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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!

Announcing an Early Preview of 2023 AAWGT’s Grant Application

We are pleased to announce that our 2023 application is available for early preview here  in both English and Spanish. We encourage nonprofits to start now to think creatively about the needs they see and the solutions they believe work best in improving the quality of life for women and families in our county. Online applications will be accepted from Wednesday, January 4, 2023, through Friday, February 10, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

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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.

Education Program: Adult Literacy in Anne Arundel County

November 9, 2022

Fifteen percent of adults in Anne Arundel County have a low level of literacy. For education on this important topic, on November 9, 2022, AAWGT presented a virtual panel discussion. Introduced by Education Committee Chair Tatiana Klein and moderated by AAWGT Vice President Susan Cook, the presentation featured three individuals actively involved in the AACo Literacy Council.

Since 1977, the Literacy Council has been offering free, weekly, one-on-one tutoring to help adults build literacy skills. Approximately 300 volunteers, who receive training from the Council, provide students with tutoring in Basic Literacy, Math, GED (General Educational Development), NEDP (National External Diploma Program), and ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test) preparation, and college coursework. AAWGT awarded the Literacy Council grants to fund one-on-one literacy training in 2007 and a tutor training workshop in 2010.

    Read the full event summary here.

    2022 Grants Showcase

    September 13, 2022

    AAWGT members and guests learned about 19 local nonprofits working with women, children and families at our annual Grants Showcase held on September 13. Eleven of those nonprofits are 2022 grants recipients. Eight of them received grants from AAWGT in 2021, and made presentations at the event.

    The theme of the evening was acknowledging the power of one, multiplied by many. By that, we mean that our members’ contributions to our Grants Fund and Endowment Fund, when added together, have an amazing impact on vulnerable members of our community. In fact, since its founding in 2006, AAWGT has awarded 121 grants to 47 nonprofits totaling close to $1.6M.

    Read the full event summary here.


    AAWGT Adopts 3 New Membership Levels

    As of October 1, 2022, AAWGT’s annual contribution levels are:

    Lifetime Member: $12,000 (donor-advised fund with the Community Foundation)
    Sustainer: $1,075/year
    Ally: $575/year
    Catalyst: $375/year
    Friend: $175/year

    As AAWGT continues to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have made the decision to expand our membership levels to make it financially feasible for more women to join us. We are reaching out to try to engage women in a wide variety of different roles and circumstances who share our passion for improving the lives of women and families. We realize how important it is for new and diverse stakeholders, including staff of nonprofit organizations, to become involved in every aspect of our work as AAWGT strives to continue to build on its 16 year history of supporting nonprofits dedicated to women and families in Anne Arundel County.


    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.

    Information about AAWGT grants and grantees can be found here.

    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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