Our women’s giving circle supports initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in our community.
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) is a women’s giving circle with over 200 members. AAWGT is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. We invest — pooling our annual contributions for “collective philanthropy,” thus multiplying the power of one by many. Since 2006, AAWGT has awarded grants totaling over $900,000 to non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. Grants focus on health and welfare, education and the prevention of and treatment for violence and abuse. We inform — holding in-depth education sessions highlighting issues in our county that require active attention and support. And, we inspire — encouraging our members to engage as leaders and philanthropists in our local community.
Upcoming events our members are engaged in. We invite others to join AAWGT to participate with us.
NOVEMBER 8 BUSINESS MEETING AND MEMBERS FORUM
AAWGT membership gathered for its annual meeting on November 8 to receive the financial report presented by the treasurer, learn more about the new 2-year pilot Momentum Grant that will be offered for the first time in 2018, and approve the proposed 2018 Steering Committee slate for voting by the entire membership. Members joined small discussion groups to brainstorm about effective ways to increase awareness about the challenges facing women and families in Anne Arundel County, the nonprofit organizations working to ameliorate them, and the role the giving circle plays in supporting and partnering with them. Discussion also centered on concrete approaches to expanding and diversifying our membership and improving the membership experience and our internal communications. These ideas will be very useful in the ongoing work of the Steering Committee.
OCTOBER 18 EDUCATION SESSION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
October’s education program on Domestic Violence began with a reading of the 11 questions that comprise the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), developed in Maryland and now used by first responders nationally. The LAP assesses an abuse victim’s immediate risk of life-threatening violence. AAWGT members and guests then were guided through an exercise that helped them visually understand the large percentage of women affected by domestic abuse in America (1 out of every 3) and the tiny percentage of cases actually reported (1 out of 4). READ MORE
AAWGT’S annual Grants Showcase provided a wonderful opportunity for a large group of members and guests to hear first-hand how our collective giving is making a difference in our local community. 2016 grants, totaling over $100,000, were awarded to non-profits serving women, children and families in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Professional staff from each of the eight agencies that received these year-long grants spoke movingly about how AAWGT’s dollars allowed them to reach more recipients, expand their programming, and strengthen their organizations. Their stories helped the audience better understand their missions and the needs of those they are serving.
2016 grantees include:
In addition, the 2017-2018 Grantees were announced and introduced. Eight agencies received $111,00 in grant funds from the largest grant pool in AAWGT’s history. Four agencies received $20,000 each while the remainder of grants ranged from $5000 to $15,000 each. 2017 Grantees
Why I belong to AAWGT:
“… a great idea that is working.”
Lori DeRose, member since 2015
“… thoughtful, talented women who want to make positive contributions to their community.”
Gwyn Smith, member since 2012
“… a top-level group of interesting, professional women who are passionate about issues and learning.”
Lynne Davidson, member since 2006