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- The Pilot.com (August
31, 2012): "Concept
of Giving Circles Beginning to Take Root"
by Tom Embrey, about
the North Carolina Community Foundation introducing communities to the idea
of giving circles during an ice cream social hosted by St. Joseph of the
(August 23 2012): "Growing
Philanthropic Leaders Through Giving Circles"
by Sharon Stewart, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together.
- Front Range Source (July
26, 2012): "Giving
Circles Part II" by Leslie Allen (exploring best practices for
creating giving circles to both engage donors and upgrade their support).
- Front Range Source (July
20, 2012): "Giving
Circles: 5 Top Tips for Reinventing a Golden Oldie
" by Leslie
Allen (Ask your donors, name and brand carefully, make the benefits genuine,
rigorously upgrade and learn and adjust).
- Greenlights for
Nonprofit Success (June 2012): "Giving
Circles Make Sense… and Give Dollars".
- The Denver Foundation
(May 15, 2012): "First
African American Men’s Giving Circle in the Nation’s West".
- The Association of
Baltimore Area Grantmakers (April 16, 2012): "Giving
Circles Connecting", by Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, about on "March 14
over 80 giving circle leaders representing 20 giving circles of various ages
and sizes gathered in Annapolis for The Association of Baltimore Area
Grantmaker's Annual GivingCircleConnector event, to discuss how different
circles define and measure their success."
- Giving Circles Help
(March 23, 2012): "Too
Busy to Run a Giving Circle".
- The Philadelphia
Foundation (February 2012): "Giving
Circles: The Power of Collaboration".
- The Inquirer "philly.com"
(February 1, 2012): "Giving
circles: Bang for the buck" (the
nationwide, and local, phenomenon pools the contributions of more modest
donors into big philanthropic power), by Carolyn Davis.
- Charlotte Observer (January
being a 'philanthropist' this year" by columnist Fannie Flono
(includes a discussion of giving back in Charlotte, including that done by
Rashad Davis, founding member of the New Generation of African American
Philanthropists giving circle).
- ConceptLink (January 16,
Questions to Guide Your Giving Circle".
- Change Gangs - Virtual
Giving Circles (January 12, 2012): "Poverty
Busters Giving Circle Donates to Kickstart International" by Sharon.
Articles & Special Announcements
- Muskegon Chronicle
(December 27, 2011): "Accomplishing
good: Giving circles make a difference in our community" by Paula
- The Washington Post
(December 21, 2011): "Giving
circles: Maximize your giving potential"
by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.
- Stanford Social
Innovation Review (November 2011): "Giving
2.0: Getting Together to Give" (Giving circles are powerful ways to
transform the world while also transforming participants’ giving) by Laura
- Tulsa World (November
11, 2011): "Circle
of women pool money for charitable donations" by Ginnie Graham
(about the Women Impacting Tulsa giving circle).
- Sh'ma (October 2011): "Helping
Funders Make Good Decisions", by Amy Rabbino (Donor-directed giving
operates like a private philanthropy working under the ... plus the advent
of new methods of giving, including giving circles).
- Prairie Business
(October 2, 2011):
Ackerman-Estvold Employees Help with Flood Relief by Paying It Forward".
- The Republic (October 1,
pool funds to support charities" by Brenda Showalter,
"The idea behind the Women’s Giving Circle of Bartholomew County is to
allow women of all ages, means and backgrounds to make a positive difference
in the lives of women and girls."
- Louisville Courier
Journal (September 18, 2011): "Giving
Hearts: So-called giving circles growing"
by Barbara Cotter.
- Baltimore Sun (September
13, 2011): "Women's
Giving Circle Awards $23,000 in Grants" by Sara Toth.
- Laguna Beach Independent
(September 7, 2011):
Book Clubs Unite to Help Mother With Cancer", by LB Indy Staff.
- The Huffington Post
(August 19, 2011): "The
1% Solution: Empowering a New Generation of Philanthropists" by Paul
Lamb who notes that "..more convenient giving does not necessarily
translate to better or more sustained giving...That's where giving circles
- The Washington Post
(August 7, 2011): "Helping
Out: Giving back is ingrained in Generation Y" by Rajiv Shenoy
(about the Future Fund).
- The Baltimore Sun (July
19, 2011): "Harford
Women's Giving Circle offers grants to local nonprofits" by Aegis
- Philanthropy Journal
(July 12, 2011):
Giving back focus of giving circle
by Todd Cohen.
- Fox43.com (July 5,
Hope For York Gates To Prevent Crime A Non-profit Funds Alleyway Gates To
Protect Homes And Families by Nava Ghalili. The non-profit,
Women's Giving Circle of York County has raised enough money to install 300
of these gates along the West end of the City of York.
