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 2007, AAWGT has awarded grants totaling over $900,000 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 $900,000+ in 82 Grants Since 2007!

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.



AAWGT membership gathered for its annual meeting on November 8 to receive the financial report presented by the treasurer, learn more about the new 2-year pilot Momentum Grant that will be offered for the first time in 2018, and approve the proposed 2018 Steering Committee slate for voting by the entire membership. Members joined small discussion groups to brainstorm about effective ways to increase awareness about the challenges facing women and families in Anne Arundel County, the nonprofit organizations working to ameliorate them, and the role the giving circle plays in supporting and partnering with them. Discussion also centered on concrete approaches to expanding and diversifying our membership and improving the membership experience and our internal communications. These ideas will be very useful in the ongoing work of the Steering Committee.


October’s education program on Domestic Violence began with a reading of the 11 questions that comprise the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), developed in Maryland and now used by first responders nationally. The LAP assesses an abuse victim’s immediate risk of life-threatening violence.  AAWGT members and guests then were guided through an exercise that helped them visually understand the large percentage of women affected by domestic abuse in America  (1 out of every 3) and the tiny percentage of cases actually reported (1 out of 4).  READ MORE


AAWGT’S annual Grants Showcase provided a wonderful opportunity for a large group of members and guests to hear first-hand how our collective giving is making a difference in our local community. 2016 grants, totaling over $100,000, were awarded to non-profits serving women, children and families in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Professional staff from each of the eight agencies that received these year-long grants spoke movingly about how AAWGT’s dollars allowed them to reach more recipients, expand their programming, and strengthen their organizations. Their stories helped the audience better understand their missions and the needs of those they are serving.

2016 grantees include:

  • Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. (Court-Appointed Special Advocates
  • Anne Arundel Community Action Agency: Green Summer Works
  • Arundel House of Hope (AHOH): The Family Project
  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.: Marcus Youth and Family Center at Arundel Lodge Interpreters
  • He Opens Paths to Everyone, Inc. (HOPE for All): Transitioning Homeless Women & Children into Healthy Homes
  • Light House, Inc.: Family Assistance Program
  • Services from the Heart: Backpack Buddies Program
  • YWCA: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Play Therapy Services.

In addition, the 2017-2018 Grantees were announced and introduced. Eight agencies received $111,00 in grant funds from the largest grant pool in AAWGT’s history. Four agencies received $20,000 each while the remainder of grants ranged from $5000 to $15,000 each. 2017 Grantees

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 $900,000 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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