A virtual, interactive leadership training program to launch your giving circle

Launchpad is for passionate leaders looking to start their own giving circle. Through this virtual training, you will gain the experience and confidence needed to launch your circles.

great for individuals starting a giving circle with their community

great for philanthropic intermediaries looking to host giving circles

great for facilitators who want to train future giving circle leaders

An extension of Launchpad For You, Launchpad Pride provides all the tools and resources to start a giving circle, while also addressing relevant interests, needs, and challenges for future giving circle leaders intending to make philanthropic impact on LGBTQIA2+ community. Let us know you’re interested on your application and you’ll join a dedicated group of community leaders with shared interests to navigate the five-week program with as you move closer to launching your circle!

Be part of a movement

Launchpad For You

In just 5 weekly sessions, you’ll meet new friends and gain all the tools you need to make social change happen in your community. Our next cohort begins Tuesday, September 14!

Philanthropy Together's Launchpad virtual incubator for individuals who want to start a giving circle - fall 2020 cohort

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Launchpad for?

Launchpad is for unstoppable leaders who just need a few tools & inspiration.

Always thought about starting a giving circle but didn’t quite know how? Launchpad is for leaders like you, ready to step up and stand strong for their local community.

Launchpad Pride is an extension of Launchpad For You and is intended for future giving circle leaders who want to grow their philanthropic impact in the LGBTQIA2+ community.

*If you’re an institution — Community Foundation, Federation, etc. — please check out Launchpad For Hosts.

What will I learn during Launchpad?

Within 5 virtual interactive trainings you’ll be able to launch your circle. Launchpad’s leadership trainings will be delivered virtually over the course of 5 weekly sessions plus additional support tools. You’ll learn and build alongside others, hear from real giving circles and their experiences, and build your own confidence to start. The Launchpad training includes:

  • Five 75-minute skills-based virtual trainings: the who, what, where, and how of launching your circle. By the end, you’ll have your own custom plan all ready to go.

  • Coaching from an experienced giving circle leader

  • Additional resources and video content, and a ton of template scripts, agendas, and tools for you to modify

How much does it cost to participate?

Launchpad uses a pay-what-you-want model, with a suggested donation of $50.

Your donation support our work at Philanthropy Together to provide trainings and tools like Launchpad. But we don’t want any size donation to get in the way of you starting your circle.

When is Launchpad?

Philanthropy Together runs Launchpad For You several times each year for five weeks. Our next cohort kicks off on Tuesday, September 14! Sessions are 75 minutes each with two time offerings: 10A PT / 1P ET and 4P PT / 7P ET.

Tuesday, September 14
Tuesday, September 21
Tuesday, September 28
Tuesday, October 5
Tuesday, October 12

*LaunchpadPride will also be held at these times.

Is Launchpad a good fit for me?

Launchpad For You is for individuals starting their own volunteer giving circles on issues they care about with the people they care about.

Launchpad For Hosts is specifically for a host institution (such as a Community Foundation, Jewish Federation, Women’s Fund, Issue Fund, Corporation, etc.) to run one or more giving circles within that organization. Hosts offer a range of support services to giving circles.

If you have questions about which program is right for you, please reach out to Director of Engagement Tyeshia Wilson and we’d be happy to discuss:

See why others love Launchpad

Anita G.
2020 Launchpad Participant

Participating in Launchpad has been an empowering experience. It’s one thing to understand why and how giving circles are so valuable in theory, but it can seem daunting to take that first step in practice. Thanks to the team, the carefully structured guidance and inspiring real-life stories, I feel ready to launch.”

Jordan B.
2020 Launchpad Participant

Launchpad gave me the opportunity to get more familiar with giving circles and, more importantly, the people behind them. The toolkit provided me with much needed structure to better define my thoughts. In all, the series was so much fun and I hope to be able to keep in touch with everyone as my giving circle comes to a reality.”

Let us know you're interested!

We will welcome our next Launchpad For You and Launchpad Pride cohort on Tuesday, September 14 (10AM PT / 1PM ET or 4PM PT / 7PM ET)

Complete the form below to express your interest in joining us and someone from our team will be in touch!

Want to see what the giving circle experience is like?

Host a 60-minute pop-up giving circle for family and friends!
Download our pop-up giving circle toolkit with a sample agenda, talking points and more!

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