Women's Giving Circle of Harford County
Engaging women of all generations in the power of community philanthropy since 2010.
At the Holiday Happy Hour and Giving Tuesday celebration on November 28, 2023, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) was announced as the recipient of WGC’s 4th Members’ Choice Award! CTR is Harford County's only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Premier Accredited Center and the first Horse Discovery Center and offers equine-assisted services to children and adults, both individually and in groups.
CTR was nominated by member Jean Foulk and will receive a donation of $5,991.61 from the WGC. Congratulations CTR! Thank you, Jean, for your nomination and to all of our members who submitted nominations and voted this year!
2022 Members' Choice Award
The Brandon Tolson Foundation, nominated by WGC member Debbie Lynch, was announced on November 29, 2022 as the recipient of the 3rd Members' Choice Award in the amount of $5,517.28. The Foundation "provides relief, assistance, and support specifically to families who have suffered the loss of a child." We are proud to offer our support and we thank Debbie for her nomination!
2021 Members' Choice Award
At WGC’s holiday happy hour on December 1, 2021, we were excited to announce The Miracle League of Harford County as our 2nd Members’ Choice Award recipient in the amount of $4,639.50. Nominated by WGC member Julie Kruse Chmura, “The Miracle League of Harford County was founded with this simple idea, provide children and adults of all abilities the chance to play baseball.” Thank you, Julie, for your passion for both The Miracle League and the WGC!
The Harford County Family Assistance Fund was named as the recipient of the inaugural Members' Choice Award in the amount of $4,735.54 on December 1, 2020 during a videoconference with members. Below is a quote from member Marlene Lieb's application nominating the Fund for the award:
Over my years of serving on the Harford County Dept. of Social Services Board (DSS), and in my 6 years as a foster parent in Harford County, I have witnessed first-hand the impact of the funds raised in support of programs whose funding is not part of the State DSS operating budget.
It (the Family Assistance Fund) provides support in Harford County for school clothing and supplies for foster children, Nurturing Parenting programs, Ready By 21 programming, Adoption and Reunification celebrations and other services that support foster care and help children and families thrive.
Learn more about the Harford County Family Assistance Fund in this video featuring Jerry Reyerson from the Harford County Department of Social Services and Marlene Lieb, the WGC member who nominated the Fund for the Members' Choice Award.
Click the link below to view the video:
When they established the Women’s Giving Circle in 2011, our founding members pledged to set aside 25% of each yearly contribution in an endowed fund. This fund empowers our members’ contributions to grow far into the future.
They also agreed that, once the fund reached $100,000, distributions as allowable could be used to supplement WGC’s ongoing annual grant fund or to create a separate award. Now, the endowed fund has grown to more than $142,000 and allowed us to award four additional grants totaling $20,883.93.
We are elated to expand our support to Harford County’s nonprofits. Building more than $142,000 in our endowment fund is a tribute to our members' ongoing passion for personal philanthropy and for their compassionate support for our neighbors.
Should you have questions about the award or the process, please email the Members' Choice Award committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.