- The Economic Times (July
Like minded donors taking ownership of social projects, by Ahona
Ghosh, ET Bureau.
- Omaha World-Herald (May
31, 2011): Circles of giving fulfill dreams by Steve Jordon. UNO
associate professor Angela Eikenberry has written a book called “Giving
Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, and Democracy”.
- The Albany Times (March
Local students help African school project
by Scott Waldman, Staff
- moneylife (February 24,
A catalyst for social change by Dolly Mirchandani. Dasra works
with philanthropists and social businesses to bring knowledge, funding and
people to institutionalise
social change in India. Dolly Mirchandani reports
- The Denver Post (January
11, 2011): Giving circles include learning, socializing by Bruce DeBoskey.
Articles & Special Announcements
- The Wall Street Journal
(December 20, 2010):
How to Change the World… …Whatever the size of your wallet. These
ideas, with budgets from $20 to $20,000, can help better the lives of
others—and your own.. by Kelley Greene.
- The Morning Sun Posted
(Nov 19, 2010): "Foundation
hands out grants". Community
Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) hosts two giving circles, which are
composed of persons who pool their money for a common goal.
One is the Rita J. Bicknell
Women’s Health Fund, which was started about four years ago, when Rita was
declared a breast cancer survivor, and wanted to help women who did not have
as great services as she had. This year the circle gave gifts of $12,252.50
to the Pre-Med Club Clinic at Wesley House, Labette Health Foundation,
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas and the Women’s Resource Center.
The second is the Future Fund, which was started in 2005 to engage a younger
group of donors, aged 30 to 50. However, Clark said that the fund now has
contributors of all ages.
- The Washington Post
(November 18, 20101): "6
nonprofit groups are awarded grants". About six
Prince William area nonprofit groups that recently received more than $7,500
in grants from the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt in Gainesville. The 20
members of the Giving Circle, who each contribute a dollar a day.
- News Jacksonville
(February 11, 2010): "Jacksonville
women's group is a rising influence in giving" (Local group is a
national model for a growing trend) by Deirdre Conner.
- Black Voices (February
9, 2010): "Black
History Month: Black Gives Back Blog Talks Black Philanthropy"
(about The Black
Benefactors Giving Circle) by Alexis Stodghill.
- The Capital -
Hometown Annapolis (February 7, 2010): "Giving
for Good: Local philanthropic response to the crisis in Haiti"
(about emergency giving, including by Giving Circles) by Bess Langbein.
- Seacoast Online
(February 3, 2010: "It's
easy for schools to put stop to car idling" (editorial - about the
Seacoast Women's Giving Circle teaming with 25 schools to help the
environment by supporting the schools' efforts to get parents to stop idling
- Humanitarian News
(January 28, 2010): "'Giving
circle’ movement puts new face on philanthropy" (sourced from the
Dayton Daily News).
- Boise Weekly (January
27, 2010): "Women
for Women Via the Dinner Table (about
the Dining for Women giving
Circle model) by Rachael Daigle.
- The Collegian Online
Edition (January 27, 2010): "'Nothing
to fear but fear itself - Perceived barriers may be what holds some women
back from campus leadership positions" (about the Young Women's
Leadership Project, jointly funded by the SDSU Women's Studies Program,
Women's Giving Circle and the American Civil Liberties Union of South
Dakota) by Amy Poppinga.
- The Chicago Community
Trust (January 26, 2010): "Building
Stronger Latino Communities" (about the CCT Latino Giving Circle).
- idealist.org (January
25, 2010): "What
is a Giving Circle?" (FAQ).
- Asian American Giving - The
Asian American Philanthropy Journal (January 19, 2010): "More
than directories to engage Asian American donors and volunteers" (about
the The Cherry Blossom Giving Circle of Greater Washington will use
their official giving guide) by Dien S Yuen.
- ncgives (January 11,
recruit gets Women’s Giving Circle a bonus".
- NBC29.c0m (January 14,
Professionals Find New Way To Give" (about the Charlottesville
Future Fund in Central VA) by Tracey Clemons.
Articles & Special Announcements
- The Gazette (December
18, 2009): "NONPROFITS
AROUND TOWN: Front Porch Giving Circle, Salvation Army Auxiliary Home Tour"
by Linda Navaroo.
- The Austin America
Statesman (November 27, 2009): "Hispanic-focused
FuturoFund awards $50,000" (about one of few philanthropies in
country helping nonprofits that serve Latinos) by Juan Castillo.
- My San Antonio Business
(October 30, 2009): "Impact
San Antonio supporting music ed".
- The Huffington Post
(October 20, 2009): "Serve
The Community With Create The Good".
- PRWeb (September 25,
British Columbia's First ever Giving Circle".
