AAWGT Fall Membership Meeting
Historic Charles Carroll House was the setting for a large and enthusiastic crowd of AAWGT Members who gathered for our final meeting of 2014. The 6 pm business meeting moved along briskly, with the approval of the minutes, treasurer's report, and bylaws amendments, and the presentation of AAWGT's 2015 Leadership Slate.
Sandy Sweeney, chair of the Grants Committee, then opened the evening's program, "Participatory Philanthropy: How We Make Our Decisions", by giving an overview of AAWGT's overall grant review process and key lessons learned over the years. In small-group discussions, members then explored how we might improve the grant process and member interaction in it.
The evening ended with the presentation of our annual Founder's award to AAWGT's members Eve-Marie Lacroix and Diana Rode. Members then gathered for warm cider and brownies in the historic kitchen of the Charles Carroll House to celebrate a great year!! To read more about the evening, click here.
Mental Health Part II - Continuing the Discussion
On October 8, 2014, as part of our ongoing commitment to educate members about the needs across our County and to actively engage in seeking solutions, AAWGT hosted the second in a series of education sessions on “Mental Health.” The session focused on understanding the barriers to accessing mental health services in Anne Arundel County and how philanthropy can support potential intervention services within our community. The program opened with a PowerPoint Presentation recapping the Good News and Bad News related to mental health in our County, and quickly moved into four different stories read aloud by AAWGT members, each the true story of a local individual’s journey. The stories illustrated the impact of mental illness on the individuals, family and community, and provided a poignant launching point for the table discussions which followed.
Three areas were identified as barriers to receiving adequate treatment services: stigma, knowledge and accessibility. Attendees were divided into focus groups based on each of these barriers and were challenged to explore the barriers and brainstorm around how an infusion of philanthropy might influence outcomes. Professional mental health practitioners led and facilitated discussions within each group. Read more about this engaging and informative education session and the results of the brainstorming here.
2014 Annual Grants Showcase
AAWGT's Annual Grants Showcase on September 17 made it abundantly clear once again why this meeting is such a stand-out for everyone. What a lift just to be there! The meeting room was lined with tables displaying posters and info from each of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 grantees. Behind each table were enthusiastic and grateful representatives, all of them with stories to tell of the impact of our grants on the lives of women and families in our county. Once we sat down, the program itself was just as compelling. We were briefly introduced to the new grantees of Spring 2014, who began their projects this summer. The focus then turned to the previous group of grantees (2013-14), each of whom shared a quick run-down of their accomplishments this past year. How nice to hear where your money goes, directly from the people who oversee it! If you missed the evening, click here to hear some of the compelling stories of your money at work and see a slideshow of photos from the event!
Mental Health Part I - the BIG Discussion
The complex subject of mental illness incorporates issues of health and society that touch many aspects of our lives -- AAWGT's June 11 education session addressed over 70 members and guests on diverse topics surrounding the mentally ill. Mike Drummond, Executive Director of Arundel Lodge, and Frank Sullivan, Former Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, were interviewed by Bess Langbein, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County and Bev Marcus, AAWGT member. The conversation covered definitions of mental illness as well as Anne Arundel County’s ability to house, transport, treat and provide supportive and preventative services to the growing numbers of mentally ill. Read More
AAWGT Awards Grants for 2014-15
On May 14, the AAWGT membership voted to award $93,715 to seven area nonprofit organizations in support of their programs that improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County. This year, 28 members participated in a rigorous and deliberative review process conducted by the Grants Committee which produced a slate of qualified finalists on which the membership voted. The proposals reflected the broad range of women’s needs and service responses. Through their philanthropy, the members of AAWGT have contributed $600,000 since 2007 as an investment in their community.
The AAWGT grantees chosen by the membership for 2014-15 are:
For details of the awards
- Anne Arundel Mental Health Agency: Youth Suicide Awareness
- Center of Help: Homework Help and Leadership Program
- Food Link: Wholesale Charitable Produce Distribution
- The Light House: Family Case Management
- Partners in Care
- Planned Parenthood of Maryland: Clinical Services For Women in AA County
- YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
, see 2014 Grantees