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Since our founding in 2006, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together has raised and invested over $1 million to improve the lives of women and children in Anne Arundel County! 

Read about this year's voting meeting and our 2018 Grantees


Our women’s giving circle supports initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in our community.

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 2006, AAWGT has awarded grants totaling over $1,000,000 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.

AAWGT IS:

Investing ...
Donating $1,000,000+ in 85 Grants Since 2007!

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See the Impact of Collective Philanthropy ❯

Informing ...
Convening 50+ Education Sessions in Over 10 Years!

Upcoming AAWGT Events ❯

Inspiring ...
Engaging 200+ members!

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Upcoming Events for Members and Guests

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AAWGT NEWS

AAWGT General Meeting

The public is invited to attend our February general meeting, where we will present:

Unsung and Unserved: The Double-Edged Sword Facing Today's Women Veterans

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Maryland Hall - Bowen Theatre, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

An unprecedented number of women joined the military after 9/11.  As the number of active duty women soldiers has soared, so has the number of women veterans. Issues of domestic violence and sexual trauma have long been neglected in the military, and women veterans face unique challenges in accessing appropriate mental health and health care services, both while serving and as veterans. Come learn how people both within the Veteran's Administration and outside groups are working to address these issues, and how women veterans are being served in Anne Arundel County.

Guest speakers include:

Tara Fowler, PhD, MPH, CPH
Deputy Director, Center for Military & Veterans' Health
ALTARUM, Washington, DC

Dee Loftis, LCSW-C
Arundel Lodge Behavioral Health Center
Edgewater, MD

Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino, USA (Ret.)
Former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army
Trustee, Service Women's Action Network
Washington, DC

This meeting is open to all!

To register click here.  Members: to register friends you must provide an email address for each person so we can send confirmations and reminders to them. Follow the registration questions all the way to CONFIRM; your confirmation should arrive within seconds.  If you have any questions about registering, please contact secretary@givingtogether.org for assistance. 


2018 founders’ Awards

At the fall membership meeting, AAWGT members Caroline Purdy and Karen Smith were presented with the Founders’ Award for their outstanding service to the organization. The award acknowledges exemplary participation in the organization, length of service, specific initiatives and achievements and their impact, history of raising awareness and broadening the image of AAWGT, and ability to inspire members to work for the collective good. Read more about Caroline and Karen.


November 28 Seminar on racial inequity

AAWGT co-hosted, along with the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, a half-day seminar on racial inequity led by the Racial Equity Institute. Dr. Pam Brown, executive director of the partnership, provided Anne Arundel data that paralleled the national research presented by the Racial Equity Institute. Sponsors included Maryland Hall, Sonja Swygert, Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County and United Way of Maryland. The event concluded with a quote from Vital Voices, an international women’s organization: “There is a decisive moment, a tipping point, when activism and leadership of a few stir the imagination of others enough to create a new reality.” Added AAWGT President Betsy Chotin, “That is what we hope for Anne Arundel County.” Read about the event in the Capital Gazette.

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


Fun Facts

Did you know that AAWGT ....

Meets 8 times a year
Has awarded over $1,000,000 in grants since 2007
Has committees that need your help
Sends out a bimonthly e-Newsletter
Has an Endowment Fund
Is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County


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