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 2006, 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.
JUNE 21 MEETING: FOSTERING HOPE: PERSEVERANCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
“We can all forever impact the life of a child in need although they may only be before us for a moment in time” was the inspiring message offered by Regina Calcaterra, herself a former foster child, as she presented to a large group of AAWGT members and guests on June 21st. Drawing on personal experiences, as detailed in her New York Times bestselling book Etched in Sand, Regina described how she and her four siblings endured months of abandonment by their mother, stealing groceries and raiding dumpsters for clothing just to survive. And she admitted that she learned to hide the truth of their home life from outsiders (including social services) to avoid being discovered and split up. READ MORE
MAY 10 VOTING MEETING: EIGHT GRANTEES RECEIVE AWARDS FOR 2017!
We are thrilled to announce that the AAWGT membership voted to award $111,729 to eight nonprofit organizations supporting programs that improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County. These outstanding organizations are:
Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates); Anne Arundel Community Action Agency; Arundel Lodge, Inc; Creating Communities; He Opens Paths to Everyone, Inc. (HOPE for All); Planned Parenthood of Maryland/Anne Arundel; STAIR-Annapolis; YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
For more information about the specific work for which these organizations were funded and the amount of their grant award, 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