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AAWGT is a women’s giving circle with 250+ 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 $1.57 million in local nonprofit organizations!

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Our Impact: Invest, Inform, Inspire

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.

Women Leaders in Climate Action

Making a Positive Difference for Anne Arundel County Women and Children

On March 16, in recognition of Women's History Month, AAWGT's Leadership Development and Nominating Committee presented an energizing panel discussion for members and the community on women leaders in climate action and environmental justice. The virtual presentation included three experts in local and regional environmental issues affecting the health and welfare of women and children in our county:

  • Member and panel facilitator Kate Fritz, Chair of AAWGT’s Marketing & Communications Committee, and CEO of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay;
  • Carmera Thomas-Wilhite, Director, Urban Conservation Initiative with The Conservation Fund, and Board Vice-Chair, Anne Arundel County (AAC) Watershed Stewards Academy; and
  • Lynn Heller, Founder and CEO, Climate Access Fund, and Chair, MD League of Conservation Voters.

Watch the full webinar here. Please click the Download button to see the video. Read more about the event here.



THE INNOCENCE PROJECT: Causes & Solutions of Wrongful Incarceration

Zoom Meeting - Instructions and Link will be sent prior to event

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join AAWGT for an essential conversation with The Innocence Project and Lisa Lunt, a former federal public defender who now teaches hundreds of federal public defenders and court-appointed panel lawyers. The conversation will explore what the Innocence Project is, its impact and how we in the greater Anne Arundel community can support these critical efforts.

The Innocence Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions and create fair, compassionate and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the organization is now an independent nonprofit. Their work is guided by science and grounded in anti-racism.

Since its inception, the Innocence Project has used DNA and other scientific advancements to prove that a conviction was wrongful. To date, they have helped to free or exonerate more than 200 people who, collectively, spent more than 3,600 years behind bars. Their efforts have led to the passage of more than 200 transformative state laws and federal reforms. Today, the Innocence Project continues to fight for freedom, drive structural change and advance the innocence movement.

Moderator: Carl Snowden, Convener of the Caucus of African American Leaders in Anne Arundel County


  • Robyn Trent Jefferson, The Innocence Project
  • Michelle Murphy, Exoneree
  • Lisa Woodward Lunt, Attorney Advisor, Defender Services Office - Training Division, Administrative Office of the US courts

Click HERE to read the moderator and panelists bios.

To register, please click HERE. Members: when registering guests, please provide an email address for each individual so they may receive a confirmation. Follow the registration questions all the way to CONFIRM; your confirmation should arrive within seconds. If you have any questions about registering, please contact: events@givingtogether.org

2022 Grants

This year marks our 16th year of grantmaking. Since our founding in 2006, we have invested more than $1.5 million in grants to 47 different nonprofits in Anne Arundel County working to improve the quality of life for women and families.

Applications for grants were carefully evaluated by our reviewers. This year’s grants total $159,265. Voting was online and results were announced at our May 11 membership meeting.

These organizations received grants this year:

  • Asbury Church Assistance Network, $4,998, for mobile food pantry expansion
  • Assistance League of the Chesapeake, $4,998, for school uniforms for students at Tyler Heights Elementary School
  • Center of Help, $15,080, for their program assissting bilingual families
  • Charting Careers, $20,000, for their mentoring, college and career readiness and family partnership program
  • Co-op Arundel, $20,000, for the My Sistah’s Keeper program, which is designed to give women the tools and skills to identify and reach their goals
  • Community Alliance of South County, $6,125, for summer overnight camp scholarships for ten low-income children and follow-up
  • Marshall Hope Corporation, $20,000, to purchase diapers, formula and feminine pads for the food pantry, plus supplies for the Marshall Hope Learning Center
  • Providence Center, Inc., $8064, for consent, healthy relationship and abuse prevention training for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • STAIR-Annapolis, Inc., $20,000, for the Start the Adventure in Reading, including purchase of books, lesson plans and take-home books for students
  • Tahirih Justice Center, $20,000, to provide trauma-informed legal and social services support to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence
  • We Care and Friends, Inc., $20,000, for the women-empowerment program that trains and counsels women to become self-reliant entrepreneurs and business leaders

Additional Information about AAWGT grants and grantees can be found here.


Members-Only Event

Marshall Hope Corporation Food Drive
210 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis
(behind Annapolis Evangelist Presbyterian Church)

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 PM

All members are welcome to join us for AAWGT’s annual field trip. This year we will be helping Marshall Hope Corporation distribute food, toiletries and baby items at their food drive.

Marshall Hope was founded by Amy Marshall and Diana Love, who responded to the needs of one family affected by the coronavirus early in the pandemic. The nonprofit has since grown to support many in the Hispanic community, and now provides drive-through food aid. Their mission is to support members of the Hispanic community who lost their income due to COVID-19 and do not have access to federal aid such as unemployment, stimulus checks or loans. The pantry delivers healthy groceries directly to otherwise unsupported Hispanic families.

After the field trip, we will get together at Smashing Grapes, 177 Jennifer Road, Annapolis. We hope to see you there.

To register, click HERE. Follow the registration questions all the way to CONFIRM; your confirmation should arrive within seconds. If you have any questions about registering, please contact events@givingtogether.org for assistance.

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together is deeply committed to understanding, and working to help ameliorate, racial inequities in our community. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee has been created to conduct an audit of AAWGT’s policies and procedures with the goal of implementing an action plan to address these issues as AAWGT invests, informs, and inspires. Learn more by clicking HERE.


Has awarded $1,571,914 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


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AAWGT is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

AAWGT is a member of Philanos: Accelerating Philanthropy through Women’s Collective Giving

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