Ever hears of a giving circle? It’s a great way for friends to get together and support causes they care about. Giving circles are made up of a small group of friends that meet informally on occassion, simliar to supper clubs and book clubs.

I suppose social service clubs have been doing this for years in a more formal way. In my town clubs like Rotary, Optimist and Business & Professional Women (which I’m a member of) support charities regularly and/or will make special gifts to a variety of causes.  A giving circle would just be a smaller, less formal way of doing this.

Here are some links with great information about giving circles…

Add Some Spice to Your Bunco Night: Make it a Giving Circle Too from Dollar Philanthropy

Giving circles mix fun, fundraising from USA Today (article referenced in the above post)

Ten Steps for Starting a Giving Circle from the Minnesota Toolkit for Giving

Giving Circles Are Here to Stay from the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Posted on 07 March 2008

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