Background and 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 450 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 more than $7.9 million in organizations that advance opportunities for women and their families in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.


Our Mission

Through collective giving and collaboration, the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle supports organizations that advance opportunities for women and their families in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Circle members participate in grantmaking, education, and community engagement.


The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle contributes to a more just, equitable, and inclusive Baltimore where all women can flourish.

The Baltimore Women's Giving Circle brings together women with a common goal: to support opportunities for women and their families in Greater Baltimore.

By leveraging our collective resources, we support positive change through the power of grant-making.

Our education programs increase our awareness of the consequences of disparities in healthcare, employment, education, housing, and offer potential solutions.

We carry out our mission through committees. 

We offer a three-tiered membership plan of $2500, $1200, and $600 in addition to several payment options. You may select the membership plan that is personally meaningful and aligns with your philanthropic goals. Each member contributes to the Giving Circle, a fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation, from which we have awarded more than $6.8 million since 2001 to community organizations. 

Our partnerships over the years have supported over 185 organizations that are dedicated to the well-being of women, children, and families in our community. 


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Our Values

Our values are principles, shared by our members, that define the way we work collectively to fulfill our mission.

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Circle Leadership

Dynamic leadership teams empower and support our work. Together, the Circle grows in depth and breadth as we carry out our mission through our committees.

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How We Work

The BWGC is a member-driven organization deriving its strength from effectively integrating the talents, expertise & energies of its dynamic & diverse members.

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