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  • 11/02/2023 6:04 PM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    2023 has been an amazing year so far for AAWGT. We hit a new high in the number of grant applications we received and in the grant dollars we were able to award. We held one or more events virtually every month, all with more attendance than in previous years. We are excited and grateful that our philanthropic message is being heard as we welcome many new members of all ages. We are delighted that our membership has now grown to over 300 women. Above all, we are most gratified to see new and younger members embrace philanthropy with such enthusiasm and seriousness of purpose. Welcome all.

  • 09/02/2023 11:12 AM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    We’re happy to welcome you back from summer with our Grants Showcase on September 20 at 5:30 pm. Please sign up while there is still room so you can join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2022 grantees and be introduced to our 2023 awardees. Also, we invite you to listen to a recent podcast AAWGT did with Eye on Annapolis. Lots of good information about this organization we are so proud of.

  • 07/08/2023 6:00 PM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    One joy of living in Anne Arundel County is the distinct seasons, each with their special pleasures. Winter’s cold gives us crystal clear views of the Bay. Spring brings us a burst of flowers—even things we don’t remember planting! And summer, even if hot and muggy, is always a favorite for backyard dinners, going to the beach or swimming at a local pool. AAWGT is taking a bit of a breather in July and August but will kick off the fall with our always special Grants Showcase. This year’s showcase will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Atreeum at Soaring Timbers in Annapolis. In the meantime, have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in person in September!

  • 06/06/2023 4:34 PM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    Ask AAWGT members what they like about June and they’ll tell you it’s the timing. June is the month when we’re working with our new grantees (see list below) to help get their new 2023 grants in place. We want to recognize our many members who are directly involved with this process through, for example, the Post Grants Committee which is carefully planning how to best support these nonprofits over the next year. Also the Grants Systems Committee that is working to ensure that we’re collecting useful data about the needs of women and families in our county and the creative ways local organizations are responding to those needs. Thanks to all!

  • 05/15/2023 9:51 AM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    AAAWGT is excited to share the results of the vote by our members to determine which nonprofits should receive 2023 grant awards. This year’s 50-member Grants Committee was challenged with the task of thoughtfully considering a record number of worthy proposals from local nonprofits. Thanks to contributions from our members (280+ currently), we were able to award grants totaling $164,305, the largest annual amount in our history. Since our founding in 2006, we have provided over $1.7M to nonprofits to help improve the quality of life for underserved women and families in Anne Arundel County.

    We have worked hard over the last few years to simplify our grant application — and entire grants process  to encourage a wider range of nonprofits to apply for support. It has placed a renewed emphasis on listening carefully and learning directly from the community about the most critical issues facing women and their families and the most effective ways to address them.

    Our CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s grantees:

    Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc: Operations Funding for the Continuation and Growth of Free Tutoring Programs for Low-Income Adults in Anne Arundel County  $6,000

    Child Resource Connect (formerly Prince George’s Child Resource Center):Anne Arundel Child Care Support Services  $25,000

    Community Alliance of South County: Camp, A Week of Possibilities $13,300

    Evolve KidsCare: Childcare for Parents Recovering from Substance Abuse  $15,000

    Harvest Resources in Anne Arundel County: Necessities Not Covered By SNAP  $25,000

    Maryland Latinos Unidos: Stages of Womanhood  Maternal Health  $25,000

    Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, Inc: Safe and Healthy Housing — $25,000

    STAIR-Annapolis, Inc: Start the Adventure in Reading  $25,000

    AAWGT is pleased to contribute the remaining amount of the grants pool, $5,005, to The Complete Player Charity: TCP and Sisters in Sync Collaborative Leadership Program for Girls.

    We very much look forward to partnering with these amazing nonprofits as the year goes forward!

  • 05/01/2023 12:09 PM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    AAWGT held its most well-attended Open House in our history on April 19, with 40 guests and 85 members enjoying the beautiful weather and great food. AAWGT President Susan Cook thanked everyone for attending, while Sue Pitchford, Membership chair, described how AAWGT fulfills its mission to improve the quality of life for women and families in the County. AAWGT is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County and its president and CEO, Mary Spencer, spoke to the group and introduced John Rodenhausen, the new director of gift planning. In addition, two members, Liz Gillette and Michelle Hellstern, shared the reasons they decided to join AAWGT. Many guests talked about the fact that having the new tiered membership levels (ranging from $175 to $1,075, with each member having full benefits and voting privileges) makes it easier to join and participate collectively in bettering our local community. You can view the slide show presented at the event here.

  • 04/07/2023 11:56 AM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    Looking out our windows, we see the cheerful signs of spring everywhere and are reminded that even small things – a new flowerbed, a little more sunlight each day, being able to get out more often for a walk – can have a big effect on how we experience the world. AAWGT is built on amplifying the efforts of individuals to make a difference through the power of collective philanthropy. We look forward to illustrating that at our April 19 Open House so please DO JOIN US! And take a look at the Grants update in our latest newsletter to see how the selection process is going for our 2023 grant awards.

  • 03/20/2023 2:26 PM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    We thank everyone who attended our March 2023 Women in Leadership event “The Impact the Pandemic Has Had on Our Collective Mental Health.”

    For those who joined us, we hope the information presented by our highly qualified speakers was helpful to you. For those who were unable to join us, all is not lost! First, a recording of the presentation will be posted on our website under “Events” within the next week. In addition, a summary of the program, a list of mental health resources, and links to the panelists’ handouts are available here.

    AAWGT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for underserved women and families in Anne Arundel County. In support of that mission, we present frequent education programs — like last night’s Women in Leadership event that focus on issues impacting families in our community.

    Additionally, we award grants to local nonprofits that serve women and families. Those grants have totaled over $1.57 million since 2006 and are solely funded by membership contributions. Members have the benefit of voting annually to select the nonprofits that will receive our grants. 

    If you are not already a member, we enthusiastically invite you to join AAWGT for the good of the County! Our new membership tiers make it possible for more women to join the Countys most inclusive giving circle. Please pick a membership level that is right for you (all include full voting privileges).

    • Friend: $175
    • Catalyst: $375
    • Ally: $575
    • Sustainer: $1,075
    • Lifetime Member: $12,000 (contract with the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County)

    To join AAWGT and learn more about the benefits of belonging to our giving circle, click here.

    Thank you for your interest in last night’s education program on mental health and for your involvement with Anne Arundel Women Giving Together.

  • 03/02/2023 3:43 PM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    March hints at the beginning of spring and entices us to look in new directions. Are we searching for our own personal four-leaf clover? Feel free to ‘wear the green’ but don’t forget what is going on in AAWGT this month. Our March 15 program (click here for more information) will open your eyes to a new way of looking at things and dealing with stress. The Grants Committee is focused on the 54 applications weve received from a wide range of exciting nonprofits. Other committees are also very busy and could really use your help! AAAWGT members: please take a look and volunteer for what strikes your fancy here. And if you’re not a member, click here to see how to join our giving circle.

  • 02/02/2023 3:50 PM | Maryann Gosnell (Administrator)

    February is often the month when weve had enough of winter cold and gray skies. But AAWGT is busy engaging members and the wider community in interesting and meaningful things to do and TO LEARN! Our Grants team is responding to new grant applications coming in (see notification below for the application deadline and the opportunity for a few more members to serve as grant reviewers). We also continue to carry out another aspect of our mission – to engage and educate about the issues affecting women and families in our community. So please plan to join us for our February 8 program A View From the Inside (click here to register) and save the date for our Women in Leadership event on March 15. Looking ahead, stay tuned for more information about AAWGT’s annual Open House on April 15.

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