- IT News Online
(September 10, 2009): "AARP
Launches CreateTheGood.org to Provide Traditional and Non-Traditional
Volunteer Opportunities" (go to
- The Leader (August 31,
Leno to speak at Women United in Philanthropy fall gathering".
(About Women United in Philanthropy, New Jersey’s first women’s giving
- The Jewish Week (August
25, 2009: "The
Power Of The Circle: the Next Phase in Jewish Philanthropy" by Tamar
- U.S. News & World Report
(July 27, 2009): "The
New Generation of Philanthropists" by Kimberly Palmer (recommends
forming giving circles).
- The Non Profit Times
(June 1, 2009): "General
Ramblings Yeah, But Who's Counting?"
by (about communities and
enclaves taking root, which is important for giving circles and other forms
of personalized development).
- The Wall Street Journal
(May 24, 2009): "Charities:
Tough Times Call for Smarter Giving" by Jonnelle Marte (it
notes that if you don't
have a lot of money to give, one option is to pool your funds with others'
in a giving circles).
- The Non Profit Times
(April 15, 2009): "Fundraising
- A Handshake And A Smile: Building Circles of Support the Old-fashioned Way",
by Heather Burton.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Latino foundation honors a granddaddy of philanthropy: "Young Professional
Giving Circle." (Issuing $250,000 in grants this year).
- Laguna Beach Independent
(April 2, 1009): "Pooling
Resources to Drive Change" by Andrea Adelson.
- Reston Connection (April
1, 2009): "Aintree
Women Pack Food for Others - Neighbors turn donations for Empty Bowls event
into social gathering", about The Giving Circle of HOPE "Empty
Bowls" benefit supper for hunger relief.
- About.com (March 26,
Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit: You Can Do Good Without Starting a
Nonprofit", by Joanne Fritz.
- Minot Daily News (March
25, 2009): "New
Affiliate Group (Power of the Purse) Receives $50,000", by Andrea
Johnson. The Power of the Purse, a new affiliate group of the Minot Area
Community Foundation, has received a $50,000 grant from the Bremer
Foundation. Power of the Purse is a giving circle that "demonstrates that
any amount even that loose change settled at the bottom of a purse can
positively impact the Minot community, especially our women and children."
- Lethbridge Herald -
Lethbridge, AB, Canada (March 24, 2009): "Power
in numbers: Small Donors Hope to Make Big Difference".
- PRWeb (March 11, 2009):
Reveals Sources of Resilience and Strength for Black Girls in New York City
Black Girls Face Hardships and Challenges". A new and unique report,
Black Girls in New York City: Untold Strength and Resilience, was released
by the Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle (BWBG), a funding
initiative of The Twenty-First Century Foundation, and the Institute for
Women's Policy Research (IWPR). A key finding in the report is that the
impact of poverty is especially acute in the lives of Black girls.
Approximately three-quarters of the girls in the study live in low-income
communities and households. Importantly, the report also explores the
positive influences in Black girls' lives. It finds that girls who highly
valued spirituality also tended to have an excellent relationship with their
primary caretaker. Likewise, those who possessed a strong sense of racial
identity were more likely than other girls to be happy on typical day, to
receive better grades, to want a college education and believe in their
ability to reach their goals."
- PR Newswire: (February
11, 2009): "American Airlines
and Its Employees Celebrate Black History Month". The company's
AA.com/women site will feature content about the African-American Giving
Circle. Reston Connection - VA, USA (February 4, 2009): "Giving Circle's
Annual Giveaway" , by . "Reston is such a giving community that we thought
we should do something permanent," says co-founder, Linda Strup."
- The News & Observer
(February 3, 2009): "Giving
circles' pool help" by Barry Saunders. "Giving circles", said Todd
Cohen of the Philanthropy Journal, "comprise the fastest growing subsector
of philanthropy. It's a way of democratizing giving."
- About.com (January
2009): There are four articles related to Giving Circles, written by
- Harbor Light -- Harbor
Springs, MI (January 28, 2009): "Weaving
the Threads of a Community" by Kate Bassett. Non-profit Cross
Village Rug Works seeks to preserve economic, cultural vitality of area,
recipient of funding from The Hestia Women's Giving Circle.
- Democrat and
Chronicle.com (January 2, 2009): "NextGen Rochester is about peer-led
philanthropy", by Cynthia Pacia. The Glass Hammer (January 2, 2008):
"The Growth of Giving Circles" by Heather Chapman. The Glass Hammer
is an online community designed for women executives in financial services,
law and business.
The News & Observer (February
3, 2009): "Giving
circles' pool help" by Barry
About.com (January 2009): There
are four articles related to Giving Circles, written by Joanne Fritz:
to Be an Inspired Philanthropist From Socially Concerned to Inspired
Circles Are Looking for Good Nonprofit Brands";
to Maximize Your Donation Through A Giving Circle";
You Should Know About Baby Boomer Women and Cause Marketing".
