Giving circles, which tripled in the United States from 2007-2017, help introduce new and increasingly diverse donors into the world of philanthropy. As giving circles continue to grow more popular, two reports from the Women's Philanthropy Institute and the Collective Giving Research Group provide a deeper understanding of how this women-driven model of giving is evolving and influencing the philanthropic sector.Read more
Giving circles and other forms of collective giving (hereafter referred to as GCs) have grown significantly in visibility and popularity over the past 15 years. Previous research has illuminated the positive impact that participation has on the giving and civic engagement of donors. This research presents an updated understanding of the current landscape of GCs and similar models of collective giving or giving collaboratives in the United States.Read more
There’s just something about giving circles that warms the philanthropic heart.
The concept is simple. Friends or families to pool donations so their contributions can have a bigger impact with the organizations awarded grants. When they work like they’re intended, giving circles are among the purest, most egalitarian forms of philanthropy. Members come together to vet grant applications, choose finalists and then have an equal vote over who makes the cut. There’s no bureaucracy, no predetermined agenda to fulfill, just a desire to do good.Read more