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Anne Arundel Women Giving Together is committed to learning about, and helping ameliorate, racial inequities in our community. Our Racial Equity Study Group (RESG), now in its third year, worked with our Grants Committee to establish a new 2021 grant category to address the causes, not just the effects, of racial discrimination. It has created a resource library for members and brought in a consultant on unconscious bias to work with grant reviewers and other members of our leadership. Members who would like to join RESG, please contact resg@givingtogether.org.

AAWGT is a women’s giving circle with 200+ members. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Since our founding in 2006, AAWGT has raised and invested over $1.2 million in local nonprofit organizations!





What is a Giving Circle?

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Our Impact: Invest, Inform, Inspire

We INVEST— pooling our annual contributions for “collective philanthropy,” thus multiplying the power of one by many. Grants focus on health and welfare, education and the prevention and treatment for violence and abuse.

We INFORM — holding in-depth education sessions highlighting issues in our county that require active attention and support.

We INSPIRE — encouraging our members to engage as leaders and philanthropists in our local community.



15th ANNIVERSARY YEAR

As we mark our 15th year of collective philanthropy, we are taking the opportunity to highlight a few of our members as they describe what AAWGT means to them. We begin with Sharon Stewart whose inspiration launched the organization in 2006. We will feature other members throughout the year, thanks to the interviewing and writing skills of member Nancy Haiman.

We cordially invite anyone who is not currently a member to join AAWGT, an amazing group of talented women looking ahead to the next fifteen years of making a deep and lasting difference in Anne Arundel County.

AAWGT Founder Sharon Stewart

“I want to congratulate members on the 15th anniversary of AAWGT. You have proven, once again, that when smart women get together, powerful things happen.”

------- Sharon Stewart, February 2021

AAWGT Beginnings

When Sharon moved to Annapolis in late 2004, she was eager to establish a Giving Circle, having participated in one in the Baltimore area. By May of 2005, she received a hosting “go” from Les Salamon, Founder of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, and permission to work with the Foundation’s new Executive Director, Gail Sanders, on recruiting a small group of women who could get a Giving Circle off the ground.

Fifteen women (Founders) participated in a kick-off meeting in September 2005. “We had a specific game plan for what we wanted to accomplish during the first six months, including, among other things, determining organizational structure, focus of contributions, grant-giving criteria and process, educational activities, and impact evaluation,” says Sharon.

“We decided early on that we wanted our grants to support women and families, so we invited speakers from around the county to educate us about key needs of this population,” notes Sharon. The group identified six “big need buckets” and prioritized them via member voting by urgency of need. “Education, health and welfare needs, and violence and abuse emerged as the top issue areas where we thought we could actually do something to help.” 2007 was the first grant-giving year, with nearly $40,000 granted to four organizations.

Achieved primarily by word of mouth, AAWGT’s membership grew rapidly. By June 2006, there were 45 “Founding Members” and by year-end 2006, membership was 72. That doubled by 2008.

Hopes for the Future

“I’m really proud of what AAWGT has accomplished during the past 15 years and of all the amazing leaders who have stepped in and taken it to the next level. I’m especially proud of the group’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the fact that AAWGT set up the new Racial Equity Grant category,” comments Sharon.

“I hope AAWGT continues to be a thought leader in the community, taking on important issues. By continuing to partner with other organizations, AAWGT can be even more powerful, working with others to achieve positive change.” Sharon also notes that she hopes to see the AAWGT endowment grow, leaving “a continuing legacy for the community forever.”

February Education Program

THE PERFORMING ARTS DURING COVID

The first 2021 education session offered by AAWGT via Zoom highlighted three organizations: The Annapolis Shakespeare Company, The Maryland Hall Outreach Program and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Academy. Each has effectively reinvented how and where they deliver their arts offerings, thereby helping to ensure the continuance of a vibrant arts community in Maryland’s capital.

Our creative speakers presented ways the local arts community is using the power of the arts to positively impact youth in Anne Arundel County. Sally Boyett spoke about the Shakespeare Company and its online performances for AACPS classes. She also described extensive outreach partnerships and internships with local performing and visual arts programs. Laura Brino included videos of students, powerfully demonstrating Maryland Hall’s efforts to provide local youth with a safe environment for self-expression, confidence building and the motivation to stay in school. Netanel Draiblate described how ASO professionals teach and mentor music students regardless of income level, with full and partial scholarships offered on a financial needs basis. He also showed touching videos highlighting student performers and what this program means to them.

You can watch the entire program, including the video of Mary Spencer of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, HERE.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ANNUAL WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP EVENT

WOMEN LEADERS FOSTERING CHANGE

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion with three extraordinary women. Doors opened for them and they are intent on holding open even bigger doors for future leaders. Bring your thoughts and questions for a lively discussion on making positive change and supporting rising female leaders.


Linda Gooden
(Ret.) Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS)
Linda Gooden Bio

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Margaret Kibben
Chaplain, U.S.House of Representatives
Margaret Kibben Bio

Monica Brown Jones, M.D.
Chair, Women’s and Children’s Services, Luminis Health
Monica Brown Jones, M.D. Bio
Moderated by Cardie Templeton
Real Estate Developer and Commercial Asset Manager (AAWGT Member)
Cardie Templeton Bio

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Via Zoom Webinar

REGISTRATION
This event is free and open to the public

Please register HEREFollow the registration questions all the way to CONFIRM. Your confirmation should arrive within seconds. If you have any questions about registering, please contact events@givingtogether.org for assistance. The Zoom link to join the program will be sent one day prior to the event.

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SPRING OPEN HOUSE
MEETING NEW FRIENDS IN THE AGE OF COVID
April 14, 7-8 PM

EDUCATION PROGRAM
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

EDUCATION PROGRAM
RE-IMAGINING POLICING
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

These events are free and open to the public. Registration and information about accessing these programs will be posted when available.

Grants In Action

$20,000 Grant

Court Appointed Special Advocates

36 new children assigned CASAs
100% of judges reported CASA input informed decision making process
22 new volunteers trained

$20,000 Grant

Laptop Lab and WiFi Bar at Brooklyn Park Library

10 laptops purchased and counter constructed
Staff can provide individual and group instruction
Computers used for video job interviews and writing resumes
Students use the computers for homework

$20,000 Grant

Arundel Child Care Connections: Mujeros Surgiendo - Women on the Rise

Provided partial salaries for supervisors and Spanish Speaking instructors
Purchased computerized training modules

$15,000 Grant

Associated Catholic Charities: Sarah’s House

Funds contributed to classes, certification programs and fees
Funds used to provide free on-site daycare
20 of the 22 clients using our funds are now earning a living wage

These 4 descriptions are a sample of our grants over the last 13 years — Read About All Our Grantees here.

DID YOU KNOW THAT AAWGT ...

Has awarded over $1,200,000 in grants since 2007: Read about our impact
Meets 8 times a year: View our events calendar
Has committees that need your help: See where you can get involved
Has an Endowment Fund: Learn how to donate to AAWGT
Sends out a bimonthly Newsletter: Read the latest issue

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS


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AAWGT is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

AAWGT is a member of Philanos: Accelerating Philanthropy through Women’s Collective Giving


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