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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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The Baltimore Women's Giving Circle is very pleased to announce that 24 non-profit organizations in the Baltimore area working on behalf of underserved women and families will receive grant awards totaling more than $491,000, effective July 1, 2018.   Since the Circle's founding in 2001, its members have donated over 5 million dollars to organizations that are assisting women and families to achieve self-sufficiency.


This is a banner year for the Circle in its commitment to connect women and improve lives. The grant pool available for awards this year is the largest ever in the Circle history and is due to the very generous donations from over 460 members. The recipients of these grants include start-up organizations receiving awards from the Circle for the first time, as well as more mature organizations. One-year grants range from $7,500 to  $20,000. Two organizations, The Club at Collington Square, a program of Strong City Baltimore, and the Tahirith Justice Center, will receive two-year grants worth $25,000 per year. 


The Circle's grant-making process is unique.  This winter over 100 Circle members participated as grant readers in teams that fanned out through the Baltimore area to meet applicants and conduct site visits. On April 11, team members presented their funding recommendations to Circle members who then voted to select the one-year grants. Five of the winning organizations  were offered the opportunity to compete for a two-year grant by making a presentation at the May 9 Full Circle meeting. The finalists were selected by Circle members who attended the event via an anonymous vote. 


Look for full descriptions of the 24 funded programs to be posted on our website during the summer.


  1. Action In Maturity, Inc., Transportation and Social Services to Elderly Women to Maintain Self-Sufficiency. Action in Maturity provides transportation and community connection for elderly women, allowing them to stay in their homes. Circle funds will be used to expand the budget for driver salaries. ($20,000)
  2. Adelante Latina! Adelante Latina! is a college prep program for low-income Latina girls in grades 10-12. Circle funds will provide partial support for a half-time administrator to computerize the program. ($10,000)
  3. American Red Cross Central Maryland Chapter, Nurse Assistant Training: Creating Healthier Communities. The Nurse Assistant Training program provides at-risk, low-wage and unemployed women with the training necessary to become Certified Nursing Assistants and Geriatric Nursing Assistants. Circle funds will allow the program to offer scholarships to 18 financially eligible women. ($20,000)
  4. Challengers Independent Living, Inc., Challengers Teen Mother Program. Challengers Independent Living provides single teen mothers, ages 15-21, living in foster care an opportunity to learn and practice independent skills to prepare then for a positive, self-sufficient life. Funding will be used to establish a new and cutting edge 8-week parenting program. ($16,900)
  5. Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Druid Heights Transitional Housing Program for Women & Children-Project Brighter Days. Circle funds will support the monthly food pantry, education training and transportation. ($20,000)
  6. GBMC, GBMC Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Domestic Violence Program Victim Emergency Fund. SAFE has been serving victims of assault since the 1970s. Circle funds will allow SAFE to purchase items like emergency phones, toiletries and gift cards for food and gas for victims. ($20,000)
  7. Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc., Girls on the Run at Baltimore City Title I Schools. Girls on the Run promotes positive youth development through a 10 week after-school program. Circle funds will allow Girls on the Run to expand the program to Title 1 Baltimore City schools. ($7,500)
  8. House of Ruth Maryland, Shelter-Based Services for Women and Families Affected by Intimate Partner Violence. House of Ruth will use Circle funds to support the ongoing staff effort of a Child and Family Therapist/Shelter Site-Lead and Preschool Teacher. ($20,000)
  9. Humanim, City Seeds, a Humanim social enterprise. City Seeds culinary program trains participants in all aspects of food preparation, kitchen and front-of-the-house management. Circle funds will pay part of the salary of an additional Case Manager, providing training and support for another 20 women in the kitchen training program and 25 women in the School of Food.  ($20,000)
  10. Immigration Outreach Service Center, Computer Literacy Program for Immigrant Women in Baltimore. The Immigration Outreach Service Center partners with and empowers immigrants in the Baltimore area to lead successful lives. The Circle grant will provide necessary start-up costs for 10 computers, software and salaries for trainers. ($14,168)
  11. Living Classrooms Foundation, Girls' Empowerment Mission. GEM serves disadvantaged girls attending Chesapeake High School in Essex. Circle funds will help with general operations. ($20,000)
  12. Maryland Food Bank, FoodWorks Culinary Training Program. The FoodWorks program offers a fresh start to low-income individuals through 12 weeks of intense culinary training. Circle funds provide general operating support. ($20,000)
  13. Maryland New Directions, Working Women for Stable Families. Maryland New Directions provides women with career training in the hospitality, commercial transportation and maritime fields. Circle funds will provide general operating support.  ($20,000)
  14. Sisters Academy of Baltimore, Graduate Support Program at Sisters Academy of Baltimore: Building Capacity. Sisters Academy provides middle school education to girls to help empower them to become self-sufficient women. Circle Funds will enable Sisters Academy to add a full-time staff member to assist in guiding students through high school and into college. ($20,000)
  15. Soccer Without Borders, General Operations. Soccer Without Borders helps immigrant and refugee middle and high school youth integrate into the Baltimore community. Circle funds will be used to help support staff and transportation. ($20,000)
  16. St. Mary's Outreach Center, General Operations. St. Marys Outreach helps older adults meet the challenge of living self-sufficiently. Funding for St. Marys was cut and Circle funds will help offset the loss of funds. ($20,000)
  17. Strong City Baltimore, The Club at Collington Square: A Program of Strong City Baltimore. The Club at Collington Square provides a structured afterschool and summer program for more than 90 underprivileged children, grades K-7, in the Collington Square neighborhood. Grant monies will be used to support general operations. ($50,000)
  18. Tahirih Justice Center, Tahirih Justice Center provides free holistic legal services (asylum, family law, social services) to low-income immigrant women and children. Our grant will partially support the salary and benefits of a staff member as well as some operating expenses. ($50,000)
  19. The Community School. The Community School serves at-risk, disadvantaged youth in Baltimore. Circle funds will be used for general operating expenses. ($10,000)
  20. Thread, Inc., General Operations. Thread intervenes in the lives of at-risk teens in the ninth grade to foster academic and social progress. Circle funds will support operating expenses for the expansion of the program. ($20,000)
  21. Vehicles for Change, General Operations. Vehicles for Change empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training. Most of the vehicles are awarded to single working mothers and Circle funds will allow Vehicles for Change to expand and award more cars to single working mothers. ($20,000)
  22. Village Learning Place, Let's Invest in Neighborhood Kids (LINK) After School. Village Learning Place helps address the Greater Charles Village/Barclay neighborhoods need for accessible information resources, reading materials, computer literacy and neighborhood stabilization. Circle funds will be used to add a teacher to the LINK after school and summer programs and help offset the cost of program supplies. ($20,000)
  23. Women's Housing Coalition, Supportive Services for Success. The Womens Housing Coalition provides low-cost, permanent housing and support to homeless women and their children in Baltimore City. Circle funds will fund a part-time family case manager and support public transportation for the women. ($20,000)
  24. Women's Law Center of Maryland, Employment Law Hotline. WLCs Employment Law Hotline helps women of limited means experiencing work place issues. Circle funds will pay for the administrative costs of the Employment Law Hotline. ($13,000)

    The Baltimore Women's Giving Circle is very pleased to announce that 24 non-profit organizations in the Baltimore area working on behalf of underserved women and families will receive grant awards totaling more than $491,000, effective July 1, 2018.   Since the Circle's founding in 2001, its members have donated over 5 million dollars to organizations that are assisting women and families to achieve self-sufficiency.