Giving Together: A Guidebook to Giving Circles

Giving Together: A Guidebook to Giving Circles

New Ventures in Philanthropy has documented more than 260 giving circles, the grassroots phenomenon of friends, coworkers, and others pooling their money and collectively choosing causes to support. NVP surveyed seventy-seven of these circles, representing more than 5,700 donors who have raised $44 million since 2000, and found that members in 70 percent of them give additional money directly to nonprofits their group funds or considers. The study, Giving Together (64 pages, PDF), profiles four circles and explains how to start one.