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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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AAWGT AWARDS EIGHT GRANTS  IN 10TH YEAR OF GRANTMAKING

On May 11, the generosity of our 200+ members enabled AAWGT to invest just over $100,000 to assist eight nonprofits that are strengthening our community. Beginning on July 1, the proposed grants are expected to: 

Improve the quality of life for at-risk children through support for: 

  • More volunteer court advocates representing those abused or neglected; 
  • Paid summer environmental internships for high schoolers; 
  • Behavioral/mental health counseling for younger Hispanics  (and their families); 
  • A new therapeutic playroom to promote healing from domestic violence or abuse; and
  • Nutritious food to fill backpacks for weekends and extended elementary school breaks; 
Reduce homelessness among families through partial salaries to support: 
  • Case management, counseling and skills development;
  • Job searches, medical needs, summer camps and field trip opportunities; 
  • Delivery of donated furnishings and household goods for those moving to permanent housing. 

Read more on the recipient nonprofit grantees and each of their ambitious, important projects.

2016 Grantees


Where there is breath there is hope


After the AAWGT Education meeting on February 10, everyone knew Tonier Cain. For almost an hour, Tonier shared with over 100 women the lows and highs of her life and her dramatic transformation.

For two decades, Tonier Cain hustled on the streets of Annapolis, racking up 83 arrests along the way. In 2004, pregnant and incarcerated for violation of parole, she was provided the opportunity to go to a community trauma, mental health and addictions program. Fast forward 11 years and today, she is not only a homeowner and a mother, she is a national advocate and speaker for Trauma Informed Care.  She works with Congress, programs in all 50 states, and internationally. 

Photo: Tonier Cain

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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.


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 


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