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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! 

Read about this year's voting meeting and our 2018 Grantees

Our women’s giving circle supports initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in our community.

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.


Investing ...
Donating $1,000,000+ in 85 Grants Since 2006!

How Local Nonprofits Apply ❯
Learn More on Current & Prior Grantees ❯
See the Impact of Collective Philanthropy ❯

Informing ...
Convening 50+ Education Sessions in Over 10 Years!

Upcoming AAWGT Events ❯

Inspiring ...
Engaging 200+ members!

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What is a Women’s Giving Circle? ❯

Upcoming events our members are engaged in. We invite others to join AAWGT to participate with us.


2018 Grants Showcase

The annual Grants Showcase is a highlight of the year for AAWGT. It features presentations by current and prior grantees who share impactful stories that show how, by pooling member resources, we are able to make strategic investments in our community that make a real difference in the lives of women and families.

At the event, held on September 12, the 2018 grantees were introduced. They included Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR), Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation Laptop Lab and WiFi Bar at Brooklyn Park Branch, Arundel Child Care Connections: Mujeros Suirgiendo—Women on the Rise, Associated Catholic Charities: Sarah’s House, and Seeds 4 Success: Academic and Career Exploration Club.

2017 grantees each gave short presentations about the important work they do in Anne Arundel County thanks to funds received from AAWGT. 2017 grantees included Anne Arundel County CASA, Anne Arundel Community Action Agency: Green Summer Works, Arundel Lodge/Go GRRLS, Creating Communities Art Education Program, He Opens Paths to Everyone-Transitioning Homeless Families, Planned Parenthood of MD’s Cancer Prevention Program, STAIR, and YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County/Crisis Intervention and Management. Some grantees read letters received from families and people they have helped. A Green Summer Works graduate spoke about her experience and the difference it made in her life. All grantees engaged the audience with inspiring stories.

june 13, 2018 General meeting
Now That You’re Here

At the June AAWGT education program four panelists outlined the services available to help navigate language and cultural barriers for those seeking medical help, legal advice, child and family social services, and education. The emphasis was on the Hispanic community as that is the largest and fastest growing group in Anne Arundel County.

Marc Rodriguez, Alderman, City of Annapolis, moderated panel members Nancy Schrum, Gaston Gomez, Waleska Casiano-Matos, and  Annapolis high school student, Ada Garcia Sosa.

Attendees were inspired by the stories of our speakers and left with an understanding that these efforts at language education, cultural assimilation, and general assistance requires greater attention from government and private sources.

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

Fun Facts

Did you know that AAWGT ....

Meets 8 times a year
Has awarded over $1,000,000 in grants since 2007

Has committees that need your help
Sends out a bimonthly e-Newsletter
Has an Endowment Fund
Is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

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