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Women’s Giving Circle of Harford Celebrates 5 Years of Philanthropy

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Posted by: Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
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September 2, 2015

Baltimore Sun

In the five years since it was formed, the Women's Giving Circle of Harford has awarded more than $150,000 to nonprofits serving women and children in Harford County.

The group was founded by Jayne Klein and Marlene Lieb with a goal of engaging women of all generations in the power of community philanthropy to address the needs of women and families. What began as 16 founding members has grown to 132 members and, to date, 24 nonprofits in Harford County have received grants, including 11 this year totaling more than $43,000.

Lieb said it was because of her board membership on the Community Foundation of Harford County – and being made even more aware of the needs of the community – that she and Klein saw the need for a women's giving circle and established one for Harford County.

"The Women's Giving Circle of Harford County is a powerful example of an organization that is truly inclusive and meaningful and a positive movement of change for nonprofits serving women," Jodi Davis, president of the Women's Giving Circle, said. "In five years, we have been able to launch a successful women's donor fund that supports nonprofits today and also promises future support through a legacy endowment fund."

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the Women's Giving Circle of Harford has planned "A Tribute to Women Who Give" on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Maryland Golf & Country Clubs near Bel Air. After a keynote address by Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, co-author of "Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World," the Women's Giving Circle will present its 2015 grants to 11 nonprofits in Harford Count

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