- The Glass Hammer
(January 2, 2009): "The
Growth of Giving Circles"
by Heather Chapman. The Glass Hammer is an online community designed for
women executives in
financial services, law
- Democrat and
Chronicle.com (January 2, 2009): "NextGen
Rochester is about peer-led philanthropy",
by Cynthia Pacia.
Articles & Special Announcements
Washingtonian Magazine (December
You Want to Be a Philanthopist"
(It's easier than ever to set up a family foundation, donor-advised fund, or
giving circle), as part
of the article "64
Ways to Do Good", by Drew Lindsay.
(December 28, 2008): "With
eye to future, Austin Latinos supporting philanthropy - New FuturoFund Austin
seeks to tap growing pool of young Hispanic professionals", by Juan
Trading Markets.com (December
26, 2008): “Ninety
Things to Watch in 2009”, including Giving Circles.
Chicago Philanthropy Examiner,
www.examiner.com (December 1, 2008): "Big
Heart, Small Funds? Try a Giving Circle!" by Karyn Brianne Watkins.
City Wire - UK Publication
(December 1, 2009): "Think
tank report urges advisers to set up philanthropic 'giving circles'",
about a think tank Policy Exchange that has issued a report entitled "Building
Bridges" addressing Giving Circles as part of its analysis on philanthropic
options, by Maryrose Fison.
MSN Money (November 26, 2008): "How
to Give Away $500,000", by Ann Monroe.
CharityVillage.com (November 25,
a ‘giving circle’: Finding new donors and new dollars,"
by Louise Chatterton Luchuk.
Smart Money (December 24, 2008):
New Way to Give: Be Your Own Charity”, by Reshma Kapadia.
CNN.com/Technology (November 20,
networking adds new friend: Philanthropy", about the
Circle, by Steve Mollman.
The New York Times (November 10,
Women’s Incomes Rise, So Do Their Donations", by Elizabeth Olson.
TIME Magazine (November 5,
on Your Money - Giving Circles", by Dan Kadlec.
Arizona Daily Star (October 27,
more important in hard economic times", by Stephanie Sklar and Mark
USA Today (October 7, 2008):
New Face of Giving", about Giving Circles being a pivotal trend, by
OnWallStreet (October 1, 2008):
New Face of Philanthropy", by Helen Kearney.
Financial Times FT.com
(September 30, 20008): "Social
circles with a square deal for charity" By Sean Stannard-Stockton.
About the NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund Giving Circle.
U.S. News and World Report
(September 23, 2008): "Women
and Philanthropy: 4 Ways to Get Started" - Women's growing financial
power changes the world of philanthropy, by Kimberly Palmer.
New Raleigh (September 23,
Group Fights Poverty with Philanthropy", about
The Beehive Collective, a
Raleigh Giving circle, that supports local projects addressing economic security
issues: getting out of poverty, managing dept, and/or building wealth.
The Birmingham News
(September 11, 2008): “Women's
Fund Raises More Than $100,000 to Fight Domestic Violence”,
by Susan Strickland, about The
Women’s Fund “Voices
Against Violence” Giving Circle.
of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) News (September 10, 2008):
UIS receives grant from Women for Women Giving Circle" about the
Girl to Girl DreamSpeakers Program, in which UIS female athletes will
serve as mentors to approximately 120 female students in grades 8 through 10 in
Springfield public schools.
Philanthropy Journal - North
Carolina (August 21, 2008): "Giving
circle repairs homes, race relations" about the "Way Out Giving Circle".
The Chronicle of Philanthropy - Philanthropy Today
(August 1, 2008): "A
Giving Circle" Becomes a Major Philanthropic Force".
The Washington Post (July 31, 2008): "A
Circle with a Deep Center - Black Women Pool Resources in Grass-Roots Effort
to Alleviate D.C.'s Social Ills" (about the African American Women's
Giving Circle, which is hosted by the Washington Area Women's Foundation),
by Philip Rucker.
Contribute (July 18, 2008): "A
new trend in philanthropy leverages the grass roots and small change into
big influence" by Stacie Berg.
BaltimoreSun.com (July 6, 2008): "Charity
for all" (Giving circles' let ordinary people act as
philanthropists, as bundling gifts together makes for greater impact for the
gift and greater involvement for the givers), by Tanika White, Sun Reporter.
- The Daily Record (June
26, 2008): "Giving
Circles: Women See Power of Pooling Funds for Philanthropy" About
the power of giving with a purpose.
