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Giving Circles

The Columbia Foundation is proud to have launched two giving circles (LINK TO WHAT IS A GIVING CIRCLE), the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and The Howard Heritage Fund. Giving Circles allow groups of individuals with common goals to leverage collective resources to impact a charitable cause (see sidebar). The two Foundation-based programs show tremendous promise in meeting two very distinct and laudable community needs, and reflect the Foundation’s recognition of the collective power of donors.

Women’s Giving Circle

The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County will build a community of women philanthropists, create a permanent endowment fund, and provide grants to institutions and initiatives that address the needs of women and girls in Howard County. This fund already boasts more than $200,000 in donations and nearly 200 members.

Shelley Mulitz, Darlene Miller, Jean Moon and Cathy
Licktieg at the Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of
Howard County official launch February 26. More than
175 women attended the kick-off tea at Kahler Hall.

Howard Heritage Fund

The Howard Heritage Fund’s mission is to provide matching grants to historical and environmental organizations primarily located in Howard County, Maryland, that research, interpret, preserve and restore historic structures and environmental areas.
Only recently launched, the fund is already valued at more than $12,000.

HHF Founders (left to right) Ed Lilley, Cindy
Hirshberg, Clark Wagner and John Slater.