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Anne Arundel Women Giving Together is deeply committed to understanding, and working to help ameliorate, racial inequities in our community.
  • Our Racial Equity Study Group (RESG), now in its third year and composed of 50+ members, meets monthly to discuss a range of social justice, diversity and racial equity issues.
  • In early 2021, the RESG supported our Grants Committee in establishing a new $20,000 grants category to address the causes, not just the effects, of racial discrimination. That award will be made in May.
  • A consultant on unconscious bias was engaged to work with grant reviewers and AAWGT leadership in January and a second program will be offered to our general membership in May.
  • A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee is being 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.
We will continue to update members and the general public on these and other initiatives on a regular basis.

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 $1.4 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.



This year marks our 15th year of grantmaking. Since our founding in 2006, we have invested more than $1.4 million in grants to 42 different nonprofits in Anne Arundel County working to improve the quality of life for women and families.

This year we offered three different types of grants. For the first time, we explored how our grantmaking might help us address racial inequities with a $20,000 Racial Equity grant. We also offered the $10,000 Fundamental Needs grant, this time limited to county organizations not previously funded by AAWGT. And we, of course, continued our Regular grant program.

We received a record number of 50 applications which were carefully evaluated by our reviewers to determine the 15 organizations that would advance to the ballot. We also had a near-record amount in our Grant fund: $138,496. Voting was online and results were announced and celebrated at a May 11 Zoom meeting. For more detailed information about our review process, see our grant summary process.

We are delighted to welcome Co-op Arundel, Marshall Love and Charting Careers as new grantees this year.

Racial Equity Grant: Co-op Arundel – My Sistah’s Keeper $20,000

An 8-week program that pairs 15 women with low incomes with a mentor to address topics such as financial literacy, life skills, goal setting and self-introspection.

Fundamental Needs Grant: Marshall Love Corp – W. Annapolis Pop-Up Pantry $10,000

Creation of a newborn and toddler pantry with diapers, wipes, bottles, formula and other necessities, Spanish-speaking volunteers provide other needed information to those who visit the pantry.

Regular Grants:

Annapolis Immigration Justice Network – Legal Assistance Project $20,000

Provides legal and case manager representation and related services to immigrant children as they face the challenging path to remain in this country.

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc – For Abused and Neglected Children in Foster Care $20,000

To advocate for abused and neglected foster children to support their transition from the court system to a safe and stable home.

Anne Arundel County Food Bank – Expand/Stock Baby Pantries $8,496

To expand and stock baby pantries, adding facilities in Brooklyn Park, Laurel and Glen Burnie. (Due to tremendous need, we continued last year’s practice of allocating all remaining dollars available in the Grant fund.)

Charting Careers – Mentoring, College & Career Readiness $20,000

Breaking the cycle of poverty and inequity for African American and Latino youth in Annapolis with a mentor-focused approach that begins with tutoring in reading and continues in later years with college and career guidance.

Hope for All – Turning Houses into Homes $20,000

Provides beds, furniture, clothing, personal hygiene products and other household items to 100 homeless women and children as they transition to permanent housing.

Rebuilding Together – Urgent Home & Critical Repairs - $20,000

Works to keep low-income homeowners, largely women, in their homes by providing home repairs, thereby preventing homelessness and foreclosures. Our grant will renovate 14 homes.




Kathy Koch, Executive Director, Anne Arundel Community Development Services
Theresa Wellman, Chief of Community Development, City of Annapolis
Melissa Maddox-Evans, Executive Director/CEO, Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis

Ardath Cade, AAWGT member and long-time leader and champion of affordable housing in the State of Maryland and Anne Arundel County will moderate the panel.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
via Zoom

Our moderator and panel of speakers have more than 150 combined years of experience in the affordable housing field. They will share their perspectives about affordable housing in the County, describe programs and strategies that address housing needs, and answer questions from attendees.

This event is free and open to the public

Please register 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. The Zoom link to join the program will be sent one day prior to the event.

Additional information may be found on AAWGT’s website. Go to Events, drop down to Reports & Resources Links, and then to the Affordable Housing in Anne Arundel County title. Here you will also find Luke Frederick's Anne Arundel County Public Library presentation providing a startling history of laws that have impacted affordable housing.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

These events are free and open to the public. Registration and information about accessing these programs will be posted when available.


Has awarded $1,412,649 in grants since 2007: Read about our impact
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Grants In Action

$20,000 Grant

Court Appointed Special Advocates

36 new children assigned CASAs
100% of judges reported CASA input informed decision making process
22 new volunteers trained

$20,000 Grant

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

$20,000 Grant

Arundel Child Care Connections: Mujeros Surgiendo - Women on the Rise

Provided partial salaries for supervisors and Spanish Speaking instructors
Purchased computerized training modules

$15,000 Grant

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

These 4 descriptions are a sample of our grants over the last 14 years — Read About All Our Grantees here.

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

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