& Country Magazine (June 2008 Issue) - The Joy of Giving: Special
highlighted as one of five organizations doing cutting edge global
philanthropic work in the latest Town & Country magazine. The article
features Margae Diamond who shares her experience on last year's Traveling
Giving Circle to Kenya. Here's an excerpt from the article, which is now on
newsstands! In late 2006 The Clarence Foundation, an Oakland nonprofit
that coordinates giving circles, asked Diamond if she'd be interested in a
giving circle with a new twist: one that featured visits to Kenya, to the
communities assisted... Diamond signed on, and three months and three
conference calls later, she was in Nairobi... discussing with her colleagues
how to distribute their pooled funds. "We know about Amnesty International
and groups that have already proved themselves, but [the ones we gave to]
are not visible to the giving community," says Diamond. "All of us felt
really proud of the fact that we could give to organizations that don't show
up on the radar for most people."
Are you interested in experiencing the Traveling
Giving Circle for yourself? There's still time to join this summer's
Traveling Giving Circle to Nicaragua from July 19-26. The Clarence
Foundation is excited to announce that a donor has come forward to
underwrite the program fees for a limited number of participants. If you are
contact the Clarence
TwinCities Business (April 2008): Giving (About Giving Circles in
the Twin Cities, including the Hmong Women’s Giving Circle in Minneapolis,
University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development alumni
giving circle, and the Women’s Endowment Fund—a giving circle within the
Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation) by Suzy
Sojourners Magazine - Culture Watch (April 2008):
Kitchen-Table Giving: Who needs a charity ball when you can have a
potluck? by Julie Polter.
Philanthropy|UK: inspiring giving (March 2008 Issue 32 - Special Report -
Women and philanthropy/Giving circles and networks) -
Giving in the US comes full circle
by Roxanne Clark.
inspiring giving (March 2008 Issue 32 - Giving circles and networks) -
New trend connects more women to giving
by Roxanne Clark.
The "How To" Source for Nonprofit Professionals, Vol. 22; No. 1 - 2008
(March): "A Giving Circle May be Looking for You"
by Larry Checco.
Philanthropy Journal (February
new giving circle will support Latina teens,
by Rosie Molinary.
- USA Today
(February 26, 2008): "Giving
Circles Mix Fun/Fundraising"
by Ron Barnett, USA Today.
(February 14, 2008): "Giving
Back Through Giving Circles" -
(about simple, personalized charity groups with the
power to make big changes), by Jane Bennett Clark, Senior Associate
Editor (from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, January 2008).
- About.com -
Nonprofit Charitable Orgs (January 30, 2008):
How to Make Your Nonprofit a Winner Among Giving Circles
Circles Are Looking for Good Nonprofit Brands From
Joanne Fritz by
(January 11, 2008): “Giving
Circles: A new trend in philanthropy leverages the grass roots and small
change into big influence”
by Stacie Z. Berg.
News/Giving (January 10, 2008) “Pixelanthropy:
Charities tap into Second Life – Nonprofits move into virtual world and
champion causes in new ways”
by Janet Rae-Dupree of Contribute.
Along with this article is a link to the above-referenced 1/11/08 Giving
Circles article from Contribute.
Articles & Special Announcements
2006 Articles &
- ABC News - Money
(December 15, 2006):
Charity Giving with a Group - Giving Circles Bring People Together in the
Name of Charity by Eileen Alt Powell, AP.
- The CBS Evening
News (November 20, 2006):
Giving Back Series: Giving Circle Proves Power in Numbers - An Austin
Group Pays Forward
(Special on Giving Circles and Impact Austin)
by Kelly Cobiella (First part in a series).
- The Washington
Post - Business Section (November 19, 2006):
Donating With Care - Now More Cautious, Some Are Keeping Philanthropy Closer
by Kathleen Day (about Americans becoming more
cautious with their philanthropy, investing in local Giving Circles such as
"Many Hands" (Bethesda, MD) instead of large, traditional nonprofit
- The New York Times
(November 13, 2006):
Putting Their Heads Together, Then Their Cash
about the Wine Ladies Fund in Oshkosh, WI.
- The Seattle Times
(November 12, 2006):
Giving Circles Help People Give, Do More for Charities
about Giving Empowers my Sisters (GEMS), a giving circle in Oshkosh, WI and
the Cleveland Colectivo in Cleveland, OH.
MORE Giving Circle Challenge! CARE, a "leading
humanitarian organization fighting global poverty", is inviting individuals
in Giving Circles (existing or new) to help raise more than $1 million for
CARE to benefit women worldwide. The Giving Circle that raises the most
money by December 31, 2006, will join More Editor-in-Chief Peggy Northrop
for a volunteer experience in Peru! (See
rules for more details) The Challenge co-sponsor
is Meredith Corporation, publisher of More magazine.
- The San Diego
Union Tribune (August 3, 2006):
Giving a Boost to Philanthropy
Magazine (June 28, 2006):
Giving Circles Give Donors a Bigger Bang for the Buck
- Women’s Business –
Leverage Donations with a Giving Circle
from the Commonwealth Institute – Membership News
(after link, scroll and click on the June 2006 article in the list).
