women & children in need
Giving Together is a giving circle – a group of like-minded, committed women who pool funds and volunteer time to help low-income women and children in the Washington, DC area. Our members make all decisions on the allocation of funds by means of a thorough grantmaking process.
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“Having fun while doing good” is one of Giving Together's key guiding principles. This year's spring fundraiser-- held May 16 at the beautiful Bethesda home of GT Treasurer Carolyn Miller -- was proof that our giving circle knows how to throw a party. “Jazz in the Garden” was the theme. GT members and friends enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres in a flower-filled setting, with fabulous music played by the young musicians of the FAME Jazz Trio. FAME – the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education – received a Giving Together grant at the close of GT’s regular grant cycle in 2022. The non-profit serves middle and high school students in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties as well as Northern Virginia.
The highlight of the evening was an award presentation of $15,000 to Neighbors in Need Montgomery, a program of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. Neighbors in Need provides grants to frontline organizations that identify struggling clients in emergency situations, such as the inability to pay a month’s rent, cover the cost of a prescription or meet a utility bill. Major donors to Neighbors in Need match GT’s contribution dollar for dollar, boosting our gift to $30,000 and doubling our impact.
Giving Together members honored the Martin Luther King National Day of Service on January 16, 2023 by volunteering for our former grantee, Nourish Now, in Rockville, MD. Volunteers prepared boxes of non-perishable food items which Nourish Now distributes to families in need in Montgomery County.
Longtime Giving Together member, Mimi Brodsky Kress, was recently named 2022 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year by the Greater Washington Community Foundation (GWCF).
Giving Together’s 2022 Annual Meeting was held on the evening of September 29th at the Town of Chevy Chase Town Hall. Along with reports on the year’s activities and election of four board members (congrats to Sheryl Donaldson, Renee Licht, Harriet Shugerman and Ester Kurz Scheibel!) the program featured presentations from all the 2022 grant-finalist organizations, followed by member-voting.
By the end of the evening, GT members awarded grants totaling $90,000 to five Washington DC area non-profits serving local women and children in need. The new grantees are Access Youth, Urban Ed, Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria, LEEP to College Foundation and the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education. Congratulations to all the GT awardees and to all our GT members, whose generosity made these grants possible!