The Awesome Foundation's Homelessness Chapter supports Food for the People

The Awesome Foundation Addresses Homelessness

The Awesome Foundation is a worldwide community dedicated to making the world more fun, interesting, and kind through collective giving. Fully-autonomous foundation “chapters” comprised of friends, family members, or complete strangers support awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly.

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Women's Giving Circle of Howard County responds to COVID-19

Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County

Giving circles all over the country are using their unique strengths as a collective giving network to support their local communities in light of COVID-19. The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC) is taking action right now to support their community in Maryland.

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Giving Circles in the Media

HERitage Giving Fund Founding Chair Akilah Wallace

Giving circles do the heavy lifting for individuals and companies that want to maximize their impact

“There’s a longstanding gender gap in funding between organizations run by men, serving men or a broad population, and those run by women, serving a female population… less than 2% of philanthropic giving across the world is given to missions that support women and girls.”

Source: Dallas Morning News
Photo: Akilah Wallace, Founding Chair of HERitage Giving Fund
Photo Credit: Gbadebo

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H100 Giving Circle Leadership Team

H100 Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation Awards $125,000 in Grants

“The needs of Latinas have been heavily impacted by this year’s pandemic. We know that the path out of poverty and despair is through empowerment and education. At the H100 Latina Giving Circle, we are helping to pave the way to a brighter future. We are grateful to our donors who are creating multi-generational hope and helping to fuel the dreams of many Latinas.”

Source: People Newspapers
Photo: H100 Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation

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Sara Lomelin Executive Director at Philanthropy Together at April 2019 Convening

The Growing Charitable Movement That’s Raised a Billion Dollars

“When one person makes a donation to a nonprofit, they can make a difference for one organization. Now imagine that you gathered with a group of friends, relatives, colleagues pooling resources, sharing ideas and expertise to make a much larger collective impact in your community.”

Source: Nonprofits are Messy Podcast
Photo: Executive Director Sara Lomelin at Philanthropy Together Convening in April 2019
Photo Credit: Bruce Tom, Gates Archive

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Philanthropy Together's Launchpad Incubator for individuals who want to start a giving circle - Summer cohort

New Effort Spawns Dozens of Giving Circles, as Interest and Diversity Grows

“With giving circles around the country reporting surging interest, this effort and Glenn’s graduating class [of Launchpadders] offer a window into the changing face of giving circles, the dynamics that are driving more people to them, and the potential for COVID-19 to birth a new generation of virtual groups.”

Source: Inside Philanthropy
Photo: The inaugural cohort of Launchpad participants

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Sara Lomelin during Women's Philanthropy Institute live Q&A in June 2020

How Giving Circles Diversify Philanthropy

“For too long, philanthropy has been seen as an exclusive club. Yet today, our country is experiencing a drastic reckoning… Who is called a philanthropist?”

Source: Philanthropy Women
Photo: Executive Director Sara Lomelin during the Live Q&A with Women’s Philanthropy Institute

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Women’s Collective Giving: Expanding Power

“Dining for Women prides itself on their significant number of repeat donors. Members are engaged, educating themselves about the grantees and the issues–all highly desired attributes by fundraisers.”

Source: Philanthropy Women
Photo: Beth Ellen Hollimon, Executive Director of Dining for Women

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Wall Street Journal spotlight giving circles

What’s Behind the Surge in Giving Circles

“Giving circles are active in all 50 states, though the structure and level of donor commitment among groups can vary. Some circles meet informally a few times a year over dinner, while others are far more structured and may even be registered charities with sizable donation minimums and a volunteer commitment.”

Source: Wall Street Journal
Photo: San Diego Latina Giving Circle
Photo Credit: Adriana Loson-Ceballos

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Philadelphia Inquirer spotlights giving circle

Want to Help Thousands of People But Don’t Have the Rockefeller Bucks to Do It? Join a Giving Circle.

“There is tremendous anxiety out there about social inequality and how stratified our society is. People want to do something about it,” says David Callahan. “Giving circles create structure for people with shared values to learn about the causes they care about and support them while creating community.”

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Photo: Philadelphia Black Giving Circle

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Hali Lee of Asian Women's Giving Circle featured in New York Times article

When It’s Time for Giving, Some People Circle Around

“The Asian Women Giving Circle, founded by Hali Lee in 2005 to support arts and cultural projects led by Asian-American women, takes a different approach. This 25-member group has a minimum $2,500 annual contribution; each member can raise those funds or donate them herself. The gatherings aim to create bonds among members and help develop deeper community connections.”

Source: New York Times
Photo: Hali Lee, Found of Asian Women Giving Circle
Photo Credit: Kholood Eid for The New York Times

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