- Washington Post
(July 3, 2006):
African American Giving Lessons
Social Justice/Social Action (April 2006):
featured two new faith-based GCs called “Shared Giving”
and “InfUUsion” in the
Magazine (February, 2006): High Impact
featured various Giving Circles and the growing impact that they are having
- Woman’s Day Magazine
(Dec. 2005) and
ABC News (12/21/05): Spotlighted a new circle “Dining for
Women” that funds charity “one dinner at a time” with donations as little as
- “New Heroes” House
Parties – The Skoll Foundation (founded by eBay’s first president, Jeff
Skoll) launched a new giving campaign that merges TV with internet and
charitable giving. Together with Global Giving they offer “New Heroes”
giving, which consists of House Party hosting to generate funding to
pre-screened charities or “heroes”. See
www.thenewheroes.org/. They have an
upcoming PBS documentary on June 28th, 2006 featuring these heroes. For
party hosts, you can get their Free DVD.
- CBS Early Show
(March 20, 2005) -
Giving Circles Take Root–
Covered the new trend of giving circles, featuring the Giving Circle of Hope
in Reston, VA.
- The Magazine of
Howard County (August 2005) featured the
Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County,
which grew in 3 years from 13 members giving $5K each to 379 donors giving
more than $400,000. Grantees include a homeless shelter, families with
short-term needs, and immigrant mothers.
YouTube (November 12, 2008): "Giving
Circles in A Global Perspective"
Part I and
by the Giving Circles Network.
Voice of America/VOA News (September 2, 2008):
Women's Giving Circle Benefits Non-profit Organizations"; about a
Washington, DC based giving circles called the "African American Women's Giving
Circle" (sponsored by the Washington Area Women's Foundation), which supports a
local psychologist/therapy practice in Anacostia (an under-served area of
Washington, DC) to support survivors of abuse, by Zulima Palacio.
Eyes on Reston/Reston Impact (April 28, 2008):
Giving Circle and Fairfax Taketh Away John Lovaas, the
host and producer of Reston Impact, interviews the Guiding Circle members of the
Giving Circle of Hope about the history and approach of the Giving Circle.
Asian Giving Circle - The
Art of Asian Giving. This video explains the need for and purpose of an
Asian Giving Circle in creating a living legacy, including to get involved,
speak out, learn and give of your expertise and resources to support the Asian
American/Pacific Islanders community. Sponsored by the Asian
Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
Dining for Women - National
Giving Overseas. Describes the chapter
network (50 worldwide chapters), which educates members on becoming more
effective agents of change and supporting women in developing nations.
(c) The Foundation Center 2007
(February 8, 2007):
Giving Circles Webcast,
Please see the link for copyright information and use permissions.
WAMU Radio News, 88.5 (July 21,
Philanthropy" (featuring the Giving Circle of Hope) reported by
American Public Media
- Marketplace (May 20, 2008):
Giving away more than just money: Some investors
gather to eat and talk about growing their investments. A giving circle gathers
to discuss who should get money being given away. Heidi Pickman reports from one
circle in Palo Alto, California.
Global Talk Radio Series (January 23, 2008):
Giving Circles as
part of its
Series, hosted by Celeste Terry. This show focused on Giving
Circles, with interviews of representatives from the Giving Circles Network
and two Giving Circles: Impact Austin and Three Generations Giving
Big Vision Podcast
(September 4, 2007):
Power of Giving Circles: An Interview with Marsha Wallace of Dining for
Women by Britt Bravo for Big Vision Podcast.
wxel podcasts.org (June 24, 2007):
Fundraising Success - Special Presentation: "The Giving Circles Explosion"
hosted by Dr. Stephen L. Goldstein.
(June 11, 2007): Tactical Philanthropy podcast with
Social Venture Partners entitled "Giving
Circles on Steroids"
hosted by Sean Stannard-Stockton.
SLPL Grants &
Foundation Center NEWS (February 12, 2010): "More
Info on Women's Philanthropy"
(about Giving Circle resources) by kap.
(January 31, 2010): "$65,000
raised to date, that’s 93% of our goal!" (about the
Giving Circles of Alexandria, VA)
The Blue Streak (January 27,
Good Reason to Shop" (about the Purses with Purpose Giving Circle
raising fund via shopping) by Cynthia Moxley.
AFP Blog: Recent News
of Note (January 5, 2010): "Giving
Circle opens the potential pool of philanthropy"
from the Daily Tell (about The Impact of Giving Together, University
of Nebraska researcher Angela Eikenberry) by Katherine Griwert.
