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Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a women's giving circle, supports initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in our community.



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On September 21, more than 125 members and friends of AAWGT gathered at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church for the annual Fall Open House and Grants Showcase.  

To open the program, Vice President Linda Eggbeer and Ten Year Anniversary Committee Chair Karen Smith presented a slide show to celebrate all that AAWGT has accomplished in the past 10 years.

Founded in 2006 by a group of visionary women, AAWGT’s mission has been to pool financial resources to engage in collective philanthropy to improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County. 

Reflecting back on our first decade, there has been significant growth in both membership and grants, sizeable investments have been made in the community, our County has been educated and is better informed, and philanthropy has been inspired.  

During the program, 2016’s new grantees were introduced and each of the 2015 grantees offered highlights of the impact their organization has had on our community as a result of AAWGT’s support.

 community plan for collective impact 2017-2020

The June 8th meeting at Anne Arundel Community College featured Dr. Pam Brown’s presentation on Anne Arundel County’s Community Plan for Collective Impact (CPCI). Over 100 people were registered, 50% of whom were guests.

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Pam Brown, Executive Director of the Anne Arundel Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, presented the “2016 Poverty Amidst Plenty” report. Unlike Dr. Brown’s fall presentation, this presentation included a sense of optimism based on the collection of extensive data on needs and services and the development of strategies to address needs. 

The Community Plan for Collective Impact is lead by:

  • Governor Hogan’s vision for the State,
  • County Executive Steve Schuh’s vision for Anne Arundel County, and
  • Anne Arundel Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (AAPCYF), one of 24 local management boards across Maryland. It is completely self-funded, receiving no financial support from the County.  AAPCYF is a co-author of “Poverty Amidst Plenty”, a report sponsored by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. 

The directive for the Community Plan is to identify the needs, determine the resources and gaps, and build on existing momentum to craft solutions.   The focus of the Plan is population-based: hungry children, disconnected youth, impact of incarceration and homeless youth 16 - 24 years old. 

No single area of the community is a “shining star.”  Glen Burnie East and West and Brooklyn were assessed to have needs in every category. Annapolis is the only area of the County where all services are offered. 


Why do our members join?

AAWGT's annual Spring Open House on April 6 started with social time, lovely food, and conversation at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street.

Mary Grace Folwell welcomed everyone with her natural humor and enthusiasm.  She acknowledged the new members and guests attending and offered each the opportunity to introduce themselves.  The evening's seven speakers shared thoughts about why they joined and their feelings about AAWGT.  Three common threads quickly emerged: giving back, getting involved, and wanting to know local like-minded women.  It was agreed, "We aspire to seek and support initiatives that help women and children in Anne Arundel County."

Speaking to the group were AAWGT members Sarah Morse, Chair, Membership Committee, Lynne Davidson, Founder, Martha Schwieters, Chair, Governance Committee, Molly Knipe, Lynn Buhl, Kate Fritz, Sharon Stewart, Founder, and Linda Eggbeer, Vice President.  

Photo: Kate Fritz 


In the News

Karen Smith, past President of AAWGT speaks with Yolanda Vasquez on Comcast Newsmakers about AAWGT's March 13 Forum on The Emerging Face of 21st Century Philanthropy.

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