AAWGT: Over 10 years of making a difference in our community!
Mission and Goals
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a women’s giving circle, was founded in 2005, and supports initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Anne Arundel Women Giving Together accomplishes its mission through:
Women’s giving circles, a rapidly growing phenomenon in the U.S., are groups of like-minded individuals who pool their resources to collectively decide where these funds should be distributed. The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers found in 2009 that there were more than 500 of these types of groups in 44 states, with 12,000 members and granting $100 million per year. The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers that was involved in this research (see this page for the report citation) expects that these figures have likely at least doubled since then. Pending funding, plans are underway to conduct a new national giving circle study soon.
Recent research shows that members of giving circles:
Photo: Founders attending 2016 Women & Leadership event “21st Century Philanthropy”
Shauna Chabot, Betsy Kimrey, Barbara Hoffstein, Sharon Stewart, Pat Barland Brasse, Debbie Daugherty