The Global Warming
Statistics (December 22, 2010): "World
changing Interview: Shana Dressler on Global Giving Circles" (about
Giving Circles such as the Global Giving Circle, helping to make the world a
better place) by John Lebkowsky.
"IF NOT NOW" ~ life as a
professional volunteer! (October 30, 2009): "All
Together Now: Giving Circles Increase Impact" by PretenseGroup
WSJ (Wall Street Journal)
Blogs - The Wallet (May 15, 2009): "Women
Are Storming Charities" by WSJ Staff (about the rise of giving
Progressive Urban Real
Estate (April 8, 2009):
"Get On the Bus with the Cleveland Colectivo".
The Chronicle of Philanthropy - Give & Take (April 22, 2009): 'Venture
Philanthropy' Fund Seeks to Strengthen Charities. As charities see
donations dip and needs spike during the recession, a giving circle in New
York made up of professionals from the business and nonprofit worlds has
created a fund to combine cash with other forms of support.
Asian American Giving (April 15, 2009): "Diversity focused funds: what makes
- BC Cultural Sector
Development Council: Investing in Our Creative People (April 3, 2009):
"Alternatives to Creating Yet
Another Arts NonProfit".
- NewBlackMan: Guest
Post: Esther Armah on Rihanna & Chris Brown, by MAN, About a new report
"Black Girls in New York City; Untold Strength and Resilience," by
the Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle (BWBG), a funding initiative
of The Twenty-First Century Foundation and the Institute for Women's Policy.
How To Throw A Giving Circle Dinner (March 19, 2009) by Sara Kate
Gillingham-Ryan, Dining for Women is a "dinner giving circle." Each local
chapter gathers monthly at a member's home the host cooks everything as in
the case of our reader above, or is the anchor to a potluck and pools the
- South Asian Philanthropy
Project: On Foundations and Diversity - Are We Ready? (March 3, 2009) by
asridhar, Start a Giving Circle - This is a great way to start a network of
people all supporting a similar cause. It's also a great way to bring
attention to a community cause.
Tips for Practical Giving, (March-April 2009) by Utne Reader, "One
way to boost the impact of a recession-sized donation is to join or
establish a giving circle, a group of people who pool contributions to
support a common cause."
Washington Area Women's Foundation: Why women's funds are too (blank) to
fail (February 10th, 2009) by Lisa Kays in Blog, Our Foundation,
Philanthropy, Women, Giving Circles.
Giving Ladies of Watertown (GLOW) (February 5, 2009), by Glow
Members; "A giving circle is a way for individual groups to give back to
their community by pooling their money, energy, ideas and resources. These
circles are the new rage in philanthropy that allow individuals passionate
about their community."
SunSpotting: Competitive? I think NOT. (February 2, 2009), by
Rebecca, "We work to be part of the solution in Cleveland as members of a
giving circle called The Cleveland Colectivo, giving microgrants to
grassroots neighborhood projects throughout Cleveland and the inner-ring
Ideas Welcome: Dining for Women (February 1, 2009) by Loveanewidea;
Dining for Women (DFW) is a dinner giving circle. We "dine in" together,
each bringing a dish to share, and our "dining out" dollars are sent to
international programs empowering women (we give what we might have spent to
eat dinner out .
Global Giving Circle (January 2009)
The Global Giving Circle is a network of individuals who come together
to support creative and innovative solutions to alleviate poverty.
Hestia Fund » The Glass Hammer, (February 13, 2009) by No Byline, "After
a career in the non-profit world and a master's degree from The Kennedy
School of Government, Susan Priem heard about the Washington Women's Fund in
Seattle and was inspired to start her own women's giving circle in Boston."
- The Huffington Post
(January 20, 2009):
"Yes, You Can!", by Jay Winsten, "The concept of a "giving circle"
has emerged in recent years as a vehicle that enables a small group of
people to join together and become philanthropists."
The Case Foundation
Blog (January 27, 2009): "How
to make the most of your tighter donations budget with giving circles"
by Sokunthea Sa Chhabra.
AFP Blog (November 25,
Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story: Hosting a ‘giving circle’: Finding new donors and
new dollars", by
Louise Chatterton Luchuk.
(November 11, 2008): "Create
an ammado Giving Circle".
Digital Philanthropy For
Individuals Passionate about Giving (October 8, 2008): "Giving
Circles" posted by
Ammado Giving Circle BLOG
(October 1, 2008): "Ammado
Giving Circle Brings Online Fundraising to Nonprofits Across the Globe", by
Annejet Pette. According to its BLOG site, "ammado is headquartered
in Dublin...[and its]...mission is to empower ordinary people to do
Net Impact New York Professional
Chapter Weblog (September 26, 2008): "Let's
Share Our Orgs: #1 NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund", by Lateisha.
