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 $1.2 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.
AAWGT Announces 2020 Grants
May 16, 2020
The Grant Applications that will be funded by our 2020 Annual Grant Fund were decided by the AAWGT Membership on May 13. This year, because of the Coronavirus Pandemic social restrictions, all voting was online only. Though an unfamiliar process for some of our members, over one-half voted, more than ever before. This was a year of big accomplishments for AAWGT and the Grant Fund. A record amount of money was raised for grant distribution, thanks to our generous members and the special Grant Fund Challenge. We also had 48 grant applications which was more than ever before, partly because of how widely the Call for Applications was distributed. And, it goes without saying, the amount of time every member of the Grants Committee (GC) put in to review and evaluate all the submitted grant applications was extensive. All this hard work culminated in 17 applications approved for the ballot.
New this year is the Fundamental Needs Grant. This grant has a maximum of $10,000, and the organization making the grant proposal must be headquartered in Anne Arundel County and have revenue of no more than $100,000. The program/project being proposed must address the areas of food insecurity, parenting support and/or the needs of children from birth to five years. This being the first year for this grant, the Grants Committee was pleased with the quality of grants that made the ballot.
Note that these events may not be held due to the coronavirus.
In lieu of our regular May meeting, members are voting online for this year’s grant recipients. AAWGT will announce this year’s grantees when they are selected later this month.
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 $1,200,000 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