Giving & Investing

of the Business Women's Giving Circle

BWGC Member BannerBWGC members are accomplished leaders drawn together by a passion to empower girls and women of all ages through philanthropy in the Northern Virginia region. They also enjoy making professional and personal connections with other giving circle members from many industries and diverse backgrounds. Learn more about the BWGC and how to join us in our mission!

Annual BWGC Membership is $1,100, and $1,000 of each contribution is pooled for annual grantmaking.
Annual Emerging Philanthropist is $550, and $500 of each contribution is pooled for annual grantmaking.

Please note: In accordance with Notice 2017-73, the Treasury Department and IRS do not permit the use of donor advised fund (DAF) contributions for memberships. DAF contributions can be made to the BWGC Endowment Fund, when the donor/advisor is not receiving more than an incidental benefit. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about payment methods or DAF regulations. 

Reasons to Join

As a member of BWGC, there are many ways to create an impact:
  • Collective Philanthropy - Give back in meaningful ways that drive a greater collective impact through your annual membership donation* Join in our Grants process in the Fall.
  • Business Networking - Enhance and expand your professional relationships at several events throughout the year.
  • Education Opportunities - Attend events that interest you, from educational opportunities to networking, we have something for everyone.
  • Leadership Development - Opportunities to develop your Board experience and leadership roles in various BWGC Committees, let us know what you are interested in as a member.
  • Community Engagement - Engage and enhance your involvement with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. Get to know more about our community.

How to Get Involved Throughout the Year

We 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.

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.


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.


We host pop-up events as possible with our members throughout the year.


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 open applications for grants and members help increase awareness in the non-profit community that they can apply. In late September, the grant applications close.

August We nominate members for Steering Committee positions.


The Grants Committee reviews applicants and selects the grantee semi-finalists.


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.


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?
Please contact Gabrielle Webster, Director of Donor Relations.
703 347 7419   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Contact the BWGC Volunteer-led Steering Committee
with questions about engaging with this group.
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