You probably already know that giving circles connect us to like-minded people and amplify our impact far beyond what any of us can do alone, but how can you get involved today? Grapevine provides the easiest way for you to join or start a giving circle in just a few minutes. Using their online platform, you can easily connect with others, pool donations and collectively give back on a recurring basis.
“We’re one of the first ‘casual’ giving groups, and I want there to be a lot more of them. You can be a beginner and still get started on Grapevine.”
Leader, Bowery Alumni
Join a Giving Circle on Grapevine in 3 Easy Steps
The Grapevine Giving Circles Network connects like-minded people with the causes, communities, and organizations that they care about. These diverse networks with a purpose are rapidly expanding across the country as Grapevine launches new ones every week in areas and around causes where they don’t yet exist. Get involved today by following these three easy steps:
1. Explore Giving Circles
Visit the Grapevine Giving Circles Network page and find circles in your area and around causes you care about.
2. Join & Donate
Join a group that resonates with you by clicking the join button, requesting to join and then setting up your recurring subscription. 100% of your donation will go to a nonprofit and Grapevine’s payment platform is fully secured and encrypted.
3. Connect & Create Impact
Introduce yourself in the giving circle to start connecting! You can also use Grapevine’s connection and messaging tools to get in touch with individual members directly. Finally, add the next group event to your calendar and get ready to either nominate or vote on the nonprofit that you would like the group to support in the next quarterly granting meeting.
“Grapevine provides an easy-to-use tech platform for giving circles that are funding issues that matter most in their community.”
CEO, Philanthropy Together
Start Your Own Giving Circle on Grapevine in 3 Easy Steps
Book clubs, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), professional networking groups, church groups, families and more are using Grapevine to create their own giving circles with the people and networks they already know and love. Starting a group may seem daunting, but resources like Grapevine and Philanthropy Together are available to provide peer cohorts, community events, coaches, matching donation opportunities, and more. You can start your own giving circle on Grapevine in these 3 easy steps:
1. Choose the name and purpose of your giving circle
Define the purpose of your giving circle and give it a name that tells others what it’s all about, so they know exactly what types of nonprofits they’re going to support in the group. You might focus on your local area like the Reno Women for Good giving circle, or you may decide to support a particular cause or community, like the Black Trans Lives Thrive group.
2. Define your donation goals
Set a goal amount you’d like to raise in your first donation cycle as a group, and decide the amount you would like your members to each contribute toward that goal. Then, choose how often you would like to donate and grant funds to nonprofits by setting a monthly, quarterly, or annual donation cycle.
3. Launch your group!
Add some personalization to your Grapevine giving circle with a cover photo and a welcome post. Invite other leaders to your group using Grapevine’s easy invite feature and launch! You’re now ready to invite your members through Grapevine’s easy invitation tools including emails, social media posts, and QR codes
“The best part about Grapevine is that it’s so easy. It was easy for me to set up, it’s easy for members to sign up and donate, once it’s set up it needs very little work.”
Leader, Black Trans Lives Thrive
Today, Grapevine is helping hundreds of groups around the country direct funds to thousands of nonprofits. Since their launch in 2020, Grapevine has moved $17M in donations from 30,000 giving circle members to 1,800 nonprofits. As Philanthropy Together’s platform partner and the infrastructure layer to the giving circle movement, Grapevine makes it easy to create community and impact through collective giving.
Ilyasah N Shabazz
For more than a decade, Ilyasah has worked with nonprofits to help them grow their audience by telling impactful stories, implementing strategic plans, and streamlining digital communications. A proud New Yorker, Ilyasah now lives in Greensboro, NC.