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.
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.
Collective giving, well established in the US, is a growing phenomenon in Asia, from India to New Zealand,Singapore to Beijing.
New Ventures in Philanthropy, an initiative of United Philanthropy Forum, was a bold and innovative experiment to grow new philanthropic giving across the United States and to capture for charitable purposes the enormous transfer of wealth that was predicted to occur over the subsequent decades.
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, United Philanthropy Forum, 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.
A broad study commissioned in 2007 by United Philanthropy Forum 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.