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June 2024

Message from Leadership

AAWGT: Strengthening Our Community Through Grants and Collective Giving

At Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT), we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. Our mission is achieved through our core initiatives: grantmaking, educating women donors and the general public about important issues affecting our community, and promoting collective philanthropy. Your involvement strengthens our ties to the community and enhances our capacity to support impactful grants.

We are excited to share some wonderful news at the heart of our mission. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we’ve awarded a record-breaking $190,931.22 in grants for 2024! These funds will support a diverse array of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County.

We are delighted to introduce the organizations receiving our support in 2024:

  • Annapolis Immigration Justice Network  Legal Assistance for Vulnerable Immigrants in Anne Arundel County ($25,000)

  • Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc.  Operations Funding for the Continuation and Growth of Free Tutoring Programs for Low-Income Adults in Anne Arundel County ($10,000)

  • Asbury Church Assistance Network  ACAN Food Pantry($25,000)

  • Evolve KidsCare  Childcare for Parents Recovering from Substance Abuse ($25,000)

  • Harvest Resources in Anne Arundel County  Supporting SNAP Recipients ($25,000)

  • OIC Of Anne Arundel County, Inc.  Career Pathways ($25,000)

  • Path to Hope (A Division of Downtown Hope)  Path to Hope($5,931.22)

  • Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, Inc.  Safe and Healthy Housing ($25,000)

  • The Complete Player Charity  Beautiful, Brilliant & Bold Leaders($25,000) 

This June, we have the privilege of honoring fathers on Father’s Day, recognizing the significance of Juneteenth, and immersing ourselves in Anne Arundel Arts Month. These occasions serve as poignant reminders of our collective journey and the importance of fostering unity within our community.

From the solemn remembrance of D-Day to the vibrant festivities of Pride Month, June beckons us to embrace inclusivity, honor history, and celebrate community. It’s a month that reminds us of the richness of our shared experiences and the power of coming together as one.

Together, let’s continue to spread warmth, kindness, and generosity this June as we celebrate both the spirit of summer and the power of philanthropy.

In service,

Margaret Davis, President
Michelle Hellstern, Vice President

Help Spread the Word!

Help us spread the word and inform the county about collective philanthropy and AAWGT. We recently presented to the Annapolis Rotary, and it was great!
  • AAWGT will provide speakers for local organizational meetings to describe our collective philanthropy mission

  • With our new membership options, many more women can now participate in AAWGT

  • The more members, the more grant dollars we can award!

  • Please provide contact information for groups you know or participate in (chambers, churches, community groups, etc.) that might be interested in hearing from us by emailing our Membership Committee HERE

June Education Program

“Good Trouble: Building Anti-Racisst Schools in the Year of Civil Rights”

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 6-7pm, via Zoom

Speakers: Dr. Donna Y. Ford and Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.

Moderator: Carlesa R. Finney

To register, please 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 for assistance.

    Grantee Spotlight

The Complete Player (TCP) Charity


The Complete Player (TCP) Charity is “Unleashing the Leader Within” in underserved youth in northern Anne Arundel County. We are dedicated to shrinking the education and opportunity gap plaguing northern AA County youth by providing mentoring and extra-curricular activities that equip them with the character, confidence, emotional intelligence, and experiences they need to achieve academic and life success. To achieve our mission, we provide in-school, after-school, and summer programming to mentor 3rd-8th grade youth.

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With a 2023 AAWGT grant, TCP Charity launched an all-girls program in partnership with Excellence Esthetics at Brooklyn Park Middle and Brooklyn Park Elementary schools. This hands-on experiential program teaches girls different jobs related to esthetics in the health and wellness industry. Specifically, girls are taught to do nails, hair, and facials, and how to make business logos, candles, and scented oils to create a Spa Day event. The program ends with the girls running their Spa Day event for local women and girls in their schools. This year their Spa Day took place on May 17th at Brooklyn Park Elementary.

Adding this program has opened up new possibilities for TCP Charity. It is tackling a major need in schools – girls’ specific programs that educate them on the workforce and health and wellness by outside providers. Due to the success of this program and with such a high need, we are offering a two-week summer camp in 2024 for all girls. The addition of these programs will increase the number of kids served per year by at least 50 and will spark new interests in the hearts and minds of young girls as they transition into middle and high school. We hope that it leads to girls attending the Center of Applied Technology in high school to continue their education in esthetics, ultimately leading them to a job or starting a business.

“As one of the participants noted - “The esthetics program with Ms. Kandice is so cool. Being in this program has helped increase my confidence, make new friends, and makes me want to come to school. I can’t wait to do it again next year!”

Member Highlight:
Meet Jacqueline Hicks Grazette

Jacqueline Hicks Grazette joined AAWGT in 2016, having learned of us through the former Minority Business Director of Anne Arundel County, Joanne Jackson. “She knew my interests and felt I would enjoy and value the organization. I attended an initial event and decided to join.”

“A native-born Annapolitan, I’m continually impressed with the passion AAWGT members put into their efforts to serve and fund the community, their wish to understand the experience of people who are different from what most members encounter in their everyday living, and their genuine and inquisitive interests in Annapolis and AAC.”

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“There also is an important benefit to some camaraderie in a world where it can sometimes be hard to get to know women outside of work. I am meeting and making friends with people whose paths I might not have crossed otherwise. AAWGT women I’ve gotten to know so far don’t want to live in a bubble. They want to make contact with people who are different and want to help make others’ lives better. I’ve particularly enjoyed being a part of the Racial Equity Study Group and deeply appreciate its efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. The leaders and members of the committee are to be commended. It has been touching to see so many people trying to understand and support the experiences of people of color.”

Jacqueline is CEO of MyCollegeAdvisor.Net, LLC, an educational consulting company that assists students in college admissions, standardized test preparation, summer placement, subject area tutoring and extended learning. A graduate of Harvard University with an B.A. in English and American Literature and an M.B.A., she studied government at the John F. Kennedy School, journalism at the Nieman Foundation, and served as the executive director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland. Her resume includes advising the George Washington University School of Education on how to redesign its College of Continuing Studies, and serving as assistant director of the National Air and Space Museum, directing K-higher education, including college and graduate internships, and chairing Strategic Planning for the entire institution, crafting its policy on public education.

Jacqueline’s direct teaching experience includes teaching journalism, history, and government at St. Albans, National Cathedral School, and Georgetown Day School. Her teaching awards include being a Memphis City Public School System’s Hall of Fame inductee, the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Special Recognition Journalism Adviser of the year, a teaching fellowship in China from the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, scholar-in-residence in African American history at George Mason University, and outstanding museum educator of the year from the National University and Continuing Education Association. She also was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for one year, supporting an abused and neglected child involved in juvenile court proceedings. CASA has won numerous grants from AAWGT.

“For fun, I enjoy gardening, fine and performing arts, walking, theater, and music of all kinds, particularly classical. As a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, one of the oldest African American congregations in the country, I serve as a lector, a Eucharistic Minister in general and specifically to the sick and shut-in, and am on the Welcoming Committee. I am an adoption trainer for Lucky Dogs in VA, and the Captain of my Neighborhood Watch. In short, I am like all the dynamic women in AAWGT — here, there, and everywhere, totally overcommitted, hoping to make a difference.”

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members

Jenni Davies, Cindy Elliot, Jane Millman, Mary Ann Norbom, and Renee Zemanski

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