Since our founding in 2006, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together has raised and invested over $1.1 million to improve the lives of women and children in Anne Arundel County!
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 2007, AAWGT has awarded grants totaling over $1,100,000 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.
The 2019 Annual Grants Voting Meeting, held May 8 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, has always attracted a sizeable group of engaged and inspired members, and this year was no exception. The tradition of gathering members to choose the next group of grantee organizations is an exciting demonstration of collective giving in action. As an increasing number of members take advantage of early online voting, we continue to see record voter turnout, and to celebrate the importance of each individual's role in choosing how to disburse our combined contributions. Read more.
Spring Open House, April 10, 2019
Against the beautiful springtime backdrop of London Town House and Gardens in Edgewater, eighty members and their guests gathered on April 10 for an evening of good conversation and a celebration of AAWGT’s collective philanthropy. Our annual Spring Open House gives members a wonderful opportunity to re-connect, catch up with each other, and learn more about what’s currently happening in the giving circle. It also offers prospective members a chance to learn first-hand about our organization’s mission, structure and accomplishments. In addition to a brief overview of AAWGT’s 13-year history by President Sue Pitchford, chairs of the nine committees that comprise the Steering Committee each highlighted the work their committees do and enthusiastically invited engagement from those interested in being more involved.
Members and guests then broke into small groups and considered two questions:
These lively discussions generated new ideas that will be put to good use going forward.
March women and leadership event: How Women Find Their voices
“How Women Find Their Voices” was the topic of the 2019 Women and Leadership presentation which earned two standing ovations for speaker Lesley Poole, CEO of The SEED Foundation, Washington D.C. Addressing an audience of more than 100 women, Lesley began with her own story — how her parents gave her the gift of a voice and how they always “saw” her for herself. She was taught to speak respectfully, always, but never to shy away from doing so. It was not until she entered the larger world that she experienced the feeling of not being heard, of becoming invisible, or of simply being marginalized. Read more.
AAWGT in the News: Read about AAWGT in this article from the December issue of What’s Up? Annapolis magazine, Making a Beautiful Mark.
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