Giving & Investing

How to Get Involved Throughout the Year

BWGC Grantees PitchDayWe want our members to have options for how they want to be involved. Different times of the year may be better than others to invest, connect, and inspire.
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Upcoming Events

Summer Social Pop-up Event - REGISTER HERE
When: Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Where: Parc de Ville, Mosaic District, 8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA 22031
 Parc du Ville, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Please join the Business Women's Giving Circle for our Summer Social. This casual event connects members, guests, and our grantees in a relaxing atmosphere. If weather permits, we will be on the rooftop terrace but if not, Parc de Ville has us covered!  
This is an informal gathering with appetizers and one drink ticket provided. Additional drinks are available for purchase.
Registration is required so Parc de Ville has the proper amount of space for us.

10th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration - August 28
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Educational Event September
Details TBD

2024 Raise the Region Gala - October 18
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Shark Tank Grantee Pitches - November 13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Reston, VA
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Holiday Party - December 4
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PAST EVENTS

Annual Grantee Celebration and Kick-Off Meeting
Thursday, February 1. We welcomed in our 10th year and heard from the 2023 grantees as they presented ways we can become personally engaged in their programs.

2024 Shape of the Region Conference
Friday, February 9. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia hosted its annual conference in collaboration with 19 regional partners, which highlighted a key problem facing our region, and the whole country today: dimishing social trust and how to bridge across our differences. 

Educational Lunch & Learn - April 8
Fostering STEM Learning, Experiences, and Careers for Girls

Thank you to Denise Bellows, Brian Moran and Jennifer Fortney for educating us on engagement with girls in Northern Virginia and specifically with Boolean Girl and STEM for Her. Fostering STEM Learning, Experiences, and Careers for Girls was attended by 30 members and guests who walked away with many take-aways from the hour conversation including:

  • Curriculum is not geared for the female narrative. Females gravitate toward work that is collaborative, problem solving in nature, and meaningful.
  • Integration of STEM into the classroom increases exploration and allows girls to engage in opportunities they may not have seen for themselves.
  • Factors of success from Boolean Girl - engage early, create diverse environments, representation is critical, integrate STEM into courses, engagement must be ongoing
  • Engagement factors from STEM for Her - STEM exposure, hands-on learning, and role models are critical. It is OK to learn as you go! Dive into a new challenge.



View a slideshow of photos from Business Women's Giving Circle events.

Annual Calendar What to Expect
January We have our annual planning meeting, where members can meet the incoming Steering Committee and learn about ways to engage throughout the year.
February We have our Annual Grantee Celebration where members can meet our grantees and learn about how they make an impact. Members also can meet new members and build relationships with the BWGC community.
March We host pop-up events as possible with our members throughout the year.
April We host a STEM focused education event to provide BWGC members a window into the STEM landscape for girls and young women.
May & June We have our membership drive and focus on sharing the impact we have made to date at a BWGC event.
July - September We nominate members for Steering Committee positions.

The Grants Committee reviews applicants and selects the grantee semi-finalists.
October Semi-Finalists present at Shark Tank where members can hear their pitches and vote on finalists and determine grant amounts.
November Semi-Finalists present at Shark Tank where members can hear their pitches and vote on finalists and determine grant amounts.
Holiday Pop Up event for members and grantees.
December The slate of Finalists is voted on by all members and shared with the applicants. The Finalists are announced via a press release.

Stephanie ValdesQuestions?
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Contact the BWGC Volunteer-led Steering Committee
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