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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.

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.



AAWGT NEWS

AAWGT Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary!

2021 marks the 15th year of collective giving for Anne Arundel Women Giving Together. In 2005, a small group of 16 women came together to think about how they could make a positive difference in the county - particularly for women and families. 2006 marked our initial public meeting and grants were awarded for the first time in 2007. We have now grown into a vibrant organization of 225 women who have raised and awarded $1.2 mil to local nonprofits working every day to improve the quality of life for women and families in our local community.

As we mark this milestone in different ways throughout 2021, we invite everyone to explore our website, newsletter, and FaceBook page to learn more about our founding and why we believe so deeply in the power of collective philanthropy. Our time-tested grant-making process continues to evolve as we add new grant categories to respond to foundational needs and racial disparities in our community. The impact our grants are having on the lives of women and families becomes evident as we partner with each grantee for the full year following their grant award.  We are committed to highlighting and applauding their work in every way we can. We take seriously the obligation to educate our members and the general public by convening three in-depth education programs each year that are specifically focused on critical needs in the County.  And we encourage and inspire our members to use their time and talents to positively impact life in all aspects of this community.

Despite the challenges we all faced in 2020, AAWGT continues its work with a renewed dedication to responding to the tremendous needs around us. To our members, thank you for your valuable engagement and commitment.  And to those not currently members, consider this a special invitation to become part of an amazing group of talented women looking forward to the next fifteen years of making a deep and lasting difference in Anne Arundel County. Please join us!



UPCOMING EVENTS

EDUCATION PROGRAM

THE PERFORMING ARTS DURING COVID
Netanel Draiblate, Founding Director of the Annapolis Symphony Academy
Sally Boyett, Founding Artistic Director of the Annapolis Shakespeare Co.
Laura Brino, Outreach Coordinator at Maryland Hall

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
5:00-6:30 PM
Via Zoom

Speakers will illustrate the many creative ways the local arts community is using the power of the arts to positively impact youth in Anne Arundel County. Netanel Draiblate will describe the free music lessons being made available to talented kids and the mentorship being provided by the professionals in the ASO. Sally Boyett will speak about online performances for AACPS classes and describe extensive outreach partnerships with local performing and visual arts programs. Laura Brino will discuss Maryland Hall efforts to provide youth with a safe environment for self-expression, confidence building and the motivation to stay in school.

REGISTRATION
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 a few days prior to the event.

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WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP EVENT
CLAIMING OUR SEAT AT THE TABLE: HOW THREE WOMEN BECAME AGENTS OF CHANGE AND ARE ENSURING THEY WILL NOT BE THE LAST
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

EDUCATION PROGRAM
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

EDUCATION PROGRAM
RE-IMAGINING POLICING
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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT AAWGT ...

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

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS


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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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