Membership and Joining the Circle
Who are Circle members?
Women of all ages from diverse backgrounds who want to participate in a group whose mission is to empower women and their families in the greater Baltimore area to achieve self-sufficiency. We welcome new members throughout the year.
If I am interested or have a friend who is interested in the Circle, how can we get information?
Learn more about the Giving Circle by contacting: membership@theBWGC.org
Baltimore Community Foundation
2 East Read Street, 9th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
How much of my annual $1,150 contribution is tax deductible?
All of it.
How is my contribution used?
$1,000 will be granted in the year following your payment. $150 is used to cover educational programs and administrative support.
How long is my commitment when I join?
The commitment is made year to year, one year at a time. If you wish, you may pay for more than one year at a time.
When is my annual contribution due?
For renewing members, membership renewal payments are due by December 31 of each year. New members may join at any time.
What payment method may I use?
You may pay by check, online with a credit card, by wire, with securities, by recommending a grant from a donor-advised fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation, or by transfer from another charitable fund. See detailed information under Join Us on the BWGC website.
Does the BWGC meet as a group?
Yes, there are four Full Circle meetings a year. At three of the meetings, policy experts, program operators and program beneficiaries speak about issues affecting women and their families, followed by a Q&A. At the fourth meeting, Circle members vote to select the new grants that will be awarded effective July 1.
May members bring a guest to a Full Circle Meeting?
Yes, to three of the four meetings, subject to space. Members bringing a guest must RSVP with the guest’s name and must accompany the guest to the meeting. The May Full Circle meeting is reserved only for members as that is when new grants are selected.
Whom do I contact if I have a question about my committee?
You should contact the leadership of the committee in which you are interested. The committee’s co-chairs can be reached at the following emails:
- Grants Committee: grants@theBWGC.org
- Membership Committee: membership@theBWGC.org
- Education Committee: education@theBWGC.org
- Grantee Connect Committee: granteeconnect@theBWGC.org
- Post Grants Committee: postgrants@theBWGC.org
- Communications Committee: communications@theBWGC.org
Do I have to join a committee?
No, not at all. But it is a great way to get involved and learn about the Circle.
May I join more than one committee?
Yes, but we recommend you first carefully consider the time commitment of each.
May members bring a guest to a committee meeting?
This varies by committee. Please contact the leadership to confirm.
How are grants awarded?
Circle members are involved in all aspects of the decision-making process associated with grants awarded by the BWGC. Circle members who volunteer to be grant readers are organized into teams. Each team reviews a group of proposals to identify those that best address the BWGC grant criteria and warrant site visits. Subsequent to site visits, team members identify those proposals that they wish to recommend for funding. Circle members who attend funding presentations vote to select the new grantees. The awards are effective July 1.
How can I participate in the grants review process?
Sign up to serve on the Grants Committee when you join the Circle or renew your membership.
How does an organization receive information about applying for a grant?
Through the BWGC website or from an RFP (request for proposal) announcement emailed each fall to organizations in the Greater Baltimore area identified as providing services that relate to the BWGC mission. Circle members can request that a specific organization receive an RFP announcement by contacting grants@theBWGC.org. Organizations may add their names to our RFP list by contacting grants@theBWGC.org. Organizations do not need to receive an RFP announcement to apply for a grant; see Apply for a Grant on the BWGC website for information.