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 2007, 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.
Upcoming events our members are engaged in. We invite others to join AAWGT to participate with us.
JANUARY 23, 2018, EVENT: CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH ON WELL-BEING IN AMERICA
Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream, was the focus of a very stimulating meeting co-sponsored on January 23 by AAWGT and the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. Carol Graham, author of a 2017 book by the same title, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of MD (College Park) presented the results of her new research using measures of well-being to understand some of the serious divisions that are threatening our country. Her research links income inequality with well-being to illustrate how the widening prosperity gap has led to rising inequality in people’s beliefs, hopes, and aspirations. READ MORE
NOVEMBER 8 BUSINESS MEETING AND MEMBERS FORUM
AAWGT membership gathered for its annual meeting on November 8 to receive the financial report presented by the treasurer, learn more about the new 2-year pilot Momentum Grant that will be offered for the first time in 2018, and approve the proposed 2018 Steering Committee slate for voting by the entire membership. Members joined small discussion groups to brainstorm about effective ways to increase awareness about the challenges facing women and families in Anne Arundel County, the nonprofit organizations working to ameliorate them, and the role the giving circle plays in supporting and partnering with them. Discussion also centered on concrete approaches to expanding and diversifying our membership and improving the membership experience and our internal communications. These ideas will be very useful in the ongoing work of the Steering Committee.
OCTOBER 18 EDUCATION SESSION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
October’s education program on Domestic Violence began with a reading of the 11 questions that comprise the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), developed in Maryland and now used by first responders nationally. The LAP assesses an abuse victim’s immediate risk of life-threatening violence. AAWGT members and guests then were guided through an exercise that helped them visually understand the large percentage of women affected by domestic abuse in America (1 out of every 3) and the tiny percentage of cases actually reported (1 out of 4). 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