This research presents the first updated understanding of the current landscape of giving circles and similar models of collective giving or giving collaboratives in the United States in over 10 years.
Top 10 findings from a three-part study of giving circles, their impact and their relationship with their hosting organizations significantly updates our understanding of the current scope, scale and significance of giving circles and other models of collective giving in the U.S. Additionally, this study deepens our understanding of the impact of participation in giving circles on donors’ giving and civic engagement and offers actionable information related to the relationships between giving circles and their hosting organizations.
Explore the full cycle of women-led solutions in philanthropy, from engaging and empowering women donors to making meaningful impact in your community. Consider giving circles and other avenues for building and sustaining powerful relationships with women donors. Learn about gender norms and explore how grantmaking with a gender lens can maximize the social return on all investments in your community. Examine how to apply a gender lens to your grant guidelines and communications with grantees.
Women's Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders adds the valuable perspective of personal narrative to understanding the growth of giving circles over the past ten years. Focused on the motivations, challenges, and opportunities of the 18 giving circle founders interviewed, the booklet is a testament to two factors that propelled this grassroots phenomenon – media interest and the powerful women’s social network.
Released by the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, “The Impact of Giving Together” specifically examines the impact of giving circles on members’ giving and civic engagement.
There are many ways to start a giving circle. These 10 steps can give you a starting point and a basic roadmap.
An April 2008 analysis by the Forum of the relationship between giving circles and their host organizations; accompanies a handbook of tools for considerations when hosting a circle.
The Forum's handbook of tools and resources for giving circle host organizations, including tools for deciding whether to host a giving circle, key questions to ask and a checklist of giving circle and host duties.
A broad study commissioned in 2007 by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers of the characteristics, benefits, and impact of giving circles across the country.
This 2005 study documents and describes the range and types of giving circle-related activity nationwide.