Find Out How Giving Circles Are Gaining Ground

More is going on in the giving circle arena than ever before, it appears. As those of you know who have been following along at Philanthropy Women, giving circles have increased dramatically over the past ten years and now are poised for an even bigger impact.

Giving Circles have captured the attention of communities across the United States with their ability to accelerate social change with collective giving. With $2 million in anchor support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, giving circles are poised for further growth in 2020.

The giving circle co-design team, which consists of leaders from Amplifier, Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Catalist, Community Investment Network, and Latino Community Foundation, recently announced that they have secured a $2 million investment from anchor funding partner, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With this support, they are working to fully launch “a suite of tools, programming, and support for networks, individual circles, host organizations, and other stakeholders,” according to an email to the community.

An upcoming webinar will feature more details about the future vision, strategy, and plans of the giving circle co-design team. You can join the upcoming webinar taking place on on Wednesday December 4th at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET to learn more. 

The giving circle co-design team also announced that they will be conducting a comprehensive search for an Executive Director, facilitated by the Nonprofit Professional Advisory Group.

In addition, on #GivingTuesday, informational meetings will be held across the country at The Wing (women-only co-working spaces) about giving circles and the work of the national infrastructure project. If you are a member of The Wing, or have a friend who can invite you as her guest, you should check it out.

The Wing is a women-focused, co-working space collective and club with locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston. It was founded in 2016 and currently has over 10,000 members. Each Wing location and list of speakers for the Giving Circles event are listed below:

Members of Catalist affiliates are indicated with a *

BOSTON: The Wing’s location in Boston, 699 Boylston Street
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Panel Moderator: Cassandra Trujillo, Board member and Alumna Fellow, The Philanthropy Connection. Panelists: Cherie Arruda,President, Womenade; Kathryn Nielsen, PhD., Founder, 100 Women Who Care Boston North; Jennifer Angarita, Alumna Fellow and Young Philanthropist, The Philanthropy Connection*

CHICAGO: The Wing’s location in Chicago, 811 W. Fulton Market
Monday, December 2, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Panel Moderator: Laurie Richter, 100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago.
Panelists: Chindaly Griffith, Co-Chair, Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP); Elizabeth March, Chicago Foundation for Women; Kristen Pettit Grube, Impact Grants Chicago.

LOS ANGELES: The Wing’s location in West Hollywood, 8550 Santa Monica Blvd Tuesday, December 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Panel Moderator: Marcie R. Goldstein, Board Member, The SAM Initiative.
Panelists: Tobi Shannon, Next Generation of African American Philanthropists, and The Community Investment Network; Anais Amaya, Latino Giving Circle Network and Latino Community Foundation; and Isis Krause, Impact Strategist and Facilitator, and Founder, Knead Partners.

NEW YORK CITY: The Wing’s location in the Flatiron District, 45 E. 20th Street
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Panel Moderator: Paula Liang, Chair of Catalist*
Panelists: Liz Fisher, Executive Director of Amplifier Giving; Hali Lee, Co-Founder of Asian Women’s Giving Circle* and Co-Founder of Donors of Color; Melissa Walker, Director of Giving Circles at Future Now Fund.
Additional attendees include Eliza Rossman, Founder of ALLINBKLYN; Joelle Bearman, Giving Circle Consultant; Susan McPherson, #GivingTuesday collaborator; Allison Fine, Founder of Network of Elected Women.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Wing’s location in San Francisco, 115 Sansome Street Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Panel Moderator: Celia Canfield, Board member, Catalist.
Panelists: Amber Gonzales-Vargas, Senior Programs Manager from Latino Foundation and Latino Giving Circle Network; Jacqueline Cox, Board Member, 100+ Women Who Care, San Francisco; and Wendy Hoffman, Impact100 Sonoma* for Board President.

WASHINGTON, D. C.: The Wing’s location in Georgetown, 1056 Thomas Jefferson Street SW, Tuesday, December 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Panel Moderator: Lynn O’Connell, Board Chair, Dining for Women, and Giving Circle of Hope, Reston, VA. Panelists: Katy Moore, Many Hands, Inc.; Traci Richards, Founder and Board President, 100 Who Care Alliance, and Founder, 100 Women Who Care NoVa; and Tracey Webb, Founder, Black Benefactors.

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Kiersten Marek

Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island, and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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