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Anne Arundel Women Giving Together unequivocally condemns structural and systemic racism.
We are deeply moved by the twin upheavals of Covid-19 and the long-overdue response to centuries of racial discrimination. Now, like individuals and organizations across the country, we are working to assess and find our place in creating a more positive and just future for everyone.
AAWGT was founded in 2006 to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County by providing grants to local nonprofit organizations. We have worked to stand behind and support women whose lives are negatively impacted by poverty, lack of opportunity, violence, and structural and systemic injustice. In 2018, we co-sponsored a community-wide meeting in Annapolis on racial inequity attended by over 300 people. In early 2019, we formed a racial equity study group for our members to delve into our country’s long history of discrimination, to examine the unconscious biases we all have, and to identify ways to support anti-racism and social justice.
AAWGT commits to continuing to identify and implement best practices as we collectively invest, inform, and inspire our members and our community to ameliorate the inequities that surround us. We will announce specific steps to accomplish these goals in the near future.
In support of those impacted by Covid-19, AAWGT encourages you to consider making a gift to the Community Crisis Response Fund which is run by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. Through this fund, the Community Foundation will provide grants to local nonprofits providing food security and basic human needs to the vulnerable and underserved populations in Anne Arundel County. Thank you!

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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 $1.2 million for local nonprofit organizations!

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What is a Giving Circle?

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 Meeting: Trimming Health Inequity

June 17, 2020

Barbershops and beauty salons have long been trusted gathering spaces. Dr. Stephen Thomas and the Health Advocates In-Reach & Research (H.A.I.R.) Program use the strength of this trusted relationship to bring critical health screenings and information into the community.

Our keynote, Dr. Thomas, UMD, School of Public Health, Dir. Center for Health Equity, began with the history of mistrust of doctors by persons of color due to the long history of unfair practices and mistreatment. He shared his research from the study at Tuskegee and highlighted the disparities in coronavirus sufferings. His research came to life when he showed us how life expectancy can be predicted based solely on your metro stop.

In a lively discussion, Dr. Thomas and barbers Mike Brown and Fred Spry explained how they bring nurses and physicians into their barbershop to screen for diabetes, colorectal cancer and hypertension, and to promote flu shots. The barbers leverage their trusted client relationships to save lives from the barber chair, and they teach healthcare workers to do the same.

This education program was presented via a Zoom webinar. A recording of this event may be found here.

Learn more about Census 2020, including job opportunities here.


Save the Date

Grants Showcase

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Featuring the AAWGT 2019 Grantees and Congratulations to our 2020 Grantees. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Registration details to come.

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Note that some events may not be held due to the coronavirus. 

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 13 years — Read About All Our Grantees here.


Has awarded over $1,200,000 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
Is a Fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County: Learn about CFAAC
Is a Member of Catalist: Women Accelerating the Power of Collective Giving: Learn more


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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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