, and how to care for an Alzheimer’s patient
  • Foreign-born women and children who need support in a strange country
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Our grant dollars also:

  • Train women to be culinary workers and child care providers
  • Provide computers so women can learn new skills
  • Train mediators, employ case managers, support college counselors
  • Provide free medication and health care
  • Fund English classes for the foreign born
  • Support mentoring programs for teen-age girls
  • Assist women and their families with transitional housing needs