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.


Investing ...
Donating $900,000+ in 82 Grants Since 2007!

How Local Nonprofits Apply ❯
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See the Impact of Collective Philanthropy ❯

Informing ...
Convening 50+ Education Sessions in Over 10 Years!

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Inspiring ...
Engaging 200+ members!

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What is a Women’s Giving Circle? ❯

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AAWGT’S annual Grants Showcase provided a wonderful opportunity for a large group of members and guests to hear first-hand how our collective giving is making a difference in our local community. 2016 grants, totaling over $100,000, were awarded to non-profits serving women, children and families in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Professional staff from each of the eight agencies that received these year-long grants spoke movingly about how AAWGT’s dollars allowed them to reach more recipients, expand their programming, and strengthen their organizations. Their stories helped the audience better understand their missions and the needs of those they are serving.

2016 grantees include:

  • Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. (Court-Appointed Special Advocates
  • Anne Arundel Community Action Agency: Green Summer Works
  • Arundel House of Hope (AHOH): The Family Project
  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.: Marcus Youth and Family Center at Arundel Lodge Interpreters
  • He Opens Paths to Everyone, Inc. (HOPE for All): Transition-ing Homeless Women & Children into Healthy Homes
  • Light House, Inc.: Family Assistance Program
  • Services from the Heart: Backpack Buddies Program
  • YWCA: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Play Therapy Services.

In addition, the 2017-2018 Grantees were announced and introduced. Eight agencies received $111,00 in grant funds from the largest grant pool in AAWGT’s history. Four agencies received $20,000 each while the remainder of grants ranged from $5000 to $15,000 each. 2017 Grantees


“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

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

Fun Facts

Did you know that AAWGT ....

Meets 8 times a year
Has awarded over $900,000 in grants since 2007

Has committees that need your help
Sends out a bimonthly e-Newsletter
Has an Endowment Fund
Is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

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