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.
November 28 Seminar on racial inequity
AAWGT co-hosted, along with the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, a half-day seminar on racial inequity led by the Racial Equity Institute. Dr. Pam Brown, executive director of the partnership, provided Anne Arundel data that paralleled the national research presented by the Racial Equity Institute. Sponsors included Maryland Hall, Sonja Swygert, Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County and United Way of Maryland. The event concluded with a quote from Vital Voices, an international women’s organization: “There is a decisive moment, a tipping point, when activism and leadership of a few stir the imagination of others enough to create a new reality.” Added AAWGT President Betsy Chotin, “That is what we hope for Anne Arundel County.” Read about the event in the Capital Gazette.
2018 Fall Field Trip
Second graders sounding out words. Drummers performing. Elementary school students working on art projects. AAWGT members saw their grant dollars in action on October 30 at the annual Fall Field Trip, where they visited five Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) sites and two Creating Communities sites.
At the annual field trip, AAWGT members visit a grantee to learn more about the impact of their grant dollars. The trips provide a first-hand look into philanthropy in Anne Arundel County. Read more.
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. 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