Since our founding in 2006, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together has raised and invested over $1 million to improve the lives of women and children in Anne Arundel County!
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) is a women’s giving circle with over 200 members. AAWGT is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. We invest — pooling our annual contributions for “collective philanthropy,” thus multiplying the power of one by many. Since 2006, AAWGT has awarded grants totaling over $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. Grants focus on health and welfare, education and the prevention of and treatment for violence and abuse. We inform — holding in-depth education sessions highlighting issues in our county that require active attention and support. And, we inspire — encouraging our members to engage as leaders and philanthropists in our local community.
Upcoming events our members are engaged in. We invite others to join AAWGT to participate with us.
May 9 voting meeting: AAWGT Hits the $1 million mark!
Thanks to the generosity and collaborative spirit of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together members, the organization will have distributed $1 million to local nonprofits after this year’s grants are awarded. That means $1 million to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. Beginning with its founding in 2006, AAWGT has brought local women together, united in their commitment to fund programs that focus on health and welfare, education, and the prevention of and treatment for violence and abuse. AAWGT is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.
Let’s celebrate the giving circle, the friends who have joined and supported its work, the non-profits large and small that do so much good, and the hope for a better future for all women and families in our county.
This year’s grantee nonprofits were selected at the May 9 voting meeting. Their awards of $105,136 pushed our total giving to just above the magic $1 million mark. Grants were awarded this year to STAIR-Annapolis: Start The Adventure In Reading ($20,00 Momentum 2-year grant totaling $40,000), Anne Arundel County Court-Appointed Special Advocates ($20,000), Arundel Child Care Connections: Mujeros Surgiendo-Women on the Rise ($20,000), Seeds 4 Success: Academic and Career Exploration Club ($20,000), Associated Catholic Charities: Sarah's House ($15,000), and Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation: Laptop Lab and WiFi Bar at Brooklyn Park Branch ($10,136). Read about 2018 Grantees.
MARCH 8, 2018 General meeting
Women on the march, on International Women’s DayOn March 8, International Women’s Day, the Shakespeare Theatre Company was filled to capacity with almost 100 Anne Arundel Women Giving Together members and guests.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for continued change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This year’s AAWGT event came on the heels of unprecedented national and global movement for women’s rights and was titled Women on the March. READ MORE
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 EDUCATION SESSION
GRIEF: YOURS AND OTHERS; THE ECONOMIC AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF UNEXPECTED DEATH
During our February presentation, three area experts joined more than 75 AAWGT members and guests to talk about the issue of surviving sudden bereavement. Their insights helped us learn more about the variety of ways people respond to grief; ways that each of us can show comfort and reassurance to those who have experienced a loss; and about emerging national research that may spur communities to recraft their policies to better protect and uphold those faced with the upheaval that sudden loss creates. READ MORE
Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream, was the focus of a very stimulating meeting co-sponsored on January 23 by AAWGT and the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. Carol Graham, author of a 2017 book by the same title, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of MD (College Park) presented the results of her new research using measures of well-being to understand some of the serious divisions that are threatening our country. Her research links income inequality with well-being to illustrate how the widening prosperity gap has led to rising inequality in people’s beliefs, hopes, and aspirations. READ MORE
Why I belong to AAWGT:
“… a great idea that is working.”
Lori DeRose, member since 2015
“… thoughtful, talented women who want to make positive contributions to their community.”
Gwyn Smith, member since 2012
“… a top-level group of interesting, professional women who are passionate about issues and learning.”
Lynne Davidson, member since 2006