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AAWGT LOOKS AT 21st Century Philanthropy

AAWGT’s Women & Leadership Forum on Sunday, March 13 exemplified our commitment to educate our members about issues that will help us all become better informed decision-makers when targeting our grant dollars and more effective and engaged philanthropists in our own lives.  With so much happening in philanthropy today – e.g., the new strategies and vehicles for giving that are now widely available, the new ways to engage donors personally and meaningfully, and the mega-dollars that are anticipated to flow into the sector – this Forum was focused on educating us about The Emerging Face of 21st Century Philanthropy.

If you missed the event, see the video on YouTube here

Photo: Panelists and Moderator

 Jennifer Pryce, President and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, Bethesda; (moderator) Lisa Hillman, Senior consultant to Due East Partners, Annapolis; Valaida Fullwood, founding member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists, Charlotte, NC; and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, BBS Consultants, Baltimore. 


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


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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