– Real Estate Blog (September 8, 2008): “Web
Women Giving Circle Looking for Recruits to Raise Awareness and Dollars for CARE”,
posted by Contact Joeann Fossland.
Sake - Inspiring Global Good Deeds in South Africa and Abroad (June 19, 2008):
"Circle This" by Johnette
Area's Women's Foundation Blog (June 18, 2008): "Feeling
financially strapped? Try giving your money away." Posted on June 18th,
2008, by Lisa Kays in Blog, Philanthropy, Women, Giving Circles.
Marketer Makes a
Difference (Wednesday, May 28, 2008): Get
a (Second) Life: During the Grand Opening of Nonprofit
Commons (NPC) 2 (Aloft), which is part of two-island international community
(managed by TechSoup
of almost 80 nonprofits and 400 individual members inside
Second Life, a visitor (among the 500 visitors during the Grand Opening) blogs
about her virtual life experience with Nonprofit Commons. In her blog, she
reviews her NPC mixed reality (global) event about
nonprofit causes as well as finds well known nonprofits (like
kiva.org) and learns
about new philanthropic trends and nonprofits (like Giving Circles and the
Network. Note that Nonprofit Commons has had more than
1800 visitors from 59 different countries to date and is the largest and most
prominent nonprofit community inside Second Life. If you would like more
information about nonprofits or Giving Circles inside SL (or how you can become
engaged as a GC there), please
Note: Offices are free on NPC for qualifying 501c3 organizations that
participate in weekly meetings and are committed to having a presence inside SL
of at least two hours per week
Idea behind Community Giving- Part Two (May 13, 2008):
by Gretchen Horn, Horn Research Services. Please note that this author
references 800 Giving Circles, which is an estimated number quoted from Just
Causes - The Giving Back Gang" by Linda Daily, Delta Sky Magazine (January 2007),
but the official documented number of Giving Circles is 400 according to More
Giving Together: The Growth and Impact of Giving Circles and Shared Giving by
Jessica E. Bearman, Washington, DC: New Ventures in Philanthropy initiative of
the Forum of the Regional Associations of Grantmakers (2007), both of which
are cited on the
Our Daughters' Voices:
Reactions to story from Circle de Luz (May 30, 2008): about the new
Circle de Luz Giving Circle.
"22 women have taken
on the commitment to radically empower young Latinas to finish high school and
pursue further education."
Hijas Americanas: Calling the Circle (February
7, 2008): The author of
(Rosie Molinary), a book about "Beauty, Body Image and
Growing Up Latina" (based on interviews and surveys of more than 500 Latina
women), starts a nationwide Giving Circle to support Latina teens via
Donor Power Blog or
How to motivate giving circles to support you.
UTNE Reader (UTNE Blogs/Politics): "Giving
That Makes A Difference, Without Bill Gates' Bank Account"
by Brendan Mackie (December 7, 2007)
Non Profit Literature Blog: “Giving
Circles – Selected Readings” (Covers
major research on giving circles from 2000 - 2007). November 20, 2007 by
Philanthropy 2173 (October 12, 2007) “More
on the blur - or follow the money part II”
rise of charitable vehicles, including giving circles, and the
need for donors to “…see their whole financial commitment – mapped against
values and goals – in one place.” The author recommends setting up a
giving portfolio, investing portfolio, and then a “political”
portfolio to see the complete picture in strategic terms) by Lucy Bernholz.
Have Fun • Do Good (September 25, 2007)
A blog for people who want to
make the world a better place AND have fun!
The Power of Giving Circles: An Interview with Marsha Wallace of Dining for
Women by Margaret Mead.
(June 4, 2007)
A blog on nonprofit and philanthropy news and
issues. A publication of Philanthropy Journal.
Circles' Growth a Challenge, by Todd
Giving Circles Network Blog
GCN 08 Conference
Women and Philanthropy:
Boldly Shaping a Better World by Sondra Shaw-Hardy (Jossey-Bass
"Women and Philanthropy provides unique and meaningful
stories of scores of women philanthropists and how these women are making a
difference through giving, partnering, leveraging, role modeling and asking, and
will help all women on their philanthropic journey, as well as nonprofits who
are working with women as donors.”—Jennifer Buffett, philanthropist and
president, Novo Foundation, New York, New York
The Forum of Regional
Associations of Grantmakers (New Ventures in Philanthropy (2007):
a Giving Circle: The Benefits and Challenges of Giving Together. This
is a report on the relationship between giving
circles and their host organizations, researched and written by Jessica
Together: The Growth and Impact of Giving Circles and Shared Giving
by Jessica E. Bearman, Washington, DC: New Ventures in Philanthropy
initiative of the Forum of the Regional Associations of Grantmakers (2007).
To read the report, go to
and click on "Giving Circles", then click on the "Giving
Circles Trend Report". See more research.
Below are prior press releases: