African American Women's Giving Circle

Investing in Girls. Investing in Women.

Founded in 2004, the African American Women’s Giving Circle (AAWGC) is a charitable fund that cultivates philanthropy among African American women in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. AAWGC pools the monetary contributions of its members to support member-identified local nonprofits serving the needs of African American women and girls. The Circle is hosted by Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

To date, the AAWGC has invested more than $226,000 in nonprofits supporting African American women and girls.


Members make an annual donation of at least $1,000 and identify, vet and select grantee organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. To become a member, complete and submit the commitment form to The Women's Foundation via Jessica Zetzman at To learn more about becoming a member, please contact AAWGC by email at

Grantee Partners funded by the AAWGC

Arts for Our Children

Ascensions Community Services

Breast Care for Washington

Courtney's House

Covenant House

Cultural Academy for Excellence 

Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY)

Healthy Babies Project

The High Tea Society

Mautner Project

New Community for Children

Parklands Community Center

Petals of Primrose

Prince George's Tennis and Education Foundation

Ramona's Way

Southeast Ministry

The Women's Collective

Young Ladies of Tomorrow

Y.O.U.R. Community Center

Giving history

2004-2005: $0 (planning/start up)
2006: $30,000
2007: $69,325
2008: $20,000
2009: $30,000
2010: $29,000
2011: $14,140
2012: $12,000
2013: $14,500
2014: $ 8,000

Additional information

For more information about the AAWCG's grantmaking, view the AAWGC fact sheet

Chronicle of Philanthropy profile of the AAWGC

Washington Post front page profile of the AAWGC 

Washington Post letter to the editor by a member of the AAWGC 

AARP TV profiles AAWGC

Voice of America profiles Dr. Satira Streeter whose organization, Ascensions Community Services, Inc., received a grant from the AAWGC

To learn more about the AAWGC or for information on joining, please contact AAWGC by email at