AAWGT is a women’s giving circle with 200+ members. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Since our founding in 2006, AAWGT has raised and invested over $1.1 million for local nonprofit organizations!
We INVEST— pooling our annual contributions for “collective philanthropy,” thus multiplying the power of one by many. Grants focus on health and welfare, education and the prevention and treatment for violence and abuse.
We INFORM — holding in-depth education sessions highlighting issues in our county that require active attention and support.
We INSPIRE — encouraging our members to engage as leaders and philanthropists in our local community.
Education Meeting: The First 1,000 Days of a Child’s Life
February 5, 2020
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Brenda Jones Harden, set the stage for a powerful conversation about the critical needs of an infant, and the long-lasting effects of neglect. Her dynamic presentation before 141 attendees, described research demonstrating that brain growth starts prenatally, with peak development from two months to three years of age. She shared brain PET scans, comparing scans from a baby with a dependable caretaker, who regularly speaks, hugs, and interacts with the baby against the scans for a baby who did not have those benefits. The difference is striking. Neglected children suffer from long-lasting decreases in cognitive, language and social skills for the rest of their lives. Evidence-based interventions for parent and child through private home visits, Early Head Start, Judy Centers, can make a difference—and the earlier the intervention, the more successful. Shockingly, the U.S. lags behind other countries in quality earlychildcare. Tatiana Klein provided statistics from AA County. Tamira Dunn presented the wide range of services provided by the Judy Center program.
Find Dr. Harden’s presentation and more on this important subject here.
Grants In Action
Court Appointed Special Advocates
36 new children assigned CASAs
100% of judges reported CASA input informed decision making process
22 new volunteers trained
Laptop Lab and WiFi Bar at Brooklyn Park Library
10 laptops purchased and counter constructed
Staff can provide individual and group instruction
Computers used for video job interviews and writing resumes
Students use the computers for homework
Arundel Child Care Connections: Mujeros Surgiendo - Women on the Rise
Provided partial salaries for supervisors and Spanish Speaking instructors
Purchased computerized training modules
Associated Catholic Charities: Sarah’s House
Funds contributed to classes, certification programs and fees
Funds used to provide free on-site daycare
20 of the 22 clients using our funds are now earning a living wage
DID YOU KNOW THAT AAWGT ...
Has awarded over $1,100,000 in grants since 2007: Read about our impact
Meets 8 times a year: View our events calendar
Has committees that need your help: See where you can get involved
Has an Endowment Fund: Learn how to donate to AAWGT
Sends out a bimonthly Newsletter: Read the latest issue
Is a Fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County: Learn about CFAAC
Is a Member of Catalist: Women Accelerating the Power of Collective Giving: Learn more
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS